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Tonya Renee Banks: Little Boss of Reality TV

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Tonya Banks at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles Photo Credit: HTKPR

As Journalists, we have the opportunity to regularly meet and chat with inspiring people; however, upon chatting with this little lady (pun intended) I have to say she is among the most inspiring of persons I’ve interviewed.

Tonya Renee Banks, known fondly by her fans as “The Lil Boss,” wears many hats. She is an actress, a reality TV Star, a single mother and the creative force behind several current and upcoming projects. All this she has managed to do despite being diagnosed with Achondroplasia Dwarfism, a hereditary condition characterized by an absence of cartilage formation.

Curious about her nickname, I inquired as to how she came by it. She proceeded to tell an interesting tale.

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Tonya Banks and Daughter, Angelique Johnson at 2015 BET After Party Photo Credit: HTKPR

“Long story short, it started with a friend of mine named Katie whom I met when our daughters started preschool together. One day a bad situation happened, and I was pissed. I was walking fast to go to address the issue and Katie saw my face and said ‘Oh no, there goes Lil’ Boss on a mission.’ Similar stories have happened when I was a dance mom at the church where my daughter was a praise dancer. I would boldly address the issues and make sure everything was the way it was supposed to be. The name stuck around and eventually everyone in my circle started calling me ‘Lil Boss.’ When the need arises, I am protective and I take charge.”

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