Doing Good In The Hood: RZA and The Hip Hop Chess Federation

April 13, 2008 at 7:19 pm (Doing good in the hood, Hip Hop, Music, Video Games) (, , , , , , , )

Rapping, producing, film scoring, acting, and now chess? Is there anything Bobby Digital CAN’T do? Wu Tang clan founder and producer Robert Diggs, a.k.a. “The RZA” was one of several hosts at this past Saturday’s “Martial Arts as a Path to Nonviolence” panel, which was one of the many activities that took place during the Hip Hop Chess Federation’s “Mind over Matter Chess and Grappling Exhibition”, which was held in Menlo Park, CA. He was joined by chess icon Josh Waitzkin and Mixed Martial Arts Champion Ralex Gracie as they discussed how practitioners of chess and the martial arts are trained in ways to avoid violence.

The Hip Hop Chess Federation was founded in 2007 by author and lecturer Adisa Banjoko and Leo Librian. Its purpose is to make use of martial arts, chess, and hip hop as a means to steer inner city youth away from nonviolence. Past events have included hip hop figures such as Immortal Technique, DJ QBert, and Bay area rapper San Quinn.

On a side note, Xbox Live players (well at least those who own the Xbox Live Arcade Game Chessmaster) can join the action and download new chess boards and even compete for various prizes.

Source: Allhiphop.com
Hip Hop Chess Federation

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