NiLu Peoplez: April Dinwoodie

April was born and raised in the New England area. Since she’s biracial and was adopted into a white family, she’s devoted her work to spreading info about this through her life’s story.  April has her own podcast, is a writer, and has been living in Harlem over 20 years now.

 

Where were you born and raised?

Born in Boston.  Adopted into Rhode Island. 

 

What was your first dope accomplishment before becoming an adult? (school play, sports, art, etc.)

Successfully navigating a majority white environment as a Black/Bi-racial adopted kid.  Being invited to the Hula Bowl and Final Four as a high school all-star cheerleader.

 

What have you discovered about yourself during the pandemic?

How being vigilant in social settings and making sure I am safe is muscle memory. 

 

Why did you move to Harlem?

From day 1 (summer of 1999), Harlem felt like home.  I knew right away that my whole being needed to build a relationship with the culture and community I missed growing up. 

 

What is the single biggest advancement, if any, you’ve witnessed in the adoption space over the last 30 years?

More adopted persons and parents of origin sharing their unique experiences to deconstruct the miseducation of society on what is versus what may think it ought to be. 

 

What is your most treasured possession?

My heart. 

 

Ice cream cone or cup?

A big scoop in a cup with a cone on top!

 

What’s the best advice ever given to you?

“Bloom where you are planted April”  – Courtesy of my amazing mom 

 

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A journalist or a newscaster.

 

How do you self-care?

Vedic Mediation, running, and strength training.

 

Who are fangirling over these days?

Tiffany Haddish and Zendaya. 

 

Lenny Kravitz or Maxwell?

Lenny

 

In one word…..Harlem is…?

Home.

 
April’s story and the work she’s doing in and outside of Harlem, really is helping the community. We’re excited to see what she’ll have going on in the future.