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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 (since 2007). 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 is a versatile entertainment journalist, actress, author and publisher of WWW.SONYASSPOTLIGHT.COM. For more than 20 years Jenkins’ 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, Xernona Clayton, 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. Her work in the University’s journalism department for three years and as a sports writer for Smokey’s Tale Magazine (for the University of Tennessee) piqued her interest in sports writing. During her early twenties, she was nominated an Outstanding Young Woman of America, and 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 soon became Upscale Magazine’s first entertainment editor. Jenkins’ responsibilities included writing cover stories, editing and writing news for the entertainment column, and covering entertainment events such as the NAACP Image 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 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 print magazine in 2002. In 2003 Jenkins transferred Sonya’s Spotlight to Season magazine. She covered national entertainment news and wrote cover stories on Beyoncé, Mary Hart, and Jessica Simpson. Jenkins on-air coverage has showcased one-on-one interviews and red carpet coverage at The Trumpet Awards, which she has covered since its inception. Jenkins has also transferred Sonya’s Spotlight to the Internet in 2007 with Sonya’s Spotlight Web Magazine, WWW.SONYASSPOTLIGHT.COM. In 2013 Jenkins was a Trumpet Awards Foundation Honoree for their annual High Tea with High Heels event, honoring a select group of distinguished women. Jenkins is also a member of the Atlanta Press Club.
SHAYLA’S CATCH is Jenkins’ first novel (first published as an eBook in March, 2014) of many more to come. Jenkins also recently re-ignited her acting career – an aspiration since childhood. She has made appearances in SELMA, Tyler Perry’s A MADEA CHRISTMAS, “For Better or Worse,” “The Haves and The Have Nots,” Lifetime TV’s “The Trip To Bountiful” and “Marry Me,” BET’s
“Let’s Stay Together” and “Being Mary Jane,” and several other films and television shows.