My feet still ache from Saturday’s 3rd Annual Taste of Soul Festival that was held on Crenshaw. What a day, what a day. 75,000 people, on Crenshaw, showing Black love, all day long. Now that’s what I’m talking about. Mad love to the Los Angeles Sentinel for hosting this great event for the third year in a row and to everyone who had a hand in putting it on.

For my participation, I sat on a panel entitled “The State of Urban Politics” which was moderated by Danny Bakewell Jr. My co-panelists included Los Angeles Councilwoman Jan Perry, 2nd Supervisor District candidate Bernard Parks, Charles Blake II, Kwesi Kamau, actor Darryl Bell, actress Nicole Micheaux, Maurice Jamal, and Congresswoman Laura Richardson. Needless to say, it was a very interesting panel—before it even got started. Props to Niele for putting together a great discussion!

My girl Choklate arrived fresh off the plane from Oakland, where she did a show Friday night, to the Taste of Soul and was in love with L.A. instantly. The only thing is—I had to tell her this festival happens once a year, lol.

Choklate got to experience Black L.A. at its best. From hanging with the one and only Michael Baisden, to watching Chante Moore belt out some of her greatest hits, to running into one of my favorite singers Lina, and finding out that another favorite singer Laurnea is back in town, it was a good day. A plus, I finally had a chance to meet The Beat’s Theo, someone that I have admired for years.

From the catfish to the ribs, it was on.

If it weren’t for Isidra Person-Lynn and Ellene’s photos, I wouldn’t even have any photos to show, lol. I was so busy running around, I didn’t have much time for picture taking. So big ups to Isidra and Ellene.

Until next year….