Monday, April 11, 2016

Adisa Banjoko Speaks at Stanford University April 25th!!!




Hip-Hop Chess Founder Speaks at Stanford University
Author of Bobby Bruce & Bam Talks Chess, Hip-Hop and Nonviolence at Stanford


Oakland, CA 4/11/16-  Three Lions Press is proud to announce the release of a new book, Bobby Bruce & Bam: The Secrets of Hip-Hop Chess written by Adisa Banjoko, aka The Bishop. This extraordinary book outlines how the  of rise of Bobby Fischer, Bruce Lee and Afrika Bambaataa unintentionally converged and influences Hip-Hop, chess and martial arts in America in unexpected ways. 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.  The book serves as a disruptive blueprint that helps urban kids shift their approach to education, entrepreneurship, and life’s possibilities. The book is available in digital form only on Amazon. Print versions drop April 10, 2016. Adisa Banjoko will speak at Stanford University Monday April 25, 2016 from 4-6 PM. The Stanford Institute for Diversity in the Arts, The Muslim Student Union and the Asian American Students will host “Artist as intellectual, and intellectual as Activist” – A presentation by Adisa Banjoko talking about his work and exploring his new book Bobby, Bruce, and Bam: The Secrets of Hip-Hop Chess.  The event will also be shown on Periscope @hiphopchess .


“I am honored  to be speaking at Stanford University. I will be sharing some powerful new video and audio in my presentation that evening. I believe Hip-Hop is leading the way in providing the most meaningful  breakthroughs for education in America and the world. Stanford’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts has been consistently hosting authentic conversations about art and activism. I’m very excited.”


Adisa Banjoko, aka The Bishop is a respected disruptor in the space of education innovation. Adisa began his journalism career while still a high school student interviewing Eazy E shortly before the formation of NWA. Adisa  went on to become one of the first west coast writers for The Source, RapPages and VIBE among others. He broke some of the first profiles on artists like Tupac Shakur, Del, Mixmaster Mike, DJ Qbert, Hieroglyphics, Master P and many others in the rise of west coast rap in the early 1990s’. Adisa Banjoko is a powerful speaker who has lectured at many universities across the country including Harvard, Lehigh, Oberlin College, UC Berkeley and others. His ideas on chess, rap and martial arts have been seen in Forbes, Good Morning America, Black Enterprise, Ebony and the cover of Chess Life Magazine.


In 2006 after visiting incarcerated youth in San Francisco he created the Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF). 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.


Bobby Bruce & Bam: The Secrets of Hip-Hop Chess outline how this unique fusion came to pass and the lives Adisa Banjoko has been able to change through it. The book highlights his his ideas while  in teaching kids in St. Louis with Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA, his experiences fighting inner city school violence in The Bay Area and how rap music celebrate chess more than any other form of music on the planet.

To buy the book or download the PDF sampler for Bobby Bruce & Bam: The Secrets of Hip-Hop Chess now at www.bobbybruceandbam.com !

Monday, April 4, 2016

Hip-Hop Chess Federation Hosting DMC Bay Area DJ Battle!! ALL AGES EVENT!!!

HHCF is proud to announce we will be hosting the DMC DJ Battle in the Bay Area featuring some of the biggest and best DJ's !!! It is an ALL AGES event. We pride ourselves in having a ten year history of hosting family friendly events that educate and inspire young people. We love showing young people and parents how entertaining and informative Hip-Hop is. Of course there will be open chess tables and and dancers all in the building as well. We look forward to seeing you there. Special thanks for Christie Z Pabon and the good folks at Tools of War Jams for helping us make it happen!!

See you there April 22, 2016!!!!

Proven.com CEO Pablo Fuentes Donates Apple Computers to HHCF 2016 Summer Program!!



HHCF would like to thank www.proven.com CEO Pablo Fuentes for their donation of eight...yes 8 Mac Books for the upcoming Hip-Hop Chess Federation Summer Camp (go sign up NOW at www.hiphopchess.com- they get packed quick!!) . Now our performing arts and music program will have a totally new edge.

For the last few years we have struggled with having dated computers.  It is one of the main reasons that we have not been able to post regular video updates as we had planned. Last week I posted a photo of one of our dying PC's. He immediately reached out and said he had some Mac Books he could donate.

I went over to their offices in San Francisco and he and Eric Brown were stacking them up and giving me all the stuff I needed to get it going.

Pablo Fuentes is not just the CEO of Proven.com. He is also a student of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a lover of rap music and an amazing guitar player (check out this article on CEO's that train jiu-jitsu) . Over the last six years ago, Pablo has spoken on Panels to help inform and inspire HHCF kids. We want to thank Pablo and his staff for their kindness.

We hope that more technology and innovation companies in The Bay Area can follow Pablo's leadership skills in helping local organizations in the community to match their leadership in the technology space. The HHCF is working hard to meet the demands for our programs across The Bay Area and the country. If you know a person or a company in the technology field that you think would support and sponsor HHCF please have them email contact@hiphopchessfederation.org. We are a 501c3 non-profit.

WATCH: HHCF Expanding to North Carolina!!

               D'Juan Owens and Cody Maltais joined forces to help HHCF expand to NC!!

HHCF will be expanding to North Carolina!! With the help of Elevate MMA and D'Juan Owens they held an intro event in Durham, NC a few weeks back. In case you missed it, here are two pretty cool short videos that prove the fusion of Hip-Hop, chess and martial arts are for all people, of all backgrounds, all across America:

Video 1 ( a short vid explaining why we do what we do) made by Gene Kim

Video 2 (a lof of the rolling from that day and the youth) made by Beautiful by Design Art

Extra thanks to Cody Maltais of Elevate MMA, HHCF Southeast Regional Director Vince Bayyan and HHCF Raleigh Chapter Leader D'Juan Owens!!

Adisa Banjoko Interviewed on KPFA Radio about Bobby, Bruce & Bam: The Secrets of Hip-Hop Chess


Adisa Banjoko, author of the new book Bobby, Bruce & Bam: The Secrets of Hip-Hop Chess was recently interviewed on KPFA Radio by Davey D. The two talk about how the fusion of Hip-Hop, chess and martial arts came together through the work of Bobby Fischer, Bruce Lee and Afrika Bambaataa. It is the first radio interview the author has done. LISTEN HERE! For more about the book visit www.bobbybruceandbam.com . It is officially released April 10, 2016. 

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