About MBW

Our Mission

“To create an actionable way to support Black Lives in our city.”

When & Where

June 19th, 2021 from 2-7PM.

@ Esoteric Brewery 918 E McMillan St, Cincinnati, OH 45206

About The Event

We are excited to announce the inaugural Juneteenth Festival celebrating Mobile Black Wall Street. This outdoor food, music, and street festival will be held at Esoteric Brewing on June 19th. Esoteric is joined by co-sponsors Cincinnati Music Accelerator and Keep the Money in the Melanin.

“The idea behind Mobile Black Wall Street is to create an actionable way to support Black Lives in our city,” says Lee Watkins, the festival chairperson, and founder of Keep the Money in the Melanin. Watkins is inviting local black-owned vendors to showcase their work in an effort to “diversify our local economy by amplifying the support for black and minority businesses,” says Watkins.

June 19th is a holiday that celebrates the emancipation of slavery in the United States. This year also marks the 100th year anniversary of the Tulsa Race Riot, where a thriving black business district known as Black Wall Street, was destroyed by mobs leaving hundreds dead and thousands of black lives displaced.  “The black entrepreneurial spirit is still alive and stronger than ever, and we intend to kindle that spirit and accelerate its growth with Mobile Black Wall Street,” says Watkins.

Cincinnati’s first Black and Asian owned brewery, Esoteric Brewing, will host the event in its parking lot. ”Walnut Hills used to have its own Black Wall Street, or at least a Black business district. So the festival is a way to honor the past and shine a light towards a brighter future,” says Marvin Abrinica, Esoteric’s founder and festival co-chair.

The Black Wall Street festival will feature craft beer, a street fair, kids activities, and live entertainment brought in by the Cincinnati Music Accelerator. “People are so eager to hear live music right now, and we’re excited to bring top artists from Cincinnati,“ says music producer, Kick Lee, head of the Cincinnati Music Accelerator, which will also be launching a Walnut Hills Summer Concert Series at Esoteric Brewing. “Our mission is to build a music city right here in Cincinnati, and we do that by helping artists create a livelihood with their craft.” Lee has over 150 artists he’s worked with to-date.

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