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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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"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.

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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.

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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

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