April Reign on #OscarsSoWhite

One fateful morning in January 2015, I’m getting dressed for work in my family room so I can watch the Oscar nominations on the big TV in hi-def because Chris Hemsworth was one of the presenters.

As I’m watching, name after name and face after face, the group of Oscar nominees was so homogenous that it was disconcerting.

I took to Twitter, which is my community, to vent my frustration and the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite was born with the tweet, “#OscarsSoWhite they asked to touch my hair.”

[Today, as a speaker and advocate for more diversity in Hollywood and on Broadway], I do what I do to provide a better life for our children than the ones we had.

For me, that is not just about a more comfortable lifestyle financially.

It’s also about feeding their whole being, making them as complete as we can before we send them out into the world.

It’s important to me that they see positive images in film, on TV and on stage with actors and characters that look both like them and their inclusive group of friends.

~ April Reign


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