JAY-Z has penned a new op-ed for the Philadelphia Inquirer, asserting that Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has forbidden the annual Made in America festival from being held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in 2019. The festival has been held on the parkway since its inception in 2012.
“We are disappointed that the mayor of the city 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,” he writes. “It signifies zero appreciation for what Made in America has built alongside the phenomenal citizens of this city.” Read JAY-Z’s full op-ed here.
Jay also claims that the mayor’s office sent a “legal letter trying to stop the 2018 event,” which is set to take place at the Parkway on September 1 and 2. Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, Post Malone, Diplo, Zedd, and more are set to perform at this year’s fest. In a statement to NBC10, Philadelphia communications director Deana Gamble said, “We are discussing the festival’s future and alternative locations with the producers. We look forward to continuing a partnership.”
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