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Iyanla Vanzant: “Black Women are Out of Order”

Iyanla Vanzant

Iyanla Vanzant is making yet another splash with a video that has gone viral due to her special brand of wisdom. Calling Black women “out of order,” the self-help guru spoke to web site Madame Noire on her concerns with the mental and emotional wounds black women accept from others — and mutually inflict.

Fresh off discussing her OWN special Daddyless Daughters on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show, in which she examines the psychological issues of women growing up without fathers, Vanzant made these statements to specifically address the persistent difficulties of African-American women. “We have such a rich culture, as women in this country, descendants of the parent race of humanity,” Vanzant told Madame Noire. “We have such a rich culture, and in that culture, there are roles and purposes, and powers, and we live in a society now where women are commodities, where women are demeaned, diminished, demoralized in ways that we accommodate. And if we really understood who we are as feminine representations of the creator of the universe, some of the things we experience in life, like crying when the unemployed boo boo leaves us, and we really understood who we are, we wouldn’t be so apt to let other people define us, and confine us. We are out of order!”

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