Monday, August 20, 2018
HHCF is proud to announce The Cloud Scroll: Closed Guard Sweeps, Pins & Submissions. This book is a companion to The Iron Hook Scroll written in 2013 (which included amazing finishing holds like the dreaded "Thug Nation" shoulder lock . It is a book Adisa The Bishop wrote 4 years ago but was lost. In May of this year Adisa almost passed away from a bacterial infection. Among other things, he was sad he was about to die a brown belt. As soon as he got out of the hospital he told his instructor Alan "Gumby" Marques his plans to train harder and get consistent back on the mats. He later called Denny Prokopos and told him about his reluctant idea to release the Cloud Scroll. Denny suggested he do it because life is short. The Bishop agreed.
There are three videos that help the reader understand the positions. New video's will be forthcoming illustrating the other positions in The Cloud Scroll.
Saturday, August 4, 2018
We wanted to thank all the cool people who supported the RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom exhibit. It has been such a fantastic experience. Above you should see a cool interview from local KPIX station. Additionally, there was another story done by PBS Newshour. The PBS Newshour story is VERY cool. However, I was deeply disappointed to see that they did not acknowledge me as the creator and Guest Curator of the exhibit. Sadly, that has been a consistent issue for me as far as press has gone. I don't even think Susan Barrett and I are credited on the OMCA site for our work. You see our names in super fine print upon entering the exhibit. But on the site, and in the news our credit has been largely swept under the rug. The Sr. Curator, Rene deGuzman has been amazing in staying PERSONALLY consistent in crediting us. This appears to be more of a quiet institutional move inside the PR/Marketing/Social Media space. I guess I am too new to the curatorial space to understand how this happened through the duration of RESPECT: Style & Wisdom exhibit.
Finally, the most fun I had was in being on San Jose's Dad Bod Rap Pod. Give it a solid listen. I think you will find it both super fun and super informative.
Also, super shout out to Dr. Cari Borja for having Rene deGuzman, Eric Arnold, Mike Relm and I to the Apple Store in Union Square in SF to talk about our creative approach to the museum. It was super fun and gave us exposure to an older Hip-Hop curious crowd I did not know existed.
Much love to all our supporters. To our harsh critics, thank you for sharing your insights. I am very thankful to so much of the OMCA staff as well as all the contributors and artists who shared their art, knowledge and time to the exhibit. I am currently working on NEW projects that I hope to share with you soon.
WAIT!!! August 12th at Hello Stranger in Oakland 1724 Broadway, Oakland, CA we will be doing a closing party for the end of RESPECT. Please come through as we have DJ Platurn and some special guests coming to hit the set. Doors open at 9. We will also be debuting the RESPECT Mixtape made by DJ Platurn and epic Oakland scribe Eric Arnold.
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