Tezlyn Figaro Television Sizzle
As the Founder of the award-winning Tezlyn Figaro Communications Group, Tezlyn Figaro, a certified Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil, Circuit, and Appellate Conflict Resolution Mediator and trainer provides communications solutions, political strategy, crisis management, and customized training for America's most influential political, social, and cultural leaders.
Tezlyn is a sought-after public speaker whose prophetic and powerful message stirs the conscience and inspires listeners across demographics. She is the host of the "Straight Shot, No Chaser" podcast on Charlamagne Tha God Tha God's Black Effect Podcast Network on iHeartRadio, the largest digital radio and music streaming service in America.
In addition to hosting her weekly podcast, Tezlyn curates the Front-Page News daily on the popular nationally syndicated in over 90 markets, hall of fame radio show, The Breakfast Club. The Breakfast Club is also seen daily on Black Entertainment Television (BET).
Tezlyn is the host of ‘Tez on Ten’ a television show centered on Black American issues on REVOLT Television, the space for unapologetic, authoritative voices of Hip Hop culture.
She can also be seen sharing her independent, nonpartisan, black-centered perspective as a political contributor on Revolt Black News, The Hill, Fox News, MSNBC, The Grio, and more.
As Founder, instructional designer, and lead trainer for the 'Push the Line' nonpartisan political training program, Tezlyn developed the core program curriculum framework and successfully organized over 300 political candidates, operatives, and organizers from all over America to attend a 12-hour in-person boot camp in Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, she offers continuing online education for hundreds of participants aged 16 to 60 years old yearly. Tezlyn has also served in a leadership capacity as campaign manager, communications director, and political director on dozens of federal, state, and local political campaigns.
Tezlyn was featured as the senior public policy consultant for Attorney Benjamin Crump in the award-winning documentary Civil on Netflix. Tezlyn has led public policy strategy for high-profile clients of the Ben Crump Law Firm, including but not limited to the following: The George Floyd family, Monroe Bird, the assault victims of former Oklahoma City Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw, the victims of the Flint water crisis, and the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. Her involvement has led to numerous States and Cities duplicating her strategies, which resulted in the immediate implementation of police reform public policy on the state and local levels of Government.
In 2023, Tezlyn was the recipient of the 'Champion of Change' award by the UCLA Black Law Students Association. Tezlyn also received the 2023 U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Entrepreneur of the year and 2023 Black Leading Women Executive Award by Equiliberty.
As Senior Political Consultant for the Ben Crump Law Firm, Tezlyn contributed her expertise to the historic George Floyd Case. Tezlyn's work included but is not limited to public policy strategy and media booking for Attorney Crump on Court TV and other national outlets. Additionally, Tezlyn and Attorney Crump jointly appeared on the nationally syndicated show The Breakfast Club.
In addition, Tezlyn also served as Senior Advisor for the George Floyd Foundation on various projects such as the George Floyd Hologram project with Change.org and The Eddie Robinson Legacy Scholarship Fund
Tezlyn also provided public policy strategy and onsite communications messaging during the historic George Floyd Justice in Policing Act 2020 congressional testimony hearing at the United States Congress in Washington, D.C.
Tezlyn also provided assistance coordinating efforts between the George Floyd Foundation and the Texas Legislative Black Caucus for the historic Texas George Floyd Act.
As Senior Political Consultant for the Ben Crump Law Firm, Tezlyn contributed her expertise to the historic Flint Waster crisis. Tezlyn's work included but is not limited to a political strategy, media relations, media booking, community advocacy, and assisting in organizing over 2000 Flint residents, which resulted in a historic $600 million settlement.
Through her extensive relationships with major media networks and her expertise in rapid response communications, Tezlyn was able to garner national and international media attention for clients whose stories are often ignored. After learning about the case of Daniel Holtzclaw, an Oklahoma City police officer accused of raping multiple Black women in his custody, she immediately enlisted Benjamin Crump, the lead attorney in the Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown cases, for legal counsel click here for clip. She withstood opposition from city leaders and raised the profile of the case while living next door to the police station Holtzclaw was assigned. Forging forward in her role as the chief publicist, she led the media strategy through the sentencing period, in which Holtzclaw received a record 263-year sentence for his heinous crimes. Outlets including MSNBC, CNN and FOX News covered the story, and 60 minutes aired a featured segment on the case. Tezlyn’s bold approach and impassioned support of the survivors led her to the United Nations, where she provided testimony on behalf of the victims during the truth and reconciliation tribunal hearings.
After noting a lack of media coverage for Monroe Bird III, the 21-year-old denied medical coverage for a gunshot wound that left him paralyzed (a wound that would later be fatal) in an altercation with a security guard, Tezlyn re-enlisted Benjamin Crump for legal counsel. Working directly with Crump and his legal team, she spearheaded the communications efforts that resulted in national network coverage, including an investigative feature on Crime Watch Daily.
Tezlyn initiated and led the rapid response and crisis communication efforts on the Orlando Pulse nightclub shootings and the Dallas police shootings. She booked over 80 national media appearances within the first hour of the Pulse nightclub shootings for the elected representatives of Orlando, Commissioner Patty Sheehan and Commissioner Regina Hill. Tezlyn convened a national press conference, drafted key talking points and booked numerous media interviews with national and international outlets for the Next Generation Action Network during the Dallas police shootings.
In 2016, she served as National Racial Justice Director for the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. Her work in this senior leadership role was pivotal to several successes during the campaign, including the historic win in the Michigan primary race. In Michigan, Tezlyn arranged a meeting with families impacted by the Flint water crisis and Senator Sanders. The earned media generated from the meeting elevated the crisis to the national political stage, with Sanders referencing the meeting during the Flint presidential debate, in subsequent campaign advertisements and during campaign rallies.
As Founder and President of the Allied Group, a Florida staffing firm that employed over 300 people during the 2010 recession, Tezlyn was the recipient of awards highlighting her dedication to community service and excellence in business. In 2009, she was named the Cadillac Community Influencer of the year. She has also named the 2010 Orlando Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” and the 2012 Orlando Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” finalist.
Tezlyn holds a Bachelor of Science in management and a masters degree in adult education and training. Tezlyn is also a certified Florida Supreme Court civil, circuit and appellate conflict resolution mediator and approved trainer.