Update #1The Black Hour is no longer active as of January 12, 2012, as host and producer Reginald James studies in Tanzania, East Afrika. Upon my return to the states, I hope to restart the show.

Update #2: As I continue my studies and other projects, I am briefly suspending production of The Black Hour. Thank you for all the support. I am ever grateful for all the encouragement and everything I learned through this endeavor. One day, the hour will again be upon us.

The Black Hour was an internet radio show based at Laney College in Oakland, California focusing on the African American experience. The monthly show highlighted the stories of students, faculty and people in the community making a difference. Topics included education, activism and politics, arts, music, health and environmental justice.

The monthly show aired every fourth Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. (PST) on 9thFloorRadio.com. Hosted by student and independent journalist Reginald James, the show was all about giving people the opportunity to be heard.

The Black Hour was originally a project of the Laney Black Student Union (Laney BSU). Members wanted an opportunity to voice their opinions on things that mattered to them.

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 original show hosts in March 2008 were Reginald "Brother Reggie" James and Andrea "Drea Mos" Spearman. James continued to host the show from January 2009 until November 2011.

Guests included: Keith Carson; Carole Ward-Allen, Mary King;  Elnora Webb; Kev Choice; Ise Lyfe; Refa Senay; Jazz Hudson; Marvin X; Wanda Sabir; Nehanda Imara; Tamika Brown; Omali Yeshitela; Keith Muhammad; Cat Brooks; Duane Deterville; Jumoke Hinton-Hodge; Chuck Johnson; Eric K. Arnold; Kwan Booth; Pendarvis Harshaw; JR Valrey; Shake Anderson; President L. Davis; Shontice Williamson; DJ Erick Waverly; Baby Champ; Tevah "Virtuous" El Emmet.

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