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Actress, Producer Gina Belafonte to Headline Newhouse School’s 12th Annual Conversation on Race and Entertainment Media
A screening of her documentary film, “Sing Your Song,” will be held Feb. 12
Actress and producer Gina Belafonte will visit the Newhouse School on Wednesday, Feb. 13, as a guest of the school’s 12th Annual Conversation on Race and Entertainment Media, hosted by Professor of Practice Richard Dubin. The conversation will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium in Newhouse 3. A screening of the documentary film “Sing Your Song,” which Belafonte helped produce, will be held the previous evening, Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Follow on Twitter at #raceandmedia.
Belafonte is the youngest child of well-known singer, actor and activist Harry Belafonte and his wife, Julie. “Sing Your Song” focuses on her father’s life and legacy. The film was invited to compete in the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and chosen as the opening night documentary selection.
Belafonte began her entertainment career as a theater actress at age 14. After graduating from the High School of Performing Arts, she worked in production on the 1980 film “Fame,” directed by Alan Parker. She continued to work in film and theater and, after graduating from SUNY Purchase, toured with the National Shakespeare Company in the title role of Romeo and Juliet.
She later joined the Mirror Repertory Company in New York City before moving to Hollywood to begin working in television. She appeared in many guest-starring roles and played the role of Carmela Pagan on the TV show “The Commish” for two years. She also produced theater in Los Angeles and worked at Baltimore Spring Creek Pictures, founded by Barry Levinson and Paula Weinstein.
Belafonte is co-founder of The Gathering for Justice, a multicultural, multi-generational organization that deals with the issues of youth incarceration and the criminalization of poverty.
She splits her time between Los Angeles and New York City.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kristen Northrop at 315-443-7358 or firstname.lastname@example.org.