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Her name is April Reign. With a single #OscarsSoWhite tweet two years ago this month, she spurred a national conversation about the lack of diversity in Oscar nominations. It's led to greater inclusiveness among the voters in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. But "there's so much more that needs to be done," she tells WMUK's Earlene McMichael on today's WestSouthwest show (listen now, below). Reign speaks Monday in Grand Rapids. 

It turns out that Hollywood, like most other industries, doesn’t like uncertainty. While a recent vote by the Michigan House of Representatives to cut funding for the state’s film incentives program may lack the traction to pass in the Senate and get a signature from the governor, industry experts believe the vote could further chill studios’ desire to do business in the state. (MiBiz)