Iyanla Vanzant Says New Generation Needs to Take a Stronger Stance in Activism

Iyanla Vanzant Says New Generation Needs to Take a Stronger Stance in Activism

The life coach said the Black Lives Matter movement needs leadership.

Published September 16, 2015

Iyanla Vanzant wants today’s youth to pull a page from history and take a more active stance when protesting social issues. In a recent interview with Essence.com, the popular life coach said she sees what has been happening in Ferguson, Missouri, and the Black Lives Matter movement and wants to get more involved in the campaign.


“We’ve got to stop talking about it and really start doing the work about it,” Vanzant said. “What is the ask? Black lives matter, therefore we ask …?"

"What are we saying? What does that mean?” she continued. “Taking the moment and making it a movement requires some level of action and, unfortunately, some level of leadership, which is a problem for us.”

While Vanzant has already finishing taping season three of Iyanla: Fix My Life, which premieres on OWN September 19, she’s already considering taking on the Black Lives Matter movement in the following season. In fact, she wants today’s generation to step away from their computers and gadgets, shed the hashtag and actually do work that matters.

“This generation isn’t willing to do what they did in Montgomery and Selma,” she said. “There was leadership. Is this generation willing to move beyond their creature comforts and their insta-communication to be consistent and committed to what is required to have the ask answered?”

“With the Montgomery bus boycott, there was an ask: We’re not sitting in the back of the bus anymore,” Vanzant said.

To read what else the life coach had to say about her next steps and the biggest regret she’s had about the guests on her show, click here.

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Written by Dorkys Ramos


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