Press Release 2013


Mazi Mutafa, Executive Director of Words Beats & Life

1525 Newton St., NW Washington DC 20010

(202) 667-1192


WHO: Words Beats & Life, Inc.

WHAT: 8th Annual Bum Rush the Boards Hip-Hop Chess Tournament

WHERE: Columbia Heights Youth Club

WHEN: Saturday, April 13th 2013

WHY: Bum Rush the Boards, the world’s first hip-hop chess tournament, was created to combat exclusion, connect theory to practice, and inspire excellence. It is a celebratory common ground for chess, hip-hop culture, and S.T.E.M.A. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and the Arts). There is an often-unseen connection between chess, hip-hop, and academics: the necessity of critical thinking. Whether it is hip-hop’s social critique, chess’s reliance on forethought, or academia’s need for analysis, all three help reinforce a culture of making connections, building skills, and planning for the future. By bringing these three together we have created a hip-hop festival that acts as a bridge by exposing youth to a culture (hip-hop), a set of strategies (chess), and a foundational knowledge (S.T.E.M.A.) that requires them to use judgment and foresight. It celebrates this connection and these skills via art and expression. These proficiencies are not only useful in chess, hip-hop, and S.T.E.M.A., but in business and life as well. The chess tournament, which consists of 3 rounds of team-based tournament play for youth, ages 5-23, as well as an individual’s tournament. For more information and registration for Bum Rush the Boards, go to or call 202-667-1192

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