Sonia Manzano is a New York legend, television icon, and cultural trail-blazer. She played “Maria” on Sesame Street for more than four decades. Sonia also won more than a dozen Emmys for her work as a writer for the show. Writing is one of the many things that Sonia has been doing since stepping away from the small screen in 2015. She has a new book out today called Coming Up Cuban. It tells the stories of four young Cubans and how their lives changed following the 1959 revolution in Cuba.