SONYA’S SPOTLIGHT WEB MAGAZINE – AT A GLANCE:
Sonya’s Spotlight Web Mag is a digital motivational publication with an entertainment focus. Once in print as Spotlight Entertainment newsletter (from 1994-1998) and re-emerging in 2002 as Sonya’s Spotlight magazine, the publication is now totally digital. Sonya’s Spotlight web mag is designed for readers seeking a positive approach to successful living. Celebrity profiles, entertainment news, travel, sports, success tips, and beauty & fitness are some of its highlights. Sonya’s Spotlight magazine keeps readers informed and entertained, but more than that, it inspires and enlightens – empowering readers to provoke positive changes in their lives.
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Sonya Jenkins has been a versatile entertainment journalist and free-lance writer for more than 20 years. Her coverage of celebrity profiles has included personal interviews and articles on Beyoncé, Eddie Murphy, Vanessa Williams, Don Johnson, Halle Berry, Tyler Perry, Wesley Snipes, Billy Dee Williams, Danny Glover, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Whitney Houston, Grant Hill, Evander Holyfield, Stevie Wonder, and several others.
Born in Atlanta, Ga., Jenkins began her journalistic endeavors while in high school where she became editor-in-chief of the school newspaper. Jenkins studied Communications at the University of Tennessee where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications with an emphasis in journalism. She worked in the University’s journalism department for three years and was a sports writer for Smokey’s Tale Magazine. In 1985 she was nominated an Outstanding Young Woman of America, and during the summer of ’85, Jenkins worked as an intern/production assistant at “Entertainment Tonight” in Hollywood. Jenkins gained a wealth of knowledge about television production and the entertainment industry that has proved beneficial in her career.
In 1990, Jenkins became a regular contributor to Upscale Magazine, where she later became entertainment editor for the publication. Jenkins’ responsibilities included writing cover stories, editing and writing news for the entertainment column, and covering entertainment events such as the NAACP Awards, The Grammys, The Soul Train Awards, and press junkets around the world. Jenkins has also written free-lance articles for The Atlanta Voice, The Atlanta Tribune, The Atlanta Metro, and The Tennessee Tribune newspapers, and Sophisticate’s Black Hair, YSB, Contempora, Atlanta Christian Family, Excellence, Black Elegance, Gospel Today, Urban Influence and Belle magazines. In 1996 the Atlanta Association of Black Journalist nominated her for a Pioneer Black Journalist Award for her outstanding work as a writer.
In addition to Jenkins’ print writing, she transferred her media expertise to the world of electronics during the spring/summer of ’93. She created the weekly industry news segment for “Entertainment Atlanta” – dubbed the first entertainment news program in Atlanta. Jenkins’ debut on-air interview for “Entertainment Atlanta” featured actress Elizabeth Shue from feature films “Back to the Future” and “Leaving Las Vegas.” During the historical 2000 presidential election, Jenkins worked as a video journalist for CNN’s world headquarters in Atlanta. She also created a newsletter, Sonya’s Spotlight & Spotlight Entertainment in 1994 and re-launched it as a colorful magazine in 2002. In 2003 Jenkins transferred Sonya’s Spotlight to Season magazine, which had a readership of more than 2 million. She covered national entertainment news and wrote cover stories on Beyoncé, Mary Hart, and Jessica Simpson. Jenkins also worked as a free-lance Red Carpet celebrity correspondent. Her on-air coverage has showcased one-on-one interviews at The BET Awards, The BET Silver Anniversary, and The Trumpet Awards. In 2007 Jenkins transferred Sonya’s Spotlight to the Internet with Sonya’s Spotlight Web Magazine –WWW.SONYASSPOTLIGHT.COM.
Aside from Jenkins’ journalistic endeavors, she recently completed her first novel, travels extensively and reignited a budding acting career – an aspiration since childhood. She has worked on the sets of several films and television shows including VH1’s “Single Ladies,” Lifetime TV’s “Drop Dead Diva,” USA Network’s “Necessary Roughness,” TBS’s “Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse,” and the biopic Jackie Robinson film, “42″ – just to name a few. Jenkins considers herself a “work in progress.”