April Dawn Ricchuito

April Dawn Ricchuito is a writer, who previously enjoyed a successful career as a celebrity makeup artist. She has interviewed celebrities such as Christina Milian, Fran Drescher, NFL star Mario Manningham, Grammy nominated singers Joe Thomas and Jes Brieden, Russell Simmons, and more.

April has been recognized as part of “Generation Inspiration,” and is named as one of 20 Young Champions for Women by the White Ribbon Alliance x WIE Symposium, presented by Donna Karan and Arianna Huffington.

She holds a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Central Florida. She is a member of the International Honor Society in Psychology (Psi Chi).

April has been published in Social Work Today and Brain World Magazine, which is published by the International Brain Education Association, an NGO to the United Nations. She also achieved the high honors of being recognized as an expert in the fields of mental health and wellness by Yahoo.

She previously served as the associate beauty editor for Yandy Smith’s Everything Girl’s Love; prior to that, she was an editorial apprentice for the award winning elephantjournal.com.

Her work can also be found on Zooey Deschanel’s Hello Giggles and MTV UK’s The Wrap Up. She has contributed to the websites of New York Times best selling author Gabrielle Bernstein, Hay House author Michelle Phillips, and Orlando Power 95.3’s Ricky Padilla.

She was previously a regular writer at VIBE/VIBE Vixen.

April is currently a senior editor at The Source, and part of Wu-Tang Management, where she primarily works with Wu-Tang Clan member Cappadonna. Additionally, she serves as the second minister of information in Afrika Bambaataa’s Zulu Nation.

She also contributes to Surviving Beautifully, a lifestyle website for cancer survivors.

Her work with her own company, The Rapfest, recently aired on MTV Jams, as well as several of hip hop’s top thirty blogs.

April has received press in the Huffington Post, Latina, MSN Living, Oxygen (Australia), and Woman’s Day, and been featured on VH1.

Written works are available online at www.verbalvandalism.com