Hip-Hop Chess Fed holds Graffiti Contest

Chess Graffiti in Brighton, England

Chess Graff in Brighton, England, United Kingdom

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Hip-Hop Chess Federation Announces 1st HHCF Graffiti Contest…
Winner Gets Autographed Chessboard by
Multi-platinum Artists and Chess Icon

August 16th 2010, San Jose, CA: The Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) announced via Twitter that it is hosting a graffiti art contest. HHCF founder Adisa Banjoko stated “We love graffiti art and we support all the men and women who put their souls on the wall for the world to see. We believe that graffiti art is the visual language of the streets and we support its elevation and preservation. Hip-Hop artists from Eric B & Rakim, Fat Joe, Pharcyde, Dilated Peoples and tons of others participate in or support graff. People used to say it wasn’t even art. Today graffiti is used by global clothing, food, technology and entertainment brands across the planet. Its impact cannot be ignored.This contest is an attempt to help young artists showcase their skills and help them share it with the world.”

That said, the Hip-Hop Chess Federation is proud to announce the 1st HHCF Graff Contest. To participate do the following:

  1. Get a black Sharpie and “tag” or “throw up” the word CHESS and add a CHARACTER to it on a 8 1/2 by 11 piece of paper.
  2. Take a photo of it or scan it and email to: bishop@hiphopchessfederation.org.
    HHCF will post as many as we can (we can’t promise to post them all) here on the HHCF blog www.hiphopchess.blogspot.com! Then five finalists will have their submissions posted up and people can VOTE on their favorite “tag” or “throw up”.

THE WINNER OF THE 1st HHCF GRAFF CONTEST WILL WIN: An official HHCF chess board autographed by platinum rappers RZA and GZA from the Wu-Tang Clan, Rakaa from Dilated Peoples and chess legend Josh Waitzkin. THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED SEPT. 30th 2010!!! Be sure to follow us at www.twitter.com/hiphopchess to be part of the discussion.

IMPORTANT RULES: If you use any other color than BLACK, you will be disqualified. If you use a paper BIGGER than 8 1/2 by 11, you will be disqualified. If you have the word CHESS but NO CHARACTER, you will be disqualified. NO DIGITAL GRAFF SUBMISSIONS ALLOWED.

ABOUT HHCF: The Hip-Hop Chess Federation is the worlds first organization to fuse music, chess and martial arts to promote unity, strategy and non-violence. They host celebrity chess tournaments, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu showcases host panels where chess masters rappers and fighters can talk to kids about life strategies. They also host events to encourage mind and body balance in youth and teens around the world. HHCF also works to stop bullying in schools, resolve gang conflicts and promote peace on the streets.

PAST HHCF PARTICIPANTS

RZA and GZA from the Wu-Tang Clan, Rakaa, author Marilyn Yalom, Jean Hoffman of 9 Queens, MMA Star Ralek Gracie, T-KASH, Denny “300” Prokopos, Alan “Gumby” Marques, Sann Quinn, Mike Relm, Balance, Def Poet Amir Sulaiman, Casual from Hiero, Sunspot Jonz, Conscious Daughters, MC Melina Jones, Pam The Funkstress from The Coup, Kung Fu Master Don Kiolbassa, DJ QBert, Immortal Technique and many others.


HHCF:www.hiphopchess.blogspot.com

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.

One Comment

  1. Yall makin them “STUPID MOVES”!!! Its beautiful to see stronger creative work in the chess world, particularly for an ULTRAMODERNIST who grew up as a teen in the early 80s when rap music was fighting the good fight to make it in the music industry, actually i have emulated that same fight in the chess world and much of what im doing is taken directly from the methods used by the rap generation here in the United States. In the chess world, historically, most of the relavent ideas in chess come from “the top down” ( vishy, topy, vladim, theses guys), now the most relavent idea has come from the “bottom up” (ULTRAMODERNISM) , now anyone with a computer and those who have embraced this afrocentric concept of the transboard knight idea can be successful in their tounaments, many of their top guys are losing games to “lower players”. This vision yall brothers puttin down is off the charts! and i must say yall the real SUPERGENIUSES! haha GRAFFITI! whodathunkit!!! this stuff we doing in the chess world at the moment is clearly on a much lower level and UM sure in time we as a chess community will come to realize this. Peace.

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