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Vanessa Baden
Born September 8, 1985 (1985-09-08) (age 24)
Manhattan Beach, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994–2000

Vanessa Baden (born September 8, 1985) is an American actress best known for her role as Kyra Rockmore in the hit Nickelodeon show Kenan and Kel, and for starring in the TV series Gullah Gullah Island. She also did a radio show “Keeping it Real with Reverend Al Sharpton”. She was born in Manhattan Beach, California and raised in Satellite Beach, Florida, where she got her start in print ads. She graduated from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida in December 2007 with a degree in Sociology. In 2004, she won the Florida District Miss Black and Gold Pageant representing the Iota Delta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. at regional competition in Atlanta, Georgia.

Civil Rights activist

In 2006-2007, Vanessa Baden acted as a secretary in a group called Coalition of Justice for Martin Lee Anderson. This group protested the death of a 14 year old boy, Martin Lee Anderson who died in one of Florida's youth boot camps. These camps were designed to change the behavior of boys who had committed crimes. Martin Lee died after allegedly being hit and kicked by guards. Vanessa Baden was present and protested throughout the trail and at the capital after the involved guards were found not guilty. It was a protest as the capital, that turned into civil disobedience when the protesting students from FAMU (Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University), FSU Florida State University and TCC, (Tallahassee Community College) blocked two busy intersections during rush hour at the capital. Vanessa acted as spokesman for the Coalition and was quoted repeatedly in involving articles, none of which connect her with her Nickelodeon past.


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