Iyanla Vanzant

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Iyanla Vanzant
Iyanla Vanzant

A Look at Entertainment

by T.J. Moore –

Do not accommodate bad behavior. Even your own.

What self-help guru Iyanla Vanzant tweeted on New Year’s Day was more than just a message to her followers. It was also a message to herself.

Recently Vanzant revealed as a guest on “Real Quick with Danielle Young” that she was shutting down Fix My Life.

Citing the sometimes negative behavior exhibited by guest as she attempted to work them through various dramas is one reason she decided to cancel the show.

“The one thing that eight years of Fix My Life has taught me is how mean and nasty and unkind people can be,” Vanzant shared. “I don’t want that energy in my live anymore. I don’t want people calling me names and talking about me. I’m just very sensitive to energy. I don’t deserve it and I don’t want it. So now, if you want a piece of me, you’ve got to come to me and you got to pay for it.”

In addition to the toxicity of some of her guests, Vanzant also cities genuine evolution as another reason to shut it down.

“My life isn’t broken. My life is evolving and I am being prepared for things that I’m not prepared for now. I don’t know what’s coming to me. But I do know this, which is another reason I’m leaving Fix My Life. I have hit the apex of everything that I know. I’ve hit that apex. So It’s time for me to go to the next level. Which is a level of learning, growing, risking, and changing and evolving. And I don’t need to do that on television.”

Premiering in 2012, Iyanla: Fix My Life featured both famous and non-famous guests who sought to overcome issues of past or present with Vanzant’s guidance. Famous guests included NFL Hall-of-Famer Terell Owens, Chamique Holdsclaw, Karruche Tran, and DMX.

Oprah Winfrey. Photo: Kevin Winter

Discovery Plus launched recently, and the content of OWN is expected to be a part of the streaming service. In late December, Oprah Winfrey sold most of her shares in her network to Discovery Inc. for more than $36 million in stock. According to Bloomberg, the deal increases Discovery’s stake in OWN to 95%, but Winfrey will retain CEO and chief creative officer positions.

Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan

Michael B. Jordan will make his directorial debut in the latest installment of the Creed franchise. According to Jordan’s Creed co-star Tessa Thompson, he will direct Creed 3.

Thompson confirmed in a recent interview with MTV News about Sylvie’s Love that Jordan will make his debut in the director’s chair.

“It’s going to be ammo, I think, for me when he’s engaging with me as a director. I’m just going to tell him to dial down the sexiness.”

Jada Pinkett Smith
Jada Pinkett Smith

Netflix has dropped a new project with Jada Pinkett Smith as an executive producer.

The project, Cops and Robbers, is part of a new series of short films exclusive to the streaming service. The animated film, from Timothy Ware-Hill and Arnon Manor, is based on a poem written by Ware-Hill that was inspired any the murder of Ahmaud Arbery.

Cops and Robbers art
Cops and Robbers

“What intrigued me most about Cops and Robbers was the creativity,” Pinkett Smith shared with Shadow and act.com. “I felt like the film took a very unique approach to the subject matter in which I could actually feel the pain of it all. When we communicate about this exact subject matter, I know for myself, I have feelings of anger and hostility. I don’t always connect to the pain; but Cops and Robbers, the communication of this project, it took me straight to my pain, the pain that I feel and the vulnerability that I feel regarding this particular subject matter.”

You can catch Cops and Robbers streaming now on Netflix.

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