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.

'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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