Aug 12, 2020
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Danielle Moodie aka THE Warrior Princess of the Resistance, is holding Republican's feet to the fire and waking up people across the country— one #WokeAF episode at a time. Get Woke & Stay Woke with her daily 1-hour rundown on all f*ckery popping off in Washington!
Midwin Charles is founder of the law firm Midwin Charles & Associates LLC and a Contributor at Essence Magazine. She provides regular commentary on law, pop culture and politics for various television shows and networks, including CNN, HLN, MSNBC, Bloomberg TV, and TV One and is guest host for the radio program “Express Yourself” on New York’s 107.5 WBLS. Ms. Charles worked for CNN as a Legal Contributor for In Session (formerly Court TV) where she provided legal commentary for live trials daily on truTV. Ms. Charles is the creator of Infinite Possibilities of the Law Degree, an annual forum that features top lawyers with dynamic careers.
Active in community affairs, Ms. Charles is a member of the Dean's Diversity Council for American University's Washington College of Law and a member of the board of Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN). She has served as a member of the Civil Rights Committee for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, lectured at Syracuse University and written for The Huffington Post.
Ms. Charles earned her bachelor's degree from Syracuse University and her law degree from the American University, Washington College of Law, where she was an Articles Editor for the American University Law Review. Following law school, she served as a law clerk for U.S. Court of Appeals for Sixth Circuit Judge Eric L. Clay and as the A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. Research Fellow in Social Justice at Harvard Law School, under the supervision of Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. Ms. Charles was an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.
April Reign practiced law for nearly twenty years, honing her talent for public speaking, persuasive writing and effecting policy change, but it wasn’t until she walked away from her legal practice that she found her true passion.
As the creator of the viral hashtag-turned-movement, #OscarsSoWhite, April has been challenging the lack of representation of marginalized communities in Hollywood and beyond since 2015. Reign sustains a movement that has resulted in the most permanent systemic change ever seen in the over 80-year history of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her name continues to be synonymous with this historic change, the results of which are reverberating throughout the entertainment industry and will do so for decades to come.
Reign is an influential and sought-after media presence, having built an impressive global organic social media following over several platforms, as well as a network of recognized celebrities, creators, activists, and decision makers at the corporate level. Reign capitalizes on this network and her experience, using her voice to spark conversations and explore issues of race, politics and culture, helping structure ways to turn dialogue into action.
April Reign travels internationally, speaking at academic institutions and conferences; is available for appearances at industry awards, festivals and events; and is highly sought-after for consulting with organizations regarding issues of diversity and inclusion.
is a progressive activist, writer and talk show host regularly appearing on national media outlets discussing politics. She’s the host of “The Filter,” a three-hour nightly show broadcasted nationally on SiriusXM Progress. Konst is also a Political Contributor for CBS News, a contributing columnist to The Hill and has a bi-weekly guest spot on The Kelly File. She’s the founder of The Accountability Project, an investigative news start-up focused on corruption.
In 2016, Konst served on the DNC’s Platform Committee and as a national surrogate for the Bernie Sanders for President campaign. Previously, she was a surrogate for Draft Biden.
At 28-years-old, Konst vied to be the youngest woman ever to serve in Congress, running in her hometown, Tucson, AZ for the seat vacated by Rep. Giffords. She was recognized for challenging the status quo.
Before running for office, Konst was an at-large member of the Democratic National Committee Council and a National Co-Chair for Generation Forty Four, the under 45 professional fundraising arm of President Obama’s 2012 Re-Election campaign. She is a Truman National Security Project Partner, sits on the Board of Advisors for Running Start (LA) and Board of Directors for LaunchProgress and was named a Change.org Changemaker of the Year (2010). She also sat on the LA Board of the New Leaders Council and the Just Media Council. She was recently named a spokesperson for New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (NYAGV).
Konst is an advocate for women, civic reform, gun reform and millennials. From her start on Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign at 16 years old to serving as a National Co-Chair on Pres. Obama’s Re-Election campaign (Gen44), she’s worked in many areas of progressive politics, including organizing, communications, fundraising and media. Konst also worked in nonprofits and advocacy, from national campaigns against hydraulic fracturing to organ donation reform.
Currently, Konst is writing a book on generational feminism.
Christina Greer is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Fordham University - Lincoln Center (Manhattan) campus. Her research and teaching focus on American politics, black ethnic politics, urban politics, quantitative methods, Congress, New York City and New York State politics, campaigns and elections, and public opinion. Prof. Greer's book Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream (Oxford University Press) investigates the increasingly ethnically diverse black populations in the US from Africa and the Caribbean.
Dr. Jason Johnson is an associate professor of politics and journalism in the School of Global Journalism & Communication and author of the book Political Consultants and Campaigns: One Day to Sell. He focuses on campaign politics, political communication, strategy and popular culture.
He is a political analyst for MSNBC, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio and Politics Editor for TheRoot.com. He has previously appeared on CNN, Fox News, Al Jazeera, Current TV and CBS. His work has been featured on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and on ESPN. He has been quoted by The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Wallstreet Journal, Buzzfeed, The Hill newspaper, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Dr. Johnson is a University of Virginia alumnus and earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.