The 15th Annual Taste of Soul Reveals Virtual Concert and Community Food Distribution; Despite COVID-19 Taste of Soul is still delivering food and music to the community. 

By Brian W. Carter

Contributing Writer

 

Are you ready for Taste of Soul, virtually? Taste of Soul was designed to highlight Black businesses, the best of ethnic cuisine, concerts, art, family fun with health and job resources in our community. 

Although we will miss this year’s festival, Taste of Soul is still here serving the community.

“After we made the decision not tohold an in-person Taste of Soul this year, I realized that our community needed Taste of Soul and the tenets of the event, now, more than ever. 

People still need food, and although we are all safer at home, people also need entertainment; they need to feel that LOVE that Taste of Soul instills throughout our community. 

 

So, with the help of Zafar Brooks and Hyundai Motors of North America, the Los Angeles County Regional Food Bank, our local union friends, and a myriad of elected officials and community supporters, we have found a way to bring to our community Taste of Soul – On-Line and On Time,” said Danny. J. Bakewell, Sr. Bakewell, founder/creator of Taste of Soul and chairman of Bakewell Media.

The spirit of Taste of Soul has always been huge, and it refused to be silenced by a worldwide pandemic! You can catch this star-studded event via Llivestream at www.tasteofsoul.org on Saturday, October 17, at 6 p.m. PST, sponsored by Hyundai. Come and party virtually with Danny J. Bakewell, Sr., elected officials, entertainers and of course—Taste of Soul Nation! Taste of Soul will also present a drive-thru community food distribution that will take place on the same day, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper.

The virtual show will feature musical performances by artists such as After 7, Anthony Hamilton, Deborah Joy Winans, Doug E. Fresh, En Vogue, Fred Hammond, Jade Novah, Kool Moe Dee, MAJOR., Tamela Mann and Montell Jordan. The virtual event will also have appearances by Darrin Dewitt Henson, Roland Martin,Lamman Rucker, Loni Love, Kim Fields, Dr. Bobby Jones, Faithe C. Herman, Wendy Raquel Robinson and Debbie Allen. Comedian and actress, Kym Whitley will host the virtual event with D.J. Mal-Ski hosting the final part of the show: Virtual Taste of Soul House Party from 8 p.m.-9 p.m. PST.  

The fun doesn’t stop there— join Taste of Soul’s social media contest by posting a photo to social media wearing your favorite Taste of Soul gear, alma mater or favorite mask using the hashtag #TasteofSoul2020. Selected winners will win $100 gift cards or a Taste of Soul gift basket.

 

The Taste of Soul virtual event welcomes community messaging about COVID-19, health & safety, voting and more by Taste of Soul chairs & co-chairs – Mayor Eric Garcetti, CongressmemberKaren Bass, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Councilman Herb Wesson, Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, and other elected officials and celebrities.

There will also be a panel discussion on the “State of Our America,” moderated by CBS2/KCAL9 Anchor, Pat Harvey featuring panelists: Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer, 59th District, Assemlbymember Mike Gipson, 64th District & Dr. George McKenna, board member, LAUSD Dist.1.

On the same day, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., the Taste of Soul Community Food Distribution will be supporting families and Black businesses that need help during this pandemic.

There will be a drive-thru (only) located at the Los Angeles Sentinel office located at 3800 S. Crenshaw Blvd., LA 90008.  

Along with groceries from the L.A. Food Bank, pre-packaged meals are included, served by Dulan’s on Crenshaw, Harold & Belles, Mels Fish Shackand The District by GS, providing the community with a little ‘Taste’ of Taste of Soul.The meals will be cooked off-site and pre-packaged for distribution following strict COVID-19 health restrictions approved by L.A. County Public Health.This food distribution is supported by Bakewell Media/L.A. Sentinel in partnership with Mothers in Action, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Councilman Herb Wesson, L.A. Food Bank, L.A. County Federation of Labor, Labor Community Services, Miquel Contreras Foundation, Brotherhood Crusade, SEIU 2015, Bank of America, TNBC, AFGE, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Metropolitan Water District, Radio Free KJLH and 94.7 The Wave, US Bank, L.A. World Airports, Dulan’s on Crenshaw, Harold & Belles, Mel’s Fish Shack, and The District by GS.    

Bakewell Media and the Los Angeles Sentinel presents the Taste of Soul Online and On-time Virtual Concert in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which canceled the street festival portion of the festivities due to social distancing guidelines this year.

The 15th Annual Taste of Soul Goes Virtual event will keep the tradition going, keeping everyone safe and bringing the best in entertainment.

Proud partners of the virtual Taste of Soul include: L.A. County, L.A. City, Mothers In Action, CBS2/KCAL9, 94.7 The WAVE, 102.3 Radio FREE KJLH, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Metropolitan Water District, Chase Bank, SEIU 2015, Brotherhood Crusade, Law Firm: Ivie, McNeill, Wyatt, Purcell & Diggs and Baldwin Hills Crenshaw. 

Please stay tuned to www.tasteofsoul.org and meet up with the rest of Taste of Soul Nation on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Don’t forget to support the L.A. Sentinel in print and digital and look for more information on how you can support Black businesses at www.lasentinel.net.

 

VIRTUAL CONCERT RUN OF SHOW

6:00 – 10:00 PM

2020 15TH ANNUAL TASTE OF SOUL FAMILY FESTIVAL CELEBRATION

6:00 PM

Pre-show musical prelude - DJ Mal-Ski

 

ACT 1

6:15 – 6:35 PM

2020 15TH ANNUAL TASTE OF SOUL FAMILY FESTIVAL CELEBRATION

Kym Whitley, Host of show and Actor/Comedian

Loni Love, Actor

Danny J. Bakewell, Sr, CEO/President, Bakewell Media,

Founder/Creator, Taste of Soul

Mayor Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles

The Hyundai Sound Stage #1

Tamala Mann, Musical performance

Zafar Brooks, Director, Diversity & Inclusion

Hyundai Motor North America, Presenting Sponsor

 

ACT 2

6:35 – 7:05 PM

THE IMPACT OF THE PANDEMIC ON OUR COMMUNITY

Pamela A. Bakewell, EVP/COO, The Bakewell Company/LA Sentinel/

Taste of Soul

Dr. Elaine Batchlor, President/CEO, Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital

Mark Ridley-Thomas, Supervisor, LA County, District 2

Herb Wesson, Council Member, LA City, District 10

Lamman Rucker, Actor

The Hyundai Sound Stage #2

Montell Jordan, Musical performance

After 7, Musical performance

 

ACT 3

7:05 – 7:35 PM

PRAISE IS WHAT I DO – GOSPEL CELEBRATION

Wendy Raquel Robinson, Actor

Pastor J. Edgar Boyd, 1st AME Los Angeles

Dr. Bobby Jones, Gospel artist - special appearance

The Hyundai Sound Stage #3

Fred Hammond, Musical performance

Deborah Joy Winans, Musical performance

Tamela Mann, Musical performance

Darrin Dewitt Henson, Actor

 

ACT 4

7:35 – 7:55 PM

NEWS YOU CAN USE / CURRENT EVENTS

Pat Harvey, Anchor, CBS2 /KCAL9 & Panelists:

Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer, State of CA, 59th District,

Assembly Member Mike Gipson, State of CA, 64th District &

George McKenna, LAUSD Board, District 1

7:35 – 7:55 PM

Deborah Joy Winans, Musical performance

Curren Price, Council Member, LA City, District 9

Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Council Member, LA City, District 8

Autumn R. Burke, Assembly Member, State of CA, District 62

Roland Martin, Journalist

 

ACT 5

7:55 – 8:15 PM

VOTE: LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT

The Hyundai Sound Stage #4

Jade Novah, Musical performance

MAJOR., Musical performance

Kamala Harris, US Senator and Democratic Vice-Presidential Nominee

Maxine Waters, US Representative for California’s 43rd Congressional District

Karen Bass, US Representative for California’s 37th Congressional District

Charisse Bremond, President/CEO Brotherhood

Debbie Allen, Actor, Director, Choreographer

 

ACT 6

8:15 – 8:55 PM

THE BEAUTY OF OUR COMMUNITY

Danny Bakewell, Jr., EVP, The Bakewell Company/Executive Editor,

Los Angeles Sentinel & LA Watts Times/Taste of Soul

Tyra Lacey - TOS Scholarship Winner/Howard University

Faithe C. Herman, Actor

Brandon I. Brooks, Managing Editor/Bakewell Media/

LA Sentinel & LA Watts Times

The Hyundai Sound Stage

En Vogue, Musical performance

Anthony Hamilton, Musical performance

 

ACT 7

8:55 – 9:30 PM

FINALE – TASTE OF SOUL FAMILY FESTIVAL CELEBRATION

Danny J. Bakewell, Sr, CEO/President, Bakewell Media,

Founder/Creator, Taste of Soul

The Hyundai Sound Stage

Kool Moe, Yo Yo, and Dee Doug E. Fresh, Musical performance

Kym Whitley, Host of show and Actor/Comedian, closing show and

announces the afterparty

 

ACT 8

9:30 – 10:00 PM

POST-PARTY CELEBRATION: TASTE OF SOUL HOUSE PARTY

D.J. Mal-Ski, LA’s finest

TOTAL SHOW | 4 Hours

www.TASTEOFSOUL.org

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