In the Studio: Blackademics Television tapings on 2/21 & 2/22

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Please join KLRU for this year’s Blackademics Television tapings on Tuesday, February 21 and Wednesday, February 22 in KLRU’s legendary Studio 6A (map). Doors open both nights at 6:30 p.m.Please complete the forms below to RSVP.

Past seasons have featured presenters from a range of academic, entrepreneurial and creative backgrounds. This season is no exception!

Austin-based Jackie Venson will present for S5 of Blackademics + musical performance!

Tuesday, February 21 at 7 p.m.
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 6:30 p.m.

RSVP for 2/21 featuring:

Jackie Venson, Austin-based singer, songwriter and musician, is best known for her vocals and blues guitar. Along with presenting, catch a musical performance from Venson on the original Austin City Limits stage.

Courtney Santana has been working in the nonprofit sector for more than a decade and is the executive director of her own project-based charity JONAH. A survivor of domestic violence, she recently started the survivor support initiative Survive2Thrive Foundation.

Dr. Daina Berry is an Associate Professor of History and African and African Diaspora Studies and the Oliver H. Radkey Regents Fellow of History at the The University of Texas at Austin. An author, award-winning editor, and an advocate for public history, she also served as one of the technical advisors for the remake of ROOTS (A+E).

Rolf Straubhaar is an Assistant Research Scientist at the Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education at the University of Georgia. Some of his most recent work explores the views held by the officials who imported U.S.-based educational reforms to Brazil, and the resistance expressed by Afro-Brazilian students and community members.

Dr. Sharell Luckett is an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at Muhlenberg College. She is also lead editor of Black Acting Methods: Critical Approaches. Her forthcoming book, YoungGiftedandFat: Size, Sexuality & Privilege, engages with her life as an actress who experienced extreme weight loss.

Jeremy Hills, founder of The Factory

Jeremy Hills founded The Factory in 2015 to pursue his dream of training the best athletes in the nation and having them at their peak performance year in and year out.

Jeanine Staples is an Associate Professor of Literacy and Language, African American Studies, and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies at Penn State. Her new literacies scholarship, teaching, and coaching push forward anti-racist, anti-sexist, and anti-ableist education through an ideological concept called Supreme Love.

Dr. Jennifer Adair is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at The University of Texas at Austin. Her work focuses on the connection between agency and discrimination in the early learning experiences of children of immigrants.

Entrance is based upon capacity. 


Fatima Mann, cofounder of the Austin Justice Coalition

Wednesday, February 22 at 7 p.m.

KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 6:30 p.m.

RSVP for 2/22 featuring:

Letsie Khabele is a co-founder of Headwaters School, formerly known as Khabele School, an independent school in Austin serving students from early childhood through grade 12 that begins with a Montessori foundation and progresses to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

Tshepo Chéry is an Assistant Professor in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies. Her research specialities include African History, Social Movements, Religious Activism & Religious Fundamentalism, Education Policy in Africa, and Global Health & International Aid.

Tequia Hicks was the Senior Advisor for Congressional Engagement and Legislative Relations in The White House Office of Legislative Affairs during the Obama Administration. Her team managed all interactions between the White House and Members of Congress.

Dr. Omi Tinsley is an Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at the The University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches “Beyoncé Feminism, Rihanna Womanism” each spring. Her research focuses on queer and feminist, Caribbean and African American performance and literature. She is currently at work on a new book project, Finding Beyoncé: A Black Femme-inist Journey through Popular Music, Eroticism, and Activism in the U.S. South.

Fatima Mann cofounded the Austin Justice Coalition. She is also the co-founder and Executive Director of Counter Balance: ATX and is currently studying law at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Dr. LaGarret King is an Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His research interests include Black history education, critical theories of race, social studies, and curriculum history.

Yewande Austin has gone from M.T.V. and B.E.T. to the historic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her socially charged music has taken center stage with the likes of the Black Eyed Peas, Maroon 5 and India Arie. However, she is most proud of her work as an award-winning lecturer, activist and honorary U. S. Cultural Ambassador.

Bavu Blakes

Bavu Blakes, Scholar Emcee

Bavu Blakes walking through the intersection of Hip Hop, education, and spirituality. The scholar emcee is a 7th grade humanities teacher, graduate student, servant-leader, and award-winning musician whose studio collaborators include Grammy winners Adrian Quesada, Symbolyc One, and Gary Clark, Jr., as well as people’s champ Paul Wall.

Entrance is based upon capacity. 


Blackademics Television is back for its fifth season of top Black Studies scholars, activists and community leaders sharing projects and research focused on education, performance and youth empowerment. Please join us and be part of the studio audience for these tapings. And don’t forget, you can watch past episodes anytime online!

Blackademics Television is a presentation of The Institute for Community, University & School Partnerships (ICUSP) in combination with KLRU-TV, Austin PBS.