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Sonya Denyse
Sonya Denyse is a creatively strategic thinker and an occasional blogger. Most recently, she became a co-producer for the non-traditional documentary, "Life's Essentials With Ruby Dee."

Over the last 11 years, through her consultancy Dream Development, she has successfully designed creative strategies helping clients go from idea to implementation.

A magna cum laude graduate of New York University and a certified life coach, Sonya believes what qualifies her to develop dreams is that she is “more student, than expert.” Her favorite questions are, “what if?’; “why not?”; and “who says?”

Sonya was profiled by the New York Daily News as one of the “People Who Make NY Great."

Entries by Sonya Denyse

Ugly Baby, Ugly Love and the Ugly Beauty of Life

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 12:59 PM

We were eating lunch. He said "Don't look." I asked "Why". He said "Sonya, do not look." You know I did. Turned my head and there they were -- a mother, child and store patron cooing over what can only be described as... an ugly baby. To be fair, the...

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Press Play: Old Skool Café

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 10:22 AM

As a curator of dreams, I have kept a file on Teresa Goines' relentless journey to establish the youth operated and managed Old Skool Café. Introduced through a friend, we have known each other for 10 years via phone and email, although we only met once. Press play to see...

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Not On My Watch

(28) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 6:48 AM

I have been sleeping around lately, although that is not how it sounds. However, you won't catch me at home some nights. I have been sleeping in the homes of elderly family members, doing what I can when I can.

One evening not so long ago, on my 5...

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For All the Lovers in the House -- This Is for You

(3) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 12:17 PM

I don't get to see my Aunt Anne enough, but I take quality over quantity. On my last visit, she dropped a pearl of wisdom that resonates as I write this.

Of her more than 30-year marriage to my uncle, she said, "We don't have to be on the...

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Two Words

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 1:53 PM

I don't miss people. There, I said it. I used to think I was a mutant. Now I understand. I simply carry people in my heart in a way that allows me to love deeply, even in their absence.

The people I do miss, (if inclined) are people who...

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Alan Alda Mashes It Up With Ruby Dee Documentary Producers

(19) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 4:45 PM

Ever experience the kind of excitement in life, where you can't wait to get up and don't want to go to bed? The adventure of turning a dream into reality is seasoned with this kind of excitement. You know something special is happening. You may not always be able to...

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What If? Why Not? Who Says?

(3) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 11:25 AM

I would like to visit Umpqua Bank.

Sounds nerdy I'm sure. It is not an amusement park or a tourist attraction. I don't know anyone who has an account there. From what I have read, I am sure I would like to visit. Not to open an...

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Blue Like Jazz the Movie: Not a Children's Fable

(1) Comments | Posted April 16, 2012 | 11:21 AM

My brother, at the tender age of 5, passed a church building while riding a city bus with my aunt. She asked if he wanted to go to church. He winced. "No way." "Why?" she probed. He said, "Because Jesus was a good boy and they killed him. I am...

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I Watched KONY 2012 -- So What? Now What?

(4) Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 5:30 PM

Worldwide, there will be several presidential elections in 2012. In a season of elections, KONY 2012 is brilliant marketing, and although not presidential it has emerged as the most talked about campaign to date; even though the injustices have been happening for years...


Someone emailed me the...

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A Queen Never Falls If You Hold Her Up...

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2012 | 11:00 AM

I find relationships challenging. I am a little skeptical because I have a sneaky suspicion that we are not in relationships with each other. We are in relationships with the "idea" we have of one another. I am not sure how often we really listen to each other past the...

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650 Miles -- The Legacy of Ossie Davis

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 12:03 PM

Imagine walking 650 miles. It takes about 8 days and 19 hours according to Google maps (beta).

Now, imagine that you are a 17-year-old African-American male. By the way, the year is 1935. You begin this "650 miles" walk from Georgia to Washington, D.C. to attend Howard University. You have...

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Speak With Your Life: A Witch Doctor, The White House and Charlie

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 2:36 PM

Last week, President Obama charmed Harlem's historic Apollo Theatre with his rendition of Reverend Al Green's "Let's Stay Together." This is one of the more public presidential moments. The story shared here is no less presidential, no less charming but a little less known. It will resonate for years to...

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Traveling Light Into the New Year

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2012 | 11:43 AM

The door flew open. Exasperated, "Carrie" burst through!

"He won't let me help him!"

She talked on and on about what he needed and could not see: the pending pitfalls on his road ahead and the looming doom from his choices. She had to save him from himself....

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