FIRST LOOK: OWN’s ‘Lifeclass’ Talks Colorism; Iyanla Vanzant Begins New Show


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Colorism is a backward mindset that’s plagued people of color for centuries and Oprah Winfrey and Iyanla Vanzant want to do something about it.

Tonight the two women will host an “Oprah Winfrey’s Lifeclass” event discussing the taboo topic, where lighter skin is deemed preferable than darker skin, that affects communities across the globe, whether on Chicago’s Southside, Mumbai or Salvador, Bahia.

“It’s the light-skinned, dark-skinned prejudice where people of color discriminate against each other within their own race,” Winfrey explains during the show that will air tonight at 9 p.m. EST on Winfrey’s network.

A clip from the episode shows Vanzant, a spiritual life coach, working with two women, helping them to see the beauty in their brown skin. The show was taped with a live studio audience and viewers joining in via social media from around the world, they speak about the impact of colorism on self-esteem, an OWN press release states. Actress Tika Sumpter, star of OWN’s “The Haves and The Have Nots,”  Skypes in to discuss the impact her parents had on her self-perception growing up.

Take a look at a few clips that OWN offered from tonight’s show. The first one is a promo for the show and the second talks about how colorism’s impact around the globe.

Oprah and Iyanla Vanzant Address Colorism on Oprah’s Lifeclass
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How Colorism Affects People Around the World
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In other OWN-related news, Vanzant, will be in Washington, D.C. on Sunday offering free one-on-one advice for her new show, “Help Desk.” The network’s latest effort is hosted by spiritual leader Deepak Chopra’s son, Gotham Chopra. Vanzant will be at Union Station’s East Hall from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST and from 2:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. EST on Sunday. Visit for additional information.

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