Wednesday, September 23, 2015

DONATE to HHCF and Help Kids Get an Edge in Class and in Life!!

American teens fall into drugs, pregnancy and violence after school when they are not involved in activities that cultivate their minds and bodies. Youth violence is the thirs leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15-24. 
We have a new three thousand square foot facility made to help them grow mentally, emotionally and physically to cut this trend and promote nonviolence. We need your help in getting our after school program to kids who currently don't have access to it. 

Reaching our 5k goal will allow 25  kids to take a 12 week session. The grades and emotional well being of the students will be tracked and documented in a short video. You will be able to see the direct impact of your donation.

Our goal is to scholarship local kids in here and train them in chess and life strategies and jiu-jitsu. Your donation will make sure they have the space, the jiu-jitsu gi (what they wear while training) teachers and tutors needed to take them to the next level.Most of the kids I’ve worked with are from tough areas. The bulk are Black and Latino but we work to help everybody we can. In the HHCF we know that the power of and team, is in its diversity. We plan to build our program in the facility first and then spread it across Oakland the the rest of the bay (and the country really). Our previous programs have been in San Francisco, Hayward, and San Jose. These classes will be held in our new Fremont, HQ. We will make a short video of the kids in the program so you see the results for yourself. 

Simply put, American education has been in a state of emergency. Many of our schools and families are broken. Some of our children are being fed right into juvenile hall by corrupt judges. Basically, folks are investing in the failure of our people. I’m asking you to help us counter that by supporting HHCF so we can help kids do better in school and in life on the streets. Once the initial 5k has been raised we will put out a special press release and add a section to our site that lists your name and your brand on our site, honoring our commitment to working with HHCF to help pave new paths to education and peace. Read what educators and others say about HHCF.

Monday, September 14, 2015

BREAKING: Adisa Banjoko Hosting Conversation on Tupac Shakur: From Machiavelli to Makaveli Sept. 26th!!!

This talk will focus on Tupac Shakur and his life after reading the works of Niccolo Machiavelli in prison. It will cover how reading Machiavelli's The Prince changed his life, and the course of Hip-Hop forever. This is a FREE and ALL AGES event.

After the conversation, Adisa Banjoko will host a Q&A with HHCF Education Director, Itoco Garcia (who ironically went to school with Tupac Shakur in his youth).. Mr. Garcia is a Principal at Cherryland Elementary in Hayward, CA. He is also a thought leader in the discussion of youth literacy issues in American schools.

There will be open chessboards for gaming and open mats for brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners to practice on. The doors open at 1 PM for the chess gaming and jiu-jitsu. To reserve your spot now visit

See you there!!

Flashback Interview with Nas from 1994

The year is 1994 and New Year’s is creeping up upon us. An MC from Queensbridge named Nas is currently keeping the streets on fire from coast to coast. Many brothers on the block, as well as Rap critics acknowledge Nas’’ debut LP Illmatic to be one of the greatest solo debuts of all time.

Keep in mind, this is after the riots. I think the O.J. Simpson trial is still on everybody's mind. Race and poverty and conflict were framing a lot of what was in Hip-Hop. I originally did this for a magazine called 4080. In it’s time, 4080 was a force of nature. I remember Harry Allen telling me how much he loved it. But the owner had drug addiction problems that forced it to close.

Nas was a legend already because of his verse on Live at the BBQ. I was already a fan. I did this interview at the 4080 offices in Berkeley, CA.

AB: What were your earliest memories of Hip-Hop? Not much being a part of it- but just the music itself and the culture?

Nas: I remember it just bein’ the fly s**t, the new s**t. Just n***as, Black people, young Black people, loud music, big speakers, turntables, females, weed, Private Stock, and seeing’ records. Like, if somebody was a big name, you saw he made a record. I mean, it was mad rappers. But when you look at a n***as record – you seen that was some s**t! As being a young Black man, you would have never thought to see yourself on some wax. And that tight there, you was the man. You was chillin’. Even if a n***a never knew you, if they see you on record you was the man.

AB: So what was the first Hip-Hop album you bought?

Nas: I think it was Run-DMC “King of Rock.” If it wasn't that, it was LL Cool J’’s “Radio.” Those were the first ones I bought. The other ones, I stole out my man’s crate.
AB: What were the first ones you stole?
Nas: The first one I stole was I think, Mary Jane Girls. I consider that Hip-Hop.
AB: I understand you used to break back in the day?
Nas: Yo, that was a long time ago. I'd rather not talk about it. We all did it.
AB: I used to do that for a minute. So tell me about your youth. What was your relationship like with your father?
Nas: He was just a cool muthaf**ka. He was different from what I would visualize: a father being when you would look down and watch a [show] like Cosby Show. He was different than that type of s**t. But he’s just a cool n***a – a straight up and down person.
AB: And your mother?
Nas: My moms is real strong, real sensitive, real caring and real intelligent.
AB: Do you have any business plans?
Nas: Ill Will music, dedicated to my man Ill Will. Bless the dead. He would probably be spinnin’ for me right now on the turntables or chillin’ with me ‘cause he was my right hand man. But now he’s still here with me, spiritually.
AB: We all know a lot of Black men that have lost their lives needlessly. What do you think are the reasons for the havoc coast to coast?

Nas: It’s just that we're naturally born Black and aggressive towards getting what we deserve. We’’re born knowing that something is missing. We're born feeling like we're born in an alien nation. From day one, your moms and what she goes through. I mean just, just, generations. It’s what your parents have already been through. Really, it depends on how your family structure is. If your moms is on dope, and your pops ain't there, you gonna grow up real strong in certain ways and real f**ked up in certain ways. But if your moms is there and your pops is there but they are just weak people who didn't know how to guide you …If you're the kind of person who takes things upon yourself, then you're gonna be a different way. You know it’s all kinds of ways we come out. It’s so many of us that are around each other. So much s**t on our minds. We're thinking’ we're tyrants trying to get to the right solution. We're thinking’ about all the different ways of getting it and it’s mad obstacles in our way. It’s mad s**t that we don't see in our way that makes us fall. It’s so easy for us to f**k up, especially when you are coming from a poor family.
AB: On Main Source’s “Live at the BBQ” you had a line that said ”When I was 12 I went to hell for snuffin’ Jesus.”” I'm not a Christian, but the fact that a man would make a casual remark like that about the murder of an acknowledged Prophet to some and saviour by others- what brings lines like that out?
Nas: When I'm feeling’ up to a point where I’m on some s**t where I just don't give a s**t ‘bout nobody. ’Cause ain't nothin’ in my pocket. I’m going through some s**t, I’ll diss anybody I want to. I'll tell you why. I could break the s**t down for you. Because when a person is that angry, that’s how he feels about everything. That’s how I felt lyrically at the time.
AB: Reminds me of Malcolm X, in the movie when he yells to the priest “You tell Jesus to kiss my ass! What has he done for me. “He ain't done nothin’ for me!””
Nas: I kinda felt like how Malcolm X felt. And this was before the movie, I just thought of Malcolm when I said that. You know what I mean? I knew he would be behind me.
AB: Are you coming to the West Coast any time soon?
Nas: True indeed. I plan on coming’ out there with the Queens s**t, the inner side of Queens material. It’s a lot of punk muthaf**kas that never say Queens and s**t.
AB: Why do you think that is?
Nas: I don’t know, to tell you the truth. I don't know. It just became like a religion for some rappers not to mention Queens. But I’m from Queensbridge, and I’m just representing’. It’s all about the bridge with me.
AB: Its funny to me because some of my earliest memories are from Queens rappers.
Nas: B.D.P. put a cease to that shit.
AB: Is that what it is? do you think they had an influence on that whole angle?
Nas: KRS ONE was so ill. He just came out and destroyed shit. A lot of rappers from Queens just couldn’t fuck with him. Or, at the time as just trying to concentrate on their career. You know, getting money or whatever. There wasn’t really a lot of battling rappers accept LL Cool J.
AB: So what kind of angle were you trying to come on with this album?
Nas: I just wanted to speak. I just wanted to be the voice of a nation.
AB: I saw a quote from a Hip-Hop magazine where you said you wanted to be the first Black President.
Nas: Word up!
AB: How do you plan to get there?
Nas: Its’ so many tricks. So much shit. The people, the politicians, the government. The government is ill. They on some old Illmatic shit. They are just like the slave masters but more modern. They have different goals. The world is different now. They just on some new shit. Its about who got game, who’s smart and moves first. When I look at the Declaration of Independence, America is nothing more than an Idea that has never really been put into practice.
Nas: True indeed.
AB: Like Disneyland. Where everybody is supposed to be happy. But it does not exist.
Nas: I might have to quote you on that one day. Wise words.
AB: Thank you brother. Can America happen? Or do you think America is just a concept?
Nas: As long as they keep living those ideals and shit. and trying to do that, I think yes. ‘Cause America is cool right now as long as you know what you gotta do. Like that nigga don King will tell you in a minute. He's a Black man and he’s paid. So that means you can get that dough. Straight up and down. its some good here.
AB: I was recently reading a book by Dennis Kimbro called Think and Grow Rich. He quotes a guy named S.B. Fuller whos that “Poverty is a state of mind.”I thought it was profound. I wondered if you agreed with that.
Nas: Hmmm. Yeah, in ways. In ways.
AB: In which ways is it not/
Nas; I mean, poverty is just reality. There is real poverty. You know what I’m saying? I don’t know. That shit is deep.
AB: What human being had the most influence on you as a person?
Nas: Malcolm X and N.W.A.
AB: Stay strong, and we’ll be in contact in the future.
Nas: Alright, god. One Love.

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