DeShuna Spencer

CEO, kweliTV

DeShuna Spencer is CEO of kweliTV, a video streaming network dedicated to the stories and culture of the global black community, and radio host of emPower Hour on DC’s 89.3 FM WPFW.

Previously, she served as publisher of where she launched the emPower Players Awards honoring community activists of color.

Before becoming an entrepreneur, Spencer served as Director of Communications & Managing Editor for EdMarket, where she ran the department and all media properties from its award-winning magazine, e-newsletters, social media, ad sales, video initiatives and budget. A Memphis native, Spencer graduated from Jackson State University where she studied Communications and Journalism.

She has written for The Clarion-Ledger, The Oakland Tribune, the Crisis Magazine, AOL and the Washington Examiner. A former AmeriCorps*VISTA and Chips Quinn Scholar, Spencer received the 2012 40under40 recipient from The Envest Foundation.

In 2014, Spencer was honored with the "Who's Got Next" award by the National Action Network. She was also the 2014 winner of Unity Journalist’s NewU Start-up Competition.

Spencer recently completed her first documentary, Mom Interrupted. She is a Spring 2017 Halcyon Incubator Fellow and a 2017 Voqal Fellow.

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