Global Citizen's Mention
September 25, 2021
19. Shawn Mendes shared the stage with Fanta Ballo. Alternating between guitar and piano, singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes had the crowd rapt as he went through his hits. In the middle of his set, he brought slam poet Fanta Ballo onto the stage for a rousing poem about resilience.
Shawn Foundation Grant
December 17, 2020
Fanta Ratty is extremely proud and excited to be the first ever wonder grant grantee and is excited to finish her anthology. She has a story worth telling.
January 19, 2021
"Age is not a determining factor of success. Eighteen-year-old college senior and prolific writer Fanta Ballo is evidence of that. The Harlem, New York, native tells the story of her community and identity through spoken word poetry."
UAlbany Today feature
January 26, 2021
A 19-year-old UAlbany senior is the first recipient of a “Wonder Grant” from a foundation dedicated to supporting those it describes as “creative students who are actively working to change the world with their innovative ideas.”