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Entrapment to Entertainment:
A Celebration of Blacks in the American Circus

Oct. 2, 2013 - Jan. 2, 2014
Entrapment to entertainment is a powerful exposé and celebration of the history of Blacks in the American Circus.


JOIN OUR TEAM!!! The African American Art & Culture Complex seeks a part-time Program Assistant.  

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, January 30, 2015. Click here to learn more.

Our History
MOHAMMED SORIANO BILAL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR email me

Mohammed is a writer, producer, diversity consultant, and known for his role on MTV's Real World San Francisco. As a hip-hop artist, he collaborated with such luminaries as Santana and Public Enemy. He works with incarcerated youth, and his music was featured in the Sundance Award-winning film, Drylongso, and on TV shows such as Moesha, and Kingpin. Film work includes If I Were President, featuring Danny Glover and Mos Def; and Vocabulary of Change, Conversations Between Angela Davis/Tim Wise.

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As facilitator of over 450 diversity presentations, trainings and workshops worldwide - with clients that include Alcatel-Lucent Technologies, Progressive Insurance, Blue Shield, and the US Treasury - Mohammed has positioned himself as one of today’s top diversity consultants. Mohammed has written for TV, film, and numerous publications. He was a weekly columnist for the San Francisco Bay Guardian. As a hip-hop artist, Mohammed collaborated and performed with such luminaries as Santana, The Ohio Players, Michele Shocked, Public Enemy, Ben Harper, De La Soul, Goapele, and Martin Luther.

Working with incarcerated youth in San Francisco, Mohammed designed a hip-hop-based literacy program. 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. Mohammed's film work includes If I Were President, an election campaign featuring Danny Glover, Mos Def, Majora Carter, George Watsky and others; 9INE, a teen pregnancy series; Toward Excellence, a documentary exploring diversity at independent schools in the San Francisco Bay Area; and Vocabulary of Change, Conversations Between Angela Davis & Tim Wise.

Currently, Mohammed is using his design thinking MBA to bring innovation and growth to the African American Art & Culture Complex, San Francisco's longest-running community cultural center.

MICHELE BLACK, BUSINESS AFFAIRS MANAGER email me
ERICKA SCOTT, DIRECTOR OF YOUTH PROGRAMS email me
RUBY JACKSON, OFFICE ASSOCIATE email me
VICTOR LOPEX, MAINTENANCE