Iyanla Vanzant Almost Killed In Jamaica
Many had the pleasure of listening to Iyanla Vanzant as the keynote speaker of the 2017 National Book Conference in Atlanta, Ga. on July 27-30th. And while receiving her Walter Mosley Author of Distinction Award during their dinner in the Intercontinental of Buckhead, Vanzant delivered, what some would describe as a moving speech, addressing a room full of book lovers, creative writers and so much more.
The OWN television star greeted her guests, however, made sure to remind them that she was NOT a reality star and will never consider her top-rated show to be a reality television show.
“If you are feeling uncertain about the future of this country, about your future. I have two words for you; fear not,” Vanzant charged the crowd. While never mentioning the president’s name directly, Vanzant referenced some of the confusion and anxiety the county is undergoing due to its leadership. “I don’t pay attention to anyone tweeting orders,” she laughed.
However, on a more serious note, Vanzant also reminded her crowd of attendees, which was mainly filled with African American women, to never forget about their heritage and where they came from .
“You come from a stock of women who without having Tylenol or Excedrin or Midol would go into the field, squat and birth a baby and then put the baby on their back and continue picking cotton. You come from strength, tenacity, it’s in you. Fear not,” Vanzant said earnestly. She continued speaking of some of the conditions slaves endured compared to the issues we deal with today, especially as Black women. “Pull from the spirit of your ancestors to get you through. They are there cheering you on. Letting you know that you can do it. If you get quiet you can hear them chanting. You can do it.”
Ms. Vanzant also made sure to share her own personal testimony where she’d almost died while on vacation in Jamaica. This is also where she was reminded, once again, of just how precious her life is and how important it was for her to walk in her own purpose.
“When you see me, come and speak to me. I’d rather you speak than ask me to take a picture. Asking me for a picture makes me uncomfortable because I’m not a celebrity. I’m a teacher. I’m a mother. I’m a grandmother, and now I’m an elder. Can you believe that? But celebrity no. I’m just doing my ministry and that happens to be on television. It’s not reality TV,” she said adamantly.
She continues on by saying: “No my show is about me doing the work, I was put here to do and it just happens to be unscripted and is on television, but please let them know it’s not reality television.”
“I’m happy to see so many of us on television. I’m just not supportive of some of the ways we show up and represent ourselves.”
“We are in a time when prayer and God are going to be the only things we have. You must rely on G-O-D.”
Wow! So, what are your thoughts on her powerful speech and the story behind who she is and where she comes from? Did she move and inspire you to be better?
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