#SheWillRise

April Reign

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April Reign practiced law for over 15 years, but her life took an unexpected turn when her commentary on the lack of underrepresented communities represented in the 2015 Oscars nominations compelled her to tweet a now-famous hashtag: #OscarsSoWhite. The hashtag turned into a movement that brought about tangible change: The Academy made its most systemic change in its 90+ year history by committing to doubling the number of womxn and the number of people of color in its voting membership. The hashtag also branded a diversity and inclusion movement that was reaching a tipping point and a social justice revolution was born.

As CEO of ReignStorm Ventures, April advocates for the representation of marginalized communities in all areas of the arts, entertainment and tech through speaking engagements, activations, digital and traditional media, corporate consulting and lending her voice to festivals, panels, higher learning institutions and other related efforts.