Hip Hop Meets Chess to Combat Violence

Grab your chessboards if you love hip-hop!

By Scott Budman
|  Friday, Dec 9, 2011  |  Updated 4:18 PM PDT
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Hip Hop Meets Chess to Combat  Violence

We love chess!

Grab your chessboards if you love hip-hop...

Once again, the Bay Area-based Hip-Hop Chess Federation is back with another one of its terrific events, blending cool music, scholarship, and the game of kings.  Started by HHCF founder Adisa Banjoko, with help from rappers like Rza of Wu-Tang Clan, Raaka of Dilated Peoples, Casual from Hieroglyphics, and others, the event aims to bring kids together with their heroes to play chess.

It's that simple, but the results can be amazing.  By playing chess, kids learn about alternatives to violence, and like the game itself, they learn the importance of patience, and thinking about the consequences of a move. 

As Banjoko says, "The Bay has had a lot of violence and tension and we put this event together in hope of balancing the nagativity, with a wave of positivity."

If you're interested in playing or helping, the event is saturday the 10th at John O'Connell High School in San Francisco.  It runs from 10am to 2pm.

Come for the DJ .. stay for the chess.

Scott loves the board, and the mixer.  He’s on Twitter:  @scottbudman

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