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TV host Iyanla Vanzant to 'fix' Baltimore this week

TV host Iyanla Vanzant to 'fix' Baltimore this week

Iyanla Vanzant is coming to Baltimore this week to host a "healing service" for the city.

The host of "Iyanla: Fix My Life" will tape three sessions this week at West Baltimore's Empowerment Temple, the church announced.

"The people are in pain and need a way to get through it," Empowerment Temple pastor Rev. Jamal Harrison Bryant said Tuesday.

The death of Freddie Gray -- the 25-year-old West Baltimore man who suffered a severe spinal cord injury in police custody -- "pulled off the Bandaid for something that required open heart surgery," Bryant said.

He hopes the event will be a sort of group therapy for people to discuss economic oppression and violence, among other issues.

Vanzant, an Upper Marlboro resident, volunteered to host the sessions, Bryant said.  

Tuesday's event will focus on men, Wednesday's on women and Thursday's on the community.  Each session will begin at 7 p.m. and will be taped for a podcast, although not aired on Vanzant's show.

Vanzant was a frequent guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show before launching her show on the OWN network. Each episode focuses on fixing a person's problem -- often a family dispute or a relationship conflict. 

Bryant has joined in many rallies and marches in the weeks following the death of Gray.

He led a march that shut down traffic on Interstate 395 Tuesday morning to protest Gov. Larry Hogan's decision to fund a $30 million youth jail while cutting funding for city schools. 

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