Sunday, July 29, 2012



Thursday, July 26, 2012

Learn to think like a Grandmaster!

For parents who want to let their kids listen to rap related music...but fear the ly

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.

This is gonna be GREAT for music culture in the bay!!

For Immediate Release
Zsa-Zsa Rensch
Yoshi Akiba of Yoshi's Jazz Club Launches 51Oakland Non-Profit Organization with a Two-Day Community Fundraiser
-- Benefiting Performing Arts and Music Education in Oakland Public Schools - 7/29 & 7/30

(Oakland, CA) - Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - Forty years ago Yoshi Akiba and her partners launched the first incarnation of Yoshi's Jazz Club and Japanese Restaurant. Once a small Berkeley restaurant, Yoshi's is now recognized for bringing world-class musicians to its Oakland and San Francisco locations, while showcasing an array of local talent. Now, Akiba is expanding her vision to include Oakland youth with the launch of 51Oakland, a non-profit organization in partnership with Yoshi's Jazz Club, that promotes educational, artistic and musical opportunities for Oakland youth. This weekend the organization will host two all-ages events benefiting performing arts and music education in Oakland public schools. "Oakland children do not have enough opportunity," she says noting the funding cuts for arts and music programming in the schools. "We want to create opportunities for them that they've lost."

The indoor and outdoor celebration at Oakland's Toast Wine Lounge will kick-off the two-day community fundraiser on Sunday, July 29th. Hosted by Yoshi Akiba, with a special appearance from Don Reed, the event is from noon to 9pm and will feature live musical performances every hour, on the hour. Attendees will enjoy selections from David Gans(Host of KPFA's "Dead To The World," and Sirius XM's "Tales From The Golden Road"), Kev Choice (keyboardist, composer, band leader, educator), Jordan McConnell (Grammy nominated musician), Cava Menzies Quartet featuring Shawn Whitehorn (keyboardist, educator), OUSD Ensemble, and DJ Jah Styles. Guests can also enjoy a delicious family-friendly menu and participate in a silent auction.

Don Reed, double NAACP Theatre award nominee, writer and Oakland native, revives his critically acclaimed one-man show East 14th: True Tales of a Reluctant Player for day two of fundraising in support of arts in Oakland public schools. The special one night only performance will take place at Yoshi's Oakland on Monday, July 30th. Praised by The New YorkerSan Francisco Chronicle, and East Bay Express, the play explores surprising family dynamics, rebellion, and the complexity of one's moral compass.

Proceeds from both events go to making sure that Oakland students are afforded the resources and opportunities that will enable them to become the world-class musicians and artists that have been celebrated on the Yoshi's stage for the last 40 years.

About 51Oakland
51Oakland was established in 2011 by Yoshi Akiba, co-owner of the renowned musical venues, Yoshi's Oakland and Yoshi's San Francisco, and Jason Hofmann, a young Oakland-based entrepreneur and former educator who, within the last few years, has become increasingly involved in philanthropic activities benefiting youth.

51Oakland, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, is organized and operated solely to promote educational, artistic and musical opportunities for youth in the Oakland community. An advocate of the Oakland Unified School District, 51Oakland provides access to mentoring, nurturing and training by professional musicians and, later this year, will underwrite and organize a monthly concert series, "Live at Yoshi's," featuring Oakland's finest youth talent.



Sunday, July 29, 2012
51Oakland Presents
A Fundraiser Benefiting Arts and Music Education in Oakland Public Schools
Featuring Live Music, Comedy & More!
with Performances by:
David Gans, Kev Choice, Jordan McConnell, Cava Menzies Quartet featuring Shawn Whitehorn, OUSD Ensemble, DJ Jah Styles.
Appearance by Don Reed, Hosted by Yoshi Akiba
Toast Wine Lounge
5900 College Avenue (between Harwood Ave & Chabot Rd, near Rockridge BART)
Oakland, CA 94618
Doors: 12 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Free admission
All Ages
Monday, July 30, 2012
51Oakland Presents
True Tales of a Reluctant Player
A Fundraiser Benefiting Arts and Music Education in Oakland Public Schools.
Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square
Oakland, CA 94607
Doors: 8 p.m.
Advance Tickets:
All Ages (Contains some mature language and themes)

Additional Info:

Media & Communications contact:
Zsa-Zsa Rensch at (510) 516-2012 or

Please contact Zsa-Zsa Rensch if interested in speaking with Yoshi Akiba. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

7 Year Old Girl Shocks World, Winning Step Up Revolution VIP Grand Champion Dance Competition

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,, 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:
PHOTO 1:  PHOTO 2: Lto R All Style Champions Tied for 1st Place Maze & Shez with Sarah

Monday, July 9, 2012

HHCF Summer Camp Feats. Celeb Visits via Airtime Technology

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, 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: or

Friday, July 6, 2012

Great video about life and chess from DLabrie and San Quinn

These guys have both done some great things for HHCF in the past to see this track happen and see the video is real cool...

HHCF & Step Up Revolution Join for Dance Battle!

For Immediate Release
PR Contact
Meek Gaborski

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 .
 Step Up Revolution movie drops in theaters July 27th across the country. 

Uproxx Covers HHCF Founder plus, FREE PDF download of Bobby Bruce and the Bronx Available

The book Bobby Bruce & the Bronx by Adisa the Bishop is now available from this day forward FREE in PDF form. Please enjoy it and share ...