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Straight Black Talk W TAD, KEISHA AND ASE, Guest Atty Ezili Danto

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Ezili Dantò is the founder and President of Ezili's Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network ("HLLN"), a network of lawyers, activists, concerned individuals and grassroots organizations dedicated to institutionalizing the rule of law and protecting the civil and cultural rights of Haitians at home and abroad. Ezili Dantò, (colonially named "Marguerite Laurent") was born Haiti. HLLN is a Haitian-led, capacity building organization. Ezili's HLLN runs the Ezili Dantò Listserve, reaching over three-and-a-half million readers with its postings and newsletters. HLLN closely monitors the situation in Haiti, issues its own news analysis, position statements, counters the colonial narrative on Haiti and informs about events that are not covered in the mainstream press. Ms. Dantò is an award winning playwright, a writer, performance poet and an entertainment attorney who has represented many top Hip Hop artist over the last 15 years including some members of Public Enemy and the Last Poets. Ezili Dantò is a pro-democracy Haitian-American activist who was once, from 1994-1995, legal advisor to President Jean Bertrand Aristide of Haiti. Ezili Dantò is an award winning playwright, a performance poet, writer, Vodun dance choreographer and human rights activist attorney. She was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and raised in Stamford, CT. She holds a BA from Boston College.

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