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.

TBH Video: This week with Jasiri X #14

Hip Hop News Anchor Jasiri X continues his groundbreaking series with the latest installment of "This Week w/ Jasiri X." For more Jasiri X.

TBH Events: NYE at Eastside Arts

Bay Area Kwanzaa Events

Habari Gani? Peace!

Matunde ya yenu iwe na heri, Kwanzaa - "Best Wishes, Happy Kwanzaa
Satu, mun gode don halita! - "Thank You, in the name of the ancestors!"
Ankh, Wdja, Seneb, - "I wish you Life, Health, and Prosperity"
- Hawey AlAman

Habari Gani means, “What’s the news?” During Kwanzaa, you are to respond with the principle of the day (i.e. on Saturday December 27, the response is “Kujichagulia”). Below is a list of Kwanzaa events happening in the Bay Area this year. Peace.

-Brother Reggie, on behalf of Harambee & The Black Hour Radio Show.


Friday, December 26, 2008 to Thursday, January 1, 2009

Friday, December 26

San Francisco/Penninsula
1 p.m.
San Francisco City Hall
One Carlton Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA

7 p.m.
Bethel AME Church
916 Laguna St. San Francisco

East Bay
7 p.m.
Youth Uprising
8711 MacArthur Ave. Oakland, CA (Next to Castlemont High School)

Saturday ~ December 27

San Francisco/Penninsula
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Booker T. Washington Community Center
800 Presidio Ave. San Francisco

7 p.m.
Tulip Jones Women's Club
1310 Bay Road. East Palo Alto, CA 94303

East Bay
7 p.m.
East Bay Church of Religious Science
4130 Telegraph Avenue ~ Oakland, CA 94303

Sunday, December 28

San Francisco/Penninsula
2 to 4 p.m.
Ella Hill Hutch Community Center
1050 McAllister. San Francisco, CA

East Bay
*TO BE ANNOUNCED (TBA) Check for updates!

Monday ~ December 29

San Francisco
1 to 4 p.m.
Buchanan YMCA
530 Buchanan St San Francisco

East Bay
Lake Merritt Sail Boat House
568 Bellevue Avenue Oakland, CA 94610
510.536.6604 ext. 201

NIA ~ PURPOSETuesday ~ December 30

San Francisco
6 p.m
African American Arts and Cultural Center
762 Fulton Street, San Francisco

East Bay
African Children’s Advanced Learning Center
959 33rd Street Oakland, CA 94607

KUUMBA ~ CREATIVITYWednesday December 31

San Francisco
1 to 4 p.m.
Fillmore Jazz Heritage Center
1320 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA

East Bay
*TO BE ANNOUNCED (TBA) Check for updates!

IMANI ~ FAITH Thursday January 1

San Francisco
6 to 8 p.m.
King/Garvey Cooperative
680 Eddy St. San Francisco, CA

East Bay
*To be held at your home in honor of the extended family

In Keeping with the tradition of Kwanzaa, everyone is encouraged to bring something to eat to share (no pork please).

Kwanzaa is an African American Holiday based on the African agricultural celebrations and collective principles, which contribute to the unity and development of the African Community. It was created by Maulana Karenga in 1966. Kwanzaa is a seven-day holiday observed from December 26 through January 1.

The BAY AREA KWANZAA COMMITTEE is an organization representing various Houses of Kwanzaa that have been celebrating Kwanzaa for over 20 years. The Committee operates on a philosophy based on an understanding of Kwanzaa's deep significance to the African community. The committee treats Kwanzaa as a non-commercial, spiritual, political, and cultural holiday.
* Events organized by the Bay Area Kwanzaa Committee.

Umoja (oo-moh-jah)
~ To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community nation and race.

Kujichagulia (koo-jee-cha-goo-lee-ah)
Self Determination
~ To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves; instead of being defined, named created for and spoken for by others.

Ujima (oo-jee-mah)
Collective Work and Responsibility
~ To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers and sisters problems our problems and to solve them together.

Ujamaa (oo-jah-mah-ah)
Cooperative Economics
~ To build and maintain our own businesses and to profit from them together.

Nia (nee-ah)
~ To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community, and to restoreour people to their traditional greatness.

Kuumba (koo-oom-bah)
~ To always do as much as we can, in the way that we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial that when we inherited it.

Imani (ee-mah-nee)
~ To believe with all our hearts in our God, our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

Dr. C. Diane Howell, publisher of the Black Business Listings and Black Expo Founder dies

Dr. C. Diane Howell, publisher of the Black Business Listings (BBL) and producer of the Black Expo, has died.

"She was hospitalized a few days ago, and her condition worsened,” according to an email sent to members of the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of the BBL/Black Expo. “Last night she was called home."

See for complete story.

This Week with Jasiri X, Episode #13

For more Jasiri X, visit

The Black Hour on Pandora

Check out The Black Hour on Pandora

The Black Hour is now on Pandora, the free internet radio show that leads you to new music based on your favorite artists, genres. The Black Hour has three channels:
  1. Classic Soul
    The way we used to groove, soul music from the 1960s and 1970s

  2. R & B
    Smooth 1980s & 1990s rhythm and blues

  3. Hip Hop for ThoughtThought provoking Hip Hop

Check out The Black Hour on Pandora and discover music that you didn't know you liked.

Video: This Week with Jasiri X #12

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TBH TV: Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It

"Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It" from Ice Cube's Raw Footage

The Black Hour LIVE, December 19 at 3 p.m.

The Black Hour internet radio show will air live on 9th Floor Radio Friday, December 19 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m (PST).

Co-Hosts Brother Reggie and Drea Mos will end the show's second season with a fantastic show, feating discussions on politics, education, music, arts, culture and health. Also, tips on how to survive in tough economic times, and hope to get you through the cold winter.

Guests include Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, who will discuss his experiences as an elected official.

The show will end with Hip Hop duo Fiyawata, who will share music from their new album, as well as the work their doing in the community also.

The Black Hour is a monthly internet radio show by created Black students attending Laney College . 9th Floor Radio is a Peralta TV production.

To listen, go to: and click "Listen Online."

For past episodes, go to

The Black Hour LIVE, Fri. Dec. 19 @ 3 p.m.

TBN News: Honoring Tookie at Merritt

Nation of Islam Minister Christopher Muhammad of San Francisco, speaks during Stanley “Tookie” Williams Legacy Summit while Bill Ayers looks onNation of Islam Minister Christopher Muhammad of San Francisco, speaks during Stanley “Tookie” Williams Legacy Summit while Bill Ayers looks on.Reginald James/HARAMBEENEWS.COM

Second Annual Stanley 'Tookie' Williams Legacy Summit

The second annual Stanley 'Tookie' Williams Legacy Summit was held at Merritt College December 13 in the Huey P. Newton/Bobby Seale Lounge.

The summit honored a man who made a major transition in his life, from being a co-founder of the Los Angeles' Crips to becoming an Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and sought to prevent street violence and stop the racist implementation of the death penalty in the United States.

There were over 300 people in attendance, including many former Black Panthers, and other activists. After a hearing, featuring exerpts of written testimony from people on Death Row, and panel was held. Panelists included former Black Panther Party Chairperson Elaine Brown, San Francisco's Nation of Islam Minister Christopher Muhammad, Chicago Professor Bill Ayers, Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, and more.

For more information, check out the Berkeley Daily Planet's story by J. Douglas Allen-Taylor.

See more event photos below.

TBH News: Auto Bailout Bill Fails

TBH Video: This Week with Jasiri X #11

"Don't Stop the Movement" - Paris - Music Monday

The Bay Area's own revolutionary rapper Paris is back. His video "Don't Stop The Movement" from his Acid Reflex album is up for another MTV Network challenge.

This week it will be featured on MTVu's new artists show, The Freshmen. The show spotlights emerging artists on air and online, with the chance for one of the videos to get an automatic add into rotation on the channel the following week.

Supporters can vote on these videos online starting Monday morning, December 15 (tomorrow), and votes will end 2 weeks later on Friday 12/26 at noon and be tabulated.

Vote here

MTVu is MTV Networks' 24-hour college network-the largest and most comprehensive media network just for college students. The heart of the channel is the emerging music students live their lives to, including music videos and a range of series profiling the up-and-coming acts bubbling on the college scene.

MTVu currently hosts the College Publisher Network, the platform which hosts the Harambee Newspaper at

TBH Events: Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Congresswoman Barbara Lee, along with Assembly Member Sandre Swanson, Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, other local elected officials will be hosting a free Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 from 5:00pm-8:00pm at the Garden Center, Lakeside Park/Lake Merritt in Oakland. It's a "free, family friendly event!"
Attendees are asked to bring either non-perishable food, or non-violent toys, or books for children.

The Black Hour will be there.

Kwanzaa Holiday Gift Show in Oakland

The 23rd Annual Kwanzaa Holiday will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14 at the Oakland Convention Center at 10th and Broadway (1001 Broadway) in Oakland.

Vendors will sell local art, poetry, music, and show an exhibition of a traditional African wedding.

There will be performances by:

Guitarist Lloyd Gregory
Amar Khalil of Tony Toni! Tone
Know Jazz
Derick Hughes
Comedian John Alston
Ajuana Black.

Also, Bishop Eddie Long of Atlanta's New Birth Missionary Baptist Church will speak at 4 p.m. Saturday. Seating is limited.For more information, visit the Kwanzaa Gift Show website.

TBH Video: This Week With Jasiri X #11

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TBH News: California heading 'toward financial armageddon'

Courtesy SF Chronicle

California is heading 'toward financial Armageddon' according to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. During a press conference Wednesday, he said the State's budget deficit is now $15 billion for the current year.

Criticizing the Legislature for failure to address the crisis, he projects the budget shortfall will be $40 billion.

Governor's Remarks

O.J. Simpson headed prison

"The former NFL star was convicted of armed robbery and other felonies following a botched attempt to recover memorabilia last year in Las Vegas. He will spend at least nine years in prison before he's eligible for parole," reports

The Associated Press reports,"Simpson, 61, was sentenced Friday to nine to 33 years in a Nevada state prison, and co-defendant Clarence 'C.J.' Stewart, 54, was sentenced to 7 1/2 to 27 years after a jury found them guilty of kidnapping, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary and conspiracy."

AP also reports, "The four O.J. Simpson co-defendants who took plea deals and testified against the former football star were sentenced Tuesday by Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass."

Here are the charges to which they pleaded guilty, the sentences they faced and what they received:

      Michael McClinton, 50, of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty to felony robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Faced up to 11 years in prison. Sentenced to two to seven years, suspended; eight years of probation.

      Walter Alexander, 47, of Mesa, Ariz., pleaded guilty to felony conspiracy to commit robbery. Faced probation or up to six years in prison. Sentenced to one to four years, suspended; four years of probation.

      Charles Cashmore, 41, of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty to felony accessory to robbery. Faced up to five years in prison. Sentenced to one to three years, suspended; three years of probation.

      Charles Ehrlich, 54, of Miami, pleaded guilty to felony attempted burglary and attempted accessory to robbery. Faced up to five years in prison. Sentenced to 1 1/2 to four years, suspended; six years of probation.

Supreme Court won't review Obama's citizenship

The Associated Press reports, "The Supreme Court has turned down an appeal that claims President-elect Barack Obama is not a natural born citizen, and therefore ineligible to serve as president."

TBH Breaking News: Tupac Sighting

RIP Fred Hampton, Sr.

Fred HamptonRevolutionary organizer Fred Hampton was assassinated by the Chicago Police Dept on December 4, 1969. Fred was an organizer for the NAACP as a youth, and later organized the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther Party, and eventually was to take leadership at the national level.
His apartment was raided by CPD early in the morning while he and his pregnant girlfriend slept. He and Captain Mark Clark were both killed.

TBH Events: Friday, December 5

It's going down this Friday. Three dope events in the East Bay.
(Click flyers for full view)

Pre Kwanzaa at Berkeley City CollegePre-Kwanzaa Celebration at Berkeley City College
2050 Center Street, Berkeley, 6-9 p.m., FREE.
The Berkeley City College Black Student Union (BSU) is hosting it's second annual Pre-Kwanzaa event this Friday, Dec. 5 from 6-9 p.m. The event will take place in the Berkeley City College Auditorium.
There will be a live performance by spoken word artist Ise Lyfe. There will also be african drummers, free food, and more.

BCC is located at 2050 Center Street in Berkeley.
For more information, email

* * *

Indie Village in Oakland481 9th Street, 5-11 p.m., Oakland, $5
Come and check out 25 of the Bay Areas hottest designers & artists.
Featured artists include:

Githinji Mbiire
Keba Konte
EEsuu Orundide
Abba Yahudah.
Music by Dj LOVELEE.
Food by Tamarindo.
Cost: $5 (at the door)
Funds benefit ALICE (Art's and Literacy in Children's Education), a local youth arts organization

For more information, email Indie Village or check out their website.

* * *

The Piano Lesson" at the Oakland Museum
500 12th Street, Oakland, 7 p.m., Varies.

After a successful run at Laney College, "The Piano Lesson" returns.

On December 5 at 7 p.m. the Oakland Museum of California will host Laney Fusion Theater's version of August Wilson's play. The event is a part of its First Fridays After Five series and will be held in the James Moore Theatre. The play is directed by Laney Theatre Dept. Chair Michael Torres and features Donald Lacy, and Laney's Fusioneros.

For more information, visit Laney Fusion Theatre on Myspace.

This Week with Jasiri X - 10

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World AIDS Day 2008

World AIDS Day 2008December 1, 2008 marks the 20th Anniversary of World AIDS Day. The day was designed to bring attention to the global AIDS epidemic.

According to the Harambee Newspaper, "Half a million African Americans have HIV." and although African Americans are "only 13 percent of the U.S. population, African Americans account for half of new HIV infections, according to a report by the Black Aids Institute."

"The AIDS epidemic for Africans in America is severe as some parts of the African continent," reports Harambee.

Got Aids? FlyerLast fall, The Black Hour producers Brother Reggie and Drea Mos, along with members of the Laney Black Student Union (BSU), organized free HIV/AIDS testing for about 150students.

Laney BSU Get Screened!
A few weeks later, Get Screened Oakland, also held free testing.

This service did not happen this year. However, the epidemic is not over. The "State of Emergency" in Alameda County, has not ended. Therefore, we the people, need to work together to end this crisis. In all communities, but particularly in the Black/African global community.

So how can you best commemorate this World AIDS Day? Get Screened!

Here are some resources to help:

HIV Test
Get Screened Oakland Testing Sites
World AIDS Day
Black AIDS Institute

National Black HIV/AIDS Day is February 7, 2009. For more information, please visit Black AIDS Day. If you would like to help us organize for Black AIDS Day in the Bay Area, please contact us at The Black Hour
-Brother Reggie, on behalf of TBH

Application deadline for UC, CSU November 30

The deadline for transfer students' applications for University of California (UC) and California State Universities (CSU) is November 30, 2008.

Here are a few resources that may be of assistance:
University of California

California State University

Good luck!

--The Black Hour Staff

"Happy Thanksgiving" from Mumia

"Some who feel no reason to celebrate Thanksgiving"

BY MUMIA ABU JAMAL (November 2006)

For more commentary from Mumia Abu Jamal, visit Prison Radio

REIGNFLY: The Big Takeback

REIGNFLY: The Big Takeback
Artists and fans from all over California will converge one Bay Area stage bringing together Hip Hop, Rock, Indigenous, and R&B Soul Music.

Reignfly: The Big Takeback! will feature Ise Lyfe, The Jacka, Jimmie Reign and more at the Oakland Metro Operahouse (630 3rd Street in Oakland) on Wednesday November 26 at 9 p.m.
Admission is %15/door or $10 pre-sale on You can also get $5 off door admission with the donation of a clean winter coat or jacket.

For more info, visit Ise Lyfe Nation

TBH Report: MC Breed dies of kidney failure

MC BreedRapper MC Breed died Saturday from kidney failure. The Flint, Michigan emcee--whose birthname is Eric Breed--was just 36 years old.
A benefit concert had been in the works to help with growing medical expenses.
Breed had been rushed to the emergency room back in September due to kidney failure, according to MTV News.
He was on life support for two days, but was recovering.

Tupac and MC Breed

MC Breed is best remembered for his 1991 Hip Hop classic, "Ain't no Future in your Frontin'" and his collaboration with Tupac Shakur, "Gotta Get Mine."
Apparently he was in the process of releasing a new album.
While it is troubling that a star of his caliber was having difficulty with his medical expenses, it is unfortunate that he also was having issues paying child support.
Regardless, we honor him for the musical legacy he left and his contributions towards putting MidWest Hip Hop on the map. RIP MC Breed.

-Brotha Reggie, on behalf of The Black Hour

Check out MC Breed's 1991 classic, "Ain't no Future in yo' Frontin"

For more MC Breed, check out Breed's Myspace Music Page.

You Tube Takeover!!!

Coming soon to a computer near you will be clips of "The Black Hour" LIVE in the studio.

All clips will be on The Black Hour Channel of You Tube. More updates to come!!!

The Black Hour Live

Check out The Black Hour live on 9th Floor Radio, this Friday at 3 p.m. (PST). Join Brotha Reggie and Drea Mos as they discuss the U.S. Presidential Elections, local news and music.

Special guest will be Dr. Karolyn van Putten, professor of Psychology at Laney College.

To listen, go to 9th Floor Radio's website and click, "Listen Online."

"Get Up: Obama Anthem"

Capturing the excitement of the election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, The "King of the Valley" B.V. Bridges created, "Get Up: The Obama Anthem." Check it out.

For more B.V. Bridges, visit B.V. Bridge's "Bridge Club" Myspace page.

Umoja Conference held in San Diego

Uniting for success of California's African American Community College students

October 12-14, 2008 UMOJA IV "Indaba: Coming Together for a Common Purpose" was held in San Diego. Sponsored by the Umoja Community, the conference is part of a grassroots movement to improve the success of African American students.

Keynote speakers included Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Dr. Noma LeMoine, and Dr. Joseph E. Marshall, Jr. Workshops focused on academic instruction, Basic Skills, Student Services and more.

There was also a student panel featuring members of the Black Caucus Executive Board, including Reginald James, host of The Black Hour and Marlene C. Hurd, former political editor of The Black Hour. The Black Caucus is a statewide association for students of African descent.

Indaba is a Zulu word for "important meeting" that seeks to "gather the right people together at the right time to discuss the right issues.

Photo by Clyde Phillips for

TBH TV: This Week with Jasiri X

You heard his music featured on the last episode of The Black Hour, now check out Jasiri X's latest installment of "This Week with Jasiri X." This video captures much of the emotion being felt around the world and much of the recent news coverage.


For more Jasiri X, visit his myspace page.

Wake Yo Game Up: Get out the Vote at Laney College

As a final reminder for students to Get out the Vote, the Wake Yo Game Up campaign hit Laney College big time on October 30.

The event featured performances by Yung Moses, Ise Lyfe and DLabrie. Special guest Congresswoman Barbara Lee kicked off the ceremony with a few words for the students.

Post updated: February 2009

America is ready for Obama

Letter to the Editor

America is ready for Obama

America is ready to have a president that represents all Americans. America is ready to have a President who knows what it is like to grow up in a single parent home on welfare.

America is ready to have a President who knows what it is like to go to live with grandparents when it is necessary for a better home environment. America is ready for a president who will reward employers who create and revive industries here in the United States and penalize those employers who are shipping industries to foreign countries robbing our country of jobs, taxes and the dignity of honest work.

Americans are ready for a President who will put “his money where his mouth is” and fund education initiatives that work to prepare Americans for “high and low tech jobs”. Americans are ready for a president who represents the proverbial “melting pot” that this country was supposed to become before the horrors of slavery by race and Jim Crow laws became the reality.

America is ready for Barack Obama to be President and I am so proud that he has chosen to identify himself to be Black.

The King of England didn’t voluntarily give the colonies their independence.
The southern states didn’t voluntarily give up their slaves.
The segregated schools didn’t voluntarily allow African Americans to enroll.
The citizens of American can’t wait for the bigots of this country to decide that it is the right time for a Black American is be President.


James Menifee
Instructional Assistant, CIS Computer Lab
Laney College, Oakland, CA

TBH-TV: Shake 9169 explains "Shake 9169"

Laney student, artist, manager Jason "Shake 9169" Anderson explains the meaning of his moniker, "Shake 9169" on the September episode of The Black Hour (TBH).

For the complete interview, visit TBH on 9th Floor Radio.

Freestyle by Virtuous, Oakland rapper/poet

Rapper "Virtuous" makes a special on air freestyle during The Black Hour.

Virtuous made his surprise appearance during the September episode of The Black Hour along with Shake 9169. Shake 9169's Out Mack Yourself Entertainment company manages Virtuous, as well as spoken word artist Ise Lyfe (who also appeared on The Black Hour in June)

Boondocks Season II - Review

Boondocks Season 2
What began as a cartoon strip in a student newspaper is now the most controversial cartoon on TV. Aaron McGruder’s The Boondocks is somewhere beyond South Park and Family Guy on steroids, viagra and a sack of purple.

The show consistently exposes the truth that “most Black people don’t talk about when they think white people are listening,” as Huey Freeman (voiced by Regina King) said in season one.

In the first season, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King–who was actually just in a coma, not assassinated–came back and in order to get the attention of his people he said, “The N-word.”

After being kicked off with a satirical spoof of a fictional Soul Plane 2: The Black Jacking, showing the difficulty would-be terrorists would have hijacking the Black NWA airlines, season two presses the limits of dark comedy and even has an episode where a teacher calls Riley the N-word, based on a true story.

While seemingly out of touch with reality at times (for a cartoon), season two never strays far from the series greatest strength: truth.

Season two was also marred with controversy, but ironically not because of what was aired, but what wasn’t.

Two episodes were banned from TV in the U.S. but aired in Canada. Clips were constantly being uploaded to, and removed from, online video sites like and

The first banned episode, Hunger Strike, Huey vows to go on a hunger strike until BET is taken off the air and all it’s top executives commit Japanese ritual suicide.” Mocking BET (which now stands for Black EVIL Television) top execs are depicted in an Austin Powers Dr. Evil fashion. Huey meets a Al Sharptonesque Reverend (Rollo Goodlove) who is more concerned with “shining”than Huey’s actual cause: Not far from the actual experience of many aspiring revolutionaries. The second banned episode shows Uncle Ruckus (that Black guy that hates Black folks) and his own reality TV show.

The show also pokes fun at the image of so-called gangsta rappers, with the return of Gangstalicious (Mos Def), who is on the down low. (Not the R. Kelly type either–as far as we know). Riley’s grandfather gets worried when he sees Riley wearing Gangstalicious’ new fashions (i.e. pink, sandles, capris and halter tops).

Not mention ‘licious’ new song, “Homies ova Hoes.” Complete with a DL4 snap beat and all. The Boondocks will make you laugh and think. The $40 price tag might make you think twice, but think of it as an investment for your critical thinking skills.
This article originally appeared in the August 2008 issue of the Harambee Newspaper.

9th Floor Radio re-opened

9th Floor Radio re-opens this coming Monday.

Unfortunately, it won't be in time for our show to air this month. Nonetheless, we'll be back at you on the third Friday in September.

You can stil check out our past episodes online.

-TBH Staff

9th Floor Radio, The Black Hour in danger

The Black Hour may be no more.

According to Melissa Neal, Station Manager for 9th Floor Radio, the delay in the passage of the California State Budget is forcing the station to close.

"Due to budgetary issues 9th Floor Radio will be shutting down August 4th," wrote Neal in an email to program DJ's.

"I am hopeful that the State of California will renew our funding sometime in August," continued Neal. Until then, you can listen to our past programs."

If you want The Black Hour, and other 9th Floor Radio supported programs to continue, please contact your state representative.

Thank you.

-TBH Staff

TBH @ Ise Lyfe Record Release

Drea Mos (right) and her sister Alex at Ise Lyfe's Record Release Party at Rasputin'sIse Lyfe launched his second LP, "Prince Cometh" at Rasputins last week. Ise had just appeared on The Black Hour on July 18.
He delivered a live performance, followed by an autograph signing session.

The Globe Newspaper's Aquelia Lewis quoted Drea Mos:

“I remember when I first heard that Ise Lyfe was getting into spoken word,” said Andrea Spearman, co-host of Laney College’s “The Black Hour” Internet radio show. “It was inspirational — he is definitely the voice of the youth of Oakland.”
Read the article on The Globe.

Check out Ise Lyfe's "Bad Word Bounce" video on The Black Hour TV (TBH-TV).

TBH TV: Equinox Film Trailer

Filmmaker Baayan BakariFilmmaker Baayan Bakari made a guest appearance on the July episode of The Black Hour. Baayan discussed the candidacy of Sen. Barack Obama, his new film, "Equinox" and some of the responses the film has received.
Check out the official trailer.

For more information about Akoben Entertainment's Equinox, visit the film's official site.

Nigger or Nigga? A Dialogue on Race

In light of recent events (i.e. Jesse Jackson's desire to cut Obama's nuts off), we we want to share this Peralta TV documentary about race.

Peralta TV has produced a hard-hitting, controversial documentary, "Nigger or Nigga? A Dialog on Race from a Black Perspective," which looks closely at questions of race and identity raised by the African American community.

Nigger or Nigga? A Dialogue on Race (Part 1)

Nigger or Nigga? A Dialogue on Race (Part 2)

Nigger or Nigga? A Dialogue on Race (Part 3)

"Nigger or Nigga? A Dialog on Race from a Black Perspective," was produced by Burnett Walton and Taing Productions for Peralta TV.

Recommended Reading, by Drea Mos (July)

A Piece of Cake
By Cupcake Brown
The author's memoir of how she grew up enduring life's most crazy pitfalls, yet still rose to the top&gained self-power and success. She went thru foster care abuse, prostitution, rape, gang violence, drug & alcohol addiction & recovery all before she was 25. She now practices law in San Francisco. Her website is

Race Woman (The Lives of Shirley Graham-DuBois)
By Gerald Horne
Horne gives insight into her life as never previously done to bring to light her many accomplishments before, during, and after her marriage to W. E. B. DuBois.

Darfur Diaries (Stories of Survival)
By Jen Marlowe with Aisha Bain &Adam Shapiro
In 2004 three young journalists sneak into Darfur to capture thoughts and glances of the war-struck Darfur thru the natives eyes. Darfurians were asked about their hopes, dreams, fears&views of the destruction of their land, property& people. This was later made into a Documentary film.

Check out Drea Mos' June 2008 Recommended Reading.

TBH Feature- "Bad Word Bounce" by Ise Lyfe

Spoken word artist/activist Ise LyfeSpoken word artist/activist Ise Lyfe made a guest appearance during the June episode of The Black Hour (TBH). Ise discussed the release of his upcoming sophomore album, "Prince Cometh," his one man play "Is Everyone Crazy?" and his forthcoming book, "Prayers and Pistols."

Check out the video for his lead single, "Bad Word Bounce" from the album.

Check out the interview on The Black Hour on 9th Floor Radio.


Drea Mos' Recommended Reading (June)

The Black Hour co-host Drea MoS' is always encouraging literacy. Her monthly "Recommended Reading" is always updating you with something fresh for your intellectual hunger.

Soul On Ice
By Eldridge Cleaver
A collection of essays & letters dealing with racial hurt, racial struggle, and racial pride as Eldridge spent time in Folsom Prison in the 1960's.

The Philosophy & Opinions of Marcus Garvey
By Amy Jacques-Garvey
The second wife of Marcus Garvey, Amy Jacques-Garvey compiled this book, revealing the true mindset of one of the greatest Black leaders of the 20th century. By presenting Garvey's actual letters, speeches and writings, we can read HIS OWN WORDS, instead of another author's interpretation. The book also explains the actions of those who conspired to thwart Garvey's efforts (many of whom he actually mentions by name) and the conditions that brought about his eventual deportation. The book was very useful in showing Garvey's true feelings regarding the NAACP and W.E.B. DuBois, as well as his views on racism, Pan-Africanism, and how people of all races can co-exist in peace.

He's Just Not That Into You
By Greg Behrendt & Liz Tuccillo
This book gets rid of many of the myths that women create about men and dating.The bottom line is that men are not complicated and there are no mixed messages. If he doesn't ask you out, call you soon after a date, or want to come inside with you after a date, then he's just not that into you.

Check out Drea Mos' May "Recommended Reading."

2007 Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival

In honor of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X), the East Side Arts Alliance (ESAA) held the eighth Annual Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival Saturday May 17 at San Antonio Park in East Oakland. Fusing music, arts and crafts, and dance there was something for all.

There were three stages for performers. On the main stage, Howard Wiley & the Freedom Now! Band, The John Santos Quintet, The Ambrose Akinmusire Project with Goapele, Muziki Roberson Quintet with Dwight Trible and Soul Nubian performed. Nearby on the second stage on top of a large flatbed truck, the organic sounds of oHairdoo could be heard.

For the youth and young at heart, "The Courts" transformed the park's tennis courts into a family fairground. The upper court showcased live graffitti murals from artists from the Bay to LA. The second level showcased local HipHop artists Nu Dekades, Lady Blue and Queen Deelah, Ray Ridah from DIRTY MACKIN', and the Trunk Boiz. DJ Treat U Nice, DJ Wazir, DJ Fuze kept the music pumping on the wheels of steel. Infamous Oakland turf dancers like the "Fresh Kids" were "doing it moving" on the floor.

The food court on the lower level featured soul food and a plantains, jerk chicken, and a "Taste of Africa."

ESAA is a collective of artists and activist of color who live in the San Antonio neighborhood. The festival is one of the last free festivals in Oakiand where people, young and old, can have a good time.

Recommended Reading by Drea MoS (May)

The Black Hour co-host Drea MoS' is always encouraging literacy. Her monthly "Recommended Reading" is always updating you with something fresh for your intellectual hunger.

Check out July's Recommended Reading:

The Covenant with Black America
Various Authors, with a preface by Tavis Smiley
A guide to improve the quality of life for African-Americans in all aspects, including health, politics, and education.

Friends, Lovers, and Soulmates
By Dr.'s Derek and Darlene Hopson
This husband/wife team breakdown the psychological walls that keep us as African-American men and women from having loving and meaningful relationships.

No Disrespect
By Sista Soulja
A dramatic look at the people who shaped the authors life and her relationships with them.

Roots of Bay Area Turf Dancing

After the Hip Hop videos, "Tell me When to Go" by E-40 and "Blow the Whistle" by Too Short, an underrepresented element of Hip Hop made a public resurregence; dance.

The following video highlights inner city dance pioneers who laid the foundation of Bay Area Hip Hop dance and today's, "turf" dancing.

'The Black Hour' in the Laney Tower

The word 'Black' is often used figuratively to describe negative occurences but a few Laney students are redefining "Blackness."

"The Black Hour" is an internet radio show, organized by members of the Laney Black Student Union (BSU), airing on 9th Floor Radio through Peralta TV.

The show features discussions led by students on topics ranging from the Presidential Elections to Black male and female relationships.

The show is executive produced by Reginald James, co-produced by Jason Anderson and Andrea Spearman. Bhret Shiper and Marlene C. Hurd are the shows Political Editors. Ernie "DJ Ego" Rocker is resident disc jockey.

The Black Hour can be heard online at

For more information about the Laney Black Student Union or The Black Hour radio show, visit Laney BSU.

This article originally appeared in the Laney Tower newspaper.

Barack Obama speaks on race

Senator Barack Obama, responding to increased media scrutiny following "incendiary statements" made by Rev. Jeremiah Wright, delivered a speech on race in Philadelphia last month.

The speech, titled, "A More Perfect Union," Obama contextualized the recent media firestorm as an issue about race in the United States.

A More Perfect Union

ASLC candidates forum unorganized

The Associated Students of Laney College (ASLC) candidates' forum on Tuesday, April 8 was "disappointingly brief, considering the length of time of an officer's term and amount of influence a position in office wields," the Laney Tower reports.

The forum, which start an half hour late, "initially set up as an hour-long, open-air forum where ASLC hopefuls could introduce themselves, voice their reasons for running and impart their plans if elected, the event turned into a thirty-minute mix of hip-hop beats and languid bunkum."

ASLC President Yvonne Thompson announced herself as the only candidate running for the position of Student Trustee. According to records, a BCC student named Nicole Tobor has also qualified for the ballot.

The only other candidates in attendance were ASLC Secretary candidate Courtney Hom, senator candidate Valeska Hildalgo and presidential candidate Reza Mohajerinejad.

Elections will take place May 6 and 7 in the Laney College Student Center from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Read the complete article on

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