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Sekou Laidlow Speacking to Community Black Boys NY

I am a product of strong communities, and see my artistry as an extension of my responsibility to my community. I bring deep passion for using my storytelling craft to empower others to tell their stories. One of the ways this plays out is as the co-host of the  "Let Me Introduce Myself" podcast where me and my dear brother Maxime Paul make space for Black men to explore our humanity,  blackness, and everything in between.


I've had the honor of serving as Artist in Residence for the Campaign for Black Male Achievement's "Rumble Young Man Rumble" convening in at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, KY, and the "Mountaintop" Gathering: A Multi-Faith Movement for Justice in Atlanta, GA. Internationally, I've performed in the villages of Brazil, Botswana, and South Africa. I've supported rites of passage programs in churches and served as the  Director of the Drama Ministry at the Greater Allen Cathedral of New York for a decade. 

Currently, I serve on the Board of Directors of Beautiful Ventures, a Black-led social enterprise that builds community, skill, narrative power, and wealth of Black, story-driven creatives and their communities. I am ordained clergy in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and see all of my artistry, community involvement and justice work as an extension of my life's calling. 

Board of Directors holding large book Clips and Conversation
Sekou laidlow with group of people-Moral Leadership South Africa
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