Ride Em Cowboy: Lassoed Into The Arizona Black Rodeo With Nissan

I returned to the Arizona Black Rodeo in Phoenix for a second time this year.

Memorabilia from the Arizona Black Rodeo sponsored by Nissan

Held at the Rawhide Western Town and Event Center, the sold-out event features two shows of family friendly entertainment in a rodeo that’s fit for all ages.

Nissan was a presenting sponsor of the Arizona Black Rodeo and they brand had Nissan Titans, Nissan Maxima’s and even a Nissan Kicks on hand during the sports gathering. Events like the Arizona Black Rodeo help Nissan showcase their commitment to the African American community and allows this key consumer demographic for the Japanese automotive manufacturer get an up close look at the vehicles.

Jawn Murray and the Nissan Titan

I had the pleasure of riding in the opening processional of the rodeo in the back of a Nissan Titan.

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The Arizona Black Rodeo celebrates the history of Black Cowboys and Cowgirls with a contemporary look at presentations like bull dogging, calf roping, barrel racing, ladies steer undecorating and bull riding.

Funnyman Avery Ford also showcased his Spanky character as comic relief during the show, while greats like the Buffalo Soldiers and various line dance groups show off their group pride and show off their dancing skills.

Jawn Murray and Cowboy Ramontay McConnell

The Arizona Black Rodeo is an event that’s hard to capture in words, but something you should experience at least once. Put on by Cloves and Lanette Campbell, the annual event offers a unique experience and celebration of Black culture in an experience worth taking the trip to Phoenix, Arizona for.

VIDEO: Jawn Murray’s inside look at the Arizona Black Rodeo.

LODGING: While in Phoenix for the Arizona Black Rodeo, guests of Nissan stayed at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, AZ.

This tribal-themed resort owned by Marriott is paradise in the dessert, transporting the peace and tranquility of a Caribbean or Mexican destination right to Arizona. It’s spacious, relaxing and aesthetically-unique in its decor.

While the Sheraton Grand could be an ideal Stateside getaway for those looking to vacation on American soil, this destination certainly has its challenges. Despite exhaustive measures by our host to prepay for rooms and resort fees prior to the arrival of their guestsand even though at check-in the front desk person explained that room, tax and resort fees were paid and only a credit was needed for incidentals; each of the guests were charged in total for the full stay of the hotel on their credit cards.

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The night before checking out, a group of us gathered at the front desk while employees at the Sheraton spent nearly 45 minutes working through the mishandled mess for many of us, a third (and for others a fourth) time during two-day stay.

What could have been an amazing experience at a beautiful resort with plenty of offerings to entice guests to return just for pleasure really became a headache of an experience that caused unnecessary stress and concern over incorrect credit charges and a dismissive approach to resolving it.

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