Denene Millner

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Denene Millner (born October 21, 1968)[1] is an American author and journalist.

Early life[edit]

Millner grew up in Bay Shore, New York and graduated with a B.A. in communications from Hofstra University.[1]


Millner was a reporter for the Associated Press and a political and entertainment reporter for the New York Daily News. She was an editor at Honey and Parenting,[2] where she worked as an editor and, later, as a columnist.[3] In March 2011, Millner was chosen by Black Voices website as one of 40 Influential Black Female Writers.[4] In 2016, Millner became an editor at Bolden Books with her own imprint, Denene Millner Books.[5]


She has written 23 books of fiction and non-fiction, including co-authoring two #1 New York Times bestsellers, Straight Talk, No Chaser and Act Like a Lady, Think Like A Man,[6] both with comedian Steve Harvey. Act Like a Lady was in the top ten on the New York Times hardcover advice list for 43 weeks in 2009; Straight Talk was in the top ten for more than 12 weeks in 2011. She co-wrote the memoir I Am Charlie Wilson with R&B performer Charlie Wilson, which was a New York Times bestseller.[7] in August 2015.

Millner's other books include the young adult novel Miss You, Mina, written for Scholastic; the humor book, "The Angry Black Woman's Guide To Life", and the novel The Vow, both[8] written with Angela Burt-Murray and Mitzi Miller; and the three-book teen series Hotlanta written with Mitzi Miller. The novel The Vow was turned into a movie on the Lifetime network, called With This Ring, that premiered on Jan. 24, 2015.[9] She wrote three novels and three books of non-fiction with her former husband Nick Chiles,[10] including Love Don't Live Here Anymore and What Brothers Think, What Sistahs Know, both Essence bestsellers. In 2007, Millner wrote the novelization of the screenplay for Dreamgirls and in 2012 the novelization for Sparkle.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Millner was formerly married to journalist Nick Chiles.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Harris, Janelle (March 6, 2013). "SO WHAT DO YOU DO, DENENE MILLNER, CO-AUTHOR OF ACT LIKE A LADY, THINK LIKE A MAN?". Mediabistro. Retrieved October 17, 2014.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-02-08. Retrieved 2010-01-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Kershaw, Sarah (19 January 2018). "Talk about race? Relax, it's o.k." – via
  4. ^ "Black News, Entertainment, Style and Culture - HuffPost Black Voices".
  5. ^ "Introducing Denene Millner Books". AGATE. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  6. ^ "The New York Times Best Sellers".
  7. ^ "The New York Times Best Sellers".
  8. ^ Gorce, Tammy La (19 January 2018). "IN PERSON; Anger Management? Not for These Women" – via
  9. ^ "With This Ring". 24 January 2015 – via
  10. ^ "Snellville's Denene Millner penned books by Steve Harvey, NeNe Leakes".
  11. ^ Dodes, Rachel (10 August 2012). "How Whitney Houston Got Her Last Chance to 'Sparkle'".

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