Footie Mob, The Mixtape 615 show Black soccer culture thrives in South

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They called it “Nash-lanta.”

The soccer fan event was the first of its kind, comprised of three key ingredients: Black culture, community and the beautiful game. Together, Nashville SC’s Black-led supporters groups — The Mixtape 615 and Atlanta-based Footie Mob — created an inclusive space for this growing intersectionality in the South and the U.S.

The event started last Saturday at the Dream Streets North community center in north Nashville. It moved to the old expo buildings for a tailgate before Nashville SC hosted Atlanta United FC at Geodis Park .

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“Blackness is not limited,” Mixtape co-founder Eric Brown Jr. said. “…If Black people are a part of any experience, whether that’s finance or soccer or tennis…if Black people are there, that is the Black experience.”

Now more than ever, Black soccer fans are taking up seats at games spanning across multiple leagues in the U.S. Soccer pyramid. The Mixtape joined the movement on Juneteenth 2021, eventually joining Footie Mob this year to spearhead the growth of Black soccer supporters culture in the South.

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Nashville SC fan Eric Capehart cheers for his team before the match against Atlanta United at Geodis Park Saturday, May 21, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn.

Two influences shaped Brown’s perspective on soccer as a Black consumer of soccer: Marcus Whitney, the healthcare innovator and entrepreneur who co-founded Nashville SC, and Footie Mob.

Brown went to a Nashville-Atlanta match last May at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and saw rappers Pastor Troy and 2Chainz on the jumbotron as gameday promoters. He was hooked.

So Brown, along with Metro Councilman Brandon Taylor, Councilwoman Zulfat Suara, Jarret Strickland, and Nadira Freeman co-founded The Mixtape.





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