African arts showcase at UC Berkeley

The spirit of Africa was alive at the African Arts Society's "Showcase" on November 20 at UC Berkeley.

Ready to Learn Fun Fair

Children enjoyed face painting, legos and storytelling at the Ready to Learn Fun Fair at Peralta Elementary School in Oakland.

Occupy Oakland calls for West Coast Port Shutdown

Organizers say Port owners are "1%." Port begs to keep the Ports Open for 99% workers.

Oakland Labor Day BBQ hosts good time for 'fam bam'

The "I am Oakland" collective hosted the Labor Day Fam Bam BBQ at Mosswood Park on September 6.

Protest against censorship of Palestinian Children's Art

In response to censorship of Palestinian children's art by an Oakland art museum, dozens came out to protest in Oakland.

RIP Peabo Wellington

College of Alameda student Jepeabo Wellington was murdered days before the school year began.

Students gain college acceptance at Black College Fair

Hundreds of young people attended the third annual Black College Fair at Laney College, the second year the Oakland community college has hosted the event.

Past Shows


    Season 4Season 3
  • - No episode
  • JUNE
    Manu Ampim, special set by DJ Erik Waverly

  • Guest: Kemba Shakur & Jackson DeLonzo Ellis (Mr. JE)

  • MAY
    Guest: Refa Senay & Idris Hassan
  • JULY

  • Guest: Marvin X
    Nehanda Imara, Scraper Bike King, Mark Hall & Virtuous
    Wanda Sabir & Malika Ubaka
    Min. Keith Muhammad, Ryan Nicole Peters
    Jumoke Hinton Hodge, Chuck Johnson

    • 2008

        Season 2Season 1
      • DECEMBER

      • Sup. Keith Carson & Fiyawata
      • JULY
        Dr. Carole Ward-Allen & Baayan Bakari
      • NOVEMBER
        Dr. Karolyn van Puten
      • JUNE
        Dr. Mujahidun Sumchai & Ise Lyfe
      • OCTOBER
        Dr. Elnora Webb & Troy Nkrumah
      • MAY
        Marlene C. Hurd & Jacquinn Scales
        Mary King & Shake 9169
      • APRIL
        President L. Davis & Deborah Jones
      • AUGUST - No episode
      • MARCH - No episode
      • Get Involved

        History of The Black Hour

        The Black Hour began as a project of the Laney Black Student Union (Laney BSU). The purpose was to give Black students at Laney college a forum to voice their issues.

        The first episodes featured student-led discussions on topics ranging from the Presidential Elections to Black male and female relationships.

        The second season had Laney College students Andrea "Drea Mos" Spearman and Reginald "Brother Reggie" James sharing the mic duties interviewing educators, elected officials and local activists.

        Drea Mos returned to school, and Brother Reggie continued as sole host in 2009. The show expanded to include regular Community Forums on campus along with community photography. The Black Hour also launched a blog.

        The Black Hour plans to continue to increase its presence on Twitter, Facebook and You Tube, as well as form a campus student organization to better to serve Laney College students.

        Fall 2009


        The Black Hour is an internet radio show produced by Black students at Laney College in Oakland.

        The show's original description on 9th Floor Radio states, "The Black Hour sheds light on the voices of Laney's Black students, taking them from the abyss of silence to the glow of empowerment."

        The two-hour show airs every fourth Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. (PST) on 9th Floor Radio.



        Episode Guide

        Upcoming Episodes

        May 2009

        Past Episodes

        April 2009 - The Black Hour 'goes green'

        Guests: Nehanda Imara, community organizer with Communities for a Better Environment (CBE); Virtuous, rapper; Baby Champ, the "Scraper Bike King", entrepreneur and rapper; Mark Hall, Oakland Parks and Recreation Capitol Projects; Bhret Skipper, Berkeley City College recycling intern.

        March 2009 - African Women's Herstory Month
        San Francisco Bay View newspaper, Wanda Sabir
        Guests: Malika Ubaka, performing artist; Wanda Sabir, College of Alameda English professor and San Francisco Bay View newspaper Arts Editor

        February 2009 - Black Ourstory Month

        Guests: Minister Keith Muhammad, Nation of Islam Oakland Mosque 26B; Dedoceo Habi, activist, filmmaker; Ryan Nicole Peters, poet and performing artist

        January 2009 - Remembering Oscar Grant III

        Guests: Jumoke Hinton Hodge, Oakland Unified School Board Member; Charles Johnson, Wake Yo Game Up

        Season 2 - Fall 2008

        December 2008
        Guests: Keith Carson, Alameda County Supervisor, Fiyawata (Ambessa Negus and Zakiya Harris); Hip Hop dub duo and educators.

        November 2008
        Guest: Dr. Karolyn Van Puten, president, Laney College Academic Senate, Psychology Dept. Chair

        October 2008
        Guests: Troy Nkrumah, National Hip Hop Political Convention; Dr. Elnora Webb, vice-president of instruction, Laney College

        September 2008
        Guests: Mary King, assistant general manager AC Transit; Jason "Shake 9169" Anderson, Outmack Yourself Entertainment

        August 2008 - No Episode due to budget issues

        July 2008
        Guests: Dr. Carole Ward Allen, BART director; Baayan Bakari, filmmaker and educator

        June 2008
        Guests: Dr. Mujahidun Sumchai, African American Studies professor, Laney College; Ise Lyfe

        May 2008
        Marlene C. Hurd, Andrea 'Drea Mos' Spearman, Jacquinn Scales and Reginald 'Brother Reggie' James
        Guests: Marlene C. Hurd, president, Black Caucus of the California Student Association of Community Colleges (CalSACC); Jacquinn Scales, writer and speaker, Harambee News

        April 2008
        The Black Hour Internet Radio Show, Laney BSU members Deborah Jones, Andrea 'Drea Mos' Spearman and President L. Davis
        Guests: President L. Davis and Deborah "Jamaican Queen" Jones, Laney Black Student Union (Laney BSU)

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