*On Wednesday’s edition (10.16.19) of “Tamron Hall,” Tamron sat down with convicted murderer Cyntoia Brown (Nashville, TN) in her first nationally syndicated talk show interview to discuss her path to redemption and finding her faith and love.
When looking back, Cyntoia never thought people would listen to her story, saying: “I always felt that I wasn’t heard. It was always an assumption that I didn’t have a voice because the system had stripped me of that very early.”
On what people don’t know about minors and the world of sex trafficking, Cyntoia said: “I think a lot of times we have a misconception of domestic sex trafficking especially as it pertains to minors in this country. Many times it’s not the situation that someone is taken by gunpoint from a bus stop. Many times it’s just a little bit of finessing. Many young girls who are caught up in sex trafficking, they’ll tell you ‘this is my boyfriend, not my pimp’ and that’s what I believed.”
On what happened the night of the murder and why Cyntoia believes that she and Johnny were both victims: “There were so many decisions that were made that I wasn’t equipped to make and it’s just unfortunate and a tragedy all around.”
On meeting with Johnny Allen’s family, Cyntoia said: “You know, I would absolutely agree to a meeting with them if they ever felt that’s what they were ready to do. Of course I couldn’t push that on anyone. Everybody processes things differently, deals with grief differently, but if they feel that is something they need for closure, I would absolutely oblige.”
After only being free for 70 days, Cyntoia recalled her first night of freedom, sayring: “It was great! Freedom is natural, people aren’t supposed to be confined. It’s unnatural, that’s what takes getting adjusted to.”
On her struggle to find her faith and the path she took to believing God could set her free, Cyntoia shared: “God gave me this testimony so I could be here, so that I could talk about everything that I experienced and so that other people might be set free through it.”
Tamron and Cyntoia were later joined by former prosecutor Tennessee Preston Shipp who shared how he reconciled his relationship with Cyntoia and his worries about similar juvenile cases like Cyntoia’s that don’t receive the same media attention from celebrities like Kim Kardashian West and Rihanna: “The United States is the only country in the world that will tell a child that they’re going to die in prison. Cyntoia is a wonderful example, but she is not the exception. We’re sitting here because of the Twitter account of a lot of celebrities, there’s a lot of people out there whose names are never going to be hashtags.” In a related interview, women’s prison rights advocate Topeka Sam shared her personal story and decisions she made as a young woman that put her behind bars. In an emotional message to all women in prison, she said: “To all my sisters incarcerated – whether in a county jail, in a federal prison or state prison you have women who are out here fighting for your liberation, women who’ve slept in the same prison bunk that you’ve slept in, women who have lost their children and left their children in the system that is completely stripping the dignity of our sisters…there is a movement happening to make sure you come home just like the rest of us.”
Listings for “Tamron Hall” the week of October 14 are below. Upcoming, highlights include singer and actress Jordin Sparks on motherhood and her return to Broadway.
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“Tamron Hall” Upcoming Listings:
Thursday, October 17: Singer and actress Jordin Sparks on motherhood and her return to Broadway. Plus: two moms who gave birth to their daughters after having groundbreaking uterine transplants.
Friday, October 18: Inside the opioid epidemic in America.