The shooting of a 16-year-old there last month has propelled Power & Light District into high gear…
The game plan: Eliminate the urban/hip hop crowd from the downtown entertainment district.
The teenager was shot in a P&L parking garage at 1:40 a.m. after the R. Kelly concert. Obviously Kelly, a popular black singer, has had his own issues with the law.
And as we all know, most established concert venues try NOT to book black acts. Other than crossovers like Bill Cosby, Tina Turner and even Snoop Dog. There’s simply too much violence surrounding the younger urban shows.
Surprised, huh? Uh, no.
Now P&L has added some new twists: A $10 COVER ON FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS.
And get this one…
THEY ARE ACCEPTING CREDIT CARDS AT THE DOOR FOR ADMITTANCE ON FRIDAYS.
Why? You guessed it. Most young blacks HAVE NO CREDIT CARDS. Hello.
Cash is allowed on Saturdays due to concerts and tourists.
What else? Oh yeah, COUNTRY MUSIC ON THURSDAY NIGHTS EVERY THURSDAY WITH YOUNG COUNTRY 104.3. Young blacks don’t like the country music and stay away.
Westport, which has had a much more peaceful summer, had a tragic death a few nights ago when 19-year-old Halle Steele collapsed to the floor, hit her head and died. She was a KU student, best known for her work on the channel 6, Lawrence TV Show, "The Not So Late Show." According to a Westport spokesperson, paramedics were on the scene in seconds; she had heat stroke, fell and accidentally hit her head and passed away.
With the recent closings of two of the three major black dance clubs in the Midtown area, Karma and Zen, the P&L as well as Martini Corner have seen a big rise in black attendance and increased violence this summer.
"When I go down to look at their crowds, now I see the urban core – blacks being more than 50% of the total crowd now, especially after 11 PM," says a source who asked not to be named. "It always leads to violence and even the death of a strong district. We all know what it has done to Westport over the last 20 years. But there seems to be no real answer to the problem."
P.S. The 16-year-old from P&L was hit by a flurry of bullets fired in the garage, taken to a hospital and dumped off by an unknown man; he left her there and took off.
Nice of him, huh?