is a talented twenty-six year-old actress who is no stranger to television.
first began her
career at the tender age of four when she
enrolled in acting and modeling school.
original objective was to model and after several print jobs her
magnetic personality sparked her
modeling agent to introduce her
to a talent agent.
first began on Nickelodeon by guest starring in several episodes of "My Brother and Me".
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.
has also starred in all of the "Gullah Gullah Island" home videos.
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
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.
marked the revival of the student movement and lead the largest student protest in Florida history to date.
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.
'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.