*On Friday, August 7, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and the NABJ A&E Task Force hosted an exclusive breakfast with award-winning life coach and tv personality Iyanla Vanzant during the National Association of Black Journalist’s 40th annual Convention in Minneapolis.
The packed room of journalists representing outlets such as USA Today, MSNBC, Huffington Post, HLN and The Grio enjoyed a buffet breakfast along with a sneak peek of the new season of “Iyanla: Fix My Life.” The audience gasped and swooned during the premiere episode preview, which features two Louisville, KY pastors who reveal to their congregation that they’re gay.
Following the screening, Kelley Carter — Buzzfeed editor and chair of the NABJ A&E Task Force – led the Q&A discussion where Iyanla offered insight on what it’s like working with the various individuals she coaches on her show.
She touched briefly on her interest in Ferguson, MO and shared funny thoughts on relationships (“I don’t know why people ask me for marriage advice. I’ve been divorced 3 times!”) and her huge respect for Ms. Winfrey (“We are sisters, but she’s also my boss!”).
Following the Q&A, select outlets (Huffington Post, Comcast, Miami Times, TheGrio, Chicago Sun-Times, WMYD TV 20 and the Detroit Free Press) got a chance to conduct one-on-one interviews with Iyanla.
The reporters were instructed to hold their stories about the show until the week of premiere (Sept 19). At noon, Iyanla headed over to the NABJ Social Media Lounge in the Convention Center, where she participated in a brief “Tweet-Up,” hosted by student journalists from Texas Southern, University of Missouri, and Florida A&M University.
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