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Connecting the Pieces of Oakland and Ferguson 

When: Fri., May 15, 7-7:30 p.m. 2015
Price: Included with museum admission.
Adisa Banjoko has built an entire philosophy from the convergence of hip-hop, chess, and martial arts. Through his nonprofit, the Hip-Hop Chess Federation, he teaches strategies for success to underprivileged youth through playing chess and showing how the principles apply to hip-hop, martial arts, and life in general. Each practice is about achieving the highest self-performance possible. Banjoko argues that the “hip-hop style of chess” is to apply lessons learned on the chessboard to real life scenarios — as he claims has been exhibited by chess enthusiast rappers like Tupac, Public Enemy, and members of the Wu-Tang Clan. While working with the Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis, Banjoko witnessed the collective unrest that followed Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson. On May 15, at the Oakland Museum of California (1000 Oak St.), Banjoko will give a pop-up talk, “Connecting the Pieces of Oakland and Ferguson,” in which he’ll reflect on experiences in Ferguson, compare them to Oakland, and apply his strategic logic to propose social solutions.
— Sarah Burke


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