MBAF Recipients

2017 Recipients

Ralston Smith is a photographer and documentary filmmaker committed to capturing the humanity of, and history created by, Black folks across the Diaspora.  In 2018, Ralston will premiere an exhibition of his work.  The MBAF award will help fund its marketing and production.

R. Kayeen Thomas is an author, director, playwright, and poet. With his 2017 MBAF award, Kayeen will finish his current short film “HOLY”, as well as a second short documentary entitled “Two Steps Back”, which focuses on the failures of integration.

2016 Recipients

Singer, dramatist, educator, and activist Ayanna Gregory used her MBAF award to produce several powerful motivational performances for 8-12 year-old students in Jamaica in 2016.


Filmmaker and Hampton alumna, Kimberly Townes utilized her MBAF award to develop three documentary videos for‘s Black Girl Magic series, and further her outreach work with the PanAfrican Technical Association, exposing students to careers in S.T.E.A.M.