The “Made In America” concert and festival which has become an annual huge deal in the city of Philadelphia, is reportedly searching for a new home after this year, according to a statement from Philly Mayor Jim Kenney’s Deputy Communications Director this morning.
“This is the last year MIA (Made In America) will be held on the Parkway.” Com. Director Sarah Reyes said in a statement to the Philadelphia Daily News and Inquirer.
Philly.com (@phillydotcom) reported that this years’ headlining acts are scheduled to be Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, Post Malone, and Diplo.
The Labor Day Made In America festival has been held on the Ben Franklin Parkway in Philly’s Art Museum District since 2012. The annual event has always attracted huge names in the music industry. Roc Nation’s direct involvement in the festival certainly played a huge part in attracting acts like Rihanna, Kanye West, and the Queen B herself – Beyonce over the years, just to name a few. The festival has certainly brought a boost in economy for nearby businesses over the years with all of the traffic in town for the weekend concert also. So why would the Mayor want to move a concert that has done so many positive things for the city?
Unofficial word on the street is complaints of too much noise and traffic in the area. It’s not set in stone that MIA will not be taking place in Philly next year, but Mayor Kenney’s office made it crystal clear that the concert will not be taking place on the Parkway anymore.
“When the festival first started, it was intended to provide a unique attraction to the city on the otherwise quiet Labor Day weekend. Over the years tourism has grown overall, and the need for an event of this scale at this location may no longer be necessary.” Reyes said in a statement.
Roc Nation seemed to be blindsided by the announcement from the Mayor’s office.
“We are disappointed that the Mayor of Philadelphia would evict us from the heart of the city, through a media outlet, without a sit-down meeting, notice, dialogue, or proper communication. We consider this stance a failure on the Mayor’s part.” Roc Nation founder Jay-Z said in a statement.
It’s not clear if Roc Nation will search for a new location in the city for the festival or leave the city altogether. Hopefully the two sides can come to an agreement of some sort. The MIA concert has become an annual event that many in the city have come to look forward to every year.
Kevin Hart and Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin went to see Meek Mill in jail today. Shortly after, or maybe even during his visit, Kevin Hart put this post on his Instagram page
TMZ (@tmz) also reported about Meek’s pending release, and said that Meek would be freed within the hour. The wait is likely because he’s currently being processed out of the system which sometimes can take a little minute.
Meek was brought down to a Philadelphia jail, (not sure which one), from his prison for hearings on his prison sentence. Meek’s sentencing judge Grenece Brinkley’s 2-4 year prison sentence was overruled by the PA Supreme Court. This comes a week after prosecutors asked the judge to toss out Meek’s conviction because even prosecutors found the charge unjust. Brinkley refused to grant Meek a bail while his case was being heard by the Supreme Court. Meek gave TMZ a statement from lockup
“I’d like to thank God, my family, my friends, my attorneys, my team, at Roc Nation including Jay-Z, Desiree Perez, my good friend Michael Rubin, my fans, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and all my public advocates for their love, support and encouragement during this difficult time. While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive.”
“To the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, I’m grateful for your commitment to justice, not only in this case, but for others that have been wrongfully jailed due to police misconduct. Although I’m blessed to have the resources to to fight this unjust situation, I understand that many people of color across the country don’t have that luxury and I plan to use my platform to shine light on those issues. In the meantime, I plan to work closely with my legal team to overturn this unwarranted conviction and look forward to reuniting with my family and resuming my music career.”
At a hearing on Monday, Philadelphia’s DA made a surprising announcement. Incarcerated Philly rapper, Meek Mill should be granted a new trial and Meek’s convictions should also be vacated. Even though Meek’s sentencing judge, Genece Brinkley, still refuses to release Meek on bail, a small party broke out outside of the courthouse among Meek supporters after the DA’s announcement.
The DA’s announcement is a huge step forward in Meek’s efforts to have his sentence overturned or at the very least, have his case re-tried. It was also a boost of energy for Meek’s lawyers, who now say they will reach out to a higher court in an attempt to get Meek released. Meek Mill’s case has gained national attention and garnered him support from all over the country. Many high-profile names have taken trips to the prison to see Meek, including Philly Mayor, Jim Kenney, who also supports Meek’s release. Meek Mill was sentenced to 2-4 years in prison by Philadelphia Criminal Court Judge, Genece Brinkley, for a violation of probation. The probation stemmed from Meek’s sentence for a possession of a gun case that is about 10-years old. Many argued that the sentence for the violation was harsh, even Mill’s probation officer said the sentence was harsh, considering the violation came from Mill being arrested for riding dirt bikes in New York and a couple of other minor infractions. But Judge Genece Brinkley argued that Meek had been given multiple opportunities to clean up his act and fly straight. Brinkley said Meek “thumbed his nose” at the rule of law time after time.
Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney paid incarcerated rapper Meek Mill a visit on Wednesday morning. Meek is currently incarcerated at a prison in Chester. Mayor Kenney joins a host of celebrities, activist, and business moguls who have been to the prison to pay Meek a visit. All of them came to the same conclusion after they paid Meek a visit in the bing. Meek Mill can do more for folks in the community than he can from behind bars.
Philly.com (@phillydotcom) reports, Kenney’s spokeswoman, Ajeenah Amir, said in an email that the mayor believes “Meek would better serve the community outside of prison, and that his case makes clear and urgent the desperate need to continue working with our partners to reform the criminal justice system.”
Kenney reportedly spent about an hour visiting with Meek after being invited to the prison by billionaire owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, Michael Rubin. Meek has been receiving support for release from some major names including: PA Governor Tom Wolf, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, and Philadelphia 76ers players Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Markelle Fultz.
Meek Mill is currently behind bars serving a 2-4 year prison sentence behind a probation violation. A sentence who many have called unjust, considering the circumstances. And a prison sentence that business mogul and rapper Sean “Jay-Z” Carter once called “heavy-handed.”