Published on September 6th, 2021 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


Photos: Rick Ross, G Herbo and More Headline First Ever Music Festival in Benton Harbor

Over the weekend Wilson Chandler, former NBA player, and Village, the largest national conglomerate for black-owned cannabis brands, launched a cannabis brand Nobody’s Home with a free music festival in his hometown, Benton Harbor, MI. The impressive line-up, curated by John Monopoly (Kanye West’s manager),  included Rick Ross, G-Herbo, Freddie Gibbs, Babyface Ray, Chase B and more.

Benton Harbor’s average income is near poverty level and according to Mayor Marcus Muhammad, “there were a lot of naysayers saying don’t it, it’ll be violent.” Despite doubts, the festival drew a crowd of over 500 people from various parts of the Midwest and was peaceful, organized and a lot of fun.

When asked what the biggest challenge in getting more Black people in the cannabis game John Monopoly said that, “most people of color think the cannabis industry is out of their reach because of legal issues in the past, or access to capital. The goal is to educate our people on what’s possible.”


Photo credit: Keeton Robinson

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