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Hip-Hop Chess Federation Hosts Community Panel to Discuss
Hip-Hop and Violence
RZA of Wu-Tang Clan Sponsors HHCF Community Forum on Rap’s Role in Promoting Peace
July 18, 2016- San Francisco, CA - Due to the climate of violence in America the Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) is hosting a panel discussion on Hip-Hop and Violence. “HHCF has been fusing Hip-Hop, chess and the martial arts to help kids conquer violence for ten years. In the recent wave of violence in America and the around the world we are hosting a panel on how people art are using it to educate and inspire people to be more peaceful servants of our community.” August 6, from 2-6 PM at GM Services in association with HHCF located at 42660 Christy St. Suite B, Fremont, CA. This event is free for all ages!
Panelists include rapper Casual of Hieroglyphics, Sociology Instructor at Merritt College Dr. Charity Clay, rapper CMG of the pioneer woman's rap group Conscious Daughters and St. Louis Art Consultant Susan Barrett of Barrett Barrera Projects. A special MMA guest panelist will be named shortly.
After the panel there will be open chess gaming to be played by those who attend, Hip-Hop dance exhibitions and Brazilian jiu-jitsu exhibition matches as well. The organization's goal is to help individuals discover themselves and respect the humanity of others through the fusion of art and logic.
The event is being funded in large part by RZA actor and founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan. RZA is on the HHCF Board, a 501c3 nonprofit. RZA and Adisa have worked together in St. Louis promoting art as a path to peace to the youth during the St. Louis uprisings surrounding Mike Brown. Due to RZA’s heavy recording and film schedule he cannot attend this event but knows the importance of it. The work RZA and Adisa accomplished in St. Louis is detailed in Adisa’s new book Bobby, Bruce & the Bronx: The Secrets of Hip-Hop Chess.
Beyond the panel there will be exhibitions of Hip-Hop dance, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and open chess gaming.
“RZA supported us when few understood the importance of what we do. His kindness and consistence with HHCF is unparalleled” stated Adisa Banjoko. “ With so many weapons of war on American streets and in the world, there has never been a better time than now to be nonviolent. When I look at the streets of Minnesota, Louisiana and Dallas the one thing I’m sure of is that those choosing violence as a solution are not winning!! I don’t see anyone winning with violence right now. I see all sides in America losing. My faith in the power of innovating nonviolence has never been greater and the time has never been better than now to create more peace.”