Julia’s, Ollie’s Trolley, Over-the-Rhine…

What to do in Cincinnati while visiting for the NAACP Convention.

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Ollie's Trolley. Old-school soul food sold out of an old trolley car at the corner of West Liberty and Central Avenues in Over-the-Rhine.


The Greenwich . Long a haven for jazz in Walnut Hills, now renovated and host to musicians and spoken word artists.


Markell-Bani . How often do you run across black-owned wineries in the Midwest?


Bell's Tobacco . After you grab a good vino from Markell-Bani, roll around I-275 to Bell's, where some good black folk will roll you a nice stogie.


City Hall . I told the mayor's chief of staff, Carla Walker, over coffee on Thursday that it's a safe bet most outside of Cincinnati don't know how much political clout African Americans have in this town. The mayor, Mark Mallory, and city manager, Milton Dohoney, are both black; as are the coroner, several city councilmen past and present and numerous department heads. While Walker and I talked, a former city solicitor, young, black and female, stopped over to chat us up. Cincy may not be known for its progressive politics, but black folk definitely have a seat at the table here.