Iyanla Vanzant Born Rhonda Eva Harris September 13, 1953 Brooklyn, New York, U.S. Occupation Inspirational speaker, lawyer, spiritual teacher, author, TV personality Years active 1980-present Website www .iyanla .com Iyanla Vanzant (born Rhonda Eva Harris; September 13, 1953) is an American inspirational speaker, lawyer, New Thought spiritual teacher, author, life coach and television personality. She is known primarily for her books, for her eponymous talk show, and for her frequent appearances on . She can currently be seen on television as the host of The Oprah Winfrey Show , Iyanla, Fix My Life and as a frequently featured guest teacher of [1 ] on Oprah's Lifeclass OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
Vanzant was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 13, 1953, as Rhonda Eva Harris. She was given the title "Iyanla", which means "great mother", after being initiated and ordained as a priestess in the
Yoruba tradition (as mentioned in her television interview on the Conn Jackson show). She attended Medgar Evers College and Virginia Union University. Vanzant holds a Juris Doctor degree, Summa Cum Laude, from the City University of New York School of Law. She currently resides in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. She is also an ordained New Thought minister. [2 ] [3 ]
In the year 2000, she was named one of the "100 most influential Black Americans" by
magazine, which said that "Her books, lectures and television appearances have made her a multimedia high priestess of healthy relationships." Ebony In 2012, Vanzant was listed at #7 on [4 ] Watkins' Mind Body Spirit magazine list of the 100 most spiritually influential living people." In 2014, she was co-speaker in Oprah's the "Life You Want Weekend" tour, which travelled to eight cities, also featuring [5 ] Deepak Chopra, Mark Nepo, Elizabeth Gilbert and Rob Bell. [6 ]
Vanzant is an honorary member of
Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. [7 ] Filmography and bibliography [edit ] Interiors: a black woman's healing--in progress. Writers and Readers, 1995. ISBN 0-86316-321-1. The Big Book of Faith. Simon & Schuster, 1997. ISBN 0-684-84999-2. The spirit of a man: a vision of transformation for Black men and the women who love them. HarperSanFrancisco, 1997. ISBN 0-06-251239-0. Acts of Faith 1998: Thought-for-a-Day. Simon & Schuster, 1997. ISBN 0-684-82411-6. . Simon and Schuster, 1998. Faith in the Valley: Lessons for Women on the Journey to Peace ISBN 0-684-85048-6. Don't Give It Away!: A Workbook of Self-Awareness and Self-Affirmations for Young Women. with Almasi Wilcots. Simon & Schuster, 1999. ISBN 0-684-85048-6. . Simon and Schuster, 1999. Yesterday, I Cried: Celebrating the Lessons of Living and Loving ISBN 0-684-87382-6. One Day My Soul Just Opened Up: 40 Days And 40 Nights Toward Spiritual Strength And Personal Growth. Simon & Schuster, 1999. ISBN 0-684-87383-4. . Simon and Schuster, 2000. In the Meantime: Finding Yourself and the Love You Want ISBN 0-684-86581-5. . Simon and Schuster, 2001. Acts of Faith: Meditations for People of Color ISBN 0-7432-2646-1. . Simon and Schuster, 2001. Value in the Valley: A Black Woman's Guide Through Life's Dilemmas ISBN 0-7432-2647-X. . Simon and Schuster, 2001. Living through the meantime: learning to break the patterns of the past and begin the healing process ISBN 0743227107. Iyanla Vanzant. Simon & Schuster, Limited, 2001. ISBN 0-7432-2171-0. Until Today. Hay House Inc, 2002. ISBN 1-56170-924-7. Tips for Daily Living Cards: A 50-Card Deck. Hay House Inc, 2002. ISBN 1-56170-939-5. Every Day I Pray: Prayers for Awakening to the Grace of Inner Communion. Pocket, 2002. ISBN 0-7434-5074-4. Up From Here: Reclaiming the Male Spirit: A Guide to Transforming Emotions Into Power and Freedom. HarperCollins, 2003. ISBN 0-06-052250-X. . Hay House, Inc, 2008. Tapping the Power Within: A Path to Self-Empowerment for Women ISBN 1-4019-2188-4. A Woman Knows Things. Hay House UK, Limited, 2010. ISBN 1-4019-2192-2. . Hay House, Inc, 2010. Peace from Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You're Going Through ISBN 1-4019-2822-6. Television [edit ] TV guest appearances [edit ] References [edit ] ^ Simmons, Deborah (September 22, 2014). "SIMMONS: Thanks, Iyanla, for a new reality on reality TV". Washington Times . Retrieved . 2014-10-14 ^ "Author Biography: Iyanla Vanzant". . Hay House ^ Vanzant, I. (2008) Tapping the Power Within: A Path to Self-Empowerment for Women. Hay House, Inc. p 283. ^ Ebony, May 1, 2000. ^ "Watkins Mind Body Spirit", issue 29 2012, "100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People." ^ Lilly Workneh (September 30, 2014). "Oprah’s ‘The Life You Want’ tour inspires thousands". The Grio . Retrieved . 2014-10-14 ^ Alpha Kappa Alpha Honorary Members List ^ "Iyanla Vanzant: Back from the Brink". . February 23, 2011. The Oprah Winfrey Show External links [edit ]