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March 6: Social Entrepreneur DeShuna Spencer to Discuss Black Representation

Bucknell’s Griot Institute for Africana Studies will present social entrepreneur DeShuna Spencer for a free, public talk entitled “The Black Unfamiliar in the 21st Century: Black Representation” on Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. in the Great Room of Hildreth-Mirza Hall. The event is co-sponsored by Bucknell’s Career Development Center.

Spencer is the founder/CEO of kweliTV, an interactive video streaming network for the global black consumer. kweliTV is dedicated to the stories, issues and culture of the global black community. The platform offers a vast selection of on-demand independent films, web shows, news and historical programming, and documentaries specifically on the black experience from the U.S. and across the globe.

She is the founding publisher of where she launched the emPower Players Awards honoring community activists of color. Spencer is also the producer and radio host of “emPower Hour” on Washington, D.C.’s 89.3 FM WPFW.

Before becoming an entrepreneur, Spencer served as the director of communications for EdMarket, a trade association in Silver Spring, Md. In that role, she ran the organization’s communications department and all media properties.

The Griot Institute invites the campus community to participate in its spring series, which considers the ways that scholars, artists and practitioners have reconsidered familiar aspects of black culture, intellectual inquiry, and artistic production and have troubled traditional notions of black familiarity.

For additional information, contact the Griot Institute at or 570-577-2123.

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