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TIFF Long Take - Ep. 59: April Reign's Plan to Make Hollywood Not So White

The activist behind #OscarsSoWhite is launching a new site to help the industry hire creators of colour

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Apr 3, 2018

This week on TIFF Long Take, Geoff chats with social activist and founder of the famous #OscarsSoWhite movement, April Reign. Reign recently started a new project called Akuarel, a digital database for minority groups seeking work in Hollywood and other creative industries.

Reign talks about how she started an online movement completely by accident, how the mission of #OscarsSoWhite has evolved over the last three years, and how she and her campaign have navigated the darker side of Twitter.

She also discusses the problem with thinking that Moonlight’s Best Picture win solved the #OscarsSoWhite debate, how the hashtag has become a powerful tool for social movements, and why she saw the need for a service like Akuarel.

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