Salters Scene: MoCADA Inaugural Masquerade Ball

Jesse Williams and James E. Bartlett

Jesse Williams and James E. Bartlett

The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) held its inaugural Masquerade Ball on Thursday, May 14th at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Leperca Space.

Tonya Lewis

Tonya Lewis

Founded in 1999 by Laurie Angela Cumbo in Brooklyn New York, MoCADA uses the visual arts as a point of departure for exploring new artistic production across a variety of disciplines. Through exhibitions and programming, MoCADA incites dialogue on pressing social and political issues facing the African Diaspora, and fosters a dynamic space for the creation and continuous evolution of culture.


Estelle and Mashonda

Estelle and Mashonda

The MoCADA masquerade Ball celebrated individuals who have positively influenced the  Contemporary African Diasporan Arts and the community, including Tonya Lewis Lee and Spike Lee  with the Philanthropic Advocacy Award; Mickalene Thomas with the Artistic Advocacy Award;  Phillip Agnew and the Dream Defenders with the Social Justice Advocacy Award, and TransCanada  with the Corporate Advocacy Award.

Riley Montana

Riley Montana

Honorary Gala Chairs Actor Jesse Williams, Grammy Award winning Recording Artist Estelle and TV Personality Bevy Smith (Fashion Queens) were in attendance for this special event.

Aja Monet Bacquie and Phillip Agnew

Aja Monet Bacquie and Phillip Agnew

Also supporting the event were Actors Rosario Dawson and Malik Yoba, Recording Artist Blitz The Ambassador, Recording Artist Mashonda, Journalist Sharon Carpenter, “Captain” Kirk Douglas from The Roots, Model Riley Montana. Celebrity Hairstylist Ursula Stephens, Blood Sweat and Heels Cast Member Chantelle Fraser among a host of others.

Malik Yoba and Blitz The Ambassador

Malik Yoba and Blitz The Ambassador

MoCADA Executive Director James E. Bartlett could be seen greeting guests as they arrived and even taking a few photos.  He was very excited that is was gala night.

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