The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts held its 3rd annual MoCADA Masquerade Ball on Wednesday night. Celebrities such as Gina Belafonte, Sharon Carpenter, Mashonda Tifrere, and more were in attendance at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Lepercq Space ballroom.

Three-time Grammy-winning singer Maxwell served as the fundraiser’s Honorary Gala Chair. Guests at the VIP Cocktail Reception were also treated to an intimate performance and DJ set by Lion Babe.

In addition, honors were bestowed on Rashid Johnson for the Artist Advocacy Award, Shantell Martin for the Emerging Artistic Voice Award, Opal Tometi for the Social Justice Advocacy Award, and The Council of Urban Professionals for the Corporate Advocacy Award.

The MoCADA Masquerade Ball is part of a capital campaign to raise money for community programs and to fund the development of a new Brooklyn museum. HBO, Gartland & Mellina Group, Habana Outpost, infor, 1800 Tequila, Cholula Hot Sauce, and Viacom were among the evening’s corporate sponsors. MoCADA also partnered with the online auction house Paddle8.

The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts was established in 1999 by Laurie Angela Cumbo as Brooklyn’s first and only museum dedicated to the creation and interpretation of contemporary black arts and culture.

Check out photos from the 3rd annual MoCADA Masquerade Ball below.

Photos via The Chamber Group (credits: Dave Kotinsky/Bennett Raglin)
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