*On the Monday, July 20th edition of “Tamron Hall,” “The Dissenters” co-hosts Emmy Award-winning actress Debra Messing and entrepreneur, activist and lawyer Mandana Dayani joined Tamron to discuss their vision for the podcast that launched in May.
When asked what she wanted to accomplish through the launch of their podcast, Messing said: “Mandana and I every day just send each other articles of people who are extraordinary and are doing extraordinary things and we’re both nerds and we fangirl over people like this.”
Commenting on their conversation with co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, Patrisse Cullors, which was recorded for the podcast prior to the protests surrounding George Floyd’s murder, Dayani said: “At the time she was building the reform jail movement and to be honest Debra and I didn’t know enough about it and I think we used that conversation as an opportunity to understand why does the prison system need reform? And what is the vision for the future? And it was so illuminating for the both of us.”
Dayani shared what she would say to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg if she appeared on the podcast, which was named after Ginsburg’s iconic “I dissent” slogan: “Can I have your phone number and can we be friends? Debra and I just want to hang out with her so badly. You have to understand that for Debra and I these are the biggest celebrities in the world and we worship and love them. Ruth Bader Ginsburg has fought for the rights of so many people, she’s such a visionary and such a leader and so many of our lives are better because she has done the work that she’s done.”
Messing chimed in to add: “Look, Ruth we named it after you. So you know, let’s make it happen.”
Later on today’s show, Tamron was joined by Harvard Medical School’s First Black Woman Class President LaShyra ‘Lash’ Nolen, who opened up what this historical moment means to her: “I think me being in such a privileged position, being at Harvard Medical School, I knew that it was time to use my platform and speak the truth because I think for so long we’ve been silenced. And it’s about time that we start telling the world what we’ve been going through.”
Now a Fulbright Scholar, Class President at Loyola Marymount University and a Presidential Citation winner, Nolen shared her commitment to using her position to create positive change for her community, saying: “I think from the very first time that I recognized that I was the first Black woman to be president at Harvard Medical School, the thing that came into my mind was ‘how do I make sure that I’m not the last person to uphold this position?’ And I think that sometimes we have this idea that when someone achieves something and they’re the first, that means that that’s progression for an entire community, but we’ve seen that not to be true because even under President Obama’s presidency, we still saw the continued oppression of Black people.”
She added: “So I think something that I’ve always tried to keep in the back of my mind is that even as I get more accolades and more leadership positions, how do I make sure that it’s a collective movement and improvement of the condition for the people that I represent?”
On how she’s using her leadership role to make an impact, Nolen said: “I think that when you finally have the opportunity to have a seat at the table, it’s important to continue to apply pressure. I think that the beauty of having the role like Student Body President is that suddenly your initiatives and your passion for social justice become the initiatives and passions of the institution because you really get to set the agenda.”
Following are highlights for Tamron Hall for the week of July 20, 2020. Please note: lineup is subject to change.
Tuesday, July 21: Actor Dylan McDermott on his hit Netflix show “Hollywood.” Plus, the Reopening of America: from restaurants and clothing stores to movie theaters – checking in with businesses across the country that are reopening. And, the obstacles faced by residents of Flint, Michigan, where there is still a clean water crisis in addition to COVID-19. Also, Dr. Mike, a doctor on a mission to tackle COVID-19 misinformation. (OAD: 5/19/20)
Wednesday, July 22: Caring for mental health during the pandemic: Tamron talks to actress Debbi Morgan on her emotional Instagram post; two men grieving the loss of their best friend, local hero police officer Charles “Rob” Roberts, to COVID-19; married podcasters who say coronavirus heightened the wife’s depression; and writer Shanita Hubbard, who apologizes for being anxious, irritated, and uncharacteristically impatient during quarantine. (OAD: 5/20/20)
Thursday, July 23: Legendary style icon Andre Leon Talley discusses his revealing new memoir about the glamorous and cutthroat world of fashion. Plus, Pets in the Pandemic: how our pets have helped us get through quarantine. And, Drs. Erin and Ben Schroeder, the married team of veterinarians from Nat Geo WILD’s popular series, “Heartland Docs, DVM.” (OAD: 5/21/20)
Friday, July 24: “Hear Us Now,” a special Tamron Hall show, showcases the voices of young Americans who are marching, protesting, and demanding change in the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing. It’s an important hour for listening, understanding and coming together as a community. (OAD: 6/12/20)