April R. Silver is a nationally respected cultural arts advocate, published writer, and founder and CEO of AKILA WORKSONGS. Established in 1993, the communications and marketing agency was established to broadly and honorably communicate the extraordinary visions of progressive artists, activists, organizations, and distinguished programs. April’s achievements have led her to be covered in The Washington Post, Ms., ESSENCE, EBONY; on CNN, and in many other outlets globally.

Her first book, an anthology (Be a Father to Your Child; Counterpoint/SoftSkull), was published to critical acclaim. Her second book on Black women artists, activists, and healers is due late 2020.


Friday, October 11, 2019
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street
$35 per ticket; $60 for 2 tickets

On Friday, October 11, 2019 at 6 pm, Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series will honor award-winning performance artist, author, and cultural activist Camille Yarbrough with our distinguished Reel Sisters Hattie McDaniel Award for her outstanding contributions to film, television, literature and performing arts over six decades. The Reel Sisters Trailblazer Award will be presented to Sandra Guzman, producer and lead interviewer of Toni Morrison: Pieces I Am, and pioneering filmmaker Leslie Harris, director of the classic film Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. Cash prizes will also be presented to our award-winning filmmakers.

Reel Sisters will celebrate the evening with a screening of Toni Morrison: Pieces I Am. Following the film, Malaika Adero, former VP/Senior Editor of Atria (Simon & Schuster), will moderate a conversation with Sandra Guzman and artist/scholar/cultural worker OlaRonke Akinmowo, founder of The Free Black Women’s Library.

Award-winning producer/actress Andrea Lewis (Degrassi: The Next Generation), our 2019 festival curator, will serve as our esteemed Mistress of Ceremonies for an exciting evening of fun, film and networking!

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