Launching December 2015, kweliTV ((pronounced kwal-lee) means truth in Swahili. The new service is dedicated to giving people of color a dedicated platform showcasing unique perspectives. kweliTV will offer independent films, docuseries, documentaries, news and educational content that represents the diversity of the global black community.
According to kweliTV.com:
Our Mission is to enhance knowledge, encourage self-empowerment, and promote positive change within the global black community through challenging, inspiring and thought-provoking video content.
The online platform and app has plans to launch in December 2015 and currently has a beta phase open for those who may be interested on getting a head start. KweliTV is asking for $19.95 per year for those willing to become a part of its beta community, but they offer a variety of membership plans.
FOUNDER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
DeShuna Spencer—a social entrepreneur, storyteller/journalist and night owl—is the Founder/CEO of kweliTV. For more than six years, Spencer has been the founding publisher of emPowermagazine.com. Spencer is also the producer/radio host of emPower Hour on DC’s 89.3 FM WPFW, where she discusses social justice and human rights issues every Thursday. 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, she is an alum of the Chips Quinn Scholars Program, a competitive fellowship program for young journalists of color. In 2012, she was named 40under40 by The Envest Foundation for her entrepreneurial and philanthropic achievements. Recently, Spencer received the “Who’s Got Next” award by the National Action Network as a future leader in civil rights. Spencer, who also produces web shows, recently completed her first documentary, Mom Interrupted, which was an official selection at the Alexandria Film Festival. When she has downtime, Spencer loves drinking a smooth glass of red wine with her husband James, getting lost in a good memoir, taking long walks in her neighborhood, volunteering in her community and watching captivating documentaries and indie films. Follow her on twitter
CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
Corbin Norman is the Chief Marketing Officer for kweliTV, Inc. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Corbin played an integral part in securing the election of the first African American president by developing digital marketing and communication strategies for the several grassroots operations. In 2012, Corbin became the Fellowship Director and Press Lead for the Washington DC metro area chapter of Organizing for Action, an advocacy organization spun from President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. In this capacity, Corbin built strategic issue campaigns around the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Gun Violence Prevention, and Climate Change while proactively pitching stories, organizing earned media events, implementing social media strategies, and training local organizations on driving the narrative and generating press coverage. By trade, Corbin is a Computer Scientist and System Engineer and has over five years of management and IT consulting in tech and healthcare industries. Corbin is from Jackson, Mississippi where he graduated from Jackson State University (JSU) and received his graduate degree from The University of Virginia. Corbin is a former musician of 12 years (trumpet) and while at JSU, he helped developed an Android app that detected nearby chemical waste using geographical location. In the future, Corbin wants to spend his retirement owning and operating a vineyard while doing nerdy programming.
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Andre Spivey is the Chief Technology Officer for kweliTv, Inc. He comes with a wealth and diversity of IT experience spending over 8 years in the US Air Force working with some of the most advanced systems in the world, to programming in multiple languages, infrastructure, networking and a wealth security and compliance experience. He has worked on amazing systems all over the world and was a key player in the upgrading of a major communications system used by the President of the United States, SecDef and Joint Chiefs while in Portugal. The upgrade allowed those in power to communicate more securely and to communicate directly with military personnel on the ground during battle situations, emergencies and humanitarian missions. After leaving the United States Air Force, he joined a start-up as a key IT Production tech during the start-up and funding phase, that start-up received over $70 Million in funding and investments and is still successful today. Since then he has built the start-up Live 2 Learn Differently which continues to have a huge impact on the technology used to teach children with autism and other special needs. Through this he developed the mobile apps “HearMePlease” and “GoToZoo”, both of them are educational apps for children with autism, both apps used currently by schools in the United States and South Africa. Andre, has a B.A. in Organizational Management and Leadership Skills from Morris Brown College, and Graduate Certificates in Financial Management, Business Leadership Skills and Executive Leadership Skills from Cornell University. He is also Business Communications major at Harvard Extension School. He also holds IT certifications from CompTia (Security + and Cloud +) and from Amazon AWS, Cisco and more. He has developed multiple security programs, websites and mobile applications for healthcare organizations, legal firms and other business entities. He spends most downtime reading or freshening up his Portuguese with his wife and sons.
LEAD APP DEVELOPER
Marlon Henry is Lead App Developer for kweliTV. Marlon is a IT professional with over a decade experience in IT which includes progressive growth from Level III Helpdesk, Network admin, web development, system builds to iOS development. Marlon has a associates degree in Computer Information Systems and a Bachelors in Mobile Development. As a self proclaimed “Nerd” it comes as no shock that most of the time programming is Marlon’s first language, he has a knowledge of languages such as Ruby, Java, PHP, Objective-C/Swift.
Marlon brings work experience with video streaming services serving as Lead App Developer in the Mobile Guild for Viacom, Inc and it’s media subsidiaries. Before finding a home at Viacom, Marlon is the CEO/Founder of his own development firm, his NerdGang imprint built the platform that is still being used today for Modern Medical Systems, PreVis LLC and many more.
Marlon is from the island of Trinidad & Tobago which his Caribbean up bringing he credits his passion about ensuring that KweliTV is not just handed a shiny app that is hard to use and easy to break. He wants to ensure that every customer experience with KweliTV is one you will never forget. When he has downtime, Marlon loves spending time with his son Jeremiah and keeping the nerd life going teaching him code too, watching sports(Knicks,Giants & Mets), taking long walks in his neighborhood, playing video games and watching captivating tv shows, documentaries and indie films. When he retires he wants to be living in a smart house created by his own coding. Follow him on Twitter @haveyec