Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Dr. James Peterson Wakes Up Minds with A War Song for Peace







LISTEN: A War Song For Peace, by Dr. James Peterson

Dr. James Peterson has been one of the leading scholars today proving the value of Hip-Hop as an educational tool. A while back he released an EP called Headphones that was executive produced by education icon Michael Eric Dyson. The EP features Talib Kweli and Mr. Lif among others. This song however, really stood out to me from day one. I hope to soak it up, and get the LP. Keep in mind, he does NOT rap on here. He talks....others rap. It's deep. Enjoy.

HHCF PANEL: Can Rappers Save The Hood? Nov 21st !! Come through.


Hip-Hop has always been a vehicle for young people to speak truth to power. In the beginning rap artists like Public Enemy, KRS ONE, NWA and Tupac led the charge. Today, artists like Kendrick Lamar, Talib Kweli, Brother Ali and J Cole deliver deep messages to the youth through Hip-Hop. But what kind of systemic impact is Hip-Hop having in a measuable way? What obligation if any, does a rapper have to help the communities they come from? Is it wrong for many people to think that rappers can or should be educational, social or political leaders of the future? What

These kinds of questions and more will be discussed at the Hip-Hop Chess Federation HQ Sat Nov. 21st from 2-4 PM.

This will be a multimedia discussion where well view video and listen to audio fo rap over the years and watch is evolution.

Our panelists are Tomie T-KASH Lenear rapper and endurance athlete, Arash Daneshzadeh, educator and school to prison pipeline thought leader and Ameer Hasan, educator and UC Berkeley doctoral student.

As always, there will be open chessboards for gaming and open mats for those wishing to practice jiu-jitsu. The beats will bang rough, we will all hang tough and knowlege and wisdom will be dropped. See you there. This is a FREE EVENT but a $5.00 donation is suggested.


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Eddie Bravo Releases Song about Peace, "Too Late"







This is a striking song by Eddie Bravo I meant to post a few weeks back. In this age of violence it is good to see people making songs about the greater value of peace.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

VIDEO: Lost Footage from Oberlin Lecture on Forgotten Chess History, Nonviolence and Jiu-Jitsu






Earlier this year Adisa Banjoko gave a talk at Oberlin College in the science dept. It was the first time he spoke about the history and impact of the fusion of Hip-Hop and chess. Only a small portion of it was covered in my work at the World Chess Hall of Fame's Living Like Kings exhibit. Though a smashing success on many levels, as you can imagine it is a complex and deep subject. 
Some of  the talk was not immediately available online after he spoke. Only a few days ago did ALL of the talk make it online. The subject of this talk became my upcoming book, Bobby, Bruce & Bam: The History of Hip-Hop Chess. Look for it in early 2016. I hope you enjoy these clips. Many thanks to Kalind Parish for his sharing of the video.

How the rise of Bobby Fischer, Bruce Lee and Africa Bambaataa changed chess, Hip-Hop and martial arts- forever https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvA9TeQpYxc 

On how the LA riots changed how rappers talk about chess https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEjUFgYwK5U

When Thugs Cry: An Unknown Tupac Story

Recently the internet started buzzing because of a cool conversation between legendary rapper Talib Kweli and Public Enemy front man Chu...