On August 19th and 20th -- Macys' will sponsor the Jazz Festival.
The festival is a musical tradition of R&B, Hip Hop, and Rap revamped as a rendition of Jazz. Crosley Field, formerly known as Redland Field until 1934 was the former location of this event that brings folks here from as far away as California--that is, until its demise in 1970.
Riverfront Stadium then opened to the masses in 1970. In 2003 the new location became Cinergy Field. This year the festivities will be held in Paul A. Brown's Football Stadium.
During the many years that the festival has been held here--restaurants and hotels/motels alike intentionally hike their prices to garner the influx of blaq [i.e. my intentional spelling] dollars into their own pockets.
Locally, televised news channels run stories to valid the many accusations in blatant racial discrimination. And, of course, the local newspapers trailed in hot pursuit.
And then on April 7, 2001 Timothy Thomas was shot in the back--in cold blood--by Officier Roach who claimed the 19 year old from the Southside of Chicago had a gun. It turns out that the youth had a cell phone, instead. The police claimed the youth had 14 warrants which actually turned out to be misdeameanors--most handwritten into the judical docket system.http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4703574/
The festival came to a screeching halt and a boycott was then put into full effect. Local organizers of the boycott even sent out a national plea to all Black entertainers to also boycott the Festival specifically and all other City Concerts generally.
A great many stars, including Bill Cosby, mirrored the local pleas and requests and refused to appear, even those who were under contractual agreements.
From 2001 to 2004, roughly 3 years, the City of Cincinnati lost millions of dollars in revenues [i.e the reason for the boycott] as a result of the boycott.
Two months ago, almost to this date, Smokey Robinson appeared at the Kroger's off Mitchell Avenue promoting his "Soul in a Bowl" franchise. When questioned about the festival he said that he could not remember why there had ever been a boycott here in the first place.
This one misinformed statement from a non-resident of the area opened the flood gates and in ushered Macys to collectively organize the event and pacify the masses and again restart the revolution to garner those blaq dollars.
Because, after all, what self respecting black person would dispute the words of the notable Smokey Robinson?