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One of the biggest cultural events in the state returns to downtown Las Vegas this weekend as the 16th annual Taste & Sounds of Soul Festival brings plenty of food, music and good vibes to the Fremont Street Experience Feb. 25 and 26.

From 11 a.m. until midnight Saturday and Sunday, more than 40 food vendors and various local bands and entertainers will highlight Las Vegas’ original casino drag, and the Las Vegas Black Image Magazine Honors presentation is set for 2 p.m. Sunday. Among the many individuals honored this year are: Derek Stevens, owner of the D and Golden Gate casinos; Wendell Williams, founder of the Las Vegas MLK parade; Cassandra Lewis, parks and recreation program specialist with the city of Las Vegas; actress and entrepreneur Vivica Fox; and music producer and recent Las Vegas transplant Teddy Riley.

Festival founders and Las Vegas Black Image publishers Charles Tureaud and Kimberly Bailey Tureaud say that while the event serves as a local celebration of Black History Month, its roots as a grassroots effort to promote local businesses are still evident today.

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