Gina Belafonte was born in New York City, USA. She attended the High School of Performing Arts and is a graduate of State University of New York at Purchase. Belafonte is a civil rights activist, actor, producer and director, who has appeared on stage, film and television. She produced the acclaimed documentary Sing Your Song about her father, Harry Belafonte, and is the director of Lyrics from Lockdown, a hip-hop musical about racial profiling. She co-organised the 2017 Women’s March in Los Angeles and co-directs Sankofa.org, a social justice organisation using culture and entertainment in advancing justice, peace, equity and equality.