BY ‘SEGUN ODEJIMI
Chances are you’ve used the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag in one of our tweets or Instagram posts at least once. It is also very possible that you have weighed in on the debate about the Academy being bias/not bias to Black people.
However, do you know much about April Reign, the Black woman who created the hashtag and helped raise a global discussion on possible racism in the Oscars?
Well, before you start kicking yourself, we have compiled 7 facts about this beautiful, bold and witty Black woman. You can thank us later.
- April Reign practiced law for over twenty years before leaving to pursue a more creative employment.
- She is now a content creator, writer, brand ambassador, and overall digital media guru.
- She is also Managing Editor of BroadwayBlack.com and Editor at Large of NU Tribe Magazine. Reign is also an Ambassador to Samahope where she also champions the organization’s commitment to crowdsourcing funds for life-changing surgeries benefiting impoverished people around the world.
- April Reign was named among Top 15 of
#BlackTwitter by The National Journal. She has over 20,000 Twitter followers.
- She first tweeted the now viral #OscarsSoWhite hashtag last year to express her disgust at the absence of coloured people on the list of nominees for the 2015 Academy Awards.
- April won’t be watching this year’s ceremony because, according to her, “that die has already been cast.”
- Among her memorable quotes about the Oscars are: “…even with a more diverse Academy, there is still an imperative to ensure that work by and for people of color and marginalized communities is made by the Hollywood studio heads” and “I think Chris Rock should do what’s best for Chris Rock,” referring to the call in some quarters for comedian Chris Rock to join the boycott rather than host the event as originally planned.