15th Annual Taste of Soul goes Virtual and delivers with Community Food Drive:
On Saturday, October 17, The Taste of Soul Online and On-time Virtual Concert saw the 15th Annual Taste of Soul festival go virtual to keep everyone safely at home watching online and provided entertainment and positive community messaging to everyone during these challenging times. The virtual show featured musical performances by artists 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 had 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 hosted the virtual event with D.J. Mal-Ski hosting the final part of the show: Virtual Taste of Soul House Party. Also, the same day, the Taste of Soul Community Food Distribution took place in the block of the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper on Crenshaw Blvd. from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The food distribution came at a critical time as the economy has been severely hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The food distribution helped local families and supported Black businesses struggling to stay in business during the pandemic. Pre-packaged meals were also purchased from Dulans on Crenshaw, Harold & Belles, Mels Fish Shack and The District by GS. These businesses are a part of the Sentinel’s Support Black Business Campaign which is an ongoing program designed to provide extra business support to our local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The drive-thru event saw an endless line of cars come through to receive food and produce delivered by masked volunteers observing social distancing. The L.A. Regional Food Bank provided groceries and pre-packaged meals that were cooked off-site for distribution following strict COVID-19 health restrictions approved by L.A. County Public Health.