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Iyanla Vanzant returns to prime time

By// Britni Danielle

Iyanla Vanzant knows how to fix lives — including her own. Back in the ’90s Vanzant — who famously shared her stories of overcoming strife, abandonment and financial woes — quickly shot to stardom as one of Oprah Winfrey’s trusted spiritual growth gurus. But things, namely their relationship, fell apart.

Lured away by the chance to actualize her dream of finally hosting her own show, Vanzant severed ties with Winfrey. Many wondered whether the two respective powerhouses would ever work together again. Eleven years later they reunited on air, laying the groundwork to once again teach others how to mend their own broken lives.

The Sept. 17, 2012 issue of JET magazine, on newsstands Sept. 10, 2012.

“Nobody thought I should ‘talk back’ to Oprah Winfrey,” Vanzant, now 59, laughs, recalling the reaction to her emotionally charged reunion with the media mogul. “But we could have had that conversation in the kitchen and it would have been the same result.”

TO READ MORE ON HER NEW SHOW, PICK UP THE NEXT ISSUE OF JET MAGAZINE, ON STANDS MONDAY, SEPT. 10, 2012.