#30: (Special Edition) Detroit Red and The Jacka: Lehigh University Lecture

Here is a special episode of the Bishop Chronicles. It is a lecture given by Adisa Banjoko at the Malcolm X 50 Conference at Lehigh University. It illustrates the connection between rap music culture and the Civil Rights, Black Power, NOI and 5% Nation movements. It goes onto show correlations between the early life of Malcolm X in his Detroit Red phase and the life of rapper The Jacka, who was recently murdered in Oakland, CA. OR WATCH HERE

Adisa Banjoko preparing to deliver Lecture at Lehigh on Malcolm X and Hip-Hop.

Zumbi from Zion I Talks Hip-Hop, Tai Chi, UFC and more!

Zumbi from the rap crew Zion I is one of the best rappers living in the bay today. Their dope beats and positive, fun, wise lyrics have taken them across the globe. Along his travels Zumbi has studied deeply, the art of Ta Chi, Buddhism and African Traditional spirituality. We specifically talk about Zion I's 2012 Shadowboxing release and where he was at psychologically and philosophically. 

In this episode we talk about the impact of those studies on his art, the general state of Hip-Hop and how it impacts race relations in America . We also talk about the impact of Kung-Fu films affected so many in the Hip-Hop community (especially Black men) Plus we talk about race in the UFC, Jonnny "Bones" Jones cocaine situation and what that means for the UFC. 

From there we talk about everything from pros and cons of the vegan lifestyle,  as well as other health and diet methods. Zumbi also shares his favorite Kung-fu films as well as his thoughts on Bobby Shmurda and the impact of mainstream radio on young minds.

It goes down heavy in this episode. So if you are super sensitive and can't deal with the real go somewhere else. This is BC where its our job to make sure you #LearnSomethingNew 

#27: Charlie Hebdo

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SPECIAL REPORT: Adisa takes takes a serious look at the terror attacks in Paris at the Charlie Hebdo offices. The discussion looks at the unnecessary violence, the responsibilities of free speech and the easiest path to peace looking ahead.

Arthur Chu "Trolls and Martyrdom: Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie": http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/01/09/trolls-and-martyrdom-je-ne-suis-pas-charlie.html

People of the Book, by Zachary Karabell http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People_of_the_Book

Golden Age of the Moor, by Ivan Van Sertima http://www.amazon.com/Golden-Moor-Journal-African-Civilizations/dp/1560005815

The Immortal Game, by David Shenk http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immortal_Game

Correction: in the podcast, Adisa refers to Arthur Chu as David Chu. Our apologies.

UFC 182: The Superior Strategy of Jon Jones + Interview with D'Juan Owens, Dr. Peter Goldman and Carley Gracie

Jonny "Bones" Jones gave a dominating performance in UFC 182. Cormier came in with everything he had. He had moments of immense power, and he did real damage. But it simply was not enough. In this episode we look at some of the tactical and psychological elements of his strategy to remain unbroken.

 Jon Jones remains unbroken.

Jon Jones remains unbroken.

 

Then we talk to MMA fighter D'Juan "Dirty South" Owens. This man is a living archetype on the the fusion of martial arts, chess and Hip-Hop. This is a truly mind blowing and inspirational interview.

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R to L MMA Fighter D'Juan Owens, Adisa Banjoko of Bishop Chronicles and Dr. Peter Goldman

After that, we check in with Dr. Peter Goldman of www.sfgoldman.com about healthy ideas and concepts you can use to start the year with a greater sense of authentic wellness.

 Clark Gracie with his father Carley and his brother Ralston

Clark Gracie with his father Carley and his brother Ralston

 

From there we talk with the one and only Carley Gracie, "The Lion of the Gracie Family" and his sons Clark and Ralston. We talk about the benefits of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, pressures growing up as a Gracie, how the art first came to the USA and concepts behind the mysterious and immensely beneficial Gracie Diet. #LearnSomethingNew

LISTEN to rapper Kalhi (who introduced me to Ralson at the Chess Kings Invitational) kill it on this amazing song about Chess and Jiu-Jitsu called A Technical Flow: https://soundcloud.com/bishopchronicles/a-technical-flow-kalhi-feat

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Jiu-Jitsu, Hip-Hop and Meditation: The Metamoris Episode + EXCLUSIVE with Ralek Gracie

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Adisa Banjoko, Denny Prokopos, Purple Yin Poison and Rakaa Irsicience

In this episode of Bishop Chronicles Adisa interviews Denny "300" Prokopos from 10th Planet Jiu- Jitsu in SF, alongside legendary Dilated Peoples MC, Rakaa Iriscience . I've been friends and fans of these guys for a long time. When Rakaa told me he was coming to town (doing shows for their new slamming album Directors of Photography) , I knew we had to make this one happen.

 

They talk about two of their favorite things: Jiu-Jitsu and Hip-Hop. It all begins talking about the cultural power of the Metamoris event created by  Ralek Gracie. He masterminded a top tier, submission only grappling event that has changed the way many of us look at jiu-jitsu, grappling and MMA. This conversation was no-holds-barred and so a lot of touchy things get brought up. Should all tournaments be sub only? Is there a place for points and advantages in the competition space? The rules of Jiu-Jitsu continue to evolve, what is working and what's not?

After that, we look at the role of meditation as it relates to our Jiu-Jitsu training, art, and life in general. Adisa shares the true roots of the Iron Hook Scroll, Denny talks about how Kundalini yoga affected how he saw Jiu-Jitsu and Rakaa shares how meditaion practices given to him by his father help him develop today as a rapper.

 Denny Prokopos, Rakaa Irsicience and Purple Yin Poison after rolling and recording.

Denny Prokopos, Rakaa Irsicience and Purple Yin Poison after rolling and recording.


 

If that was not enough, we have a short interview with Ralek Gracie at the closing of the episode. We hope you have fun and learn as much as we did from one another in making this podcast.

Shoutout to : CTRL Industries, Dstryrsg.com, Heroes Martial Arts, Open Mat Radio (my fam right there!), On The Mat.com SF Goldman.com, Eddie Goldman and NHB News, and most of all, YOU. PEACE

Bill Cosby: Psycho Dad

Bill Cosby has been hit with more rape allegations in the last month than any celebrity I can think of in my entire life. I have never liked Bill Cosby though. I have always believed he was one of the biggest hypocrites and arrogant judges of Black America. In the wake of this avalanche of growinf allegations, there is much to reflect on in the man we now know as, Psycho Dad*.

*Yes I know he did not go to court yet. Dudes still trippin'.

Also, I got pulled over by the cops just the other day in a car with no tags in a car I've been trying to fix and a suspended license (I need to pay this ticket for real). The experience made me reflect more deeply on cops and average citizens in America. Be prepared to think differently.

Ferguson, America, Race and Reality PLUS: Exclusive Talk from RZA to Incarcerated Youth!

 Ferguson, America, Race and Reality PLUS: Exclusive Talk from RZA to Incarcerated Youth!

RZA and Adisa Banjoko visit the St. Louis Chess Club after speaking to incarcerated youth and visiting the World Chess Hall of Fame. Adisa Banjokoserved as Education Consultant and lead researcher for the Living Like Kings Exhibit (open now till April 26th 2015).

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SPECIAL EPISODE: RZA, Emilio Rivera of Sons of Anarchy On HHCF Chess Kings Invitational Panel


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RZA of Wu-Tang Clan Successfully Defends Hip-Hop Chess King Title 

Suggests A Fusion Math & Music Can Help Educators Reach Youth

Hip-Hop Chess Federation Declares RZA Winner of HHCF Chess Kings Invitational


Los Angeles, CA 2/26/14- The Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) is proud to announce that RZA retained his title at the Chess Kings Invitational , a celebrity chess tournament, Sunday Feb 16th 2014. The event was part of a high level submission only jiu jitsu tournament called KO Finisher. The 8 man tournament included Actor Emilio Rivera of Sons of Anarchy, MMA Fighter Ralek Gracie, Rakaa Iriscience from Dilated Peoples, Hip-Hop producer Shafiq Husayn, LA Chessboxing Champion Andrew McGregor, Rugged Monk of Black Knights and Adisa Banjoko.  


Hip-Hop Chess Federation Founder, Adisa “The Bishop” Banjoko stated “The HHCF would like to congratulate RZA on winning the 2014 Chess Kings Invitational. RZA defended his title with the focus of a Shaolin Monk. Additionally, our Mind Over Matter panel proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that educators, artists, chess and martial arts can benefit at-risk teens and kids through sharing new ideas. “ RZA and the HHCF raised 5k to benefit an after school chess program at Santee High School in South Central Los Angeles. The program is expected to launch in the next few weeks.


The  Mind Over Matter panel featured RZA, actor Emilio Rivera from Sons of Anarchy, Dr. Martin Gomez Principal of Santee High, Dr. Sergio Flores Director of Partnership for LA Schools, Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples, and LA Chessboxing Champion Andrew McGregor. The panelists discussed how Hip-Hop, chess and martial arts can lead American youth to unity, strategy and nonviolence. FULL AUDIO OF RZA’s talk on the Mind Over Matter Panel can be heard in its entirety at The Journey Podcast . 

LISTEN HEREhttp://thejourneypodcast.com/portfolio/special-episode-mind-over-matter/

RZA, who also serves as the Director of Outreach for HHCF stated “It was an honor to do battle and emerge victorious at the Chess Kings Invitational in LA. It was great to share ideas on blending music and math to reach the youth. I believe the conversations on our panel can open some peoples eyes.We hope to share the educational power of fusing Hip-Hop, chess and martial arts with even more people next year. “


In related news, the HHCF recently released Street Games Vol. 1 hosted by DJ Rob Flow and A-Plus of Hieroglyphics. Street Games Vol. 1 is a profanity free mixtape about the connections between Hip-Hop Chess and martial arts. It includes A Technical Flow by Kalhi feat. UFC coach Ryron Gracie,  64 Squares in the Cipher by Sunspot Jonz, Zumbi and Rakaa IriscienceThe Chess Clock by Quadir Lateef and Jasiri X, and The Maurice Piece, a tribute to the first Black Grandmaster of chess, Maurice Ashley.


For more information on HHCF visit www.facebook.com/hiphopchess  or follow on Instagram @realhiphopchess.


SPECIAL THANKS to our sponsors: www.ctrlindustries.comwww.studioannecarltonchess.com, www.uschess.org,  www.openmatradio.com,www.thechessdrum.netwww.chess.comwww.lachessclub.comwww.dstryrsg.com Jupiter Jiu Jitsu and www.timbuk2.com !


About Hip-Hop Chess Federation: The Hip-Hop Chess Federation is the first nonprofit 501(c)3 to fuse music, chess and martial arts to promote unity, strategy and nonviolence. They host celebrity chess events and panels of life strategies for at-risk, gang impacted and gang intentional youth. Artists like RZA and GZA from Wu-Tang Clan, The Jacka, Immortal Technique, Asheru,  Zion I, DJ Qbert, Dilated Peoples, Hieroglyphics and many others have participated in their events. Founder Adisa Banjoko has presented at Harvard University and World Chess Hall of Fame on how chess, martial arts and music promote peace in the streets in 2013. Visit their official website at www.hiphopchessfederation.org .

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Episode 23: Mike Relm and Adisa Banjoko Look at 2013

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Adisa Banjoko and Mike Relm look at 2013 from front to back. From the passing of Nelson Mandela and Paul Walker, to Kendrick Lamar, to Ronda Rousey shutting up any doubters, Scandal, Real Husbands of Hollywood...Its a great fun show. We're glad to have you with us. Happy New Year!!!! 

 

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Episode 22: Adisa Talks About Being Awake During Surgery, His Addiction to TV, How a Roller Coaster Almost Killed His Wife, Jay Z & Barneys + The Dark Side of Jiu Jitsu

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SHOW MENU: Surgery from start to 15:00 Roller Coaster Chaos 17:30 Great TV (Walking Dead, Scandal, Mindy Project, Brooklyn nine nine) 20:30 Jay Z and Barneys and Macys 33:18 Palhares and the Dark Side of Jiu Jitsu 44:40  

 After a few weeks down, we are back. Long story short, Adisa had a small tumor in his forehead he had removed. It took longer to heal than he had anticipated. But he's up and at em today! He gives a pretty spooky, but interesting tale about getting his surgery. He also talks about how he took is wife to Great America to ride Goldstriker and he thought she was having a stroke.  Then we talk about his favorite TV shows. From Walking Dead, Scandal, to The Mindy Project and more we talk about why these shows are working. Then we talk about Jay Z, racial profiling accusations at Barneys and Macy's then we talk about some of the DARK SIDE of jiu jitsu. Its out there...Buckle up. This one here is a good ride. Plus new music from HHHCF Street Games Vol. 1 is at the end of the show.

 

 

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Episode 21: I Bought GTA V for my Son...am I a Bad Parent? Chris Brown Snitching on Jay Z?! WHY? HIV Breakout in Porn + Jon Jones Last UFC Fight

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This week we look at the wild ways of the world these days. First we start with GTA V. I bought it for my 15 year old son and now I'm conflicted a bit about my status as a responsible father. How do we as parents manage their gaming and balancing it with REAL LIFE?! Learn some of my methods on this show. Then we look at the HIV breakout in the porn game (super sad). Plus, a look at Jon Jones last fight. Do you HAVE to beat the champ to BE the champ?

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Episode 20: MLK Jr.'s Shattered Dreams, Hip-Hop, Nonviolence & Syria + My War Against Child Brides

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In this episode we look at the anniversary of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and ask the burning question "WTF happened to nonviolence in America?" 

Then we look at the little known connection between Hip-Hop and the nonviolent movement MLK Jr. began. Few understand that rap music carried the torch of nonviolence more than any other form of music on earth. 

 

After that we take a quick look at U.S., and Syria. This show was recorded a few days before Russia cut the deal with Syria to turn over weapons.  Then we look at the global cancer of child brides and begin to look into how we can stop it. 

 

Episode 19: IS Kendrick Lamar the King of NY ? +The History of Battle in Hip-Hop

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No rapper on earth has caused as much excitement and anger in the game as Kendrick Lamar. We just talked about him a few weeks back celebrating his courage in speaking up against the use of Molly.  

Well the other week he did a cameo in a song with Big Sean called Control and in it he attacked most of the top level rap industry guys. He listed the following rappers by name in this song as being people he was better than: J Cole, Big KRIT, Wale, Pusha T, Meek Millz, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electronica, Tyler (the Creator) and Mac Miller. He further stated that he was the King of NY (remember, this kids from Compton) and he basically said if you were not Jay Z, Nas, Eminem or Andre 3000 he did not even consider you on his level.  

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What Kendrik Lamar has done is bring rap back to its deeply competitive roots. That was the nature of battle raps before the emergence of "beef" (real violence rooted in rap battles) . We look at the history of battle raps in Hip-Hop, the importance of it and how Kendrick is forcing people to rethink WHY they do rap music. Further its making fans rethink what they expect artistically from the rappers they love.

Also, the wave of memes created by this one song is arguably unmatched.

We also talk about how a lot of NY rappers left their core root of style and how this has hurt them over the years.  IS he the king of NY?

After that, we have a serious talk about the 40th birthday of Hip-Ho being disputed by some...We will take a look at what the REAL birthday of Hip-Hop and ask ourselves, how much does it matter? Buckle up. Its about to get serious... My FAV response to Kendrick is Quadir Lateef.

Episode 18: Chris Brown Falling Out Like Rappers? Hip-Hop turns 40 years old, Why Kids Need to Code + The Real Reason Ronda Rousey is Fighting Miesha Tate Again (yawn)

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 CB fell out with seizures in the studio. You think he's on that syrup? Just maybe... 

CB fell out with seizures in the studio. You think he's on that syrup? Just maybe... 

 I'm gonna watch this fight, but I'm not really excited. There is a very simple reason why, but its not what you might think. 

I'm gonna watch this fight, but I'm not really excited. There is a very simple reason why, but its not what you might think. 

Technology dsicussion: WE need to be teaching American kids to code, just like we want them to read and know math. One site in particular seems pretty awesome CODE ACADEMY !! The art of coding is not only important to technology, I believe its important to the future of the American economy. 

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Hip-Hop 40 - 4:40

Kids & Computing - 16:00

The REAL Ronda Rousey & Miesha Tate are fighting AGAIN

Episode 17: Why is Spike Lee on Kickstarter? Kanye Wrote Best Rap Verse of All Time? I Don't Think So!! Plus, we interview Chris Corrales on Health & the Art of Structural Integration

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Kanye says the second verse of New Slaves is the best verse of all time. Not for him, but of all rap. We here at The Bishop Chronicles love Kanye as a producer, respect him as a rapper- but that's just crazy talk. We give two prime examples in the new issue here.

Later we talk about Spike Lee on Kickstarter and what is says about Spike and Hollywood. Jay Z and Belafonte having beef as well as the horrific wave of bad tattoos around the world.

 

After speaking on that and more, we interview Chris Corrales of www.medicinevoluton.com about alternative health methods. He does Structural Integration also known as Rolfing. It has amazing impact on how the body feels and operates. On top of that, he's got a crazy jiu jitsu history that will take you from San Diego, to The Bay, Brazil, Abu Dhabi and back!!  

 

 Chris Corrales breaks down structural integration aka Rolfing. It helps the body function more fully.

Chris Corrales breaks down structural integration aka Rolfing. It helps the body function more fully.

Special Episode 15.5: Trayvon Martin and the Reflections of A Black Father

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In the shadow of all the racial and political posturing since verdict of the George Zimmerman, one thing has been lost. The discussion about a father losing his son. Here, Adisa Banjoko talks frankly about the fears, frustrations and faith a Black American father must have in 2013.  

 More than Black and White, more than Republican and Democrat- we are missing the story of a father and his son.  

More than Black and White, more than Republican and Democrat- we are missing the story of a father and his son.  

Episode 15: Top 10 Mistakes BJJ Fighters Make in MMA + Chessboxing Filmmaker David Bitton

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What a show. We talk about the sad loss of Anderson Silva, jiu jitsu icon Roger Gracie and the nature of entertainment and warrior psychology in the UFC. We also start looking at Jiu Jitsu in MMA and a few reasons BJJ guys have come up short in the cage as of late.  

We also talk with David Bitton about his new kickstarter film Chessboxing The King's Discipline   You will learn a lot about why this film needs to be funded!!

Episode 14: Diddy 'Bout to Clock A Billion with Revolt TV + Exclusive Talk with Royce Gracie + NBC's Scott Budman on the Bitcoin (the dollar went digital y'all)

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Why Diddy and Revolt TV Matter 1:19- 15:19

UFC Legend Royce Gracie Interview 32:35

NBC 11's Scott Budman Interview on Bitcoin digital currency 40:40  

 

 Diddy has made the biggest news in Hip-Hop history and the estimates say its worth a billions dollars. But really, its bigger than that. Listen and find out why. 

Diddy has made the biggest news in Hip-Hop history and the estimates say its worth a billions dollars. But really, its bigger than that. Listen and find out why. 

 Diddy just signed a deal with Time-Warner that everybody says is gonna make him a BILLION dollars if it goes right

 The dollar just went digital like the MP3!! So the question is, where is yours and how do you get it? The money is real and the government is hot under the collar to stop it. 

The dollar just went digital like the MP3!! So the question is, where is yours and how do you get it? The money is real and the government is hot under the collar to stop it. 

We talk with NBC 11's Tech Anchor Scott Budman about the rise of the bitcoin.  We tell you how you get it and the mystery behind where it came from. We will also tell you why the government is so mad about it.

Then we give you an EXCLUSIVE interview with UFC legend, Royce Gracie!!! This is an action-packed show you cannot miss if you want to be up on the realness.  

 

Episode 13: Jay Z and Samsung Take Everything to the Next Level, 2 Chainz Gets Jacked, A Pimps Redeption and Mark Weinstein Talks Internet Privacy

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 Jay Z is killing the game, AGAIN. 

Jay Z is killing the game, AGAIN. 

This episode moves faster than a freight train. We open talking about Kanye West and Kim Kardashians new baby, we move from there to look at how Jay Z has taken mantle over as king of all big business in Hip-Hop. He has truly replaced MC Hammer as he redifines what it means to be a businessman in Hip-Hop. After the viewing of the Maga Carta Holy Grail ad on TV during the NBA Finals, there can simply be no question about his place in the game. 

From there we take a look at the 2 Chainz attempted jacking in SF and a deeper look at the history of rappers getting gaffled in The Bay. DJ Quik could have told him how it was in The Bay, but there is a cultural shift in industry business that has cut off mainstream rappers from the communities that buy their music. Lean back and learn something! 

 Legendary pimp and author Iceberg Slim and his partner in crime Partytime. How does a pimp gain redemption after all the pain they have caused? Iceberg knows.

Legendary pimp and author Iceberg Slim and his partner in crime Partytime. How does a pimp gain redemption after all the pain they have caused? Iceberg knows.

From there we take a look at the deeper elements of author Iceberg Slim and ask the question "Can there ever be redeption for a pimp?" His work gave birth to the Blaxploitation films of the 70's, and was the motivation for artists like Ice T, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Jay- Z and Cash Money Record founders Baby and Slim. Was there more to Iceberg than meets the eye? Cash Money Content is currently owns the bulk of Ice Berg Slims work and is selling it to a new generation of young people. How might this affect those hyponotized by the "pimp life"? From there we end with a fantastic interview with CEO of Sgrouples.com Mark Weinstein having a serious talk about privacy and whats really at stake for the American public.  

 Mark Weinstein of Sgrouples.com talks about the deeper elements behind the NSA and FBI looking into your personal, digital world. 

Mark Weinstein of Sgrouples.com talks about the deeper elements behind the NSA and FBI looking into your personal, digital world.