DeShuna Wins Harvard African Business Conference’s Pitch Competition!
Watch DeShuna’s 2-Minute Pitch During Halcyon’s Kick-Off Event
#AboutLastNight: Still on cloud-9 about @kweliTV winning Harvard African Business Conference Venture Competition! #HBSABC2017 #humbled In late February, kweliTV won the Harvard African Business Club’s New Venture Pitch Competition during their annual conference. More than 130 companies applied and 1o of us were lucky enough be selected to do a 5-minute pitch at the […]
Diary of A (Mad) Black Woman Without VC Funding, Part 4: When The Going Gets Tough…
Halcyon Kickoff – kweliTV from S&R Foundation on Vimeo. I, along with my five other cohort fellows, did a 2-minute pitch as part of the Halcyon Kick-off event. Fun times!
DeShuna is selected as a 2017 Halcyon Fellow!
Two years ago, I was on cloud nine. I had just left my local bank to create a business account and deposit the $20,000 business grant I had just received a week prior from Unity Journalists. I opened my laptop and mapped out a simple, 12-month plan for kweliTV with the funds I just received: […]
AFRO.COM: KWELI.TV is what the African Diaspora should be watching
It’s not just a new administration coming to our nation’s capital: seven of the most promising social enterprises in the world are moving to Washington D.C. in 2017. Today, Halcyon Incubator announces the selection of its sixth cohort for one of the nation’s premier incubators for early-stage social entrepreneurs. The seven social enterprises will bring […]
Interview with Maggie Linton w/ Sirius XM
From midnight to dawn, on October 12th men and women gather in Bahia, Brazil with tambourines, traditional songs, and fervent prayers to celebrate Brazil’s patron saint, Our Lady Aparecida. Robust with passed-down tales from the 19th century, the short documentary “Escravos E Santos (Of Slaves and Saints)” illustrates the connection between Brazilian spirituality and slavery […]
DeShuna Wins SheDemos 2016 Pitch Competition
Recently, I stopped by Sirius XM to talk about kweliTV to radio host and journalist Maggie Linton.
Diary of A (Mad) Black Woman Without VC Funding, Part 3: Why Perception is Everything
For many members of the SheStarts community, like for so many others, yesterday was a difficult day after the election. It seemed as though the values we hold dear — diversity, inclusion, gender equity, innovation — were rejected by much of our country. But a sold out-crowd representing the full spectrum of diversity showed up to stand strong for […]
BOLD: This TV Entrepreneur is Building a Positive Platform for Black Culture
Moments before 40-year-old Terence Crutcher was gunned down with his hands up in the air by a white police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, another law enforcement officer looking below from a helicopter said that Crutcher — a father of four who was in route home after taking a class at a community college before his car broke […]
Diary of A Mad Black Woman, Part 2: When Your Tech Start up Becomes A Roller Coaster, Just Ride
Digital media entrepreneur DeShuna Spencer says she launched her tech startup, kweliTV, because she was frustrated with what she saw as a the lack of diversity in film and television and the few choices of content that focused on issues important to her as a black woman. “And some of the shows that do feature […]
Building a tech start up is much like riding a big roller coaster over and over again every day. And as a child, I was deathly afraid of roller coasters. There was a small amusement park in my hometown of Memphis, Tenn., called Libertyland. Its main attractions were the Zippin’ Pippin’, a wooden roller coaster, […]