April Reign practiced law for nearly twenty years, honing her talent for public speaking, persuasive writing and effecting policy change, but it wasn’t until she walked away from her legal practice that she found her true passion.
As the creator of the viral hashtag-turned-movement, #OscarsSoWhite, April has been challenging the lack of representation of marginalized communities in Hollywood and beyond since 2015. Reign sustains a movement that has resulted in the most permanent systemic change ever seen in the over 80-year history of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her name continues to be synonymous with this historic change, the results of which are reverberating throughout the entertainment industry and will do so for decades to come.
Reign is an influential and sought-after media presence, having built an impressive global organic social media following over several platforms, as well as a network of recognized celebrities, creators, activists, and decision makers at the corporate level. Reign capitalizes on this network and her experience, using her voice to spark conversations and explore issues of race, politics and culture, helping structure ways to turn dialogue into action.
April Reign travels internationally, speaking at academic institutions and conferences; is available for appearances at industry awards, festivals and events; and is highly sought-after for consulting with organizations regarding issues of diversity and inclusion.
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