Mohammed Bilal is best known as "the even-tempered, dread-locked rapper guy” on MTV's Real World III San Francisco. He is also a diversity educator, musician, poet, and an extraordinary writer who educates audiences about some of today’s greatest social problems.
As a facilitator of over 300 diversity presentations and workshops worldwide, his topics include 12 Steps to Appreciating Diversity, A People of Color's Guide to Forgiving Whites, Cross-Cultural Communication, Lower-Casing AIDS: A Hip-Hop Memoir, and LoveLife: The Disempowerment of AIDS. Bilal also offers Spoken Word/Hip-Hop Performances.
Bilal has an MA in Diversity Studies and has spent 14 years creating fun,
innovative ways to educate people about diversity, AIDS and HIV
prevention, drug and alcohol abuse, and responsibility. Bilal’s
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.
Midnight Voices, the live instrumentation Hip-Hop band Mohammed started with his best friend, Will Power, in 1990, has toured worldwide, and has won numerous awards including two SF Whammies and one Bay Area Music Award for best Hip-Hop group.
Bilal has collaborated and/or performed with such luminaries as
Santana, The Ohio Players, Michele Shocked, Public Enemy, Ben Harper,
De La Soul, Goapele, Martin Luther, and Primus. His music has been
featured in the Sundance Award-winning film, Drylongso, and on TV shows such as Moesha and NBC’s mini-series Kingpin.
12 Steps to Appreciating Diversity
1. ADMIT TO YOUR HOMOGENEITY, your lack of diversity. Verbalization of the problem creates a fertile foundation for growth.
2. KNOW YOURSELF: be balanced, self-confident, and clear-headed; once you know yourself, there is no need to hate or dislike difference. Create a family tree, meditate or fast.
3. LOOK FOR COMMONALITIES, NOT DIFFERENCES: re-train your mind to detect commonalities and similar interests with others, not gap-widening differences.
4. LEARN & TEACH: use every cross-cultural interaction as a time to learn and teach.
5. TRY NOT TO JUDGE
6. BREAK ONE CULTURAL HABIT WITH ANOTHER: once a month, exchange one normal cultural experience for a new and different experience.
7. YOU ARE BOUND TO MAKE MISTAKES: it's natural, be sensitive, respectful, and apologetic. Stick with it.
8. TRAVEL: as much as possible.
9. READ: everything! Consciously decide to read books and articles you have no immediate interest in to uncover information you may otherwise miss.
10. LEARN ANOTHER LANGUAGE: every facet and nuance of a culture is revealed through its language. A new language helps you to think differently.
11. LEARN TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN PREJUDICE (PRE-JUDGEMENT) & TRUE DISLIKE: use trust as a barometer and foundation for real friendship. Psychic action on the things we’ve been pre-programmed (socialized) to believe.
12. TURN TO YOUR SOURCE OF LIGHT: use this inner-power to embrace diversity.
LoveLife: The Disempowerment of AIDS
How do we disempower HIV/AIDS? This lecture attempts to displace the negative stereotypes and mindsets attached to HIV/AIDS, and replace them with positive archetypes and empowered mindfulness. The main aim is to educate the spirit, to burst through the statistical ritual, and learn, at the most basic level, what HIV/AIDS means and how it lacks any real power to destroy love and happiness. The disempowerment of HIV/AIDS is most important for youth, who are developing (almost daily!) ways to look at themselves and the world. This lecture blends facts, figures, narratives, poetry, and hip-hop story-telling.
A People of Color's Guide to Forgiving Whites
Spoken Word/Hip-Hop Performance
Lower-Casing AIDS: A Hip-Hop Memoir