Saturday, April 25, 2015

Thoughts on talks at Oberlin, U Conn and Beyond!

I had a great time at University of Connecticut doing my lecture Hidden in Plain Sight: The History of Hip-Hop and Chess. I was invited to do this keynote talk by the UConn Hip-Hop Collective. I want to thank Dr. Ogbar, Justis and Jasmine for all their kindness and hospitality. The entire conference was amazing from front to back. I met so many amazing people, I can't even list them all. Great campus and great food!! I love food.
U Conn Husky, DJ, MC and student mastermind Justis Lopez!!
I also want to thank the Oberlin Chess Team. Special shout to Ali, Linda, Kayland and Constantine. I had an amazing time out there and I will never forget the experience. I will never forget the spirit of the students in attendance. I will never forget the good food and the laughs we had after over burgers and tater tots. I hope to come back and do more with you next year.  
I love this. I don't know why...It just stuck with me.

     The Oberlin Chess Team rocks!!! These are the faces of the kids who will change the world...
 I have learned so much about the powerful spirit of the youth and the power of what is coming in the future. Sometimes, with my friends (the old fuddy duddies) we talk about the potential horror of the future. "These kids today" this...."In my day" that....Let me tell you. After going to so many colleges and youth centers across the country I am only convinced of one thing.

Our children are brilliant, passionate, courageous souls who seem more than equipped to take on whatever the world brings. I have more faith in the beauty and power of the future than ever before. I look forward to the summer coming and even the next school year and beyond.

If you would like to have me come out to your school and talk about Hidden in Plain Sight, Chess and Business or Hip-Hop, Chess and Nonviolence visit The Guild Agency. See you soon!!! You can see more photos by following us at @realhiphopchess on Instagram!!!


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

LISTEN: New Podcast on Empire, Hip-Hop and Technology

New Bishop Chronicles podcast covers Adisa Banjoko on his recent travels talking at Oberlin College and University of Connecticut. He also has a great conversation with filmmaker Thembisa MShaka about TV shows like Empire, Scandal and Fresh off the Boat. The show takes a fun look at the evolution of race and gender in entertainment. We also talk about how technology has changed the way we make and listen to hip-hop and film. LISTEN HERE!

   Adisa Banjoko at Oberlin with the Oberlin Chess Team after his lecture!!

Adisa Banjoko had forever changed the perceptions and trajectory of the Oberlin student body. The diversity and depth of his topics was astounding. Not only were we informed of a powerful intellectual history of Hip-Hop, we were also given a once in a lifetime perspective on non-violence. All the students that heard his words were infused wit his spirit and desire to positively impact the world. - Cara Welch-Rubin, Class of 2015

Raw Allstar Cheer and Dance Win National Title

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Bay Area’s RAW Allstar Cheer Team Wins National Championship
Tri-City Cheer and Hip-Hop Dance Team Take Top Honors

4/22/2015 Fremont, CA- A co-ed team of Bay Area youth ranging from 5-17 years old had the prestigious honor of National Champion bestowed upon them at last weekends Elite National Championship in San Mateo, CA.

Raw Allstars is one of The Bay’s most decorated affordable and respected Allstar competitive cheer and Hip-Hop dance teams around. Created in 2012 to give kids an authentic, affordable competitive cheer and dance experience. Since then the team has been winning regional, national and international titles consistently.

“Our team is meant for hard working kids of all ages who want to discover, build and test their skills” said Coach Bishop. “

Allstar cheer is a competitive form of cheerleading that blends dance, gymnastic and a variety of athletic skills to fast paced music. Allstar cheer boasts more than 100,000 kids and teens across the country and is regaining is popularity on the west coast.

“We are so proud of all these kids” stated Cheer Director Andrea Ceballos. “It was not an easy year for us. The work came from us taking 3rd place standing at the Aloha Spirit Championships in Honolulu. When our team got back, everybody on the squad was ready to take it to the next level. Elite National Championship was our final competition of the year. Our kids gave it all they had and the results paid off.“

RAW Allstars will be opening their doors this weekend for a upcoming team placement event open to the public.

RAW Team Tryout Info :An informative parent meeting and team placement will take place Sunday April 26 starting at 3pm at 37428 Centralmont Place, Fremont (off Cedar and Central). Come see why athletes from all over The Bay Area travel to be RAW Allstars.

For more information call 888-588-4418 or follow on Instagram @rawallstars_bayarea

Monday, April 6, 2015

LISTEN: Adisa Banjoko interviews Vince Krause about Skateboarding, Paul Walker and Jiu-Jitsu

HHCF Founder Adisa Banjoko recently interviewed Vince Krause. Vince is a skateboard pioneer in Hawaii who went onto become a jiu-jitsu practitioner and training partner of acting icon Paul Walker. In this exclusive interview Vince shares very inspirational stories about his own life path, and reflections on Paul Walker. These are things you will not learn watching TMZ or simply watching clips of Fast and Furious 7. We hope you enjoy this and share it wide. They also talk about speed chess in Hawaii back in the day.

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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 ...