The (HHCF)is the worlds first non-profit fusing music, chess and martial arts to promote unity, strategy and non-violence. The HHCF hosts celebrity chess events where underserved youth play chess for educational scholarships and engage cultural icons from various backgrounds. By blending logic and art we pave new paths to greatness for American youth.Follow us @hiphopchess on twitter!
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Hip-Hop Chess Federation Teams with Oakland Rapper T-KASH to Combat Mass Incarceration
T-KASH Releases EP, T Against The World Inspired by Tupac Shakur HHCF
Oakland, CA 3/14/16- The Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) is proud to announce it is joining with rapper T-KASH to fight the epidemic of mass incarceration. T-KASH will be releasing an EP entitled T Against The World in tandem with the new book by Adisa Banjoko entitled Bobby, Bruce & Bam: The Secrets of Hip-Hop Chess, April 10, 2016. “Too many American youth, and adults are going to jail for minor offenses. I believe that improving our schools nationwide and effective restorative justice practices are the best way to keep people out of prison and juvenile hall. We are honored to team up with T-KASH and bring awareness to this epidemic. “
Adisa Banjoko has written extensively about mass incarceration. He addresses the issue of incarcerated teens in his new book Bobby, Bruce & Bam: The Secrets of Hip-Hop Chess (dropping April 10th 2016). It includes a workbook teaching the first 12 lessons people can use to embrace chess as a life strategy tool for school and business. The recently launched website www.bobbybruceandbam.com features a 29 page sampler of excerpts. Bobby Bruce & Bam: The Secrets of Hip-Hop Chess will be released April 10, 2016 in both digital and print formats. It serves as a disruptive blueprint that helps urban kids shift their approach to education, entrepreneurship, and life’s possibilities.
Oakland rapper T-KASH in recent years has also become well known as an endurance athlete has joined forces with HHCF for the release of his new EP, T Against The World. It is in part a tribute to Tupac Shakur. “I picked the title because I empathize with Pac’s life transitions and how it came across on his Me Against The World Album” stated T-KASH.” He was being unapologetically him. I’m being unapologetically me. The new EP denotes a new experience that HHCF and T-KASH supporters have been growing towards for years. Less angry and more focused. This day and time calls for good music, but also for emotionally intelligent music.“ In addition, T-KASH will be running in the Oakland Marathon March 20, 2016 to call for an end to mass incarceration nationwide. “HHCF chess program are so successful because the mentorship and guidance is rooted in timeless life strategy, not just age-based hindsight. “
The HHCF is a 501c3 non-profit that fuses music, chess and martial arts, to promote unity, strategy and nonviolence. in 2015, the HHCF was invited to teach the staff at the World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis on the connections between Hip-Hop and chess. The result was the Living Like Kings exhibit (which broke attendance records surpassing Bobby Fischer's). He and RZA of Wu-Tang Clan (who now serves on HHCF’s Board) spoke to high school youth and incarcerated youth in St. Louis during all off the rage and chaos after the death of Mike Brown. Their efforts illustrated a nonviolent narrative largely overlooked by both mainstream and Hip-Hop media.