April Reign practiced law for over twenty years, honing her talent for public speaking and persuasive writing, but it wasn't until she walked away from her legal practice that she found her true passion.
Now, as Managing Editor of BroadwayBlack.com and Editor at Large of NU Tribe Magazine, April is able to capitalize on her strengths and pursue her calling, using her voice to spark dialogue and explore issues of race, politics and culture.
The creator of the viral #OscarsSoWhite, Reign is an influential and sought-after social media presence, having built an organic following of over 55,000 worldwide. April’s worldwide campaign to increase inclusion of marginalized communities in film helped to usher in the most systemic changes to the Academy in 80 years. Studios and production companies are following suit, taking into consideration Reign’s 10-point plan to increase diversity as reported in the Guardian. Follow her on Twitter where she dispenses wit, provocative thought and information 140 characters at a time. The National Journal agreed and recently named April one of the Top 15 Accounts on #BlackTwitter.
Reign has been featured in top digital and print publications, appears on tv and radio shows regularly, and enjoys speaking to audiences nationwide on issues of diversity and inclusion. Recently she has appeared on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, several Sirius XM channels, HLN, Good Morning Britain with Piers Morgan, News One Now with Roland Martin and more.
Meet April Reign, The Activist Who Created #OscarsSoWhite
Huffington Post [February 27, 2016]
#OscarsSoWhite: a 10-point plan for change by the hashtag's creator
The Guardian [February 25, 2016]
#OscarsSoWhite create on Oscar noms: 'Don't tell me that people of color, women cannot fill seats'
LA Times [January 14, 2016]
Is Hillary 'Ready' for Black Voters?
Ebony [April 13, 2015]
GMB's Piers Morgan leaves 'Oscars So White' campaigner unimpressed after awkward interview
Good Morning Britain w/ Piers Morgan [January 19, 2016]
Could lack of diversity in Oscar nominees lead to a boycott?
Today Show [January 18, 2016]
CNN Tonight [January 14, 2016]
News One Now: #OscarsSoWhite
News One Now w/ Roland Martin [March 24, 2015]
Oscars members list: one small step toward a more diverse Academy
The Guardian [June 30, 2016]
#OscarsSoWhite creator on academy list: 'A lot of work still must be done'
LA Times [June 29, 2016]
Orange Is the New Black, Except in the Writer’s Room
Essence [June 24, 2016]
The new Roots reclaims our past. Next step: claim our own future
The Guardian [June 1, 2016]
Women to Know