Gayle King to Host CBS ‘Early Show’: Meet 4 Successful Black Women Who Once Worked for Oprah

Gayle King to Host CBS 'Early Show': Meet 4 Successful Black Women Who Once Worked for Oprah

Iyanla Vanzant rocketed to fame in the late 1990s and became a regular fixture on the “Oprah” show until she famously left HARPO to pursue her own talk show at another network. The show lasted one season.

Ebony magazine once named Vanzant one of the 100 Most Influential Black Americans and said that “Her books, lectures and television appearances have made her a multimedia high priestess of healthy relationships.”

Oprah recently welcomed Iyanla back into the HARPO fold after a long painful path Vanzant traveled in her personal life. A series of personal tragedies and missteps led to her writing her most recent self-help book, Peace from Broken Pieces, which topped the New York Times best-seller list.

Vanzant and Oprah are currently working together as co-hosts of “Oprah’s Lifeclass,” a self-help program that showcases all of Oprah’s lessons, revelations and aha moments over the past 25 years of her prior talk show. According to O’s Facebook page, she and Vanzant are breaking these moments down and serving them up as lessons “to help make your life better, happier, bigger, richer — more fulfilling.” –kathleen cross

Kathleen Cross is the author of Skin Deep, visit for more information.

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