Monday, July 30, 2012
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Thursday, July 26, 2012
Stuff like this is very cool. Its a live band that replays rap instrumentals with solos.....Enjoy...
This is educational for kids, because they learn about the musicality of rap music. Its educational for parents because they get a chance to learn about rap music beyond the words....then they can reengage the art WITH the words and learn more about the world around them.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
HHCF Founder Adisa Banjoko with Sarah
7 Year Old Girl Stuns the World Winning Step Up Revolution VIP Grand Champion Dance Competition
July 23rd- San Jose, CA- The Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) hosted the first ever Step Up Revolution All Styles Dance Competition. The event took place at the Alum Rock Youth Center in San Jose, CA. “This battle was meant to get kids off the street and showcase the amazing dance talent in the Bay Area. No doubt this mission was accomplished.”
The day began with a workshop from world renown Bboy A-Game from Hybrid Crew/Style Elements. He taught an introductory class on the fundamental Bboy movements that left young novices flowing seamlessly from top rocking, to crisp floor work.
The competition was DJ’ed by Kool DJ Dizzy of All Tribes Zulu Nation chapter and judged by San Jose Bboy Anonymous and Funkee Asiatic of All Tribes Zulu Nation.
The day’s all styles battle was conducted in an “Iron Man” format that came down to a faceoff between popper’s Shez and Maze, both representing San Jose. After a grueling 5 rounds Shez and Maze tied for first.
L to R All Style Champions Tied for 1st Place Maze & Shez with Sarah
The shock of the day however was a 7 year old known only as Sarah, who took the floor by storm and won the Step Up Revolution VIP Grand Champion. Her 2 minute 30 second routine was an amazing blend of modern Hip-Hop Dance, crumping, tutting and turf dancing that was packed with intensity. “The energy Sara hit the floor with was unmatched. Her choreography was composed so well.” said HHCF Founder Adisa Banjoko. “The only problem was that her trophy was almost as big as she was. She has authentic star power.”
Sarah said after winning “I had a great time dancing today, because I love to dance and I love my trophy!” Her parents stated “There were some amazing dancers at the event today. We are so excited for Sarah and proud that she got to be part of this great event and raise money for HHCF and give back to the community.”
The Hip-Hop Chess Federation would like to give a deep thanks to Ed Solis, Mona Martinez and everybody from the Alum Rock Youth Center and the City of San Jose. They gave these youth and their families an amazing place to display their skills. We also want to be sure to thank King Kenny of San Jose Universal Zulu Nation Chapter, San Francisco All Tribes Chapter, Demone Carter of Future Arts Now, www.bboysounds.com, Rahman Jamaal, Som Ngeth, Bboy A-Game, Bboy Aftashock, IDC Magazine, Raw Talents and of course the creators of Step Up Revolution for trusting us to put on such a fun event.
For more info on the Hip-Hop Chess Federation visit: www.facebook.com/hiphopchess
PHOTO 1: PHOTO 2: Lto R All Style Champions Tied for 1st Place Maze & Shez with Sarah
Friday, July 13, 2012
Monday, July 9, 2012
Hip-Hop Chess Federation Enlists Rappers Chuck D, Rakaa & Asheru for Online Mentoring Using Airtime Video Conferencing via Facebook
July 9, 2012- San Jose, CA- Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) is proud to announce that its Live The Game Summer Camps will feature online mentoring sessions with businessmen, rappers, pro skaters and athletes. HHCF summer camps allow kids to develop core skill sets in chess, anti-bullying techniques, as well as allow participants to engage in performing arts and dance programs. The camps are based in Fremont, California and run every week until the beginning of September 2012.
This one of a kind chess camp was created to balance the exercise of the mind and the body. Various notables from the chess community including Jean Hoffman of 9 Queens, African-American chess champion Diamond Shakoor and others others will teach foundational chess themes to the kids. The HHCF’s founder will reinforce how the same themes can be played out in life. To add an extra edge to their camps, the HHCF has gathered some of the most innovative businessmen, entertainers and athletes to talk to the youth on Airtime. Airtime is the latest video conferencing technology created by Napster founder Shawn Fanning and Facebook's Sean Parker.
“We believe that Airtime is the perfect tool for us to use to teach with” said HHCF Founder and President Adisa Banjoko. “We understand that we are dealing with leaders of industry who cannot visit HHCF summer camps as much as they’d like. Airtime, allows them to engage our kids effortlessly on such an expansive platform. It's fun and easy to use and we love it. Many of the same technologies used to entertain our youth can be used to educate. If our technology fails to educate and inspire our youth, then it fails us all.”
Some of the artists lined up to speak to the youth include but are not limited to Chuck D of Public Enemy, Rakaa of Dilated Peoples, Asheru (creator of the Boondocks Theme Song), T-KASH, Def Poetry Jam’s Amir Sulaiman, Hollywood casting agent Kristin Curtin, MMA Fight Dr. Peter Goldman, Video remix king Mike Relm, MMA fighter Ralek Gracie and many other surprise guests.
These sessions will allow the young people to engage these artists and ask questions about how these people achieved their dreams and what work ethic, education and discipline they will need to actualize their own vision of the future.
Live The Game in house visits at HHCF camps include Pro skater Jordan Richter, chess author Eric Schiller, Proven.com CEO Pablo Fuentes, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu masters Alan “Gumby” Marques, Denny “300” Prokopos, David Frazee Esq. and others.
Families with economic hardships can apply for financial aid. HHCF is currently running a summer camp special on Groupon.
For more information on HHCF Live The Game summer camps visit: www.hiphopchessfederation.org or www.rawtalents.org
Friday, July 6, 2012
For Immediate Release
Hip-Hop Chess Federation Teams with Step Up Revolution Movie for Hip-Hop Dance Battle
July 6th 2012, San Jose, CA- Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) is proud to announce that it has teamed with Step Up Dance Revolution to host one of the biggest Dance Battles and Step Up Revolution movie events on Sunday July 22, 2012 at the Alum Rock Youth Center in San Jose, CA (137 N. White Rd. in San Jose). There will be cash prizes, and a trophy award given to the winner of the battle provided by the creators of Step Up Dance Revolution. The event is called Your Own Step.
“Our organization believes that all elements of Hip-Hop (DJ’ing, rapping, graffiti and dance) are nonviolent forms of social empowerment “ said HHCF Founder Adisa Banjoko.” Step Up Revolution shows how young people can take their artistic passion and better their communities. The California Dance Community is overflowing with talent and we expect a huge turnout. Every minute young people are with the HHCF is another minute we keep these wonderful kids off the streets. San Jose is known for its club and dance scene. Its going to be powerful.”
Dancers with hip-hop, b-boy, b-girl, crumping, stepping, turfing and jerking dance skills will participate in this historic event. Your Own Step dance event and competition is open to all ages. Registeration is required, for information on how to register visit http://idcmag.com/stepup_comp.
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