MoCADA 2nd Annual Masquerade Ball – Celebrity Attendees





Derrick Adams, The Rockefeller Foundation &

Studio One Eighty-Nine Founders Rosario Dawson and

Abrima Erwiah Were Honored with Advocacy Awards

Honorary Gala Chair Attendees Included Maxwell and Estelle – Celebrity guest attendees included Jillian Hervey of Lion Babe, Justine Skye, Fab Five Freddy & More

VIP Cocktail Reception Presented by Martell Cognacs Featured A Special Performance by Bilal and Visual Artist Laolu Senbanjo

Featured Benefit Paddle8 Art Auction Curated by Mickalene Thomas

Yesterday in Brooklyn New York, The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), celebrated its 16th anniversary of serving the community through the arts with its 2nd annual MoCADA Masquerade Ball held on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Lepercq Ballroom. The annual Spring Gala fundraiser is aligned around an annual campaign to raise monies for community programs and to continually fund the development of their new larger museum in Brooklyn.

The MoCADA Masquerade Ball celebrated individuals who have positively influenced the Contemporary African Diasporan Arts and the community, including Derrick Adams who received the Artist Advocacy Award, The Rockefeller Foundation who received the Philanthropic Advocacy Award, and Studio One Eighty Nine Founders Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah who received the Social Justice Advocacy Award. The MoCADA Masquerade Ball was hosted by Tai Beauchamp and Emil Wilbekin and featured honorary Gala Chairs: Maxwell and Estelle. Celebrity guest attendees included Lion Babe, Justine Skye, Fab Five Freddy and more.

The MoCADA Annual Gala attracts individuals from New York’s most distinguished artistic and professional communities. This year, additional attendees included: Artist Kehinde Wiley, American fashion designer Charles Harbison, Isolde Brielmaier (Director of Contemporary Art Initiative, Westfield World Trade Center), Joi Brown (SVP Marketing & Brand Partnerships Atlantic Records), Kevin Parker (New York Senator), Legendary Damon, DJ MOMA, Laurie Cumbo (MoCADA Founder and New York City Council Member), Nausheen Shah (Fashion Influencer), Brett Johnson (Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated film The Butler) Zia Khan (Rockefeller Foundation) and more.

The MoCADA Masquerade Ball was underwritten by several generous corporations committed to supporting the community. The evening’s sponsors included Black Enterprise, Cholula Hot Sauce; FOX Audience Strategy, Habana Outpost, HBO, JetBlue and Martell Cognac.

Additionally, MoCADA partnered with Paddle8, the award winning online auction house that offers museum-worthy works and contemporary collectibles. Paddle 8 offered an unprecedented online auction that was curated by Mickelene Thomas and include works from artists Renee Cox, Sanford Biggers Carrie Mae Weems and more. The online auction went live on May 5th and concluded post event on May 19th. For more information, please visit

During the MoCADA Gala’s VIP Cocktail Reception, guests enjoyed a specialty cocktail menu that featured Martell Cognac favorites. Guests also were treated to an intimate performance by R&B artist Bilal as well as live art by Nigerian visual artist Laolu Senbanjo.

MoCADA uses art to strengthen community, both locally and internationally. 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. Serving both youth and adults, MoCADA challenges the traditional definitions of the “museum”, using art to impact lives both within its physical walls and throughout the wider community.

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About MoCADA
The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) was established in 1999 as Brooklyn’s first and only museum dedicated to the creation and interpretation of contemporary Black arts and culture. Starting from humble beginnings on the fourth floor of a Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstone, MoCADA has since expanded from a grassroots startup with a social justice mission, to an internationally-recognized arts institution. Now located in Fort Greene, the museum has established a reputation for cutting-edge exhibitions and programs that cross artistic disciplines and create opportunities for emerging artists. MoCADA has produced over 60 exhibitions and 500 public programs, expanding from the museum’s main gallery to the streets, parks, schools, and public housing of Brooklyn and beyond, challenging the boundaries of the traditional museum to build community and increase public access to the arts.

Tai Beauchamp Interview: Hair, Product, and Style Tips for Enjoying The Holiday Season

Style Life Fashion had the opportunity to chat with beauty and style expert, Tai Beauchamp.  She shared with us a few hair, product, and style tips for women during the holiday season.

I enjoyed speaking with Tai and listening to her suggestions! Our initial conversation started as an interview but concluded with a “girlfriends” chat about things we love: such as metallic shoes, statement necklaces, and the importance of maintaining healthy hair.

Tai’s not only a stylista but she’s also a Celebrity Ambassador for Target’s ” A Bullseye View” campaign; helping women look and feel their best this holiday season. We hope that you enjoy, like, and use the tips provided through the interview shown below!

What are some tips that women can use to look their best this holiday season?

Number one, this is a good time to try something new! Go out with a bang because you want to start the new year…with a bang. A great suggestion is to switch up your hair but women can also dress up their little black dress by adding statement jewels. By wearing statement jewels, this is a great way to save money on your wardrobe.

When we talk about hair, jazz it up by going from texture to straight, or vice versa. During the winter months, it’s important to keep the hair hydrated and conditioned. Some really great products to use are Mixed Chicks, Leave In Conditioner (at Target.) It’s a lightweight conditioner for all textures. Lastly, don’t forget to try Hair Rules product for hydrating your hair.

What are some style trends that we should know when preparing for a Holiday Party?

Anything that’s metallic is one of the hottest trends whether for the holiday or upcoming spring season. Also, we can’t leave out anything with studs, whether it’s dresses, skirts, sweaters, metal chains are very hot. In addition, consider buying a metallic blouse or metallic pumps (shoes are big) and pumps are back! They are hot, hot, hot, for the holiday season because they make a look appear pulled together.

Can you provide a list of products that women of all hair types can use to maintain their tresses during the holiday rush?

Mixed Chicks, Leave In Conditioner and Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner. The holiday season is also a time to do something new and to also treat yourself. While you’re relaxing in a long bath this is the perfect time to deep conditioner your hair. Use Shea Moisture products and let it sit there.  For relaxed hair and problems with “fly aways” the Twisting Butter from Camille Rose Almond Jai Twisting Butter helps to create textures. Another fabulous trick you can do at home is to give yourself a deep conditioning with Olive Oil right from your pantry.  The foundation for gorgeous hair is healthy hair and hair gets drier in the winter months.

Are there any additional tips that you want to leave with us?

The key to enjoying the holiday season is to celebrate life; when we talk about celebrating you want to make sure your hair is fabulous, outfit fierce, perspective’s centered around love, friendship, and family.  No one thing stands alone but most importantly have a fabulous attitude!

Interview Coming Soon: Beauty & Style Expert Tai Beauchamp Hair Tips for Looking Your Best This Holiday Season




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Beauty & Style Expert Tai Beauchamp has teamed up with Target as a Celebrity Ambassador for their “A Bullseye View” campaign to promote products that help women look and feel their best this holiday season. She will share the latest and stylish holiday party trends through a series of “how-to” videos, giving women her best tricks, techniques and top multi-ethnic beauty product picks for the season.

Tai is the Style Ambassador for InStyle magazine and appears regularly as a television and red carpet correspondent. She has partnered with some of the most reputable consumer and retail brands including Dior Cosmetics, Nordstrom and Procter & Gamble.

Interview coming soon…