Giving Me Life (In The Land Of The Deadass)

A brand new web series about the struggles of living and loving in NYC.






Born in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, Dafina is a New York native who works as a development executive/ producer/ writer/ director in television, film, and theater, with a specialization in coming-of-age stories. She is currently a Kickstarter Creator-In-Residence. Previously, she has worked in development & production at Viacom as well as at the Oscar-nominated youth performance company—IMPACT Repertory Theatre. Dafina co-produced the coming-of-age feature film, “Punching At The Sun” (Official Selection of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival; Winner for Best Narrative at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.) In addition, she has produced and directed live events at the Starbucks Music Series for the Sundance Film Festival as well as at MTV with the cast of “Fela! On Broadway".



Sophia Clark is a Harlem based Producer driven by a passion for humanizing and celebrating queer and POC stories. She graduated from Philadelphia’s University of the Arts with a BFA in Film Production and a double minor in Creative Writing and Religious Studies. Before she transitioned to New York, Sophia worked as the Creative Consultant for the feature-length documentary Give to Live, which focused on charitable giving and foreign aid in East Africa. Currently, Sophia works as a field and coordinating producer for WNET, PBS’s flagship station. Her work with public media has yielded multiple local Emmy-nominated documentaries and collaborations with PBS Digital Studios and PBS Learning Media. 



Jordan Battiste is a music producer and filmmaker residing in Harlem, NYC. He has appeared on MTV’s P. Diddy’s StarMaker, procured placements on various film and TV projects such as Step UP 3D, MTV’s 10 on Top, and MTV’s MADE. The success of Jordan’s work on MADE lead to his appearance on the popular MTV show as a MADE Coach. Jordan was also instrumental in the development and signing of pop artist Marco Foster to multi-platinum artist, Flo Rida, and his label imprint IMG/Strongarm. Jordan concurrently joined the Hip Hop/Pop band, Pants Velour, as keyboardist/vocalist and was instrumental (pun intended) in their signing to Tommy Boy Entertainment LLC., as well as, produced the music for Shaun T’s newest workout DVD project, CIZE. Currently, Jordan has created a production company called, The Panda Bandit, LLC., which provides original content for brands, is currently developing various original web series, and producing a feature length movie. 



Hassan El-Gendi (a.ka. HaZ) is a Creative Consultant and Social/Branding Strategist with a unique, approach to digital branding and marketing for entrepreneurs and small business owners. He credits the combination of his project management experience in pharmaceutical advertising and creative work across multiple media platforms (his work has been featured in radio, television, and film) with his "creatively strategic" approach; developing and executing innovative strategy to produce quality content which crafts a unique, compelling identity helping brands to stand out in today's market.

When he is not bringing value to individuals/organizations in need his services, HaZ can be found indulging his passion for food, photography, and hip-hop, as he builds his latest project: a hip-hop fueled, multi-media exploration of what connects us together entitled "all.brunch.everything."



Bradford Bridgers is a publicist and aspiring visual creative from Fort Washington, MD. Bradford’s diverse digital media experience has supported key editorial and marketing initiatives for a number of brands and events, such as the Essence Festival, TIME 100, BET and more. A modern renaissance man, he is currently working to develop his writing, photography and acting skills. Bradford’s current passions and projects involve telling compelling visual stories that highlight and normalize queer people of color’s lived experiences in America. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

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LaMonday Baxter is a creative hailing from Raleigh, North Carolina. Her background is in digital media, filmmaking, photography, and content development. She works as a YouTube Strategist for Complex Networks. While at Complex, she works as a liaison between video and development- helping to coordinate for both Complex’s Election live coverage night, and the first ever ComplexCon. By night, she is currently helping to develop visuals for The Molecule Project and streetwear brand, Sundae School. Although she has many skills, she prides herself on her passion for using media to impact content that explores various groups of people and cultures. LaMonday resides in Brooklyn, New York.