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April Reign #OscarsSoWhite

#OSCARSSOWHITE - The Beginning

When the 2015 Academy Awards nominees were announced, the lack of people of color among the nominees inspired April - a movie buff - to create the hashtag, which became a movement, and many say a revolution. Today, April leverages the name recognition of the hashtag to advocate for ALL marginalized communities, including race, gender identity, LGBTQ+, disability, age and more, in the arts and beyond.

Significantly, April’s efforts compelled the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to make a permanent change in the composition and diversity of its voting body:

Indeed, in 2019, Director Spike Lee, nominated for his first Oscars, repeatedly credited April and #OscarsSoWhite for his long-overdue nominations. (One of the many clips from that Oscars season appears below.)

Five years after the hashtag, April continues to examine its influence, progress and misconceptions, and discusses the work that remains to ensure perpetual representation of marginalized communities far beyond the film industry.

The Hollywood Reporter names #OscarsSoWhite as “One of Ten Moments in the 2010s that are Already Changing The 2020s.”
The Washington Post’s “Decisions That Shaped The Decade” #OscarsSoWhite. Read it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2019/12/10/six-decisions-that-shaped-decade/
That moment when your hashtag-turned-movement makes the Dictionary.
#OscarsSoWhite is featured in the book “100 Years Of Black Film Making.”
The 2020 Oscars nominations prove there is still much work to do. #OscarsSoWhite.
REIGNSTORM VENTURES - After the Hashtag

Today, Reign is an influential and sought-after speaker, commentator and consultant, and mediator on issues of diversity, inclusion, representation and intersectionality in culture, arts, tech, advertising, education and more. April is called upon by global brands and both large and small organizations to use her voice to amplify conversations that organize into action.

Ongoing Brand Collaborations
Sundance 2020 #OurStoriesToTell #HBO #TNT #Snowpiercer
April at “The Atlantic: A Retrospective on Race In America” (photo: Kristoffer Tripplaar)
Behind the Scenes at The Tamron Hall Show.
April addresses “Building and Protecting Your Brand on the Internet” at BESLA’S 39th conference in Panama.
April moderates a LIVE Twitter Town Hall with Presidential Candidate Julián Castro. (Not a political endorsement)
Take Creative Control honors April for her work to fight for representation of all marginalized communities.
April appears on the cover of Essence’s Stay Woke issue honoring 100 women pushing the movement forward.
April is chosen as a Sephora Equity Advisor, working with the brand to develop studies and initiatives to eliminate racial bias in retail environments as part of their Belong campaign.
April headlines Afropunk Solution Sessions at Afropunk Brooklyn and Afropunk Atlanta
April goes to The 2019 Oscars!
April is honored at the 2019 NAACP Image Awards’ “4 The Culture” brunch for her advocacy work.
April receives “The Woman of Action Award” from the Harlem Business Alliance. (Pictured with her mother and Gina Ramcharan)
April hosts activations, facilitates panels and leads conversations on race relations, social justice, marketing, media, entertainment and culture.
April discusses how #OscarsSoWhite went from hashtag to movement to revolution.
April is in great demand as a lecturer at academic and cultural institutions; festivals and corporate events. Her speech “Find Your Spark” is a favorite amongst college students interested in pursuing social justice causes.
April hosts panels and conversations regarding diversity and inclusion in the areas of culture and advertising at Cannes-Lions 2019. This year she hosted the Daily Culture Briefings at Inkwell Beach, covered the premiere of “The Look” for Procter & Gamble and interviewed actor, CEO and best-selling writer, Gabrielle Union for IPG.
More Cannes-Lions 2019
April is featured in Eliza McNitt’s VR project for Procter & Gamble, Verizon Media, and Ryot which premiered at Cannes-Lions. In “Drip Drop” viewers interact with and hear stories of four people who didn’t see themselves in the creative industry, and then took action.

Here, Reign hosts “Truth To Power,” (A 12-episode series where she interviews everyone from an 18-year-old entrepreneur to lauded director Lena Waithe), airing on the new streaming network REIGN.

April Reign is featured in Cleo TV’s debut show “Cleo Talks” alongside other highly influential Black women, below. (Source @themichellerice.)