Adisa Banjoko

#42 The Hip-Hop Vatican: Afrika Bambaataa & Betrayal Pt. 1

Afrika Bambaataa (R) was accused of molesting Ronald Savage aka Bee Stinger (L) when Savage was a young teenager. After telling the press he never knew Bee Stinger, it was was proven that in fact he had known Savage and done events with him in the early 1980's. If Bam would lie about knowing Savage, what else would he be untruthful about? Photo courtesy of www.clutchmagazine.com . 

Afrika Bambaataa (R) was accused of molesting Ronald Savage aka Bee Stinger (L) when Savage was a young teenager. After telling the press he never knew Bee Stinger, it was was proven that in fact he had known Savage and done events with him in the early 1980's. If Bam would lie about knowing Savage, what else would he be untruthful about? Photo courtesy of www.clutchmagazine.com . 

 

Over the past few weeks Afrika Bambaataa founder of the Universal Zulu Nation (the oldest and up until now the most respected organization in Hip-Hop) was hit with a barrage of sexual abuse charges. They all came from grown men who were abused allegedly as children by Bambaataa. At first it just seemed weird and hard to comprehend. Today the organization teeters on the brink of complete collapse. There is war and rumors of war all inside the Hip-Hop underground. Many individual rappers and rap groups who one might think would speak up, have remained silent as church mice. Some of those who have spoken up and out about the allegations against Afrika Bambaataa have been called government agents of COINTELPRO and attacked online.

Unfortunately, as time went on, it only got more and more weird. I was a member of the Universal Zulu Nation (UZN) since the early 1990's. I am from the first group of Bay Area Zulu Members. I wrote about my resignation from the organization and condemned the top tier leadership of the organization in a statement at www.hiphopchess.blogspot.com . After my resignation I got a lot of support from people inside the UZN. Shortly after artists like 9th Wonder and others all started to condemn the allegations and remove themselves from UZN.

 

As you might know, I had JUST DROPPED my book Bobby, Bruce & Bam: The Secrets of Hip-Hop Chess April 10th of this year. People were loving it, I had a great momentum- then thissss. I took Bam off the cover. I just had a new design made and the new ones should be ready within the next ten days.

The truth of the matter is that Bambaataa HAS NOT been charged to date. However, the accusations continue to climb and from all the chaos there is only one sure thing: The Universal Zulu Nation has a potentially corrupt founder and a sinister set of top tier leadership that enabled him in a Vatican style scenario. This story is still developing and only seems to be getting worse. Some of you may not know Afrika Bambaataa by name. But he is one of the core reasons anyone in the world knows Hip-Hop exists. This podcast is a serious conversation about what happened, its implications and

#38: Traxamillion & Ronnie Lee: The Evolution of Hip-Hop and Technology

R-L: Sound Engineer Malcolm Lee, Ronnie Lee Music, Traxamillion and The Bishop

R-L: Sound Engineer Malcolm Lee, Ronnie Lee Music, Traxamillion and The Bishop

This is a fun episode recorded at the Seven Trees Music Center in San Jose. It is ran by producer Ronnie Lee Music ( who teaches music production at the Underserved and Gifted program) and not far from San Jose's own Traxamillion. Here we talk about the technological and cultural evolution of how music was produced way back, and how it's made today. . . We talk about the life and death of hyphy and the rise of trap music. Trax even shares a poweruful story about how he met The Jacka. 

#35: Empire, Scandal, Gender and Race with Filmmaker Thembisa MShaka

This episode is one of the coolest in a long time. We speak with entertainment author and filmmaker Thembisa MShaka. We dig in deep on things we know you love. We're talking about TV shows like Scandal, Empire, Fresh off the Boat and much more. Thembisa and I take a look at how race and gender have evolved in television.  We also talk about how the biggest ways technology changed how we make and enjoy Hip-Hop. Prior to making films, Thembisa was one of the top ad writers for some of raps biggest campaigns including Nas, Lauryn Hill, Wu-Tang Clan and more. You will learn a lot and laugh while doing it. Buckle up BC family.

Legendary rapper Nas, Thembisa MShaka and Cha Cha when life was illmatic!

Legendary rapper Nas, Thembisa MShaka and Cha Cha when life was illmatic!

Adisa opens the show talking about his fear of flying and his experiences with the Oberlin Chess Team and the UConn Hip-Hop Collective.

Justis, Adisa and Jasmine at UConn Hip-Hop in Education Conference

Justis, Adisa and Jasmine at UConn Hip-Hop in Education Conference

Oberlin Chess Club after Hidden in Plain Sight: The History of Hip-Hop and Chess presentation

Oberlin Chess Club after Hidden in Plain Sight: The History of Hip-Hop and Chess presentation

#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 

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.


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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 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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Bishop Chronicles Episode 5: Lil Wayne Controversy, The Harlem Shake, Women in the UFC, Tech Interview w/ Ken Zi Wang

In episode 5 Adisa gets right into the middle of the Lil Wayne/Emmet Till controversy. Is Wayne taking things too far? Then we take a look at the Harlem Shake dance craze through the eyes of the people from Harlem (HINT: They are NOT fans of the dance craze). Next Adisa takes a good hard look at women in MMA. Is it sexist to not want to watch women cage fight? If you are a guy do you like to watch ladies duke it out? Finally, Adisa sits down to talk about tech trending tools with the CEO of Fandrop.com, Ken Zi Wang. 

The body of Emmett Till after his kidnap and murder by White Supremacists  

The body of Emmett Till after his kidnap and murder by White Supremacists  

Lil Wayne joked about making a female genitalia look like Emmett Till after aggressive intercourse. 

Lil Wayne joked about making a female genitalia look like Emmett Till after aggressive intercourse. 

Women in MMA. Are we ready for it? If we are not, are we sexist?

Women in MMA. Are we ready for it? If we are not, are we sexist?