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The Art of Chess and Business (a short keynote)

Audio from  The Art of Chess and Business given at San Jose City Hall to more than 300 teens in the silicon valley: 

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June 14th Keynote: The Art of Chess and Entrepreneurship

Adisa Banjoko will be speaking June 14th in San Jose to teens about technology and strategy.  

What: The Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services’ (PRNS) 

Youth Commission hosts the 6th Annual Citywide Youth Conference. 

When: Friday, June 14, 2013 
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Where: San José City Hall Rotunda 
 200 East Santa Clara Street 
 San José, CA 95113 
Who: 300 high school students throughout San José 
Norberto Duenas, Deputy City Manager, City of San José 
Kansen Chu, Councilmember, District 4 
Ash Kalra, Councilmember, District 5 
Donald Rocha, Councilmember, District 9 
Johnny Khamis, Councilmember, District 10 

Background: 

The 2013 Youth Conference theme of “Dream It, Live It”, will focus on the

unbridled spirit of entrepreneurship, with a goal to educate, empower and

inspire youth to pursue future endeavors of building a successful business.

 The conference connects our future generation with some of San José’s

prominent leaders and successful business owners.

By choosing the topic of entrepreneurship, the Youth Commission hopes to
motivate the next generation to actively pursue opportunities in business, in
order to create a robust economy for their city, state and nation.
 The conference is fully developed and implemented by the Youth
Commissioners and is centered on empowering our future generation to be
leader of our local communities and beyond. Teens from all different walks of
life actively participate in workshops, discussions, debates and hands-on
learning that have a direct impact on their daily lives. In addition to workshops
correlating to the annual theme, the conference is attended by elected
 Citywide Youth Conference  officials, local leaders and business owners who fully support the
 Commission’s vision of playing a vital role in shaping the future of San José
and our nation. 

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services’ Youth
Commission is an appointed body of eleven youth, 14 - 21 years of age, and
is modeled after the San José City Council. They are recognized as the
official youth advisory group to the City Council and the Department of Parks,
Recreation and Neighborhood Services. Youth Commissioners are involved
with policy recommendatiions concerning youth and support the development
of youth who desire to serve their community through active civic participation
and constructive decision-making. 

*** MEDIA INTERVIEWS ***
Local media is invited to attend the conference to interview Youth
Commissioners and available speakers immediately following opening
remarks on Friday, June 14, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

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'93 Til Hieroglyphics Series, Scott Budman and Diamond Shakoor

Happy New Year! We are excited to share with you a show that is exciting to us. If you know rap history you know that there are a few rap crews who get named off top: Run DMC, Public Enemy, NWA, De La Soul or  A Tribe Called Quest. 

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Tajai L and Adisa R 

Another one of those crews, is the mighty Hieroglyphics crew from Oakland, CA.Hieroglyphics is a collective of MC's. Their members include Del, Souls of Mischief, Casual, Pep Love, DJ Toure and Domino. They burst onto the the scene in the early 1990's and were revered and feared for having the ability to do what very few could. They could make amazing songs, plus battle anybody and come out on top. In 1993 the Souls of Mischief Crew dropped the album " '93 Til Infinity" and made the most hardcore critics of rap take note. Even within rap, many east coast magazines were snobbish of West coast rap crews. Hiero pretty much shut them all up. Especially "'93". 

LISTEN TO A SAMPLE CLIP OF THE INTERVIEW HERE

The album was visual, the beats were warm and jazzy. It had very street but also comedic without being clownish. Above all, it was original beyond measure. I was pretty shocked to see that no song from the album made it to the Rolling Stone Top 50 Rap Songs list ( they disrespected the west coast on that list). But that will be an entirely different show!! 

This show- is all Hiero.  2013 is the 20th anniversary of the release of '93 til Infinity . I'm proud to say that I am the first journalist to feature Del for The Source and shortly after I did a feature on Hiero for RapPages. 

I watched these guys build an empire. I watched them be one of the first rap groups to use the internet and start touring, selling merchandise and move units. In fact, for the next few weeks, we will have one member a week on the show. Each member is worthy of their own time and they will get it here on The Bishop Chronicles. 

First up from Hieroglyphics, we have Tajai (follow him on Twitter @TajaiMassey) . In this interview we talk about the culture of Oakland rap prior to the rise of Hieroglyphics. We will set the stage for you and show you where people got their records, did shows, ate, went to school, and how they recorded music before the age of protools. 

We also talk about Tajai's first experience looking at the politics of the rap industry and how he balanced going to Stanford University as he wrote classics as well as how he feels college affected the future of his own life and the group. He is currently attending a Masters program at UC Berkeley. 

Additionally, we will speak with NBC technology news anchor Scott Budman (follow him on Twitter @scottbudman). We talk in depth about the state of the Silicon Valley, the start up game and tech companies making it easier for small businesses to thrive. Then we talk to female chess prodigy Diamond Shakoor. Put on your crash helmet, buckle your seat belt, and put your mouth piece in- because its about to go down.

NBC 11 technology anchor Scott Budman gives us the realness on the national climate of tech culture. 

NBC 11 technology anchor Scott Budman gives us the realness on the national climate of tech culture. 

Diamond Shakoor is a rising star in the chess game. Mike and I met her in St. Louis and had a powerful conversation with her and her father. Very inspiring.

Diamond Shakoor is a rising star in the chess game. Mike and I met her in St. Louis and had a powerful conversation with her and her father. Very inspiring.