Iyanla Vanzant was born in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from the Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York in 1978 and earned a law degree from the City University of New York Law School at Queens College in 1988. She was a public defender in Philadelphia for three years.
She is an author, inspirational speaker, and talk show host. She is the author of several books including Peace from Broken Pieces, Acts of Faith: Daily Meditations for People of Color, Up from Here: Reclaiming the Male Spirit, and Yesterday, I Cried: Celebrating the Lessons of Living and Loving. She is the host of Iyanla: Fix My Life.