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April R. Silver is a social entrepreneur, activist, and writer/editor. She is also Founder and President of AKILA WORKSONGS, Inc. (AW), a leading communications and management agency headquartered in New York. AW specializes in public relations, marketing, and programming for the "arts and activism" field (a phrase that Silver is credited with popularizing). The former talk show host of My Two Cents (on Centric TV, previously known as BETJ), is also editor of “Be A Father to Your Child: Real Talk from Black Men on Family, Love, and Fatherhood” (Soft Skull/Counterpoint Press), a critically acclaimed anthology. Silver’s life/work is powered by the belief that regardless of the endeavor, working with respect, integrity, and excellence matters most.
Ms. Silver’s achievements in the fields of social justice and entrepreneurship have been widely documented for over twenty years. Susan L. Taylor, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Essence magazine and Founder of National CARES Mentoring Movement (CARES) calls April “a spirited and visionary leader.” Past and present clients of Silver’s company reflect her relationships to all kinds of people and projects. She has come to work closely with and/or provide services for artists and authors Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Sonia Sanchez, Sister Souljah, Kevin Powell; The Ford Foundation, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and countless others.
In 1997 she founded Put On BLAST!® The popular online marketing service includes a network of tens of thousands of email list subscribers, Facebook fans and friends, Twitter followers, and other connections and has helped place Silver as a respected voice in new media communications. In 2009, she was the keynote speaker for the Cool Twitter Conference in New York and continues to conduct communications workshops. As a writer, April's essays on hip hop and popular culture, women, personal development, and social justice issues have been published in the New York Daily News, Word.Beats.Life (The Global Journal of Hip Hop Culture), AllHipHop.com, DaveyD.com, and throughout the blogosphere. Her writings and commentaries are also referenced in Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority by Tom Burell and in Put Your Dreams First: Handle Your Entertainment Business by Thembisa Mshaka.
Once a month, April hosts Arts and Activism on the Air on BlogTalkRadio.com. She is also a founding panelist on The Spin, a weekly all-women panel on Wake Up Call on WBAI Radio in New York. And for her 20+ years of service, April has received many awards and has been featured, profiled, or quoted in Time Magazine, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Network Journal, Ebony, Essence, Ms., NY1 News, CNN, and many other local, national, and international outlets (including in London, Japan, and The Netherlands).
Ms. Silver is frequently called upon to speak publicly and has lectured at hundreds of campuses, conferences, and community events nationwide - from the University of Wisconsin to the NAACP National Convention. She has been honored to share the podium with Bill Cosby, Ras Baraka, Terrie M. Williams, Nana Camille Yarbrough, and many others.