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Announcing the Premiere of Academic Shade

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#TeamBlackness is excited to announce that we’re adding a new show to the TWiBularity! Academic Shade is hosted by University of Pennsylvania professor, media commentator, and professional shade thrower Anthea Butler. Tune in every Tuesday to hear Professor Butler’s take on religion and pop culture. The show premieres Tuesday, September 23, at 5 PM EST. Below is a note from the host about what to expect from the show.

The shade is finally here! Welcome to my new #TWIBnation show, Academic Shade! I have always wanted to do a radio show, because Twitter only leaves room for short thoughts. Radio allows for conversation, interrogation, and most importantly, shade. The kind of shade that you need more than 140 characters to spell out.

Academic shade is about shading, exposing, and explaining topics, from racism to popular culture, politics, and my research area, religion. You can expect lively irreverent conversation, but always, always with a goal in mind: to expose the shadiness out in the world that people do, with an eye on how we can expose and/or correct it.

On my first show, we will ask, what is a “Blackademic”? We’re also going to talk about the ongoing battles on Twitter for and against Blackademics. Next up will be Religion Ratchet. We’ll discuss T.B. Joshua, a Nigerian megachurch prosperity preacher, who is trying to make people believe that a UFO caused the collapse of a hotel building on church property in Lagos, Nigeria. Is he right? Or are the over eighty people who died victims of a pimping preacher who gave the OK to put more floors on top of a poorly built building? To close the show out, @FeministaJones will join me to discuss the poorly written piece from Alessandra Stanley in the New York Times on Shonda Rhimes’ new show How to Get Away with Murder.

What Academic Shade needs is you! To that end, join us in the discussion on Twitter at @AcademicShade. I want to hear from you! Join me at 5 PM EST Tuesdays on the TWiBularity!

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