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.

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

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