Thursday, December 27, 2007

Hip-Hop Chess Federation to post EXCLUSIVE interviews with todays top rappers !!


In 2008 the HHCF is knockin' everybody out. No mercy in '08.

In 2008 the Hip-Hop Chess Federation will begin to post exclusive interivews with todays top rappers. They will highlight the reality of the rap industry, as well as the tools these rappers use to stay motivated.

Thats right, the HHCF will give you new and never before seen vintage interivews with some of todays top rappers! We will also post original, never before seen intrerviews with rap kings from the late 80's and early 90's.

Our goal here is to showcase the wisdom and thought power of America's finest MC's, DJ's, B-boys and Graf writers. The idea here is to humanize Hip-Hop in the minds of the mainstream. Rap music is easily the biggest and most misunderstood music form in the history of the world.

Some of you know that I blog at SF Gate. Over the last few months however, I got lazy. Some of my fans were shocked and angered to see that I was stopping all Hip-Hop coverage on the SF Gate blog (I'll only cover martial arts and chess there). Recently, on my SF Gate blog I wrote the following:

I stopped blogging because I stopped caring. I'm sorry about that. But, I got so bored with talking about rap music and its political (or lack of political) fluctuations. Hip-Hop has never been more fake, less political, less effective or less helpful to the poor people of America.

I plan to write much less about Hip-Hop in the coming year. In fact, 2008 may be the last year I write about rap music and Hip-Hop culture at all. I'm currently working on Lyrical Swords Vol. 3. Once that book is complete- I will be done with Hip-Hop for the most part. It was always a part of my life and I will carry much of what it has given me.

From now on, I will write about martial arts and martial arts philosophies on this blog. I will post little by little as we approch 08, but once Jan. hits you'll get a lot more martial arts and martial arts philosophies. Have a blessed holiday season and a better 2008!!


I do not feel much different today. However, as a founder of the HHCF I cannnot abandon my rap roots. At the same time, I cannot afford to talk about Hip-Hop for the sake of itself. Everything I post here will be interviews that highlight the cultural beauty and pain of Hip-Hop.

I believe that virtually all Hip-Hop media has become a joke. It has become a traitor to its original mission. Its original mission was to be a voice for the voiceless youth of America. It was meant to entertain and inform. Today, many can argue that it hardly does either effectively.

You may see ideas by some on here that you will not agree with. Some might shock you. But chess players know denying the truth has fatal consequences. Fire hidden under the ash is still dangerous. Under the ash of mainstream rap media many hot ideas still remain. Ideas smothered out by groupies posing as journalists. The HHCF will bring it to you raw.

Be ready.

-HHCF

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Lose them in the fog of war, until the time to strike is right....



"Chess contains the concentrated essence of life. First because to win, you have to be supremely patient and far seeing...In chess as in life, when people cannot see what you are doing- they are kept in a state of terror." - Robert Greene

Saturday, December 22, 2007

HHCF O'Connell High Champ Leo Lopez BEATS Adisa Banjoko

So today Leo Lopez and I kicked it in SF. Leo is the HHCF Scholarship champ. He goes to O'Connell High in San Francisco. After out and tearing into some burritos at San Jose Taqueria in the Mission, we locked horns on the 64. I got served yo!!!

Leo is real solid. He came right down the middle, I did not respect ownership of the center...He made me pay for it in a major way.

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Adisa Banjoko is not too scared to admit defeat on the 64 squares!!Leo destroys The Bishop.

This loss hurt e bad. So, I had to get my revenge. And I got it!! Oh yeah- I got e some get back!!

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Adisa Banjoko came BACK in gae two, to gain victory over Leo Lopez. Leo knows how to take a loss and still floss like a G!!

After that, we went to Haight St. looking for a dope record spot. On the way, we saw a some dope custom chess and checker sets. It was in a smoke shop.

THE HHCF DOES NOT CONDONE OR ENCOURAGE SMOKING ANYTHING! IN FACT, WE SAY NO TO ALL DRUGS AND ALCOHOL CONSUPTION!

We saw the chess sets and went in. They had all kinds of wicked sets. Off the top I remember the Simpsons, Lord of the Rings, Giants VS. Dogers, Muppet Show, Star Treck, Harley Davidson Dominoes- all kinds of stuff.

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Leo Lopez coolin' on Haight St. with a sick baseball chess set!! (yes I do the bongs behind him!) THE HHCF SAYS JUST SAY NO TO DRUGS!!

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Adisa Banjoko represents with the Muppet Show chessboard!!

It was sooooo dope. I just wish I had the money to buy them all. After that, we went to Amoeba Music and looked for records. He told me as we were leaving what a fan he was of super produer Traxaillion. Luckily, Trax has been a long time supporter of the HHCF and I got him on the phone to talk with Leo. Trax is a good dude when it comes to pushing positivity in the community to the youth. He gave Leo words of encouragement and I hope to get them face to face to meet soon.

After the holiday Leo and I will clash again (hopefully on chesspark) to settle our third game.

The HHCF has a lot of upcoming announcements as we approach the Honor the Queens Invitational. Stay tuned for more!!

-HHCF

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Rappers tell kids to stay in school...



-HHCF

Hip-Hop Chess Federation Recieves 2007 Edgies Award!!

Big shout out to all the supporters of the HHCF for making us one of the fastest growing Hip-Hop non-profits in the game. I opened up the East Bay Express and was humbled to see that WE (that means EVERYBODY who has helped the HHCF grow) got the coveted EDGIE y'all!!! Check it out below!!!!!

Stereotype-Busting Award:

The Hip-Hop Chess Federation

The South Bay-based organization teamed with video game maker Ubisoft and Wu-Tang members RZA and GZA for a radical makeover of chess' stodgy image. The Federation made the 64 squares seem cool for young people of all ethnicities and economic backgrounds, instead of an old man's game, putting ignorance in check (mate).

Other Edgies winners (Public Enemy, Barack Obama and Kevin Epps and others) can be seen here:




In celebration we will get down to the video below. In 2008 the HHCF is not to be taken lightly...We ain't no joke.



ON THE REAL:

Much thanks and appreciation to all our supporters. Much love goes out to all the schools that have participted at our events. Much blessings to the parents of the children who support our vision. The HHCF also wants to thank Josh Waitzkin, Phil Shpilberg, Sam Saliba, Maya Kamath, Daaim Shabazz, Popaster Fabel, Christie Z, Gumby and the OTM family, Ubisoft and Chesspark.com, Patrick Mahoney, Jack Mofitt, Brian Zisk, Driftwood, Shamako Noble, Dlabrie, Ethyx, Nate Mezmer, Casual, Amir Sulaiman, Ralek Gracie, Sunspot Jonz, DJ Kevvy Kev, Paris, T-K.A.S.H., Rakaa Iriscience, Monk, GZA and RZA! There are tons of other MC's, DJ's, B-boy's, B-girls, Poppers, Lockers, Graff writers and chess lovers that help make everything we do happen.

A special note of appreciation is given to Dr. Alan Kirshner and the Calchess.org team. He has been one of the earliest and honest supporters of the HHCF.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Shamako Noble & Adisa Banjoko Tangle on the 64...Its WAR!

Ya know people like to talk about competitions, trophies and all that. But what about just some cool chess playin'? What about just cooling out with some pizza, a nice cold beverage and gettin' ya game on???

Thats what Shamako Noble of Hip-Hop Congress and I got into the other day. It was fun beyond words. I think friends who play chess are closer and have a higher level of respect for one another than those that don't. I'm sure that I'm a bit biased. But no matter how close or distant you become with any friend, you remember the battle, the blunders and the laughs.



Shamako Noble is a warrior for Hip-Hop and a chess playin' MC if I ever knew one.

THE SAGA CONTINUES...


After a valiant fight- Shamako's king goes down.

Shamako has been one of the HHCF's first supporters. In fact, at our first event (Hip-Hop, Chess & Life Strategies) in San Jose at the MLK Library, he got us the venue after the first venue pulled out!! He saved us for real. That first event could not have happened without him. Much props to Hip-Hop Congress!!

-HHCF

Monday, December 17, 2007

Another cool piece on the Stonewall Legacy



Gotta love the green castle block!!

-HHCF

Know the true cost of combat...and you'll be more likely to seek peace.

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Woe to the statesman whose reason for entering a war do not appear so plausible at its end as at its beginning. - Otto von Bismarck

When you understand the true cost of war, you'll seek another path. Any bully can sneak up and punch someone they despise. Any self proclaimed gangster can plot a slopy ambush of an opponent. But real warriors, know the cost of combat.

Shaolin monks are some of the worlds most respected individuals on earth. They possess the intimate knowledge of what it takes to hurt man- so they seek peace in every circumstance.

There is a huge difference between someone throwing a wild punch, and another who has been trained on exactly how to break and dislocate his opponents arm. The one with exact knowledge of how to break and dislocate will be much more prone to avoiding having to take that action against anyone. This is because he is more responsible for his actions. He knows how the arm will break, how much time it will take to heal etc. Through his training he also my know what it feels like. It may have been applied to him in hsi past. This gives him a level of compassion in some of the most dangerous situations.

Violence always cost more than you think it does. Most of us know someone who died, or was permanently maimed through violence. Can you really put a price on taking a mans site? What is cost of putting a woman in a wheelchair with a bullet? How do we tally the mental scars that heal after the knife wound has healed up?

With just one more reflective act in the mind of the violent...One more breath taken to contemplate their action- it could have been avoided.

The prisons are packed with people who regret not taking that reflective breath in a moment of anger. Don't let yourself be one of them.

HHCF Congratulates Denny Prokopos for his victory at the No gi Mundials!

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HHCF wants to give a big round of applause to Denny Prokopos and the 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu team. Denny won the no gi Mundials (grappling championships). Some of you may remember the interivew Adisa Banjoko did with him in Lyrical Swords Vol. 2: Westside Rebellion. Denny has been on the fastrack to martial arts greatness for a long time. Denny has been seen at every HHCF event since its inception. He is a true warrior, and the HHCF is proud to watch his ascention.

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Denny Prokopos on the right putting it down at the 1st Hip-Hop Chess & Life Strategies event in Feb 2007.

Green Castle Block returns with the Stonewall Legacy



-HHCF

Oprah and Denzel team up for a must see movie...



The mind is everything. What you think you become. - The Buddha

Too bad more people in Hip-Hop don't openly debate the ideas they put on wax.

-HHCF

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Which one of you is really down for their queen?

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Cowards falter, but danger is often overcome by those who nobly dare. - Queen Elizabeth

Sponsor the Honor The Queens Invitational: www.hiphopchessfederation.org

VISIT OUR NEW QUEENS BLOG RAN BY ME'KO: http://queenjourney.blogspot.com/

-HHCF

RZA & Adisa Banjoko at the Independent in SF Dec. 11th 2007

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The Abbot & The Bishop in the building. Be on your best behavior.


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DJ Kevvy Kev & Wu-Tangs Rugged Monk mano y mano.

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After playing for a sold out house, RZA destroyed any takers on the 64 squares while eating veggies and drinking tea.

-HHCF

Much love to DLabrie, Benflows, M 80, Gumby from OTM and Brian Zisk!!

The wisdom of Master Po...Opened the eyes of my youth...



So many things can be said of the TV series Kung Fu. I have conflict in my head and heart over much of the racial and cultural mindgames that the show played on its audience. There is the betrayal of Bruce Lee...At the same time, there were things I got from Kung Fu, that I kept with me all my life. The idea that you (as an individual) are sacred. That you should not let people abuse you and yet, you do not have to seek their destruction....So many valuable things...Sometimes hearing the voice of Master Po just really brings me peace. I know that may sound corny, and it may be to some degree- but it is true.

-HHCF

Monday, December 10, 2007

F.I.D.E. Master Damien Vincent to Host Simultaneous Chess Exhibition Dec. 15th!

Dec. 15th 2007 from 1-5 PM there will be a simul hosted by F.I.D.E. Master Damien Vincent. The address is: 255 "H" St. (corner of 3rd and H) in Frmeont's Niles District. There is no entry fee. Bring your boards and pieces if you have them. For more details contact New Frmeont Chess Club Dir. Ken Zowal at kenneth.zowal@sbcglobal.net. Or, call (510) 623-9935.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Weyland from KPFA takes a hard loss to Adisa Banjoko

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Weyland from KPFA's Hard Knock Radio had his king crushed by The Bishop

Today was a great day! I went to the KPFA Crafts and Music fair in SF. I had a beautiful time out there. I met some cool people, sold a few Lyrical Swords, chessboards and ate some fantastic vegan Thai food. I'm not a vegan (I can't get down with the lack of flavor sometimes). But this was gooooooooood!!! Mmmmm-mmm!! I might have to switch teams and go meatless.

The highlight of my day however, was my long awaited clash with Weyland from Hard Knock Radio!!! I can't lie, Weyland had a pretty good game. He said he ain't played in 10 years (which I'm not sure I'm buying right now). At one point, he seiously was an inch away from checkmate. I played Russian roulette for about 1/2 the game trying to attack him from my queenside in hopes that he would not see it. He never saw it. But he still gave me drama in the black and white jungle.

We had crowds of about 5 to 15 people throughout the match. I had a blast but now- Weyland wants revenge. I have step my game up y'all!! I keep skating by.

Much love and thanks to Weyland and all my extended family at KPFA for the food, fun and good vibes. Weyland is on the prowl for The Bishop!! I need to call Waitzkin for back up.

The REAL question is, when will Davey D come out of hiding and take his chess beating like a true G? I got love for Dave, but his day of recoking on the 64 is coming. He don't wanna feel the wrath of my chess math!! LOL...

-HHCF

The essence of music, chess and martial arts

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Be true to the thought of the moment and avoid distraction. Other than continuing to exert yourself, enter into nothing else, but go to the extent of living single thought by single thought. - Hagakure

You Must Master the 8 Diagrams for Victory in War!!



RZA performs on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 9 p.m. Admission is $30; call 771-1422 or visit www.theindependentsf.com for more info.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

The HHCF Needs Your Help 2 Honor The Queens


This happy girl loves chess- and has back up (look behind the other chair!).

The Hip-Hop Chess Federation has made a great impact on how people view Hip-Hop, Chess and education. Our last event, brought out over 500 people to participate from all over the country. Our next event seeks to be bigger than that.

The HHCF is essentially a 4 people team. But, we don't do these things alone. We can only do them with your help.

Recently we met a girl (we'll call her Kayla) who came to our last event. She participated at the HHCF Chess Kings Invitational and had a lot of fun. Unfortunately, some of the people who care for her were not as excited about her passion for chess. They threw away her chessboard. We gave her another and promised to continue giving her boards until we run out.

Its one thing to say that "The schools are not working" or "We need to be taking care of the children better". It is another thing, to look into the eyes of a child that the system is failing. To see the heartache of a girl who knows she is not being loved and nurtured at the level she deserves.

Its not just that girls like Kayla are not given as many options to showcase their skills on platforms of deep logic. Many girls who show passion for things like chess, math and science are attacked. Why? Because they have the audacity to love something so powerful. They are ridiculed and chastised for embracing the highest paths of wisdom.

The Hip-Hop Chess Federation hopes to help young girls like Kayla see the infinite choices she has before her in life. We hope to help her manifest her potential. But we can't do it alone. We need you help.

The HHCF cannot Honor the Queens on Feb. 16th 2008 without you. Please sponsor the HHCF today:

www.hiphopchessfederation.org

RZA Performing Dec. 12th in SF!!


RZA & DJ Kevvy Kev cooling out with HHCF

RZA performs on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 9 p.m. Admission is $30; call 771-1422 or visit www.theindependentsf.com for more info.

Eric K. Arnold wrote a fantastic piece on RZA in the new edition of SF Weekly.

READ IT HERE: http://www.sfweekly.com/2007-12-05/music/renaissance-man/

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