Gina Belafonte is the producer of Sing Your Song, a film focused on the personal history and extraordinary events of her father Harry Belafonte's life and legacy. A committed social activist, Belafonte has dedicated the last ten years of her life to gang intervention and issues of youth incarceration. For the last six of those years, she followed her father around the world to bring together her art and activism with Sing Your Song. Prior to helping found The Gathering For Justice, a multi-cultural, multi-generational nonprofit organization that deals with youth incarceration and the criminalization of poverty, Belafonte spent several years acting on stage and television with notable roles with the National Shakespeare Company and in the TV Series, The Commish. She works internationally with artists and organizations developing the concepts and promoting the belief in interdependence. She continues to produce, act, and direct for theater, television, and film.
Award-winning artist Simone Leigh creates sculpture, videos and installations informed by her interest in African art, ethnographic research, feminism and performance. Leigh received the 2013 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award. She is a Creative Capital Grantee (2012) and a recipient of the LMCC Michael Richards award (2012). Leigh has been awarded the 2011 Joan Mitchell Foundation grant for Sculpture; The artist-in-residence program at the Studio Museum in Harlem from 2010–11; The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace program, Bronx Museum’s Artist AIM program, the Art Matters research grant and the New York Foundation for The Arts Fellowship for Sculpture. Her work has been featured in several publications including: Bomb Magazine, Modern Painters, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Small AxE and Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art and Artforum. Leigh's groundbreaking, critically-acclaimed exhibit "The Waiting Room" recently completed its run at the New Museum in NYC, and marked a new chapter in her ongoing exploration of black subjectivities, particularly those of women.
In August of 2016, Jamilah was named the VP of News and Men's Programming for Interactive One, the definitive digital destination for millennial and African-American Audiences. Prior to her current position, she sevred as the Senior Editor at EBONY, the magazine of record for African-Americans since 1945. Jamilah was one of the small-but-mighty team that led the re-imagining of the magazine's website in 2012 and was later promoted to Senior Digital Editor before taking on her role with the print publication. Her work has appeared via a host of print and digital properties, including Mic, Essence, The Nation, the Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian, Gawker, and her now-defunct, award-winning blog, The Beautiful Struggler.
Salamishah Tillet is an Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies and a faculty member of the Alice Paul Center for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her book Sites of Slavery: Citizenship and Racial Democracy in the Post-Civil Rights Imagination (Duke University Press, 2012) examines how contemporary African American artists, writers, and intellectuals remember antebellum slavery within post-Civil Rights America in order to challenge the ongoing exclusion of African Americans from America’s civic myths and to model a racially democratic future. In 2010, she co-edited the Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters Special Issue on Ethiopia and her work has appeared in American Literary History, American Quarterly, Callaloo, Novel, Research in African Literatures, Savoring the Salt: The Legacy of Toni Cade Bambara, Violence in the Lives of Black Women: Battered, Black, and Blue, and Women's Review of Books. She is currently working on a book on the civil rights icon Nina Simone. Salamishah has appeared on the BBC, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, TedxWomen, and written blogs and editorials for The Atlantic, The Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, The Nation, The New York Times, The Root, and Time. In 2010, she wrote the liner notes for John Legend and The Roots’ three-time Grammy award-winning album, Wake Up!