Photo by Dee Dwyer
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Keyonna graduated from St. John’s College High School in 2006 and started her collegiate career as a student of Psychology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. In search of a more challenging path, she transferred to Philip Merrill’s College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Broadcast Journalism with a concentration in Education. She obtained her Master’s in Science Management with a specialization in Public Relations in December 2019.
During the four years she worked as a news producer for News Radio station WNEW, 99.1, Keyonna received two Edward Murrow Awards. Returning to one of her original passions, in August 2015, Keyonna founded Congress Heights Arts and Culture Center (CHACC) home of #soufsidecreative, located at 3200 MLK Ave. SE, with a mission to bring something new and necessary to the East of the River community in the District of Columbia. She also serves on the board of Community College Preparatory Academy, the first adult charter school East of the River and on the board of The Creative School as Vice President.
Beyond her many efforts at CHACC, Keyonna has given serious energy to her many hobbies, transforming many of them into entrepreneurial ventures. She turned her love for thrifting into a 'side hustle' of Freelance and published Fashion Styling and Image Consulting through KMJ6Style . KMJ6Kloset was also born from the love of thrifting, where Keyonna offers one-of-a-kind handpicked items for low prices. Her backyard gardening sparked the idea for KMJ6Bloom, providing handmade products infused with garden herbs and flowers. KMJ6Photos is Keyonna's photography journey and KMJ6Designs consists of digital and fashion designs.
Keyonna is a proud mother of daughter Kayla Shawn and son Keon Michael.