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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.

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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.

TAMIKA CHENIER, PROGRAM MANAGER email me

Tamika Chenier is an artist who has performed with many local theater companies, such as the African American Shakespeare Company, Cultural Odyssey, The Medea Project, DaddyLion Pictures Theater Ensemble and Woman’s Will. Tamika's experience also includes working on the film “Beloved,” performing at the “National Black Theater Arts Festival” in North Carolina and “Lorraine Hansberry Theater” in San Francisco with The Medea Project and curating and coordinating for “Colours Fine Arts” at the “National Black Fine Arts Show” in New York.

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Tamika was introduced to the visual and performing arts as a youth while traveling and studying abroad and all over the Caribbean. During her extensive stay in France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Cuba, Grenada, Guadeloupe and Barbados, she explored the artistic cultures of Europe and the Caribbean. She speaks French and Mandarin.
MICHELLE PARKER, ADMINISTRATOR email me

Originally from Houston, Texas, Michelle has been a resident of San Francisco for 15 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and fits music into her life whenever possible, from teaching piano lessons to accompanying local singers and choruses to directing an a cappella group. She is very excited to be part of an organization so effectively serving youth and the community through the arts. Michelle has also been active in the San Francisco public education community for many years and currently serves as President of the city-wide San Francisco District PTA, where she works with almost 70 schools to grow parent leadership and advocacy efforts. Michelle serves on numerous education-related advisory committees and works closely with City leaders to prioritize family friendly policies.


MELORRA GREEN, FORMER VISUAL ARTS COORDINATOR email me

A native of Memphis, Tenn., Melorra Green graduated magna cum laude from Tennessee State University in Nashville before moving to San Francisco to study Motion Pictures & Television at the Academy of Art University. She graduated with honors in 2003 with a Bachelors of Arts in Motion Pictures & Television with an emphasis in editing. She began volunteering for the San Francisco Black Film Festival in 2002 and became a Co-Executive Producer in 2005.

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Along with her twin sister, Melorra helped found Infin8 Sync, LLC, and created Bring Your Own Art (BYOA) and Independent Artists' Week (IAW). Both events promote independent emerging artists and create an ego-free platform for networking. Melorra is currently pursuing her Masters of Arts in Education at the University of Phoenix. She loves all genres of art, hats, Latin and afro-beat music, and Ethiopian and Japanese food.
NICOLA FIGGINS, FORMER YOUTH PROGRAM COORDINATOR email me

A graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Nicola Figgins is a long time resident of the Western Addition community.  Nicola comes with six years of experience working with children and youth in myriad capacities.  As an onsite counselor for incarcerated youth, she worked to rebuild their confidence by facilitating a curriculum that encompassed self-esteem building, anger management strategies, and goal-setting and time management workshops.

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Following her youth-centered work, she shifted gears to focus on improving the quality of life for the homeless population by providing counseling and shelter and transitional housing placement services. Nicola currently oversees all of the youth and teen programming and serves as a liaison between the AAACC and several youth organizations in the Western Addition.
ERROL HALL, FACILITY MANAGER


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