*On Monday’s “Tamron Hall,” Tamron speaks with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms who has clashed with Georgia Governor Brian Kemp over his decision to reopen select businesses while she continues to urge people to stay home.
During the interview, among other topics, Tamron asked the mayor about recent reports that two prominent Atlanta celebrities, 2 Chainz and Tyler Perry, planned to reopen their respective Atlanta businesses.
Rap star and beloved Atlanta resident 2 Chainz, who owns two restaurants in Atlanta, initially planned to reopen his eateries in hopes of bringing back the nearly 80% of his staff currently laid off. In just the last several days, he’s reconsidered and will only offer customers take-out with a full reopening tabled for now.
On 2 Chainz being a business owner who has chosen to prioritize the health and welfare of his employees at this uncertain time, the mayor said, “I know that 2 Chainz and his wife Kesha have a loving heart for our community that really is unparalleled. So I know for them when he talks about laying off 80% of his employees, there are faces and there are families that go along with that. But I was so glad that he reached out to me and told me that he would not be opening because he is listening to reason and logic and what he is saying is that I am not going to risk putting my employees in harm’s way because we are opening up too soon. There will be a day when we’ll get back to business as usual and we will be able to go to restaurants and embrace each other again. We just aren’t there yet.”
Tyler Perry is considering reopening the Tyler Perry Studios with certain parameters, which have been reported to include screening employees for fever before entering the production facility and having the cast and crew live on-site until the end of the production.
Perry also noted he would not move forward with any plan without first discussing with Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.
On Perry’s tentative plan, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms commented, “I think Tamron, we all agree it has to be a phased approach and I’ve not discussed this in detail with Tyler but I think it’s a very different situation if you know that you have a set of people who have not tested positive and they are living in a contained area. But that’s something I would want to get input from our health experts on. We know we are going to have to phase in this economic recovery. So I can even see us opening up dental offices perhaps and medical offices and places where people have access to PPE and know the appropriate way to put it on but when I see pictures of people getting their beards trimmed without a mask on, we know you are putting one another at risk and that’s what this is all about, it’s about not putting each other at risk, especially in a city and in a state where so many people have underlying health conditions that often make this virus deadly.”
Also on Monday’s “Tamron Hall,” Tamron explores the reality of poverty and hunger during the COVID-19 pandemic and talks to Reverend Dr. William J. Barber, II, one of the most passionate voices in the fight for food, financial assistance, and essential service during this pandemic. Plus: baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr. on how he is pitching in to help strike out hunger. And: a hog farmer who is dreading her farm’s future for the first time in 42 years; and a dad using food lines for the first time to feed his family.
The following are highlights for Tamron Hall for the week of April 27, 2020. Please note: content is all-new and lineup is subject to change.
Monday, April 27: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who disagrees with the Georgia governor’s plan to start reopening the state. Plus, Hunger in America: Tamron explores the reality of poverty and hunger during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tamron talks to Reverend Dr. William J. Barber, II, one of the most passionate voices in the fight for food, financial assistance, and essential service during this pandemic; baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr. on how he is pitching in to help strike out hunger; a hog farmer who is dreading her farm’s future for the first time in 42 years; and a dad using food lines for the first time to feed his family.
Tuesday, April 28: TV and radio personality Bevy Smith shares her story about tragically losing her father, she believes, to COVID-19, while he was living in a nursing home. Plus, an important conversation about how nursing homes have become the epicenter for the COVID-19 crisis and what can be done moving forward.
Wednesday, April 29: Pamela Adlon (executive producer, writer, director, and actress) on the season finale of “Better Things.” Plus, quarantined with teens: advice on dealing with the emotional toll COVID-19 is taking on teens, from the big moments they will never get to experience, like proms and graduations, to implications for college admissions. And, one young woman’s dream of Olympic gold now on hold.
Thursday, April 30: Singer and songwriter JoJo discusses her upcoming album and timing of her next tour. Plus, how the fashion industry and celebrity designers are using their talents to make a difference during this crisis. And, checking in with one of the up-and-coming designers previously featured on Tamron Hall.
Friday, May 1: “Mixed-ish” star Tika Sumpter with a sneak peek at the season finale and her latest project helping new moms. Plus, actor Peter Gallagher (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” and “Grace and Frankie”). And, tips on taking care of your hair, nails, skin, and more from home.