“Giving Me Life (In The Land of The Deadass)” is placing the spotlight on Black and Latinx love in New York City.
According to a press release sent to EBONY, “Giving Me Life” is a “provocative dramedy about six Black and Latinx friends of diverse sexualities struggling to live and love in New York City. Each episode will focus on one particular friend as she or he learns how to survive in a city that gives ‘no-f**ks’ about a loving heart or a living wage.”
The series was created by New York native Dafina Roberts, who hopes to further the message of inclusivity through her work.
“Growing up in New York City, I always had a diverse, crazy group of friends and family,” said series creator/writer/producer/director Dafina Roberts. “It never even occurred to me that the rest of the world didn’t embrace every shade of skin or sexuality until I went upstate for college. That was my first real experience feeling like a ‘minority,’ and it created a burning desire in me to normalize marginalized identities and tell our stories. With the current political and social climate, this show feels even more essential. I truly believe friendship and love can help us survive this harsh world that can be full of hatred, pain and divisiveness.”
“Giving Me Life” is an official selection of the New York Television Festival (NYTVF), an organization that’s dedicated to nurturing top independent creative talent. The org also seeks to connect talent with networks, studios, digital media companies, agencies and brands.
The pilot for the work will be among 52 original television and digital projects that will be featured at this year’s New York Television Festival, set to take place from Oct. 23- Oct. 28.
Check out the trailer below and visit the NYTVF website for more information.