HHCF Founder Adisa Banjoko on the COVER of Chess Life Mag!! Drops Feb 1st
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Adisa Banjoko Featured on Cover of the Sports Biggest Print Publication
January 19th 2012- San Jose, CA - The Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) is proud to announce that it's founder, Adisa Banjoko has been chosen as the cover story for their March 2012 issue. The story will drop Feb 1st 2012. Entitled Chess, Hip-Hop & Life written by Eric K. Arnold it covers a San Francisco tournament ran by the HHCF. It also looks at global impact the organization has made in the world of chess and music with at-risk youth over its five year history. "To be on the cover of Chess Life is an honor beyond words" said Mr. Banjoko. "When we started Hip-Hop Chess, few really understood our vision. Yet those who truly did, stayed vigilant. I am eternally grateful to them for their friendship and loyalty. Over time what many initially saw as unthinkable has unified the hearts and minds of many. I'm quite inspired ."
The HHCF has attracted a lot of attention for its unique approach for helping at-risk youth. By being the worlds first organization to fuse music, chess and martial arts to promote unity, strategy and nonviolence they have caught a global buzz. Some of those news outlets covering them include Good Morning America, New York Times, Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times, SF Chronicle, KALW, NBC 11, XXL and Vibe Magazine. The organizations founder, Adisa Banjoko aka The Bishop of Hip-Hop was a noted author and lectured on issues regarding Hip-Hop and martial arts before creating the HHCF. "When giving lectures to kids, I have always encouraged them not to just read Black history, but aspire to make Black history" said Mr. Banjoko. "Hopefully this is push them to dig in and create the things they want to see in their own future."
The HHCF will host an event on Feb 11th 2012 in San Jose, CA called V-DAY to commemorate its five year anniversary tournament. Special guests for V-Day include rapper and educator Asheru, known around the world for the Boondocks Theme Song, as well as MMA fighter Ralek Gracie among others. There will be a youth chess tournament, jiu jitsu workshops for adults and kids, panels on Hip-Hop & education and live rap performances. HHCF's V-DAY tournament will be officiated by Dr. Salman Azhar and Bay Area Chess to ensure the highest standards are adhered to in this rated chess competition.
V-Day, like all HHCF events will be FREE to the public and an all ages event. HHCF tournaments are frequented by families from all over the state. The Alum Rock Youth Center is located at 137 N. White Rd. in San Jose, CA. The event is from 11 AM to 4 PM. A full schedule of the days events will be posted shortly at www.hiphopchess.blogspot.com or follow HHCF on twitter @hiphopchess. "On V-Day, the HHCF celebrates the children who love the immortal game of chess and our friends who have supported us for the past 5 years!"
Registration online for the V-Day chess tournament is open now at www.hiphopchessfederation.org
ABOUT HHCF: The HHCF is the worlds first organization to fuse music, chess and martial arts to promote unity, strategy and non-violence. The HHCF currently operate out of the San Francisco Bay Area and Romania (Yunus Ionut). They have hosted events to promote peace that have included RZA and GZA from Wu-Tang Clan, Josh Waitzkin, Ryron Gracie, Rener Gracie, Ralek Gracie, author Marylin Yalom, Immortal Technique, Conscious Daughters, Def Poet Amir Sulaiman, DJ Pam The Funkstress, T-Kash, Daaim Shabazz, Casual, Opio and Tajai of Hieroglyphics, Zion I, Balance, Rakaa Iriscience, DJ QBert and Nancy Cartwright (the voice of Bart Simpson).