Geneva, NY – Mohammed Bilal will carry a message of diversity, AIDS awareness, and personal responsibility to Geneva at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10, in the Albright Auditorium on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Bilal is best recognized as one of the seven cast members of MTV’s highest-rated show, “The Real World,” where he shares his life with more than 1.5 million people every week. He is also a musician, a poet, and an extraordinary writer who educates audiences about some of today’s social ills. He is a member of the up and coming hip-hop band, “Midnight Voices,” which won a San Francisco Weekly Wammie in 1992 for Best Hip-Hop Band. They were also voted best unsigned band by BAM magazine.
Bilal was recruited to speak at Hobart and William Smith Colleges as part of the Colleges celebration of Black History Month. He is expected to combine his lecture with a riveting spoken word performance. His poetic, hip-hop story telling has been said to heighten the energy and tighten the message of his presentation. A voice of knowledge and poetry, Bilal brings to the community a timely message of acceptance, compassion, sympathy, and hope.
“American society teaches us that difference is negative. I am here to show you that difference – diversity – is the key to our survival,” Bilal said at a previous lecture.
The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Office of Student Life and Leadership.