Amoeblog

Zen And The Art Of Chess, By Way Of Hip-Hop: Bum Rush The Boards Brings Together Competitive Chess & Hip-Hop

Posted by Billyjam, April 24, 2008 09:31am | Post a Comment

Washington DC hip-hop organization Words Beats & Life (WBL) are preparing to present their third annual Bum Rush the Boards hip-hop chess tournament. 

The competition, which is open to players of all ages and skill levels, is happening on May 17th in DC. There will also be chess classes for newbies plus classes in how to DJ, emcee, b-boy/b-girl, and a how-to create graffiti art class.

Inspired in part by the Wu Tang Clan and other hip-hop artists and fans' keen interest in the stimulating board game of chess, and taking its name from Public Enemy's classic album Yo! Bum Rush the Show, Bum Rush the Boards, was created to promote the idea of strategic struggle within the hip-hop generation.   The event's organizers say their hope is to "harness the power of hip-hop culture and the science of chess to open the minds of a generation to a host of new options the world has available to them."

Last year in San Jose, a gathering of martial arts, chess, and hip-hop enthusiasts convened for a free hip hop chess exhibition/ grudge match -- also geared for all ages. That event had similar positive goals of wanting to teach hip-hop generation youth the mental benefits of the age old game of chess. The NorCal event, organized by the the International Hip Hop Chess Federation's Leo Libiran and Adisa Banjoko (pictured left), featured on the boards that day Banjoko, DJ QBert, Casual, Davey D, and Boots Riley of The Coup, among others. It was RZA who won the Hip-Hop Chess Federation belt at last year's tournament.

Continue reading...

April 23, 2008 pt 3

Posted by phil blankenship, April 24, 2008 12:32am | Post a Comment






Ok, now that I'm obsessed with discreetly taking photos of the Arclight lobby:





More Modern Rockers

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, April 23, 2008 11:40pm | Post a Comment




So here we have another batch of LP's with artwork in the "Modern Rock" style of the early 80's.  Kicking it off with a Paul Butterfield Back to the Future cover and into Lucifer's Friend/Uriah Heep golden throat John Lawton's 1981 make-over Heartbeat...






Continue reading...

April 23, 2008 pt 2

Posted by phil blankenship, April 23, 2008 08:51pm | Post a Comment


Today I met Billy Drago!

His IMDB resume.

Invasion USA.
Hunter's Blood.
Hero And The Terror.
Delta Force 2.

Cyborg 2.
& more.

Holy Shit ! !

April 23, 2008

Posted by phil blankenship, April 23, 2008 04:43pm | Post a Comment

While taking the pic below in the Arclight lobby I found out that there is absolutely no photography allowed in the building. The guest services employee was kind enough to shout at me from twenty feet away. If he had asked me nicely, perhaps I wouldn't be posting the contraband on my blog.



At least they didn't notice me taking these pics:





BACK  <<  1391  1392  1393  1394  1395  1396  1397  1398  1399  1400  1401  1402  >>  NEXT