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FACE FORWARD - Meet the Photographer Advocation for Black Beauty in the Fashion Industry: Glenford Nuñez

“You photograph what you see around and the things you care about,” Nuñez says. “My mom is a Black woman. My sister is a Black woman. These are the people I love, so I want them to be depicted in the best possible light.” He is on a mission to capture at least 100 aspiring Black models to affirm that our beauty — inside an out — is worthy of praise.

featured models: Ra’Chael Baker, Kennedy McDaniel, Sinmidele Badero,Tene’A Cummings, Ariana Gulford, Emoni Baraka, Tayquana Demery

text: Juliee Wilson - Essence July 2017

Black History Month: NCAA Gymnasts

Feburary 7th- Kennedy Baker (Florida)

Kennedy Baker (born May 10th 1996) is a former senior international elite gymnast who is currently a junior at the University of Florida, majoring in telecommunication. She did her club training at Texas Dreams Gymnastics under Kim Zmeskal-Burdette and Chris Burdette. 

Pre-collegiate Achievements:

  • Two-time US Senior National Team Member
  • 2012 US Olympic Trials Competitor
  • Won bronze medal on beam at 2013 P&G Gymnastics Championships

Collegiate Bests:

  • Vault: 9.950
  • Bars: 9.900
  • Beam: 9.925
  • Floor: 10.000

Collegiate Achievements (to date):

  • 2015 SEC Co-Freshman of the Year
  • Three-time First Team All-American
  • All-SEC team member 2015 & 2016
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NCAA 2018 – Favourite Seniors


Alex McMurtry (Florida)

  • 2017 NCAA All Around Champion, 2017 NCAA Bars Co Champion, Perfect 10s on Vault, Bars and Floor. 2015 National Champion

Kiana Winston (Alabama)

  • 39.700 Top AA Score, Ranked 4th Regular Season AA 2017,  9.950+ on every event. Perfect 10 on Floor.

Erin Macadaeg (LSU)

  • Leads off for LSU on beam. Has scored 9.950 in the lead off position. 9.900 RQS in 2017 on beam. Ranked #20 on Beam in 2017.

Elizabeth Price (Stanford)

  • 2015 NCAA Vault Champion, 2016 Pac 12 Gymnast of the Year, Perfect 10 on Vault. 9.975 on Bars and Floor.

Peng-Peng Lee (UCLA)

  • 6th Year Senior. Perfect 10s on Beam and Bars. Ranked #3 on bars and #17 on beam in 2017. Insane Difficulty.

Dani Dessaints (Oregon State University)

  • 34/35 Career Hit Rate. 9.950 Career High on Vault. 2017 Pac 12 Co Vault Champion. Ranked #16 on Vault in 2017

Nickie Guerrero (Alabama)

  • Career high 9.950 on vault and 9.975 on beam. Ranked #25 on Vault and #4 on Beam in 2017.

AJ Jackson (Oklahoma)

  • 2016 and 2017 National Champion, 2017 Big 12 Floor Champion, 9.975 on Vault and Floor in 2017, Ranked #3 on Floor and #16 on Vault in 2017.

Kennedy Baker (Florida)

  • Perfect 10 on Floor. 2017 SEC Floor Champion, All Around Top Score 39.650. 9.950 Career high on vault. 2015 National Champion

Myia Hambrick (LSU)

  • All Around Top Score of 39.625. Career High of 9.950 on Vault, Beam and Floor. 2015 SEC Vault Champion, 28 Career Individual Titles.

Black History Month: NCAA Gymnasts

February 8- Kennedy Baker 

Kennedy Baker is a former senior international elite gymnast who competed for USA and is now a sophomore at the University of Florida majoring in telecommunications. 

Pre-collegiate Achievements:

  • Team USA National Team Member 2010-2014 
  • 2009 Visa Championships junior bars champion
  • Competed at 2012 US Olympic Trials finishing eighth in the all-around
  • 2013 P&G Championships bronze medal winner on the balance beam

Collegiate Bests:

  • Vault: 9.950
  • Bars: 9.85
  • Beam: 9.925
  • Floor: 10.000

Collegiate Achievements (to date):

  • Earned her first 10.000 of her college career on floor against Alabama on 2016-01-29
  • All-American on floor
  • SEC Freshman of the Year (2015)
  • Four-time SEC freshman of the week recipient

Kennedy Baker - Florida

UNC made the admirable and inspiring decision to host a #betrue meet, celebrating LGBTQ athletes and promoting equality and acceptance. Resident Florida superstar Kennedy Baker is an avid supporter of LGBTQ rights but did not get to compete on floor exercise at the meets. 

Let’s be real, this is how it would have looked anyway. 

#betrue