Ever since her show, the OWN Network’s Iyanla Fix My Life, first aired in 2012, self-proclaimed life coach Rhonda Harris, a.k.a. Iyanla Vanzant, has become a Black pop-culture fixture. She employs her famously warm-yet-I’ll-pop-off-on-a-mofo-if-need-be demeanor to help her “beloveds” (famous and otherwise) get their damn lives together as advertised. She even popped up in a gamely, self-deprecating cameo in last year’s Girls Trip.
Despite her growing popularity, Iyanla has definitely had her share of rough clients – perhaps most famously her attempt to reconcile rapper DMX with his estranged son. She’s currently in headlines for getting into some shit with Kamiyah Mobley, a 19-year-old woman who was abducted from a hospital at birth and raised by her abductor. The whole thing was Real Housewives of Love and Hip-Hop-level sticky.
Of course, not every life benefits from coaching, but that doesn’t mean Iyanla should ever give up her righteous hustle. In fact, here are a few people I’m thinking could benefit from a life-fixing really soon.
Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele, who’s Black but has always resembled a white dude with the deepest of tans, is parading around acting totally put off by the fact that someone publicly admitted that he’s the high priest of token, stepin’ fetchit Negroes. But in the event that Steele really does think that he was elected the head of the RNC on merit alone, Iyanla needs to have a conversation with this fool. She should probably bring all the boxes of Kleenex with her.