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February 16, 2015 by  
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Are you ready? The 14th Annual Las Vegas Taste and Sounds of Soul Festival coming to downtown Las Vegas

Nevada’s largest Black History Month festival, the 14th Annual Taste & Sounds of Soul Festival will be held Feb. 28 and March 1 at the downtown Fremont Street Experience.
Hosted both Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to midnight, this year’s major sponsor is Southern Wine & Spirits — which will be joined by more than 45 business vendors joined together for a family-friendly celebration of our state’s
Highlighted by continuous entertainment on the main Fremont Street Experience Stage, the event will also include the 1st Annual Black Image Magazine Honors, celebrating special individuals and

Larry blackmon and Cameo

organizations who have uplifted Black Las Vegas. Honorees, and their accomplishments, include:

  • Ernest Fountain | New Ventures
  • Tony Gladney | MGM
  • Fred Keeton | Caesars Entertainment
  • Lou Ruvo | Cleveland Clinic Ruvo Center for Brain Health
  • Yvette Williams | Black Caucus
  • Dr. Sonya Horsford | author, “Learning in a Burning House: Education Inequality, Ideology and (Dis) Integration”
  • Dr. Tiffany Tyler | Nevada Partners Operations Manager
  • Dr. Kassahun | assisting black men with issues of prostate health
  • Broadway in the Hood/Torrey Russell | first community theater production to perform at the Smith Center of Performing Arts
  • Pastor Robert E. Fowler | conducting health and economic development/business fairs for the community
  • John Edmonds, owner of Edmond Town Center | offering community resources and business development opportunities
  • Patti Hester | community educator of excellence
  • Stan Armstrong | historic filmmaker keeping black Las Vegas history alive on the big screen
  • The Temptations

    Diane Pollard, owner of Rainbow Dreams Academy | providing a school of excellence for community youth

  • Bubba Knight and Kathleen Turner Knight | total community involvement for progress and enhancement
  • Jim Koonce and Channel 13 | assisting with promotion of community events that bring financially support minority-owned and -operated businesses
  • Brenda Williams | community activist, author of “Westside School Alumni Stories: Our School, Our Community, Our Time (1923-1967),” documenting the historic stories of Nevada’s first school for African American students
  • Mark Ficarra & Las Vegas Review-Journal Newspaper | inclusion and promotion of African-American editorial content, shining a light on black Las Vegas
  • Claytee White | archiving the oral, print and photographic history of black Las Vegas for UNLV Libraries
  • Terry Johnson | advocate of fair business practices in gaming and labor force
  • Paul Lowden and Sue Lowden | supporters of historically black colleges and universities, conducting outreach in Las Vegas.
  • Sheila Collins | first to bring peaceful demonstration carrying the “Black Lives Matter” message to Las Vegas, in front of the Nevada Federal Building
  • McDonald’s Owners and Operators | mentoring and partnership support with both public and private sector businesses that enhance Nevada
  • Rosalind Brooks | founder of Community Garden of Las Vegas, promoting agriculture and healthy living
  • Jamie Foxx

    Nicole Lise and Cory Enus, SNWA | educational partnership support for minority business procurement and community outreach

  • Jamaal McCoy | diversity leadership and community outreach, providing those in need with car ownership
  • Trisha Geran | launching efforts to open F Street in the Historic Westside Community

Special entertainer honors will be presented to Larry Blackmon of the R&B group Cameo and original Temptations member Otis Williams. Sirius Radio’s The Foxxhole hosts, comedian Speedy and the crew, will broadcast live from the two-day festival. The 1st Annual Las Vegas Black Image Magazine Honors will take place at the festival on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.

“We are so pleased to have the sponsorship support from Southern Wine & Spirits, Channel 13 (ABC), KCEP 88.1 FM, and Southern Nevada Water Authority for the 14th Annual Taste & Sounds of Soul Festival, and we are thrilled by their strong commitment to diversity and inclusion,” said festival organizers Charles Tureaud and Kimberly Bailey-Tureaud, co-publishers of Las Vegas Black Image Magazine. “The honorees for the Las Vegas Black Image Magazine Honors will be celebrated on the Fremont Street Experience for their phenomenal work and community contributions. We look forward to honoring many more in the years to come.”

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