Mission Over Money: Changing the Story with DeShuna Elisa Spencer, Founder & CEO of kweliTV

How do we find our voice? How can we share the stories everyone needs to hear?. Hear the story of DeShuna Elisa Spencer, who created kweliTV to share the stories of global black culture.

Our Guest

DeShuna Elisa Spencer is the Founder & CEO of kweliTV, which celebrates global black culture through curated, undiscovered and award-winning indie films, documentaries, web series, children’s programming and events. She’s a former radio host and producer of emPower Hour, a show that examined social justice issues affecting people of color, on Washington, DC’s 89.3 FM WPFW. DeShuna recently completed her first documentary, Mom Interrupted, which tackles gun violence through the stories of the ones most impacted—the mothers of murdered young black men and women. In 2019, the Digital Diversity Network named her the Innovation & Inclusion Social Entrepreneur of the Year.

Topics discussed in this episode: 

  • Authenticity is the key to success
  • The challenge: money over the mission
  • Fear of trying something new
  • Balance the negative with the positive
  • Why to tell your story

Resources mentioned in this episode: 

Changing The Story Podcast with Michael Ashley & Neil Sahota: