Sonya Renee

Sonya Renee

BandSpoken Word

This activity and participation based lecture uses education, performance poetry and media examples to introduce participants to the concepts of Body Terrorism and Radical Self Love, while deconstructing the unattainable images of body perfection that are propagandized in popular culture.

Biography

Lecture Option 1
The Body is Not An Apology 60-90minutes

In a culture that bombards us with unattainable images of body perfection based imaginary standards there seems to be a war on everything except the media’s war on us. This activity and participation based lecture uses popular education, performance poetry and media examples to introduce participants to the concepts of Body Terrorism and Radical Self Love. Participants will explore the ways in which we are regularly asked to apologize for the bodies we inhabit based on size, race, gender, sexuality or ability. Sharing the stories of countless people who have joined the Unapologetic Posse and sharing her own unique journey to fearless love of her flesh, Performance Poet, Activist and Transformational Leader Sonya Renee will help you uncover your own road to Radical Self Love and body empowerment.

Lecture Option 2
Where’d I Put That Box (Unhiding Our Hurts) - 120 minutes
(suggested as an introductory workshop to RUHCUS Workshop)

Have you ever been furiously looking for your glasses, only for someone to point out that they have been sitting on top of your head the whole time? We have all learned to hide our pains in gorgeously obvious places as a necessity of functioning in a world filled with challenges and pains. This workshop and lecture is designed to help us identify those things that we have hidden even from ourselves so that we might begin the process of accessing true freedom from shame. Using activities, anecdotes and experiential discussion Performance Poet, Activist and Transformational Leader Sonya Renee will guide your group in the first step to radical healing which is to find the hurt.

Lecture Option 3
RUHCUS (Radically Unapologetic Healing Challenge 4 Us) – Part 1 2.5 hr Part 2 2.5 hour

In the summer of 2011 after years of secret shame and trauma about her hair which was damaged since childhood, Performance Poet, Activist and Transformational Leader Sonya Renee decided to do something RADICAL to deal with it. It is from this the desire to be free of the bondage of hiding her hair that RUHCUS was born. This 2 part workshop walks participants through Sonya’s unique and powerful experience with taking drastic steps to heal her own historical shames. Part 2 of this workshop teaches participants how to use this 3 step, 30 day challenge to begin the journey of RADICAL HEALING over pain, shame, trauma and fear in their lives.

Set List

Average set may range from 30 to 60 minutes. This includes a minimum of 5 original poems, 1 cover poem and comedic improv and audience interaction.