April Reign practiced law for nearly 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. April is now the Senior Director of Marketing for Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit arts service organization that leverages technology to make the business of art easier for artists and small arts organizations. Reign leads the marketing and branding of Fractured Atlas’ products and services while partnering with the engineering team on product development.
As the Creator of the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, April Reign challenges the lack of representation of marginalized communities in Hollywood and beyond. Reign sustains a movement that has resulted in the most systemic change ever seen in the over 80-year history of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
April Reign owned her opportunity, the results of which are reverberating throughout the entertainment industry.
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 280 characters at a time to an engaged following of over 125,000. 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 worldwide 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