Sonja won the 2008 Asian Excellence Award for Supporting Television Actress for her role as Detective Shakima "Kima" Greggs in HBO's "The Wire".
Sonja is a former slam poet and co-wrote the movie "Slam".
Sonja's mother is a Korean-born and her father is an American of African, European and Native American descent.
Sonja: I'm really open, and I don't like to claim title to anything in my life, you know, racially, culturally, sexually. (on being a lesbian sex symbol)