Meet the people dedicated to providing a voice for Black UMD.
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Sununu is a senior sociology and English double major. He is also 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, he might just have a heart attack. Let’s pray for Sununu.
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 and photographer
Amina is a sophomore journalism major. While she doesn't want to be a politician in the spotlight, she's fascinated by the media work that occurs behind the scenes. Aside from her career goals, her favorite pastime is photography. She started by taking photos of sample pieces from her friend's first clothing line. Photography has allowed her to expose people to a side of themselves they've never had the opportunity to see. If you're interested in seeing her other work, head over to aminasymone.myportfolio.com.
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Alexander is a senior Criminology/Criminal Justice major with a minor in Military Studies. Alexander is interested in wrestling and becoming closer and more involved with the Black UMD community.
Aleah is a broadcast journalism and African American studies double major. She is the community service chair for the Maryland Association of Black Journalist, and Secretary for the Black Honors Caucus and National Council of Negro Women. She also writes for Stories Beneath the Shell. She is passionate about social justice and the impact that her words and actions can have in social change
Born in D.C, raised in Prince Georges County, Maryland, Chiamaka is a Senior majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minoring in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Black Women Studies, and Public Policy. Chiamaka is a member of the Academic Achievement Program, a program for first generation minority students at the university. Chiamaka wants to be a field producer, working internationally covering foreign policy. Chiamaka is currently working with Capital News Service, enhancing storytelling through video.
Dominique is a
Journalism/Communication Major at the University of Maryland. She is currently
interning for Hype Radio Station as a beat writer for the Washington Wizards as well as working with the ACLI as a communication intern. Dominique is a
die hard Redskins fan, loves traveling, reading and hanging out with friends.
Social media producer and staff writer
Lauren is a sophomore Communications major on the public relations track in the Design, Culture, and Creativity honors program. She 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.
Rana Hardnett is a junior Broadcast Journalism major with a minor in Black Women Studies. She is from Baltimore, Maryland. She is interested in tv production and wants to be in entertainment tv field. She also has a passion for communications and public relations. When not writing for Black Explosion, she enjoys dancing and being an advocate for the black feminism movement.
Briana is a junior English-media studies major. She is a writer for WMUC’s Drop the Pop and a member of the Maryland Association of Black Journalists. She is a content contributor to Shalimar Media Group, working on diversity campaigns for their apparel. She has a passion for television and film, mostly animated productions. She is always up to date with what’s new and good to watch on Netflix as well. Follow her on twitter @Briabriscoe
Mecca is a junior English major. She is from Prince George's County and has a passion for writing prose, Game of Thrones and her two cats, Bubby and Frankie.
Keombre McLaughlin is a sophomore broadcast journalism major at University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. She is currently a writer for Black Explosion, and volunteers at the African American studies department’s “Saturday Freedom School.” In January 2018, McLaughlin wrote a compelling op-ed for the Baltimore Sun after the murder of her high school friend, Jonathan Tobash, which marked the beginning of her journalism career. Her major focus in journalism is the Black community, but she plans to venture into entertainment and fashion industries, as well.
Julian is a senior sociology major. He loves listening to music and writing poetry, and is passionate about creating equal opportunities in life for all people.