LaDonna Batiste-Williams
Key information
Birth place New Orleans, Louisiana
Status Alive
Profession Bar owner and manager
Relationships Antoine Batiste - ex-husband
Behind the scenes
Portrayed by Khandi Alexander
Season 1, 2, 3 & 4
First episode "Do You Know What it Means"
Last episode "...To Miss New Orleans"
Appearances 36 episodes (see below)
LaDonna Batiste-Williams is a tavern owner and manager in New Orleans. She also takes care of her elderly mother, who refuses to leave the city for fear that LaDonna's younger brother Daymo, who has been missing since the storm, will return and be unable to find his family. She commutes between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, where her sons are living with her husband, a dentist. 

In "Knock With Me - Rock With Me" she & her husband move into her in laws house while they look for a new house, but LaDonna moves out into a hotel because she can't take her in laws & the way they are treating her. In "On Your Way Down", LaDonna is robbed, raped and beaten in her own bar. In "I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say" Larry & LaDonna move into a new home.

In "Poor Man's Paradise" LaDonna's bar is burned down by one of her rapists. In "Tipitina", the third season finale, a benefit is held for LaDonna & her bar. LaDonna & Big Chief Albert Lambreaux's relationship develops into a romance.

In "Yes We Can Can" LaDonna & Albert are dating and she & Larry are in the process of divorcing, LaDonna is still living at the hotel.

Behind the scenesEdit

LaDonna Batiste-Williams is a major character in the first, second, third and fourth seasons. She is played by starring cast member Khandi Alexander.


Season one appearances
Do You Know What It Means Meet De Boys on the Battlefront Right Place, Wrong Time At the Foot of Canal Street
Shame, Shame, Shame Shallow Water, Oh Mama Smoke My Peace Pipe All On a Mardi Gras Day
Wish Someone Would Care I'll Fly Away
Season two appearances
Accentuate the Positive Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky On Your Way Down Santa Claus, Do You Ever Get the Blues?
Slip Away Feels Like Rain Carnival Time Can I Change My Mind?
What Is New Orleans? That's What Lovers Do Do Watcha Wanna
Season three appearances
"Knock with Me – Rock with Me" "Saints" "Me Donkey Want Water" "The Greatest Love"
"I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say" "Careless Love" "Promised Land" "Don't You Leave Me Here"
"Poor Man's Paradise" "Tipitina"
Season four appearances
"Yes We Can Can" "This City" "Dippermouth Blues"
"Sunset on Louisianne" "...To Miss New Orleans"
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