Meet the people dedicated to providing a voice for Black UMD.
Photos taken by Shooters Art
Sociology and English double major, senior
Sununu is a streetwear enthusiast and a sports fanatic. He’s been waiting 22 years and counting to see his Wizards team make it at least to the conference finals. If Wall can’t carry his team to the promise land, Sununu might just have a heart attack. Let’s pray for him.
Journalism major, Law and Society minor, senior
Daniel is a senior in the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is majoring in Multiplatform Journalism and minoring in Law and Society. This Fall, he is working as an intern with the Sports Capitol, assisting with coverage of the Washington Redskins. He is also covering Maryland Football for the Left Bench, a student-run campus publication. This Summer, Daniel worked as an intern at TMZ Sports Department. He has written other publications including Terp Magezine and the Diamondback, the University’s student-run newspaper. He is also president of the Maryland Association of Black Journalists and Vice President of Media and Web Contents for the UMD Sports Society.
Managing Editor, photographer
Journalism and information science double major, sophomore
Since picking up the camera at 17, Amina has never put it down. Her favorite genre of photography is documentary journalism. She loves being able to expose a side of people others know little about. You can check out her blog at aminasymone.com.
Journalism and African-American studies double major, sophomore
Aleah is passionate about social justice and the impact that her words and actions can have in social change. In addition to producing videos for BE News, she also writes for Stories Beneath the Shell. She is the community service chair for the Maryland Association of Black Journalists, secretary for Black Honors Caucus and the Maryland chapter of the National Council of Negro Women.
Journalism major, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Black women’s studies, and public policy minors, senior
Born in Washington D.C. and raised in Prince George’s County, Chiamaka wants to be a field producer, working internationally covering foreign policy. She also works for Capital News Service, enhancing storytelling through video. Chiamaka is a member of the Academic Achievement Program, a Maryland program for first-generation minority students.
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Criminology and criminal justice, senior
Alexander is interested in wrestling. Alexander looks forward to becoming closer and more involved with the Black community at UMD.
Social media producer, staff writer
Communications and government and politics double major, sophomore
Lauren enjoys reading, writing, as well as listening to music (especially anything by Childish Gambino or Chance). In her free time she enjoys playing basketball, tennis and watching The Daily Show. She is currently with the United Nations Foundation as a digital and editorial intern. Lauren is also a volunteer leader with the Black Childhood Development Institute.
Iman, passionate about social justice, hopes to minor in public policy and French, in addition to her journalism studies. She has a particular interest in education inequality throughout the DMV area. She enjoys working with Partners in Print, an organization that provides workshops on literacy, education advocacy, and college readiness to Prince George’s County elementary schools. In Iman’s free time, she enjoys watching political satires like “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj.”
Dominique is interning with Hype Radio Station, writing about the Washington Wizards. She is also interning with the American Council of Life Insurers as a communications intern. In her free time, Dominique is a die-hard Redskins fan, loves traveling, reading, and just hanging out with friends.
Briana is a content contributor for Shalimar Media Group, working on diversity campaigns for their apparel. She has a passion for animated television and film. Briana stays up to date with Netflix’s new and interesting shows. In addition to working BE News, she is also a writer for WMUC’s “Drop the Pop” and a member of the Maryland Association of Black Journalists.
From Prince George’s County, Mecca loves writing prose, Game of Thrones and her two cats, Bubby and Frankie.
In January 2018, Keombré wrote a thought-provoking op-ed for The Baltimore Sun after her high school friend, Jonathan Tobash was killed. Writing this piece marked the beginning of her career. Keombré’s topical focus is the Black community, but she plans to venture into the entertainment and fashion industries, too. Keombré volunteers for the Saturday Freedom School, sponsored by the African-American Studies Department.
Julian loves listening to music and writing poetry. He is passionate about creating equal opportunities in life for all people.