Demographics of Philadelphia

                                  White       Black        Native American      Asian          Hispanic

Total Population    42.5%       43.5%        0.3%                           5.5%          11.0%


1.Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania, sixth-most-populous city in the United States and the fifty-first most populous city in the world. The population was estimated to be 1,547,901.


2.Philadelphia is central to African American history; its large black population predates the Great Migration.


3.Philadelphia is home to the fourth largest African-American population in the nation, which created the first black denomination, the African Methodist Episcopal Church before 1800.


4.Hip-hop/Rap artists such as The Roots, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, The Goats, Freeway, Schoolly D, Eve, and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes hail from the city.


5.Summers are typically hot and muggy, fall and spring are generally mild, and winter is cold. Snowfall is variable, with some winters bringing only light snow and others bringing several major snowstorms. 


Radio Stations

WPEB 88.1 FM Philadelphia, PA Variety
WVLT 92.1 FM Vineland, NJ Oldies 
WSTW 93.7 FM Wilmington, DE Top-40 
WRDW 96.5 FM Philadelphia, PA Top-40 
WUSL 98.9 FM Philadelphia, PA Hip Hop 
WRNB 100.3 FM Media, PA Urban Contemporary 
WKXW 101.5 FM Trenton, NJ News/Talk 
WIOQ 102.1 FM Philadelphia, PA Top-40 
WDAS 105.3 FM Philadelphia, PA Urban Contemporary
WPHI 107.9 FM Pennsauken, NJ Hip Hop
WIP 610 AM Philadelphia, PA Sports 
WWDB 860 AM Philadelphia, PA Business News
WPEN 950 AM Philadelphia, PA Sports 
WNTP 990 AM Philadelphia, PA News/Talk 
WPWA 1590 AM Chester, PA Gospel Music 
WCHE 1520 AM West Chester, PA Talk 
WURD 900 AM Radio Your information station

A Touch of History

 James Derham was the first African American to formally practice medicine in the United States though he never received a M.D. degree. Derham was born into slavery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Several doctors owned him, and one of his owners, a physician named Dr. Bob Love, encouraged him to go into medicine. By working as a nurse, he purchased his freedom by 1790. He opened a medical practice, and by the age of 20 his annual earnings exceeded $3,000.













  1. ArtJaz - Category: Art Gallery - 53 N. 2nd Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 (215) 922-4800   - (visit website)

  2. Art Noir Custom Framing & Gallery - Category: Black Art -  7175-C Ogontz Ave Philadelphia, PA 19138 (215) 548-2455 - (visit website)

  3. Art On The Avenue -  Category: Black Art -  3808 Lancaster Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19104 (215) 387-0401

  4. Ethnic Expressions Art Consultant - Category: Black Art - Philadelphia, PA (215) 982-0170 - (visit website) 

  5. Sande Webster Gallery - Category: Arts & Culture   2006 Walnut Street, - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (215) 636-9003 - (visit website) 

  6. Stew-Art Stained Company - Category: Black Art - 4934 Lancaster Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19131 (215) 477-0582


  1. African American Museum in Philadelphia -  Category: Museum -   701 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19106-1504 (215) 574-3118

  2. Art Around Gallery -  Category: Arts & Culture -   2011 Chestnut Street, - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (215) 972-1644 

  3. Artjaz Gallery -  Category: Arts & Culture -   70 North 2nd Street, - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (215) 922-4800 - (visit website)

  4. Dolan Maxwell Inc -  Category: Arts & Culture -   2046 Rittenhouse Sq, - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (215) 732-7787 - (visit website)





  1. Bamboo Bar -  Club is a magnet for people who love to dance! -   927 North Delaware Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (215) 931-0101  - (visit website)

  2. Café 3801 -  Category: Lounge -   3801 Market St, Suite 208, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (215) 387-5200 

  3. Chris Jazz Cafe -  Jazz music -   1421 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (215) 568-3131   -(visit website)

  4. Laff House -  Get yo laff on at this Black owned comedy club -   221 South Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (215) 440-4242  - (visit website) 

  5. Le Cochon Noir -  Blues and jazz club -   5070 Parkside, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (215) 879-1011  -(visit website)

  6. Luxe Lounge -  Category: Lounge -   724 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (215) 413-0130 

  7. Pinnacle Niteclub -  Category: Hip-Hop -   720 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (215) 413-7720  -(visit website)

  8. The Roxxy Nightclub - Dance the night away at The Roxxy! -   939 North Delaware Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (215) 931-0101  - (visit website) 

  9. 7165 Lounge -  Category: Lounge -   Bop, Cha-Cha, Line Dancing. Thursday nights Oldies but Goodies  - 7165 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (215) 223-6600



  1. A Dream Deferred -   (April)  Held at the Hyatt Regency Penn’s Landing.    - (visit website)  Attendees will learn about breakthrough strategies, progress and areas of opportunity for African American students. 

  2. Global Fusion Festival -   (JULY) A week-long celebration attracting nearly 30,000 attendees.    -(visit website)  The festival holds true to its "global fusion" name with a perfect combination of Caribbean, Hispanic, African, African-American and Asian cultural performers for visitors and residents to experience, all on one stage.

  3. KWANZAA Celebration -   (DEC) African American Museum 7th and Arch Streets    - (visit website) 

    AAMP celebrates KWANZAA with renewed dedication to its principles and the celebration of family, community and culture. 


  4. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service -  (July) More info contact (215) 665-2475    - (visit website)  The largest King Day event in the nation. 

  5. October Gallery Art Expo -   (October) Philadelphia, PA    - (visit website)

    Three day weekend of art, music & great food in downtown Mt Airy, Philadelphia, PA. 


  6. Odunde African-American Festival -   (June) Held at South Street between 21st and 23rd Streets extending to Grays Ferry Avenue and Christian Streets. Philadelphia, PA   - (visit website) For more info contact (215) 732-8510

  7. The Annual Peoples' Festival -   (AUG) 'Vernon Park" The Peoples' Festival Committee - P.O. Box 27028 - Philadelphia, PA 19118    - (visit website) 
    The Annual Peoples' Festival is a multicultural experience for the entire family. Great food, arts & crafts, music, community resources & more.


  8. The Black Women Arts Festival -   (July)  More info contact (215) 951-0330 ext. 2108  Four day festival hosts over 50 artists from around the globe



What’s Happening?



The Board of Trustees of the Barnes Foundation today announced that they have elected three new Trustees: Philadelphia-native John J. Aglialoro, independent entrepreneur and Chairman and co-founder of UM Holdings Ltd; Catherine (Cathy) Hughes, Chairperson and Founder of Radio One, Inc., the largest African American owned and operated broadcast company in the United States; and Gregory Charles Miller, a pharmaceutical industry executive and longtime education philanthropist. Mr. Aglialoro and Mr. Miller were nominated by Lincoln University.


“The Board and staff of the Barnes Foundation join me in welcoming John, Cathy and Gregory to the Board of Trustees,” said Mr. Joseph Neubauer, Chairman of the Barnes Foundation Board of Trustees. “They each bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. We thank them in advance for their service as we continue to steward this world-class educational institution.”



John J. Aglialoro, who was born in Philadelphia and is a graduate of Temple University, is an entrepreneur who has owned and operated a variety of businesses for the past 40 years as Chairman and co-founder of UM Holdings Ltd. of Haddonfield, New Jersey. Aglialoro is Chairman of CYBEX, a manufacturer of commercial exercise equipment owned by UM Holdings; owner of the movie rights to Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged and CEO of Atlas Distribution; Mayor of Tavistock Borough in Tavistock, New Jersey; a Trustees of The Atlas Society, an objectivist think-tank; and Chairman of EHE International, a UM company headquartered in Manhattan that provides physical examinations and corporate wellness programs.


Catherine L. Hughes is the Founder and Chairperson of Radio One, Inc., the largest African American owned and operated broadcast company in the United States. Radio One, Inc. is an urban-oriented, multi-media company that primarily targets African-American and urban consumers which currently owns and operates 54 broadcast stations located in 16 urban markets in the United States, and is the parent corporation of TV One, Reach Media and Interactive One. Radio One became a public company in 1999, making Hughes the first African American woman to chair a publicly held corporation.


Gregory Charles Miller is a graduate of Lincoln University and owner of GMP Consortium, LLC. He began a 37 year career in the pharmaceutical industry as a Quality Control Inspector at what is now Merck & Co, and joined what is now GlaxoSmithKline in 1986 and rose through the ranks to Director of 3rd Party Auditing. An advocate of education as a means to foster self-help and self-improvement, Miller served on the Board of Trustees and as Vice Chairman of the Board at Lincoln University, where he established the endowed Gregory C. Miller Scholarship to benefit students in need who are majoring in the physical sciences, and on the Board of Managers for the Historic Christian Street YMCA; and established the Juanita Claire Miller Memorial Scholarship at South Philadelphia High School in honor of his mother who passed away at a young age.

The Board of Trustees of the Barnes Foundation

Mr. Joseph Neubauer, Chairman

Ms. Aileen Kennedy Roberts, Vice Chair

The Honorable Jacqueline F. Allen, Secretary

Stephen J. Harmelin, Esq., Treasurer

Mr. John J. Aglialoro

Sheldon M. Bonovitz, Esq.

Ms. Tory Burch

Mr. Daniel M. DiLella

Ms. Catherine Hughes

Dr. Ernest C. Levister, Jr.

Mr. Gregory Charles Miller

Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Mr. Neil L. Rudenstine

Dr. Brenda T. Thompson

Mr. Thomas K. Whitford

About the Barnes Foundation

The Barnes Foundation ( was established by Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to “promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.” The Barnes holds one of the finest collections of post-impressionist and early modern paintings, with extensive works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Henri Rousseau, Amedeo Modigliani, Chaim Soutine, and Giorgio de Chirico; American masters Charles Demuth, William Glackens, Horace Pippin and Maurice Prendergast; old master paintings; important examples of African sculpture; Native American ceramics, jewelry and textiles; American paintings and decorative arts; and antiquities from the Mediterranean region and Asia. The Barnes Foundation’s Art and Aesthetics programs engage diverse audiences. These programs, held at the Philadelphia campus, online, and in Philadelphia communities, advance the mission through progressive, experimental, and interdisciplinary teaching and learning.


In May 2012, the Barnes Foundation opened a new facility on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. The Philadelphia campus is home to the Foundation’s world-famous art collection and changing exhibitions in its 5,000-square-foot Roberts Gallery. Currently on view through February 16, 2015 is William Glackens, and opening on May 16, 2015 is Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff, Fred Wilson: The Order of Things.


The Barnes Arboretum, at the Merion campus, contains more than 2,000 varieties of trees and woody plants, many of them rare. Founded in the 1880s by Joseph Lapsley Wilson and expanded under the direction of Mrs. Laura L. Barnes, the collection includes a fern-leaf beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Laciniata’), a dove tree (Davidia involucrata), a monkey-puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana), and a redwood (Sequoia sempervirens). Other important plant collections include lilacs, peonies, Stewartias and magnolias. The Horticulture school at the Barnes Foundation in Merion has offered a comprehensive three-year certificate course in the botanical sciences, horticulture, garden aesthetics, and design since its establishment in 1940 by Mrs. Barnes.



Founded in 1976 in celebration of the nation's Bicentennial, the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is the first institution funded and built by a major municipality to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans. Throughout its evolution, the museum has objectively interpreted and presented the achievements and aspirations of African Americans from

pre-colonial times to the current day.


Address: 701 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Phone: (215) 574-0380 EXT225


Closed: MON-WED

Monday            CLOSED

Tuesday            CLOSED

Wednesday      CLOSED

Thursday          10AM–5PM

Friday                10AM–5PM

Saturday           10AM–5PM

Sunday              12PM-5PM

General Admission
Adults                         $14
Youth (4-12 yrs.)       $10
Students (w/ I.D.)      $10
Senior Citizens          $10
AAMP Members        FREE
Access / EBT *            $2
Group Rates              CALL


The museum is committed to telling the story of African Americans in all its permutations: family life, the Civil Rights movement, arts and entertainment, sports, medicine, architecture, politics, religion, law and technology. The AAMP currently houses four galleries and an auditorium, each of which offer exhibitions anchored by one of our three dominant themes: the African Diaspora, the Philadelphia Story, and the Contemporary Narrative.


The African American Museum in Philadelphia engages diverse communities in appreciating the Black experience through the narrative of art, history and culture.

The African American Museum will be an integral asset of the Philadelphia cultural landscape that makes a meaningful impact on visitors’ lives as they experience the stories of people of African descent through art, history and culture.


1.October Gallery

26.0 mi · Philadelphia, PA

(215) 352-3114

Closed today


2.Indigo Arts Gallery

20.7 mi · Philadelphia, PA

(215) 765-1041

Closed today


3.Artjaz Gallery

No reviews · Art Gallery

19.5 mi · Philadelphia, PA

(215) 922-4800


4.Brandywine Workshop

No reviews · Art Gallery

19.6 mi · Philadelphia, PA

(215) 546-3675

Open until 5:00 PM


Lest We Forget” –Museum of Slavery, founded 2002 is home to the private Ragsdale collection of slavery artifacts, Bill of Sale documents and Jim Crow memorabilia owned by J. Justin & Gwen Ragsdale. The exhibit includes authentic slave shackles, chains, whips, branding irons and other items that were used for human bondage and punishment. It also includes numerous objects from the Jim Crow era that negatively depict Blacks.


Address: 3650 Richmond Street Philadelphia, PA 19134

Phone: (215) 205-4324 / (215) 397-6060

Hours:  10AM–6PM MON-SUN

Monday             10AM–6PM

Tuesday             10AM–6PM

Wednesday       10AM–6PM

Thursday           10AM–6PM

Friday                 10AM–6PM

Saturday            10AM–6PM

Sunday               10PM-6PM

This compelling collection truly brings history alive and provides a better understanding of the pain and suffering endured by kidnapped Africans brought to America and other parts of the world and held in bondage for hundreds of years.

The LWF extensive collection of slavery artifacts and other items were acquired over the past 45 years by J. Justin Ragsdale. LWF Museum is the only museum in Philadelphia, PA with authentic slavery artifacts that include: shackles, branding irons and other forms of punishing ironware from the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Their collection also includes numerous genuine documents that promoted the buying and selling of enslaved Africans. These rare collectibles bring history to life. Together we provide moving presentations and use items in the collection to demonstrate what it was truly like to “Be a Slave”.

Mr. Ragsdale’s vast experience has made him a renowned expert in authenticating slavery artifacts, documents and the like. Both collectors and sellers constantly call upon him for his knowledge. During presentations he uses several of his extraordinary collectibles to demonstrate and explain what it was truly like to “Be a Slave”.

Gwen uses her skills to deliver compelling presentations that she inter-weaves with historic accounts and actual slave narratives. She coordinates the museum tours, traveling exhibits and researches and writes the contextual descriptive panels displayed throughout the collection.

Together, the Ragsdale’s shed light on a dark and tragic period in American history and pays tribute to the generations of slave ancestors who greatly contributed to the building of America.Lest We Forget Slavery Museum and LWF Traveling Exhibit(s) perfectly document how differently coming to America was for enslaved Africans.

Philadelphia has long been known as an important center for African American history and culture. This was true in the 18th century when Philadelphia had the largest free black population and was the center of the abolitionist movement, and it holds true today.

Historic Places

  • African American Heritage: Freedom’s Trail - Visitors can retrace the trail of the Underground Railroad with a self-guided, driving tour provided by the Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau. (610) 834-7969

  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania - The society contains numerous documents relating to African American history and the anti-slavery movement. It also houses several documents by William Still, one of the most successful African Americans in Philadelphia’s history and author of The Underground Railroad. 1300 Locust Street, (215) 732-6200

  • Johnson House Historic Site - In the 19th century, the Johnson House served as a stop on the Underground Railroad and a meeting place for abolitionists such as Harriet Tubman and William Still. The house is one of the only Underground Railroad sites in the region with an interpretive program open to the public. 6306 Germantown Avenue, (215) 438-1768

  • Library Company of Philadelphia - Founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1731, the Library Company of Philadelphia is the nation’s first cultural institution providing thorough collections of rare books, manuscripts and prints. The Library Company has one of the most comprehensive collections by and about African Americans which pre-dates the Civil War. 1314 Locust Street, (215) 546-3181

  • Marian Anderson Historical Residence - The first residence purchased by Marian Anderson in 1924 is filled with memorabilia and rare photos of the singer. Tours by appointment. 762 S. Marian Anderson Way (Martin Street), (215) 732-9505

  • Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church - The church, founded by Richard Allen in 1731, stands on the oldest parcel of land in America continuously owned by African Americans, and is the mother church of the African-Methodist Episcopal Denomination. 6th & Lombard Streets, (215) 925-0616

  • Paul Robeson Home & Historic Marker - Robeson’s former home is now a museum where his sheet music, period furnishings and photographs are displayed. Tours by appointment. 4951 Walnut Street, (215) 747-3242

  • Philadelphia Tribune Newspaper - Founded in 1884, the Tribune is America’s oldest and Greater Philadelphia’s largest newspaper serving the African American community. Historic overview available upon request. 520 S. 16th Street, (215) 893-4095


As outlined by the Philadelphia Multicultural Affairs Congress, "Philadelphia boasts some of the earliest African American entrepreneurs and some of the first established religious institutions. The first known revolts against slavery took place in this city and the earliest legal educational institutions for African American youth existed here."

In this feature we will provide you with some excellent Philadelphia African American resources for anyone who wishes to explore the long and proud culture and history of the Philadelphia African American community.

Philadelphia African American Resources

African-American Chamber of Commerce
The African-American Chamber of Commerce of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware is the leading advocate for black-owned businesses in the Delaware Valley. The Chamber represents the interests of such businesses in public and private sector forums and offers management and technical assistance resources to improve the effectiveness of black-owned businesses in the region.

African American Museum in Philadelphia
Located in the City's historic district, one block from Independence National Historic Park, the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) was founded in 1976 in celebration of the nation's Bicentennial. AAMP is the first institution funded and built by a major municipality to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans. Throughout its evolution, the museum has objectively interpreted and presented the achievements and aspirations of African Americans from pre-colonial times to the current day. The museum is committed to telling the story of African Americans in all its permutations: family life, the Civil Rights movement, arts and entertainment, sports, medicine, architecture, politics, religion, law and technology. The AAMP currently houses four galleries and an auditorium, each of which offer exhibitions anchored by one of our three dominant themes: the African Diaspora, the Philadelphia Story, and the Contemporary Narrative.

Philadelphia Multicultural Affairs Congress (MAC)
MAC maintains a calendar of multicultural events in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Philadelphia Tribune
The voice of Philadelphia's African American Community since 1884 has an excellent website with many informative articles and news of happenings in the African American community both locally and nationally.

Celebration of Black Writing

Apr 2017 Dates Unconfirmed | Philadelphia, PA | Book

Art Sanctuary Philadelphia

Address:628 S. 16th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Phone:+1 (215).232.4485

Fax:      +1.(215)232.4088

Gallery Hours

Monday            CLOSED

Tuesday            10AM–4PM

Wednesday      10AM–4PM

Thursday          10AM–7PM

Friday                CLOSED

Saturday           12PM–4PM

Sunday              CLOSED

Office Hours
Mon - Fri: 10AM - 4PM

Philadelphia’s Celebration of Black Writing hosted by the Art Sanctuary, the city’s leading African American arts organization, is a long-running celebration of contemporary African American writing. Each year, renowned writers, journalists and performers flock to the festival to partake in literary discussions, workshops and performance showcases. Films are screened as well, and the primary highlight of the event is the Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony.


About Art Sanctuary

Art Sanctuary is dedicated to bringing Philadelphians together through the unique community-building power of black art. We celebrate diversity passionately, understanding the unparalleled strength we gain by embracing our cultural differences.

We use this strength to provide opportunities where they do not yet exist; when Philadelphia schools are underfunded and inner city neighborhoods underserved, Art Sanctuary sees possibilities and works to bring them to life through the transformative influence of black art in the community.

Art Sanctuary is just that; we’ve worked tirelessly to build a safe place for creative expression and development of not just the community, but the self. We believe this sanctuary transcends physical space, and that the idea of “home” is one we carry with us. Home is a place that is welcome to all, and shaped by the relationships which inspire us.

Black Arts Festival

Art Sanctuary Philadelphia Celebration of Black Arts Festival is a art festival that takes place at Multiple Locations in Philadelphia.

Dates Unconfirmed | Philadelphia, PA | Book

Art Sanctuary Philadelphia

Address:628 S. 16th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Phone:+1 (215).232.4485

Fax:      +1.(215)232.4088

Art Sanctuary uses the power of black art to transform individuals, create and build community and foster cultural understanding.

Learn More About The Art Sanctuary

Germantown Juneteenth Festival

Jun 2017 Dates Unconfirmed | Philadelphia, PA | Seasonal

Juneteenth Festival is a celebration in Philadelphia commemorating the passing of the 13th Amendment that ended slavery in the U.S. The festival brings history to life with free exhibits, discussions, performances and other family-friendly activities. The event kicks off with a presentation at the First Protest of 1688 State Marker and continues with a Freedom Walk parade that marches to the site of the festivities. @6300 Block of Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia

Historic Germantown

Address:5501 Germantown Ave,

Philadelphia, PA 19144

Phone:+1 (215)844-1683

About Historic Germantown

Historic Germantown is a partnership of 16 extraordinary historic houses, destinations, and museums in Northwest Philadelphia that have joined together to protect, preserve, and share some of Philadelphia's prized historical assets.

Historic Germantown, located just minutes from Center City, is where one of Philadelphia's Revolutionary War Battles was fought; where the first-ever American protest against slavery was written; and where one of the few remaining houses on the Underground Railroad still stands. 

Historic Germantown will be a leader in enhancing the economic and cultural development of our community through the collective voice of its member sites.

Historic Germantown is a partnership organization serving historic sites in Philadelphia’s Old German Township that works collaboratively to preserve its extraordinary historic assets, increase access, interpret them to the public and raise their visibility.

Jun 2017 Dates Unconfirmed | Philadelphia, PA | Cultural

ODUNDE is one of the largest African-American street festivals in the country. Drawing around 500,000 people annually to its home base in Philadelphia, this festival celebrates a variety of African-American cultures and traditions. ODUNDE is famous for its authentic African marketplace, where vendors from all over gather to peddle handcrafted goods. Spanning 12 city blocks, this street festival features lively entertainment and eclectic crowds.

Mailing Address:ODUNDE Inc.P.O. Box 21748
Philadelphia, PA. 19146

Phone: (215)-732-8510


ODUNDE was created in 1975 by Lois Fernandez and Ruth Arthur. The festival   attracts UP TO 500,000  people annually and is the largest African American street  festivals held in the country.The festival, whose concept originates from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, West Africa, celebrates the coming of another year for  African Americans and Africanized people around the world.  It is an  occasion highlighted by a colorful procession from  23rd and South Streets to the Schuylkill River where an offering of  fruit and flowers is made to Oshun, the Yoruba goddess of the river.   ODUNDE is also known for its authentic African  marketplace featuring vendors from around the  world selling merchandise  from many African nations, the Caribbean and Brazil. 

Each year, the second Sunday  in June, ODUNDE takes place covering 12 city blocks.  ODUNDE will be celebrating its 39TH year in the  traditional south Philadelphia location near 23rd and South streets. The festival started in  1975 with a $100.00 grant and neighbors from Fernandez's south  Philadelphia community.  In just  two years the ODUNDE Festival exploded.  The eclectic mix of vendors, entertainment and music started to draw people from around and beyond the region and  each year continues to be no different.  ODUNDE IS FOR EVERYONE, WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY THIS YEAR!!!

ODUNDE FESTIVAL 2016 Philadelphia, PA 

Brand Nubians 



Philadelphia history has not always been brotherly. The first 150 Africans who came here in 1684, when the slave ship Isabella arrived. Waves of enslaved Africans would come to the area in the next thirty years. By 1720, approximately 2,500 people of African descent lived in the city. But unlike most other cities content to exploit slavery, a strong abolitionist streak in Philadelphia fought against that wretched institution.

Though slavery in Pennsylvania was abolished in 1820, circumstances did not immediately improve for African Americans. While they constituted 10% of city population and were free, racism and the threat of white mob violence were a constant threat. A race riot ensued in the 1840s when competition for work was fierce. Though hampered from large-scale participation in the local economy, African Americans with assistance in many cases from Quakers, created their own society-within-a-society. They built elementary schools, orphanages, nursing homes, and Lincoln University in nearby Oxford, Pennsylvania.

John Miller Dickey, a white pastor of Oxford Presbyterian Church in Oxford, tried to help an African American student gain admission to two Philadelphia theology schools. When the black applicant was rejected, Dickey decided African Americans needed an institution for higher learning and founded Lincoln University in 1854. Consequently, Lincoln became the first school to provide post-secondary instruction for African Americans. Famous alumni include the great poet Langston Hughes, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first Prime Minister. By the 1920s, Lincoln alumni comprised 20 percent of the black physicians and more than 10 percent of the black lawyers in the United States.

Philadelphia saw a huge increase in the black population, as southerners fled to the city in the 1890s. The Philadelphia Tribune newspaper, Black churches and organizations like the Prince Hall Masons were their survival guides. Newcomers also found bustling segregated Black communities in North and West Philadelphia that continue today.

Richard Allen

Black population boomed again by World War II, as African Americans swelled to 18% of the city’s residents and worked in factories converted for weapons production. Following World War II, many job opportunities opened, but African Americans often faced retaliatory economic discrimination by returning European American veterans. There is ample evidence that housing segregation increased as well. Those economic and social conditions were a breeding ground for race riots in the 1960s.

Over eager to get a handle on crime, the majority of voters elected Frank Rizzo, a former police chief, to become mayor in 1971. His administration was best known or loathed for squashing the civil rights of African Americans. In the 1970s, brothers from Philly attending colleges around the country used to brag with good reason, that they had the toughest (most unfair) police force in the nation. One of the best things they could brag about was world champion Joe Frazier, who gave Muhammad Ali all he could handle. Frazier opened a boxing gym that brought people of all stripes together.

Historic Joe Frazier Gym on Broad Street

The first Black mayor, Wilson Goode, was elected in 1983 and re-elected in 1987. But Goode’s legacy is infamous for authorizing the 1985 bombing of the house that inhabited MOVE, a group of black activists. Better precautions could have been taken to prevent the bombing from killing 11 MOVE members, including children. The devastating fire destroyed two city blocks and only heroic efforts by the fire department prevented it from getting worse. Social turmoil continued through the 1980s, particularly with the incident involving Mumia A. Jamal. Nevertheless, most of Philadelphia’s African Americans saw an economic upswing with more social doors opening.

When the Million Women March was held on 25 October 1997, activists, blue-collar workers, professionals, students, celebrities, single and married mothers all held the national spotlight on Philadelphia in an overwhelming show of unity and purpose. Traffic along Interstate 95 Freeway to the city was backed up. Attendance estimates ran over 1 million. US Congresswoman Maxine Water’s speech set the tone for this gathering that completely filled Ben Franklin Parkway from City Hall to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She stated, “We are profoundly responsible. We don’t need to promise-keep, bemoan or atone. We need to use our collective power to shape public policy, fight discrimination, racism, favoritism and old-boy network-ism.

John Street, elected Philadelphia’s second Black mayor has been restoring African Americans’ confidence in Philadelphia government policy and infrastructure. Though it has problems like every other large city, particularly the risk of gentrification at the expense of the working poor, Philly’s good side has never appeared brighter.


As one of the oldest and largest cities with African-American residents, Philadelphia Cultural Sites have accumulated over decades to present much of the best things to enjoy about Black Life — museums, libraries, monuments, murals, theatre, dance, recording studios and black colleges.

All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers & Sailors
DESCRIPTION: This notable 18-foot column of 12 life-size figures honors three centuries of African-American veterans. In 1994, it was moved from Fairmont Park to this prominent location in Center City.

DAYS & HOURS: 24/7 public access
ADDRESS: Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA MAP
PARKING: limited street parking nearby
RAPID TRANSIT: 19th Street & Market SEPTA Station

Philadelphia International Records
DESCRIPTION: Though the relationship between Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff began in the 1960s, the record company began releasing albums in the 1970s. The musical legacy of this great institution, now called Gamble-Huff Music, prevails at this location — see The Sound Of Philadelphia.

ADMISSION: by appt only
DAYS & HOURS: no tours
ADDRESS: 309 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA MAP
PARKING: Paid lots nearby
RAPID TRANSIT: Lombard-South SEPTA Station
PHONE: 215-985-0900

Philadelphia Walk of Fame
Stroll the city’s walk of musical legends and see bronze plaques of native and immigrant Philadelphians who composed, sang or produced Jazz, Blues, R&B, Rock, Classical, Opera, Hip-Hop, Country, Big Band, and Gospel music. The honoree list currently includes: Marian Anderson, Pearl Bailey, Thom Bell, Boyz II Men, Solomon Burke, Chubby Checker, John Coltrane, The Delphonics, Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff, Phyllis Hyman, Patti LaBelle, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergras, Bessie Smith, The Stylistics, McCoy Tyner, Grover Washington Jr, and Ethel Waters.

DAYS & HOURS: 24/7 public access
ADDRESS: South Broad Street between Walnut & Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PA MAP
PARKING: Paid lots nearby
RAPID TRANSIT: Walnut-Locust SEPTA Station

Blue Horizon Boxing Club
Founded by Veronica Michael, a black female boxing promoter, it is one of the great boxing clubs in the nation. Voted by Ring magazine to be the nation’s #1 boxing venue. Legendary prize-fighters, like Joe Frazier, have trained here before some of their biggest paydays. Call or check their calendar for boxing events. It also hosts wedding receptions, parties and cabarets.

ADMISSION: event dependent
DAYS & HOURS: event dependent
ADDRESS: 1312-16 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA MAP
PARKING: on street
PHONE: 215-763-0500

Freedom Theatre
Founded 1966 by John E Allen, Jr. and Robert E Leslie. Originally a three floor mansion, this distinguished venue has trained thousands of actors and presented several hundred plays, including the Lorraine Hansberry standard, A Raisin in the Sun.

ADMISSION: start at $25
DAYS & HOURS: shows typically start at 8p
ADDRESS: 1346 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA MAP
PARKING: on street
PHONE: 215-765-2793

Kappa Alpha Psi International Headquarters
DESCRIPTION: Founded 1911 at Indiana University, the renown fraternity’s world headquarters has been located in this building since 1991.

ADMISSION: by appt
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 9a-5p
ADDRESS: 2322 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA MAP
PARKING: on street
RAPID TRANSIT: Susquehanna-Dauphin SEPTA Station
PHONE: 215-228-7184

Charles Blockson Afro-American Collection
It contains over 40,000 African-American history documents and artifacts. The collection features books, slave narratives, photographs, sheet music and original recordings.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 9a-5p
ADDRESS: 1330 West Berks Street, Sullivan Hall at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA MAP
PARKING: on street
RAPID TRANSIT: Cecil Moore SEPTA Station
PHONE: 215-204-6632

DESCRIPTION: Founded by Executive & Artistic Director Joan Myers Brown in 1970, this widely acclaimed dance troupe known for dramatic innovation and thrilling dancer training; this professional troupe travels internationally and nation about 40 dates in the year, so check their calendar; they perform locally at the Kimmel Performing Arts Center.

ADMISSION: varies by performance
DAYS & HOURS: 8p at Kimmel Arts Center
ADDRESS: 9 North Preston Street, Philadelphia, PA MAP
PARKING: on street
RAPID TRANSIT: 40th Street SEPTA Station
PHONE: 215-387-8200

Bushfire Theater of Performing Arts
This beloved theater produces local and national plays. Youth and adult acting classes are available. Notice the Walk Of Fame in front, which has plaque tributes to Black actors from stage, cinema and TV such as Dorothy Dandridge, Paul Robeson, Ira Aldridge and John Amos.

ADMISSION: varies by play or workshop
DAYS & HOURS: varies by play or workshop
ADDRESS: 52nd and Locust Streets, Philadelphia, PA MAP
PARKING: on street
RAPID TRANSIT: 52nd Street SEPTA Station
PHONE: 215-747-9230

Balch Institution for Ethnic Studies
A multicultural library, archives, museum, and education center with an extensive collection of manuscripts, documents and artifacts relating to African-American history.

ADMISSION: small fee and Free on Saturdays 10a-Noon
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 10a-4p
ADDRESS: 18 South 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA MAP
PARKING: on street
RAPID TRANSIT: 8th and Market Street SEPTA Station
PHONE: 215-925-8090

Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
Having over 2,100 murals, Philadelphia is the undisputed mural capital of America; the city is filled with portraits of national and community heroes, including Grover Washington and 4 African American Heavyweight Boxing champions. To schedule a 2-hour tour, visit Thomas Eakins House.

ADMISSION: small fee
DAYS & HOURS: Saturday-Sunday Apr-Nov 12:30p, Wednesday May-Nov 10a
ADDRESS: 1729 Mount Vernon Street, Philadelphia, PA MAP
PARKING: on street
RAPID TRANSIT: Spring Garden SEPTA Station
PHONE: 215-685-0750

Rennie Harris – Puremovement
DESCRIPTION: This hip-hop dance company was founded in 1992 by Rennie Harris. This acclaimed dance troupe tours nationally and internationally as they present popping, locking, stepping, break, house and other electrifying dance styles that represent the essence of hip-hop.

ADMISSION: event dependent
DAYS & HOURS: event dependent
ADDRESS: 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA MAP
PARKING: garages nearby
RAPID TRANSIT: 15th Street SEPTA Station and Suburban SEPTA Station
PHONE: 215-382-8191

Philadelphia Tribune
Founded in 1884 by Christopher Perry who remained publisher until 1921. The oldest continuously published African American newspaper in America. The 1st edition was hand-printed at 725 Sansom Street. The Tribune is still the primary voice of African American interests in Philadelphia and has won many awards over the years from the National Newspaper Publishers Association.

ADDRESS: 520-26 South 16th Street, Philadelphia, PA MAP
PHONE: 215-893-4611

Lincoln University
One of the oldest HBCUs, it was founded in 1854 and first called Ashmun Institute. It is located 45 miles southwest of Philadelphia, distinguished alumni include Thurgood Marshall, Kwame Nkrumah, Roscoe Lee Brown and Langston Hughes. The University admitted women students in 1952, and formally associated with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1972 as a state-related university. During its first 100 years, Lincoln graduated 20% of the Black physicians and more than 10% of the Black attorneys in the United States. Its alumni have headed over 35 colleges and universities and scores of prominent churchesenrolls approximately 2,000 students.

DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri call to schedule at visit
ADDRESS: 1570 Baltimore Pike, Lincoln, PA MAP
PARKING: on premises
PHONE: 484-365-8000

Cheyney University
Founded in 1837, it is the oldest historically Black college and located 24 miles outside Philadelphia; At its founding, the university was named the African Institute. However, the name was changed several weeks later to the Institute for Colored Youth (ICY); in subsequent years, the university was renamed Cheyney Training School for Teachers (1914), Cheyney State Teacher’s College (1951), Cheyney State College (1959), and now Cheyney University of Pennsylvania (1983); today the school has ~1,319 undergraduate and 117 graduate students.

DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri tours by schedule available at 10a and 1p
ADDRESS: Cheyney Road at Creek Road, Cheyney, PA MAP
PARKING: on premises
PHONE: 610-399-2275



Philadelphia Cheesesteak

Philadelphia Cheesesteak or “Philly Cheesesteak”, is simply a sandwich principally made up of thinly sliced pieces of steak and melted cheese on a long, lightly-baked hoagie roll. Many patrons ask that the foot-long roll be cut in half to serve a more reasonable portion. Some patrons eat two! Excuse us McDonalds. With so many cafes and delis serving Philadelphia Cheesesteak around town, it’s the unofficial fast meal of choice. If you can imagine one of those magnificently decadent goodies in your hand, you may have a casual interest in what comes next.

Most historians credit Pat and Harry Olivieri with inventing the Philadelphia Cheesesteak. In the 1930s, they began serving thinly chopped steak on hoagie rolls at their hot dog stand in South Philadelphia. Adding melted cheese was just an option. Customers loved ’em. They became so popular, Pat opened up his own steak restaurant shortly afterwards. For many years, Pat simply called it a “steak sandwich” not a “cheesesteak”. But as the years passed, Pat eventually yielded to customer demand and “cheese” was added to “steak.” His restaurant still operates today as Pat’s King of Steaks.

The growth of Philadelphia Cheesesteaks accelerated when Cheez Whiz hit the market marketed in 1953. Cheese Whiz consists of soft American, Provolone, Swiss, Cheddar, or Mozzarella cheese that can easily be dipped and lathered on freshly cooked, thin-sliced steak already placed in the hoagie roll. The cheese melds to steak and roll, but its best to eat while warm. The availability of Cheese Whiz nationwide, made it easy to export a key ingredient of nationwide, so restaurants, ex-Philadelphians or customers could make their own versions of the now famous Philadelphia Cheesesteak.

Today, various celebrity chefs recommend other fancy cheeses and a hint of spices in their Philadelphia Cheesesteak. But fear not, the original served in South Philadelphia restaurants remains the best – others may taste good, but they are a derivative. We highly recommend visiting Pats King of Steaks, Geno’s Steaks, and Jim’s Steaks on 400 South Street, which often have lines of patrons waiting to order.

Location Tour Starring Khalid

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The Foundry Philadelphia, PA

Fri, 01/20/17 @09:00 PM

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Power 99 Presents Sevyn Streeter

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The Foundry Philadelphia, PA

Sat, 01/21/17 08:00 PM

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Philadelphia, PA

Sun, 01/22/17 08:00 PM

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R. Kelly - The Buffet Tour 2016

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The Santander Arena Reading, PA

Fri, 02/03/17 08:00 PM

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C&C Music Factory feat. Freedom Williams at The 25th Hour

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The 25th Hour WILKES-BARRE , PA

Fri, 02/10/17 @08:00 PM

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Jeffrey Osborne

SugarHouse Casino Philadelphia, PA

Fri, 02/10/17 @09:00 PM

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Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds

Caesars Atlantic City-Atlantic City, NJ

Fri, 02/10/17 @ 09:00 PM

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Erykah Badu & Tyrese

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Boardwalk Hall-Atlantic City, NJ

Sat, 02/11/17 @08:00 PM

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Valentine's Soul Jam

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Tropicana Showroom-Atlantic City, NJ

Sat, 02/11/17@08:00 PM

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Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds

Sands Bethlehem Event Center-Bethlehem, PA

Sun, 02/12/17@07:00 PM

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Soul Shakers Winter Blues Guitarmageddon II: All+Star Lineup

Scranton Cultural Center-Scranton, PA

Fri, 02/17/17@07:30 PM

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REVOLT Presents Ro James

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The Foundry-Philadelphia, PA

Sun, 02/26/17 @08:00 PM

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The Temptations

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Sands Bethlehem Event CenterBethlehem, PA

Sun, 03/05/17@07:00 PM

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Lionel Richie: All The Hits With Very Special Guest Mariah Carey

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Wells Fargo Center-Philadelphia, PA

Sat, 03/18/17@07:00 PM

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Nylon Music Tour Presents Powers & Bridgit Mendler

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The Foundry-Philadelphia, PA

Fri, 03/24/17@08:00 PM

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Sherman Theater-Stroudsburg, PA

Fri, 03/24/17@08:00 PM

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Patti Austin

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Berks Jazz FestReading, PA

Fri, 03/31/17 @07:30 PM

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Will Downing

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Berks Jazz Fest-Reading, PA

Fri, 04/07/17 @07:00 PM

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Gerald Veasley's Midnight Jam

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Berks Jazz Fest-Reading, PA

Fri, 04/07/17 @11:59 PM

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Shemekia Copeland

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Berks Jazz Fest-Reading, PA

Sat, 04/08/17@07:30 PM

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Ones to Watch Presents gnash - the sleepover tour

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Theatre of Living Arts-Philadelphia, PA

Sat, 04/22/17@07:30 PM

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Tower of Power & AWB

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Scottish Rite Auditorium-Collingswood, NJ

Sat, 04/29/17@08:00 PM

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Tower of Power

Keswick Theatre-Glenside, PA

Sun, 04/30/17@07:30 PM

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Mother's Day Music Festival With Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly

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Boardwalk Hall-Atlantic City, NJ

Sat, 05/13/17@07:00 PM

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Boyz II Men - Upgrade Meet & Greet Packages

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Wells Fargo Center-Philadelphia, PA

Sat, 06/24/17@07:31 PM

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Boyz II Men - Upgrade Meet & Greet Packages

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PPL Center-Allentown, PA

Wed, 07/05/17@07:31 PM

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Run the Jewels: Run the World Tour

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Electric Factory-Philadelphia, PA

Wed, 01/11/17@08:00 PM

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All-stars Of Hip-hop

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Boardwalk Hall-Atlantic City, NJ

Sun, 01/15/17@07:00 PM

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Turntables & Alcohol feat. DJ Aktive and Matthew Law

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The Foundry-Philadelphia, PA

Sun, 01/15/17@10:00 PM

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The Foundry-Philadelphia, PA

Thu, 01/19/17@08:00 PM

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Lud Foe & DJ Spotlight

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Theatre of Living Arts-Philadelphia, PA

Sat, 01/21/17@06:30 PM

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Talib Kweli

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Theatre of Living Arts-Philadelphia, PA

Thu, 02/09/17@08:00 PM

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Meek Mill & Friends

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Wells Fargo Center-Philadelphia, PA

Fri, 02/10/17@07:00 PM

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Jake Miller

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Theatre of Living Arts-Philadelphia, PA

Mon, 02/13/17@08:00 PM

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The Showdown Featuring Big Daddy Kane & Kool G Rap

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Sherman Theater-Stroudsburg, PA

Fri, 02/17/17@08:00 PM

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Chief Keef

Coda-Philadelphia, PA

Mon, 02/20/17@08:00 PM

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Red Door Presents "Back To The 90's"

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The Santander Arena-Reading, PA

Fri, 02/24/17@07:30 PM

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Soul Nation Events Presents Lil Kim, Remy Ma, Cardi-B, & The Lox

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The Santander Arena-Reading, PA

Sat, 02/25/17@08:00 PM

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Merry Jane Presents Juicy J - The Rubba Band Business Tour

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The Fillmore Philadelphia-Philadelphia, PA

Wed, 03/01/17@08:00 PM

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Belly - Upgrade Meet & Greet Packages

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The Fillmore -PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia, PA

Wed, 03/01/17@08:01 PM

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Stann Smith

Sherman Theater-Stroudsburg, PA

Sat, 04/01/17@07:30 PM

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Big Sean: I Decided Tour 2017

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The Fillmore Philadelphia-Philadelphia, PA

Wed, 04/12/17@08:00 PM

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Theatre of Living Arts-Philadelphia, PA

Tue, 04/18/17@08:30 PM

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The Weeknd - Starboy: Legend of the Fall 2017 World Tour

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Boardwalk Hall-Atlantic City, NJ

Fri, 05/19/17@07:30 PM

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