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Employment History

State Director

Center for Health , Environment and Justice




Student Coalition for Justice

Staff Member On the Obama
America Campaign

Hometeam Entertainment LLC


Florida State University

Satellite High School

BS Degree


Florida State University

Masters of Divinity




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Cast | FAIL TV Show [cached]

Vanessa Baden is a talented twenty-six year-old actress who is no stranger to television. She first began her career at the tender age of four when she enrolled in acting and modeling school. Her original objective was to model and after several print jobs her magnetic personality sparked her modeling agent to introduce her to a talent agent.

She first began on Nickelodeon by guest starring in several episodes of "My Brother and Me". She has also appeared in Nickelodeon's "Figure It Out" as a guest panelist. Vanessa made Nickelodeon history by being the first actor to simultaneously tape as a starring role on two different shows, "Gullah Gullah Island" and "Kenan and Kel".
On the Emmy nominated "Gullah Gullah Island" (which she starred on for all four seasons) she portrayed the self-titled role of 'Vanessa'. "Gullah Gullah Island", a favorite show of both parents and preschool-age children, won numerous Parents Choice Awards. In addition, the series received 4 NAACP Image Award nominations,and a 1996 Cable ACE Award nomination. Vanessa has also starred in all of the "Gullah Gullah Island" home videos.
She also played the starring role of 'Kyra Rockmore', Kenan's little sister, on the Cable Ace Award winning "Kenan and Kel" for all four seasons. The 1998 Kid's Choice Award for "Best Show", "Kenan and Kel", also received a 1999 NAACP Award nomination. In addition, Vanessa was in the supporting cast of John Singleton's 1997 film, "Rosewood", as 'Lee Ruth Bradley'.
In 2003 Vanessa became a proud Seminole and entered Florida State University, while still a senior at Satellite High School (Satellite Beach, FL). In 2004, she returned to Satellite Beach to walk with her class as she graduated with honor from Satellite High School. Upon returning to FSU, Vanessa took a hiatus from acting and shifted gear into the realm of Civil Rights.
At FSU Vanessa became a prominent Seminole holding a position in organizations such as, the Black Student Union and Garnett & Gold Key Leadership Honorary as well as numerous positions in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, (NAACP) and Political Action Chair for the Florida NAACP.
Vanessa's most treasured achievement to date is being co-founder of the Student Coalition for Justice, Inc, (SCJ) an organization comprised of FSU, Florida A&M University and Tallahassee Community College. SCJ marked the revival of the student movement and lead the largest student protest in Florida history to date. Vanessa is now regularly featured on the nationally syndicated radio talk show, "Keeping it real with Reverend Al Sharpton". Upon Graduation, Vanessa staffed on the Obama for America Campaign in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as well as serving as State Director for the Center for Health Environment and Justice.
Vanessa's return to acting came in 2010 when she signed with the prestigious Untitled Entertainment and Rebel Entertainment Partners in Los Angeles, CA. In her return to California, Vanessa partnered with child hood friend James Bland to form Hometeam Entertainment, LLC.
Following the success of "Cocoa Love", James joined forces with his college friend Vanessa Baden and formed Hometeam Entertainment, which is a film, television and music production company where James currently serves as Co-President.
Vanessa Baden

About Us - The Center for Health, Environment & Justice [cached]

Vanessa Baden

Vanessa Baden, Children's Health Community Organizer Vanessa Baden, a Florida native, is a graduate of Florida State University with a BS Degree in Sociology. She has served as an organizer for organizations such as the Florida NAACP, Student Coalition for Justice, and the Obama for America Presidential Campaign. She is currently in graduate school, obtaining a Masters of Divinity.

Campaigns - The Center for Health, Environment & Justice [cached]

CHEJ's Florida Children's Health Community Organizer: Vanessa Baden. Vanessa Baden, a Florida native, is a graduate of Florida State University with a BS Degree in Sociology. She has served as an organizer for organizations such as the Florida NAACP, Student Coalition for Justice, and the Obama for America Presidential Campaign. She is currently in graduate school, obtaining a Masters of Divinity.

The Producers | FAIL TV Show [cached]

VANESSA BADEN (Executive Producer): A seasoned veteran in the Television/ Film Industry, Vanessa has been in entertainment her whole life as a series regular on Nickelodeon's Kenan and Kel, Gullah Gullah Island, and John Singleton's feature film Rosewood.

Vanessa is a native of Satellite Beach, Florida and attended Satellite High School. A graduate of Florida State University, Vanessa has had extensive organizational and business experience as a former regional director of a 501(c) 3 national organization and a staff member on the Obama for America Campaign in Philadelphia.

Vanessa Baden, who graduated ... [cached]

Vanessa Baden, who graduated from FSU in 2007 with a degree in sociology, took what she learned in media production classes and moved to Los Angeles.

"It's hard but it's good," said Baden.
Baden plays Hope, the group's leading social force, who uses her good looks to get what she wants. Baden is quick to say it's not typecasting, but she did know plenty of Hopes on campus.
"We based every character off somebody or a few people we knew in school-so we hope people will recognize them," said Baden.
"One of the things we really wanted to do was to imbue music into the show," said Baden. "Music really dictates what's going on-we wanted to highlight some underground artists who are on the cusp of being signed and give them their shot as well. It makes the show more viral because music's so viral. Music is the driving force of our generation."
Bland is a BET Lens On Talent finalist and Baden is a former Nickelodeon star.
"We do eventually want to move it back to Tallahassee, just to give everyone the same opportunities like what Will Packer did," said Baden.
"It doesn't matter if you know how," said Baden.
Executive Producers, James Bland, Vanessa Baden and Christopher "Play Martin sat down with and shared the story behind the original web series "Fail".
Produced by actors and filmmakers, Vanessa Baden and James Bland, the show has comedy, drama, hi-jinks, and lessons all wrapped up in one.
James Bland: It was October 2010, I had just left an assistant position at Sony Pictures, and Vanessa had recently quit a teaching job in Florida and relocated to L.A. to pick up her acting career.
Fast forward nine month later, Vanessa and myself are on a summer college tour promoting "FAIL" across the state of Florida, and we run into Play at a Best Buy in Tallahassee. He remembered me from the screening and asked what I was doing in town.
Vanessa Baden: Yeah, Play coming on was the craziest story.
(AllHipHop News) "Fail," an online urban comedy show for youth, will premiere its second season exclusively on in a partnership with Hip-Hop legend Christopher "Play" Martin of Kid-N-Play, and acclaimed producers, Vanessa Baden and James Bland.

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