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Iyanla Vanzant (right) talks with Brenda Thompson, mother of R&B recording artist and reality TV star Syleena Johnson, on the July 27 episode of "Iyanla: Fix My Life." (Courtesy of oprah.com)

Iyanla Vanzant (right) talks with Brenda Thompson, mother of R&B recording artist and reality TV star Syleena Johnson, on the July 27 episode of "Iyanla: Fix My Life." (Courtesy of oprah.com)

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