Hip-Hop Chess on point!

Adisa Banjoko

Hip- Hop Chess Federation’s Adisa Banjoko was featured on Bay area CBS affiliate speaking about his involvement with John O’Connell High School. Joe Vazquez reports. Banjoko has been organizing events around the themes of “life strategies” which encourages the youth to think about the decisions they are making in life. Chess is the dominant metaphor in the Hip-Hop Chess Federation’s initiatives, but martial arts and hip-hop culture are also a part. O’Connell’s Freddy Sanchez seems like a perfect subject. The organization has been covered extensively here at The Chess Drum.

Link: https://cbs5.com/education/hip.hop.chess.2.879635.html

Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

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    Hip-Hop Chess Federation Launches Life Strategy Pilot Program
    at San Francisco’s John O’Connell High School
    HHCF Teaches Class on Hip-Hop, Chess & Life Lessons

    December 4, 2008

    – San Francisco, CA – The Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) is proud to announce the launch of its Life Strategies pilot program at John O’Connell High School. The HHCF is the first non-profit organization to fuse music, chess and martial arts, to promote unity, strategy and non-violence to American youth. The HHCF pilot program will give boys and girls basic lessons in chess, philosophy and Hip-Hop history.

    Students involved with the Life Strategies pilot program will also get free copies of The Art of Learning, by best selling author and chess icon Josh Waitzkin. Additionally, students will receive their own copy of Ubisoft’s Chessmaster 11 video game to enhance their practical chess skill. The class will also have celebrity drop ins where the youth can meet and speak with rappers, MMA stars, chess masters.

    In the past, The Hip-Hop Chess Federation has hosted celebrity chess events for underserved youth to learn about the benefits of incorporating chess tactics into their life strategies. Past participants in HHCF events include RZA, GZA and Monk from Wu-Tang Clan, DJ QBERT, Immortal Technique, Rakaa from Dilated Peoples, Paris, T-KASH, Opio and Casual from Hieroglyphics, Balance, San Quinn, Jay The Butcher, Sunspot Jonz, Okwerdz, JT The Bigga Figga and MMA star Ralek Gracie among others.

    We are honored for John O’Connell’s staff and faculty allowing us to launch the Life Strategies pilot program here” said Hip-Hop Chess Federation founder and CEO, Adisa Banjoko. “There are countless studies from countries around the world that illustrate how chess improves math and reading skills. Chess, like music and martial arts is a universal language. We believe the HHCF’s blend of art, physical health and critical thinking is the perfect booster shot for the American education system.

    For more information on the Hip-Hop Chess Federation visit: http://www.hiphopchessfederation.org


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