The Taste of Soul festival was in full swing this weekend, with various Black-owned vendors, performances and celebrity guest, all in the Crenshaw District of Los Angeles.
Although gentrification is happening rapidly in the Black enclaves of the Los Angeles community, this event highlighted that the heart and soul of the community is still alive and well. Check out some photos from the 14th annual Taste of Soul event below:
About Taste of Soul:
“Taste of Soul was created and founded in 2005 by Danny J. Bakewell, Sr., CEO of Bakewell Media and Executive Publisher of the LA Sentinel/LA Watts Times Newspapers. Taste of Soul Family Festival has been dubbed by Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, as the largest one-day ‘free’ street festival and event in all of L.A.
City & County, with over 350,000 attendees on legendary Crenshaw Blvd. Taste of Soul takes place annually, every third Saturday in October, featuring a taste of all things “soulful,” from local and international cuisine, to your favorite quick-eats that reflect a Black cultural experience, fused with diverse cultures and traditions.
The festival boasts of five amazing performance stages, featuring world renown artists, award-winning singers and your favorite bands. From Queen Latifah to Stevie Wonder, Chante Moore, Ginuwine, Doug E. Fresh, Brandy, War, Kenny Lattimore, Major, En Vogue and many of your favorite artists. To honor the immense talent from local communities, Starquest is an annual singing competition for kids and adults, with winners receiving cash prizes and recording opportunities from industry professionals.
Taste of Soul is much more than a Food festival but a community gathering, a festival dedicated to presenting high-end entertainment and a cultural experience to the South L.A. community for no charge. And we didn’t forget about the kids! Children’s Zone is the festival’s own community and safe-place for children, featuring a live Kidz Stage, as well as fun games, contests, raffles, face-painting, etc., with health and social service resources for parents too!”