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Words, Beats & Life, Inc. (WBL) has released another album, but this time it is chess-inspired. The album is called “Crowns” and contain 15 songs by a number of featured artists. Some of the songs are “ROOKie,” “Queens,” “Strata-G’s,” and Asheru’s “Chess Move.” The entire album is up on soundcloud, a music portal for budding […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PR Contact: Crystal Silva contact@hiphopchessfederation.org 888-588-4418 Author Removes Hip-Hop Pioneer Afrika Bambaataa from Book Cover and Changes Book Title Amid Abuse Allegations Controversial Rap Author Stands with Accusers Oakland, CA 6/09/16 – Three Lions Press is proud to announce that the author has chosen to take Afrika Bamabaataa’s name and image off […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PR Contact: Crystal Silva contact@hiphopchessfederation.org 888-588-4418 Bobby Bruce & Bam: The Secrets of Hip-Hop Chess Frame Impact of Bobby Fischer, Bruce Lee and Afrika Bambaataa in a New Light Innovative Book Connects Rap and Chess to Stop Violence and Improve Education Oakland, CA 3/9/16- Three Lions Press is proud to announce the […]

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The Hip Hop Chess Federation is expanding from their humble abode. The organization is now in seven schools with more in waiting. The HHCF is launching a fundraiser to help with expansion plans. As important as the growth is, it is just as important to meet the demand. Adisa Banjoko, HHCF founder has been working […]

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Hip-Hop Nonprofit Teaches the #ScienceofDope and it’s Not What You Think CONTACT: Marcus Moody, Senior Brand Manager of Words Beats & Life, Inc. 1525 Newton St., NW Washington DC 20010 (202) 667-1192 Wblinc.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE On Saturday, November 14th, D.C. Hip-Hop nonprofit, Words Beats & Life Inc., will host the 10th Anniversary of Bum […]

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For Immediate Release Contact: Meek Gaborski 888-588-4418 RZA Donates to Hip-Hop Chess Federation to Benefit Youth of St. Louis HHCF Board Member RZA Helps Launch Chess Initiativefor Juvenile Hall Students in St. Louis Nov. 1st 2015, St. Louis, MO- The Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) is proud to announce it has begun training St. Louis juvenile […]

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The Chess Drum caught up with Adisa Banjoko of the Hip Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) to discuss his new projects, the challenges, the successes and the organization’s sprawling new space for classes. The HHCF is on the move once again and has been progressive in trying to establish an fusion between different artistic expressions to […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PR Contact: Meko Gaborski 888-588-4418 contact@hiphopchessfederation.org Hip-Hop Chess Federation Founder Releases Sampler for New Book, “Chess Is Jiu-Jitsu for the Mind” January 26th, 2015 Los Angeles, CA – The Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) is happy to announce its Founder, Adisa Banjoko will be releasing a new book detailing the connections between Hip-Hop, […]

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Words, Beats & Life does chess and hip-hop better than ever! Bum Rush the Boards has opened up registration and invites every chess-head and future grandmaster to show off their skills in friendly competition and some hip-hop fun. Think of all the references to chess you hear in hip-hop music. Wu-Tang Clan, Jay Z, Public […]

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The World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis, Missouri has had a number of intriguing exhibits including “Queens” and the currently running exhibit, “A Memorable Life: A Glimpse into the Mind of Bobby Fischer”. There is an intriguing exhibit on display at the museum featuring the work of Ben Kaplan. The “Living Like Kings” […]

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Adisa Banjoko has a life which if it was a book would be an exciting drama/romance/thriller. That’s how rich his experiences have been. Having navigated through many turbulent times, but finding an outlet in hip-hop, Adisa knew that this genre possessed magical and mystical powers. He wrote two volumes of a book Lyrical Swords which […]

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Adisa Banjoko has had a vision since the founding of the Hip-Hop Chess Federation 2006 to present to the world a unique fusion of artforms. This unlikely combination of hip-hop, chess and martial arts has been a revelation to those who may only understand one of these arts… or none. Over the years, it has […]

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Adisa Banjoko of the Hip Hop Chess Federation penned an interesting essay titled, “Illusory Protection: Education & The Prison Industrial Complex”. This piece deals with his own experience as a security guard at John McConnell Elementary School and some of the disturbing trends he saw amongst Black and Latino students. Co-written with Arash Daneshzadeh, the […]

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HHCF Grand Opening!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PR Contact: Meek Gaborski contact@hiphopchessfederation.org Hip-Hop Chess Federation Celebrates Grand Opening of Community Center August 16th July 15, 2014 – San Jose, CA- The Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) is proud to announce it will host the Grand Opening of the HHCF Community Education Center. The event will take place Saturday August 16th […]

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For Immediate Release PR Contact: Meek Gaborski 1-888-588-4418 memg@hiphopchessfederation.org Hip-Hop Chess Federation Launches Chess & Life Strategies Classes at High School in South Central LA… UFC Vet Kenny Florian, Sons of Anarchy’s Emilio Rivera and Black Knights Join HHCF to Inspire At-Risk LA Teens Emelio Rivera (center) gives a stirring speech during the ‘Mind Over […]

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Emelio Rivera speakingduring the ‘Mind Over Matter’ panel. “Mind Over Matter” was the theme of the Hip Hop Chess Federation’s (HHCF) weekend of events which included an intriguing panel discussion. HHCF activities were held concurrent with the KO Finisher jiu jitsu tournament. RZA was the defending champions after winning his title in the inaugural tournament […]

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RZA repeats as HHCF King!

For Immediate Release PR Contact: Meek Gaborski 323-335-4497 memg@hiphopchessfederation.org RZA of Wu-Tang Clan Successfully Defends Hip-Hop Chess King Title… Suggests A Fusion Math & Music Can Help Educators Reach Youth… Hip-Hop Chess Federation Declares RZA Winner of HHCF Chess Kings Invitational Kings Battle! Los Angeles, CA 2/26/14- The Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) is proud to […]

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For Immediate Release PR Contact: Meek Gaborski 1-888-588-4418 memg@hiphopchessfederation.org Wu-Tang Clan Leader RZA Defends HHCF Title at Chess Kings Invitational in Los Angeles Hip-Hop Chess Federation Hosts Celebrity Chess Tournament to Help South Central LA Los Angeles, CA 11/13/14- The Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) is proud to announce that it will host its upcoming Chess […]

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PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday October 29, 2013 WHAT: 8th Annual Bum Rush the Boards Chess Tournament WHERE/WHEN: Saturday November 2nd, 10am-4pm at the Columbia Heights Recreation Center (1480 Girard Street, NW) ADMISSION: $10/player CONTACT: Mike Santini, 202.667.1192, mvp@wblinc.org, Kymone Freeman, 202.413.6160, freeman@weactradio.com BUM RUSH THE BOARDS ASKS THE QUESTION, “WHY AREN’T THERE CHESS […]

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Get ready! This is the moment we’ve been waiting for. Adisa Banjoko’s Hip Hop Chess Federation has released a teaser song on the upcoming “HHCF Street Games” mixtape for the organization. The compilation will showcase a variety of hip-hop artists on a chess-themed CD designed to popularize chess and the themes of life strategies and […]

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On the rest day of the 2013 U.S. Chess Championship, players, U.S. Championship commentators and staff from the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis (CCSCSL) visited the Innovative Concept Academy (1927 Cass Avenue) to attend an exhibition hosted by Adisa Banjoko’s Hip Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) called “Living the Game: The Powerful Fusion […]

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The Hip-Hop Chess Federation in conjuction withThe World Chess Hall of Fame presents the “Live the Game” HHCF Panel St. Louis Public Library, Schlafly Branch Schlafly meeting room… Wednesday, May 8th 4:00pm 1-888-588-4418 http://hiphopchess.blogspot.com/ Full Details here!! LIVE THE GAME consists of a group of national experts who will discuss how chess and martial arts […]

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Adisa Banjoko on point at Harvard University. Adisa Banjoko, founder of the Hip Hop Chess Federation (HHCF), presented to students at Harvard University “Living The Game: The Powerful Fusion of Hip-Hop & Chess”. The lecture detailed his philosophy of hip-hop chess which combines the lessons of hip-hop, martial arts and chess. The lecture was a […]

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According to Jake Paine’s article in hiphopdx.com, GZA’s “Liquid Swords” 4LP Box Set will be released with two CDs, liner notes and… a wooden chess set!! Most of the hip-hop world knows about GZA’s love for chess and he has included chess themes in many of his songs. However, he has decided to share two […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Meko Gaborski 888-588-4418 memg@hiphopchessfederation.org Rapper T-KASH Runs Marathon at Oakland Running Festival for the Cause of Non-violence & Education; T-KASH Drops Song I Run The Bay feat. Adisa Banjoko to Promote Mind & Body Balance March 6th 2013, Oakland, CA- The Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) is proud to announce that it […]

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