The VIPP Report: Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award honorees and presenters announced


The Muhammad Ali Center held a news conference Thursday to talk about CONGO14 Louisville and the Second Annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards. 

Donald Lassere, CEO for the Muhammad Ali Center announced the following as this year’s recipients: Jim Brown, Mick Eberling, Susan Sarandon and Common. 

Brown, former NFL star who played for the Cleveland Browns. He stood up for civil rights and fought for equality and against injustice. He’s the recipient of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement Award.

Eberling is receiving the Humanitarian of the Year Award. He’s the founder and CEO of Not Impossible, LLC, an organization that develops creative solutions to real-world problems.

Sarandon, an Academy-Award winning actress and social and economic activist will receive the award for Global Citizenship.

Common will be honored with the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Education. The multi-Grammy Award winner, actor, poet and activist is known for motivating and empowering collegiate minds.

This year’s Muhammad Ali Kentucky Humanitarian Award will be presented to Robert and Deborah Blair. They are the founders of the West End School in Louisville. The school is a free, private, college preparatory school for young men.

Ali will also honor six young people who exemplies one of his core principles of confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, respect and spirituality. Recipients are from New York, Kenya, Colombia, Iowa, California and Malaysia.

Some of the people who will be presenters during the Saturday, September 27th event at the Louisville Marriott Downtown will be: Lonnie Ali, Brad Montague, Robby Novak, Holly Robinson-Peete, William Mapother, Pamela Brown and Congressman John Yarmuth.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the “Rumble in the Jungle” where Ali battled against George Foreman in the historical boxing match. The Ali Center will host a benefit concert featuring two-time Grammy award artist Bruno Mars, multi-Grammy award winners The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards and rising stars Southern Sirens according to Lassere.

Mars only has a few dates left on his tour schedule so fans will be in for a treat by listening to his hits like “Grenade”, “If I Were Your Man”, plus many others. Fans of The Temptations get to hear the rich Motown sound and high energy performance. You will hear songs like “My Girl”, “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone” to “Get Ready”. The Southern Sirens will also perform during the concert. Lassere says its just a matter of time before everyone will know their name.

The Ali Center Benefit Concert will be Saturday, September 20th at the Kentucky International Convention Center. Tickets range from $50 to $200. Discounts are available for military families, educators, and students. Show your ticket stub and receive free admission to the Ali Center.

For additional information on both events visit the Muhammad Ali Center website at

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The VIPP Report: Apollo Nida heads to a Kentucky prison


The VIPP Report: The husband of Bravo’s Housewives of Atlanta Phaedra Parks will have to turn himself into federal custody. The U.S. Department of Justice Georgia, Atlanta Division paperwork says Apollo Nida, 35, will voluntarily surrender on September 10th at 12:00 p.m. He will serve his eight year prison sentence at the FMC Lexington. Yes, that’s in the state of Kentucky.

I’m looking at the letter and its dated August 26th and stamped by a federal court on August 27th. Nida was sentenced on July 8th of this year to eight years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiring to commit mail, wire and bank fraud. His initial arrest was in January and he pleaded guilty in May for charges in a fraud scheme where millions of dollars was stolen over a four year time period with at least 50 victims according to federal prosecutors.

Following Nida’s stay in a Lexington, Ky prison he will have a five years of supervised release, known to many as probation.

This is Nida’s second stint in federal prison. He served five years for auto title fraud. This was prior to his marriage to reality star and attorney Phaedra Parks.


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