Philadelphia Mayor Puts The Brakes On Made In America Festival

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Summertime is ripe with music festivals. From Coachella to Lollapalooza, there’s literally something for everybody. What you won’t find, however, are too many major festivals that are wholly owned and operated by minorities. There’s Matthew Morgan and Jocelyn Cooper who own AFROPUNK, Questlove’s Roots Picnic, Jason Carter’s ONE Music Fest, OVO Fest from Drake, Wes Jackson who owns and operates the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, Paid Dues by Los Angeles MC MURS, and of course EssenceFest. Aside from EssenceFest, you’d be hard pressed to find a minority owned festival that can compete with the majors.

That’s where Jay Z stepped in with Made In America.

Launching in Philadelphia at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in 2012, Made In America has made major strides throughout the city of Brotherly Love. Now that love isn’t being reciprocated by Philadelphia’s Mayor, Jim Kenney. Mayor Kenney has successfully put a halt on the 2019 festival being held at the Parkway after failing to stop this year’s festival.

Hov chimed in and you can read his full rebuttal in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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