HHCF @ Harvard University!

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 part of the 11th Annual Alumni of Color Conference at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The trip was sponsored by RZA of the Wu Tang Clan who assisted Banjoko due to his continuous support of the HHCF and its mission.


  1. I now have a much better understanding of what the three:
    Hip Hop, Martial Arts and Chess have in common.
    The subject is very intuitive and constructive.

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  3. Hip Hop aficionado Adisa Banjoko to moderate a panel discussion on chess, Hip Hop, and martial arts next month.

    The worlds of chess, Hip Hop, and even martial arts will combine next month for a one-of-a-kind presentation that will be sponsored and coordinated by The World Chess Hall of Fame on May 8 in St. Louis.

    Connoisseurs of each of the three art forms will be able to attend one of two presentations. The first will be held at the Innovative Concept Academy while the other will take place later that day at the Schlafly Branch of the St. Louis Public Library.

    Each presentation will be moderated by journalist and Hip-Hop Chess Federation founder Adisa Banjoko and will feature Dr. James Peterson, Mike Relm, Asheru, and Alan “Gumby” Marques as panelists.

    “These presentations will illustrate how chess and martial arts have been woven into the history of hip hop. Further, it will show how the blending of art, logic, and physical fitness guide young people to self-discovery, self-mastery, and nonviolence,” said Adisa Banjoko.

    Chess players, Hip Hop fans, and educators who cannot attend the St. Louis event can watch a live online stream of the panel. Details for the stream will be made available on the Hip-Hop Chess Federation’s Facebook page. For more information on The World Chess Hall of Fame’s St. Louis presentations visit WorldChessHOF.org.

    Video of Banjoko’s recent presentation on chess, Hip Hop, and martial arts at Harvard University can be found below.

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