Gina Belafonte is an award-winning Producer, Director, Actress, Educator, Prison Abolitionist and Freedom Activist. Co-founder of Sankofa.org, Gina has been using art as a tool for over 25 years to communicate messages of hope and civic engagement. Since its creation in 2013 Sankofa.org has been on the front lines and at the intersection of art and activism, organizing thousands to stand up for justice. As one of the lead organizers, Gina helped create one of the largest Marches in US history, as a Women's March Los Angeles co-Chair, MC and producer. One of Gina's favorite things is collaboration and she has contributed to and partnered on many projects with artists such as Whoopi Goldberg, Alfre Woodard, Billy Porter, Laverne Cox, Jesse Williams, Douglas Miles, Shepard Farey, Ernesto Farrell, Hank Willis Thomas and For Freedoms to name a few. Her leadership at Sankofa.org has led to some of the largest Voting campaigns in US history. "Art has a unique way of opening hearts and minds. Giving audiences an opportunity to see themselves reflected in the art itself. Art not only show's the world as it is but as it could be."
As an artist, Gina has produced several international and critically acclaimed documentaries that have been seen on HBO, PBS and Prime, some of which include Sing Your Song, A Survivor's Guide To Prison, and The March.
Born and raised in New York City, Gina Belafonte has spent her life in the arenas of entertainment and activism where her professional work thrives today. As the youngest child of Julie and Harry Belafonte, whose impact in these fields is among the most influential and progressive in the world, Gina’s passions come as no surprise.
Gina was the lead producer on the internationally acclaimed documentary film, SING YOUR SONG, exploring the extraordinary life and legacy of Harry Belafonte that was selected as the opening film for the Sundance Film Festival