Monday, March 24, 2008

Hip-Hop Chess Federation CEO on NBC's My Dad is Better Than Your Dad"

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Hey folks, HHCF CEO Adisa Banjoko will be on NBC's new hit show "My Dad is Better Than Your Dad" 8 PM in your area TONIGHT.

-HHCF

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

BREAKING NEWS: HHCF Event April 12th!!! RZA, Josh Waitzkin, Jake Sheilds, Ralek Gracie, Rakaa...

Hip-Hop Chess Federation Teams with MMA Fighters Jake Sheilds and Ralek Gracie, RZA, Rakaa, IM Josh Waitzkin, for the “Mind Over Matter” Chess & Grappling Exhibition

HHCF brings together top entertainers and fighters to inspire today’s youth

IMMEDIATE RELEASE
San Jose, CA March 19th 2008– The Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) the world’s first non-profit fusing music, chess and martial arts to promote unity, strategy and nonviolence is proud to announce the Mind Over Matter Chess and Grappling Exhibition. Some of the biggest stars from the Hip-Hop, Chess and Martial Arts communities will gather for this one of a kind event.

Mind Over Matter will be held at the Riekes Center for Human Enhancement at 3455 Edison Way, in Menlo Park California on April 12th 2008 from 12 noon to 5 PM. Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA, chess icon and two time tai chi chuan world champion Josh Waitzkin, Rakaa of Dilated Peoples and Casual of Hieroglyphics . Other artists attending “Mind Over Matter” include The Jacka, Paris, T-K.A.S.H., Prince Ali, Director of “Straight Outta Hunters Point” Kevin Epps and many others.

“There is little more beautiful than the eyes of a child lighting up with inspiration, making new connections, falling in love with learning” said Josh Waitzkin. “Educators must take note of the rise of the HHCF. Adisa Banjoko is creating some of the most dynamic, innovative and empowering events for our youth- and “Mind Over Matter” will raise the bar once again. Blending chess, Hip-Hop and martial arts we are generating a dialogue about learning that begins with the love, embraces the unique flavor of each individual, and break down the divisive false constructs some have imposed on our culture, our schools, and our youth. I am honored to be part of this movement.”

“The HHCF’s Mind Over Matter chess and grappling exhibition is going to be a historic on several levels” said Adisa Banjoko, HHCF CEO. “There will be world class grapplers, chess masters and martial artists interweaving the highest aspects of these arts to improve the state of America’s youth. MC’s B-boys and B-girls, Graff writers and DJ’s and chess lovers from all over the planet are returning to the Bay to celebrate the union of these arts.”

In addition, RZA, Josh, and MMA Champion Ralek Gracie will host a panel entitled Martial Arts As A Path to Nonviolence. The panel will outline how students of chess and martial arts are trained to incorporate numerous options outside of violence.

HHCF Life Strategies panels are in high demand because of their intensity and philosophical depth. Previous panelists include San Quinn, Rakaa of Dilated Peoples, Josh Waitzkin, Dr. Daaim Shabazz of thechessdrum.net, RZA, DJ QBert, DJ Kevvy Kev, Balance, Immortal Technique and DLabrie from Hip-Hop Congress.

Additional events of the day will include, MMA Champion Jake Sheilds and No Gi World Champion Denny Prokopos of 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu SF hosting an exhibition to showcase some of today’s most effective grappling techniques.


Sponsors for Mind Over Matter include online chess community Chesspark.com, Ubisoft, Brazilian jiu jitsu news outlet Onthemat.com, Luna Bars and Hip-Hop Congress.

For more information or sponsorship opportunities please call (323) 335-4497 or email gaborski@shinkenpublicrelations.com.



Media Contact:
Me’ko Gaborski
(323) 335-4497
gaborski@shinkenpublicrelations.com

Saturday, March 15, 2008

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: HHCF "Life Strategies" Panel feat. Immortal Technique, JT The Bigga Figga & DLabrie


O'Connell Chess Queen Shirley and Adisa Banjoko tangle on the 64 Squares!

Sorry that it took so much time to get back to y'all. Here is the footage I promised of the last HHCF "Life Strategies" panel. I think it is an amazing testament to Hip-Hop can help American youth. I want to thank ALL the aritsts, Ms. Moskowitz and all the faculty and staff at O'Connell High in SF and my brother Guy Raj for all his help and advice behind the scenes. A spuer special shout goes out to my man Rahman Jamaal who put these clips together. There is much more to come, I promise! If you would like to host an HHCF panel at your elementary, middle schoool or high school email Me'ko at gaborski@shinkenpublicrelations.com and she'll get you set up.




O.G. Hip-Hop Historian Davey D & DLabrie of Hip-Hop Congress in effect!




Immortal Technique and my man Chuck from United Playaz get DOWN on the boards!!




JT The Bigga Figga, Davey D, and JR from The Block Report.

-HHCF

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Deep concentration, 'cause I'm no comedian

Whether playin ball or bobbin in the hall/I'm just writin my name in graffiti on the wall - Rakim "My Melody"

I was once asked how could I love Hip-Hop if graffiti was a crime. I told the person that I agreed that vandalism was a crime. I don't mean someone putting a "throw up" ( a quick two color piece) on someones garage door. I'm talking about a kid who spent all night putting their heart on a wall so the city could see it. A kid ignored by the American education system.

You see, when a failing school system cuts art programs- they are cutting into the soul of the youth. Egyptians, Aztecs, Greeks, Romans....Neanderthals wrote their story on the walls...Its part of who we are to express our souls through art. You can cut a "budget" all day, but what the souls of the youth yearn to express will ALWAYS find A way...

I believe its MORE CRIMINAL to to arrest the youth when you know the educational system has cut them off from their natrual artistic expression. I don't advocate vandalism. But you can never deny that the beautiful, artistic sould of the youth cannot be contained. WHAT YOU SEE BELOW IS NOT VANDALISM. It is graffiti art....It is ART.

I caught this today in San Francisco in an alley behind La Taqueria at 25th and Mission.


Aztec love in the heart of the Mission District of San Francisco


I love characters like these. Ya gotta have fun with it!!!


As it was written, so it shall be done. Lets make the peace real.


Never tell me that graf writers don't know how to honor the elders! Normail Mailer gets love...May he rest in peace...through this piece....

If you don't know Norman Mailer, please click below...



When I daydream about graffiti, I hear Mantronix in my head.....

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Check out 9 Queens!!


PHOTO CREDIT: Anna Garcia

Jennifer Shahade and a team of amazing minds has a new organization promoting chess to the youth: www.9queens.org

Learn it and let go...


PHOTO CREDIT: Anna Garcia

Technical knowledge is not enough. One must transcend techniques so that the art becomes an artless art, growing out of the unconscious. Daisetsu Suzuki

HHCF Teams with Rappers Immortal Technique and San Quinn at O'Connell High School!!!!




March 8th 2008, San Francisco, CA- The Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) is proud to announce that Adisa Banjoko, Cheif Executive Officer, will host a panel discussion on "Chess and Life Strategies". The panel featuring rappers Immortal Technique, San Quinn and Hip-Hop Congress Director DLabrie will be heald at O'Connell High School in San Francisco on March 11th.

The HHCF fuses music, chess and martial arts to promote unity, strategy and non-violence. They believe that by giving young people direct access to professional athletes, artists and chess players the youth will be inspired to enhance their academic and social life. In the past the HHCF has hosted panels with various icons of chess and Hip-Hop including RZA, Lamont Thompson of the Carolina Panthers, Josh Waitzkin, DJ QBert, DJ Kevvy Kev, Balance, Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples, Dr. Daaim Shabazz, and others.

"Immortal Technique and San Quinn are living legends to so many young people who love Hip-Hop" said Adisa Banjoko. "Immortal Technique is from Harlem. San Quinn is from the Fillmore District in SF, which was known as the Harlem of the west. Issues of poverty, ignorance, gentrification and violence have ravaged both of their respective cities. The HHCF wants to teach young people of all races, cultures, classes and faiths they they have more options in life that it appears. We are honored that Immortal Technique and San Quinn are donating their time and minds to the kids at O'Connell. No one has been able to reach the hearts of today's youth like rappers."

Chesspark.com will donote a free account to every O'Connell Student that signs up for a membership. The students will also receive a limited number of copies of Ubisoft's Chessmaster 11 game and the book The Art of Learning: A Journey In The Pursuit of Excellence, by IM Josh Waitzkin.

"I feel privileged to be a part of this chess workshop at O'Connell, where inner city youth can use the experiences learned from strategy and apply it to real life situations when patience, planning and temperment is concerned" said Immortal Technique.

For San Quinn the ability to speak to these kids is mutually beneficial. "It's important to take time with the youth because we had leader to inspire us [too]," he says. "They need to see that we look up to them for being in school. They are the future."

Librarian and Chess Club Sponsor Elaine Moskowitz said "John O'Connell High School is honored to welcome Immortal Technique and Sann Quinn. Very few acclaimed artists will take the time to reach out to young people, many of whom cannot afford to attend concerts or buy cds. By visiting our high school, they will expose our students to artistry they can rarely witness in person. The HHCF's messages of self-empowerment, education, and social justice encourage our students to pursue their goals and their diplomas. Beyond that, many of our students deeply enjoy rap music and spoken word poetry; the HHCF event with Immortal Technique and San Quinn will provide them with an assembly they will always remember."

For more information email Me'ko Gaborski: gaborski@shinkenpubclicrelations.com or call (323) 335 4497.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Remember this face...This dude is changing the face of chess on the internet....



www.chesspark.com is about to drop some MAJOR news...Patrick Mahoney, the President of Chesspark is the Rick Rubin of internet chess. Remember I said that. BIG NEWS coming....He's nice though- even when he's killing me in chess (as he was here) LOL...

-HHCF

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