Actor Mohammed Bilal will present a unique performance of spoken word poetry Monday, Jan. 21, at Emory & Henry College.
Bilal will perform “Brand Newness and Other Mythologie” in conjunction with the College’s Martin Luther King celebration. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in Wiley Hall Auditorium at Emory & Henry.
Bilal first began acting at age six when he joined the famous Alyo Children’s Dance Theatre and ETA Creative Arts in Chicago. He continued his actor training at a performing arts high school, and later, an acting conservatory, The Theatre School: DePaul University. He has received extensive training in film, television and theatre in both New York City and Chicago. He is known for his intensity and versatility on stage and in front of the camera.
Bial has a master of arts degree in diversity studies and spent 14 years creating innovative ways to educate people about diversity, AIDS and HIV prevention, drug and alcohol abuse, and responsibility. His positive energy, unmistakable talent, and ethics have made him one of today’s leading role models and top diversity consultants.
Through his AIDS awareness presentation, he offers solutions on how to better accept the reality of HIV and AIDS. His “12 Steps to Appreciating Diversity” has helped thousands to embrace and incorporate social justice and equity into their daily lives.
In addition to poetry, Bilial and his best friend, Will Power, started Midnight Voices, a live instrumentation Hip-Hop band in 1990. The band has toured worldwide, and has won numerous awards including two San Francisco Whammies and one Bay Area Music Award for best Hip-Hop group. Bilal‘s first solo album, beatbox metafiction, is already being called groundbreaking for its sensitive lyrics and use of world music.
Bilal, is also the keynote speaker for the Martin Luther King festivities that begin 10 a.m. on of Jan. 21 in the Sanctuary of Memorial Chapel.
All events in honor of Dr. King are free and open to the public. To obtain complete information regarding all events, please write or call 276.944-6842.
Emory & Henry College is located off exit 26 on I-81.