Most of the highest-rated shows for Iyanla Vanzant’s “Fix My Life” are shows about the baby mama problem in the black community. She recently pushed this cash cow for the network even further by gathering a group of men who have enough children to form nine baseball teams.
The star of the show was Jay Williams, the biological father of a 34 children by 17 different women. Iyanla brought Williams out first for a heart-felt segment about the irresponsible choices of him and the many women who kept having unprotected sex with him.
The studio audience was all-female, many of them being mothers of his children. That’s when she brought out five other black men who also don’t care much for using protection. The six men, altogether, have had 87 kids, and since none of them are millionaires, it’s probably safe to say that these kids are mostly dependent on their mothers for financial support.
“It is no secret that there is an epidemic of children growing up without fathers. Although we have been more than willing to blame men for their role, we are not as vocal about the role women have played in the experience unless we are judging them,” Vanzant said on Oprah.com. “The Jay Williams story about one man, 34 children, 17 women and an opportunity for self-reflective healing is taking that conversation to another level.”
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