“Tamron Hall” continues to celebrate the show’s “Wildest Dreams” month with today’s announcement of Tamrons Usher Giveaway, a special opportunity for two viewers to win the trip of a lifetime, traveling with Tamron to Las Vegas to see R&B sensation Usher perform live at his “My Way” residency.
Plus, Tamron welcomed British Vogue editor-in-chief, Edward Enninful, who joined the show to discuss his new memoir, “A Visible Man.” He shared advice he received from his good friend, actor Idris Elba about writing the book, which details Enninful’s extensive career in fashion including being the first gay, Black, male editor-in-chief in the magazine’s history. Enninful also recalled the dark time in his life when he feared he was losing his vision. Later, Tamron had a powerful and deeply emotional sit-down with country music star Ty Herndon who reflected on his recent suicide attempt and how the moment led to his new album, “Jacob,” before performing his new song “God Or The Gun” on television for the first time for the Tam Fam audience. See what he had to say inside…
Edward Enninful on how Idris Elba encouraged him to write his memoir, “A Visible Man”:
“That’s why I called it ‘A Visible Man,’ you know, I’m Black, I’m gay, I’m working class, I’m a refugee, everything that was supposed to make me invisible so, every step of my life has been to show that I am worth it.” When asked about his good friend Idris Elba’s influence in writing the book Enninful shared, “It was lockdown and I went for a walk with Idris and I said ‘Idris, I’ve been asked to write my memoir so many times but I feel like this is the right time, we’re in lockdown, the world is upside down,’ and Idris said, ‘My man! If you write a book, show us the good life, the high life, you roll with presidents and leaders and the most beautiful women in the world.’ And I was like, ‘that’s not my story. It’s part of my story, but that’s not my story, and my story is really, it’s about, just somebody from the outside who wasn’t supposed to be an editor for Vogue.’”
Edward Enninful on his journey battling vision loss:
“I always say you know, I’ll never have perfect vision, but I have vision. I never had great eyesight and I remember there was a period where I was working and when I say working like nonstop day and night and I just saw these flashes of light and when I went to a hospital and my retina was detaching, so had the first surgery and you know, when you have a surgery, retinal surgery, you have to look – they put a bubble in your eye so you have to look down for three weeks at a time. Then it happened a second time when I thought it was fine. Then it happened a third time. And then the fourth time I just knew that there was a power somewhere that really wanted me to do what I do. I went into a depression. I thought you know, the fashion industry, I thought everybody had forgotten about me, cause I didn’t work for two years, but a lot of people didn’t even notice that you were gone. So it was a very dark time. But the brilliant thing is when people are suffering, when you’re suffering, whether it’s illness, mental health, or whatever. I just went straight to see a shrink, because I’m from England, apparently shrinks – we don’t do, we don’t do that. And I lived in New York at the time and I really went and slowly, slowly I started getting over the biggest fear. Can you imagine? I need my eyes. I’m a visual person and having to go through all this, but I’ll tell you in that dark room, all those months, I just kept dreaming bigger and larger, kaleidoscope, more colors. It inspired so many incredible images. So when I came out of that dark part of my life I got a job at British Vogue, I said to myself, ‘you’re good to see the world in multicolor. In all its shades and really that’s, that’s what happened.”