Archive for the 'Hip-Hop' Category

Adisa Banjoko is known to The Chess Drum audience as the founder of the Hip-Hop Chess Federation, an educational initiative fusing chess, hip-hop and martial arts. Since starting the HHCF in 2007, he has hosted tournaments, taught in Bay Area schools and spoke at universities from coast-to-coast. worked on remarkable projects including his exhibits at […]

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Adisa Banjoko has been making moves amidst the showing of the mind-blowing hip hop exhibit at the Oakland Museum. More on that later. On July 29th, Banjoko was on panel discussion titled, “Protect Your Queen” which focused on hip hop, martial arts and the symbolism of protecting the Black woman (Queen). Banjoko dropped some pearls […]

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Jerald Times has been shuffling around the chess world for decades. He is known more as a coach than a player, but he has recently launched a new initiative with his inaugural “Hip Hop Chess Day” in the Bronx. Hip hop heads will know that the Bronx is where the roots of hip hop sprouted […]

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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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