Founding Wu-Tang member, RZA, has announced that he will be launching a new online community that will focus on chess players within the Hip-Hop culture. The new website will be a partnership between RZA and ChessPark.com. Members will be able to challenge others around the world, including RZA, plus interact via instant messaging and live chats. The site doesn't have an opening date yet, but you can preregister with the first 500 members getting the rank of "Founder."
RZA is also finishing up his third album Digi Snax as his alter ego Bobby Digital, plus getting ready for Spike TV's animated series Afro Samurai, which he created a score and soundtrack for. RZA will be acting in the new movie Life Is Hot in Cracktown, along side Kerry Washington, Michael Rapaport and Evan Ross. The Wu-Tang member will also star next to Jude Law, Forest Whitaker and Liev Schreiber in Repossession Mambo, which is a sci-fi tale about a man who faces the repossession of a transplanted, artificial heart after struggling to make his payments.
RZA will be touring to support his new album, check out the tour dates, click here.
Dates are listed below:
Tue-Jun 10, 08 Houston TX Warehouse Live
Wed-Jun 11, 08 Austin TX Emos
Thu-Jun 12, 08 Dallas TX Palladium Ballroom
Sat-Jun 14, 08 Denver CO Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
Sun-Jun 15, 08 Salt Lake City UT Urban Lounge
Tue-Jun 17, 08 Tucson AZ Rialto Theater
Wed-Jun 18, 08 Phoenix AZ The Brickhouse Theater
Fri-Jun 20, 08 Los Angeles CA Henry Fonda Theater
Sat-Jun 21, 08 San Francisco CA 1015
Mon-Jun 23, 08 Portland OR Hawthorne Theater
Tue-Jun 24, 08 Seattle WA Showbox at the Market
Wed-Jun 25, 08 Vancouver BC Richards On Richards
Fri-Jun 27, 08 Calgary AB Sled Island Music Festival
Mon-Jun 30, 08 Minneapolis MN First Avenue
Tue-Jul 1, 08 Chicago IL House Of Blues
Wed-Jul 2, 08 Pontiac MI Crofoot Ballroom
Fri-Jul 4, 08 Ottawa ON New Capital Music Hall
Sat-Jul 5, 08 New York NY Webster Hall
Mon-Jul 7 08 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero
Tue-Jul 8 08 Washington, DC 9:30 Club