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Last week I was invited to speak as a keynote at Youth Commissions 6th Annual Citywide Youth Conference . It was heldat San Jose City Hall to a group of about 300 teens who were seeking to venture out into the tech world. This is a clip from that talk. I hope you enjoy it. https://soundcloud.com/bishopchronicles
Thanks flatseven....Appreciate your words. The truth is, the talk I give to the at-risk, gang impacted and gang intentional kids is the SAME talk I give at Harvard or juvenile hall. The authenticity of the message and my sincerity is what resonates. IF you want to know more about the org or what we do please visit www.hiphopchess.blogspot.com PEACE
Hey there. I just stumbled upon your post and listend to it pretty much randomly. I'm a fourth grade teacher at a low income school. I really liked what you had to say and found it inspirational. I will definately spread your message to the kids I work with. I think it would resonate with them. I've been thinking about starting a chess club at my school. This would make a good message to add to the club.
Thanks cerebral, I appreciate the positive words. It means more than the trollish stuff CT is spouting. First of all CT, this org was started after my volunteer talks at SF juve. Right now, I host a camp in East San Jose which despite all of the silicon valley money has a huge teen murder issue. But forget all that.
Reaf this: http://www.stlamerican.com/news/community_news/article_06830f2e-c8c8-11e2-90cf-001a4bcf887a.html
AND THIS: http://hiphopchess.blogspot.com/2013/05/sf-examiner-feature-profiles-hhcfs.html
Then tell me about how much I do for the rich kids....And just because you know nothing of chess, Hip-Hop or martial arts authentic connections does not mean it does not exist. Just because you don't get it does not mean its not real, or working.
Since you are so much better than I am at chess, I'd like to invite you out to share your superior mind and gaming ability with the kids I work with SF this fall. Looking forward to seeing you.
You are doing a great job, and I can't tell you how invaluable what you are doing is and the blessings that will return to you for improving lives. It's a shame that the haters will question you. The question always to those who have made it in any field is, how are they benefitting the world with their greatness? What are the GMs doing to improving the lives of kids and be great ambassadors of the game of chess we all love? If someone like you, who is not a GM, is doing the enormous amount of good that you are doing he should be commended!
I'm with you, bros, you don't have to be a GM or a guru to help humanity. Keep up the good job!!!
So you confess to being a poor player, and in your defence you claim that your mission is to teach underprivileged kids to play chess. But all we ever hear about is you lecturing to overprivileged kids about some bizarre connection between chess and rap music. What is going on here?
Reshevskys_Revenge, Thank you for understanding. Many times I feel hardcore chess players miss my mission. Or other times they feel offended that I have any opinion on chess or influence on how it is seen despite not being a Grandmaster. I'm only trying to help kids through chess. Thats it. I don't claim to be a master. I don't claim to be a guru of super secrets in chess. Thats why I am thankful to people like Jen Shahade, World Chess Hall of Fame, Maurice Ashley and Yasser Seirawan for their support and kindness in my journey.
I just know that the connection between chess and rap is real. I know the connections between chess and martial arts is real (was evidenced by Josh Waitzkins last book). I believe in nonviolence and I use the game, th emusic and the martial arts to promote people between all people....That alone. I work with ghetto kids mostly during the school year, and mostly 7-12 year olds during the summer. Some of the little ones in the Summer are poor, but the bulk are middle or upper middle class.
Bottom line is I teach any kid who wants to learn. The chessboard denies no one, and neither does our organization. I wish more chess players had open minds that could see the value in another persons chess beyond a rating. Kind of a sad elitism I find far too often in the chess world.
Anything positive you can do to help any youths, especially Ghetto youths, is admirable.
OK, so Denver has left the building....I still like Denver though. Great airport.
I got killed by Naroditsky in a simul before...They got photos of me playing RZA at Rock The Bells (lost, but I lost to him before)...and I played Immortal Technique (game was never finished) that day....They are not hard to find...I guess what I need to know is, why is my chess playing important to you?
I'm a very average player, so don't get too excited about the thrill of beating me. What I'm good at is working with ghetto youth to help them in their life through the game. If that makes you mad, well...then you guys just have to BE THAT...
I guess another question for you would be- How does YOUR greatness in chess help anyone other than yourself? Who benefits from your mighty wisdom? I mean, if you guys wanna play somebody good in chess, play Maurice, Jen or Yasser....I bet they could give you a good game.
LOL yes. I teach chess to kids and use it as a tool to help them plan for college, trade school or whatever else they are trying to achieve. How do you use chess to help people? For more information on us, visit our blog.
Does this guy even play chess?
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