The VIPP Report: Jimmy Kimmel Live will hologram their show from California to Tennessee during the CMA Awards


Special Report by Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television

If you watched Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday night you heard him say he was in Nashville, TN doing some promotions for the 48th Annual Country Music Awards (CMA).Well, I was there with Kimmel and Guillermo Rodriguez.WHAS11 Television is the only station from Kentucky present and he spoke exclusively to us about his cross-country hologram for the biggest night in country music.

On Wednesday, November 5, the late night host will be live in Hollywood, California while simultaneously being transported to Nashville, Tennessee via hologram.This is how it will work, Jimmy Kimmel Live will broadcast via hologram to a live audience at the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.Using technology from Hologram USA, Kimmel’s monologue will be beamed to the Nashville stage.His first guest will be an in-studio guest in Hollywood while his second guest will be an unannounced CMA Award winner from that evening’s event who will be interviewed as a hologram by Jimmy on stage in Hollywood. The show will also feature a musical performance from reigning CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Florida Georgia Line from Nashville that will also be hologrammed to Hollywood, California as if live on Kimmel’s outdoor stage for his studio audience.

Kimmel will also feature appearances by CMA Awards nominees and Country Music royalty Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and CMA Awards Co-Host Brad Paisley.

You can watch the CMAs on Wednesday, November 5th on WHAS11 starting at 8 p.m. Followed by news at 11@11 followed by Jimmy Kimmel Live at 11:35 p.m.

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The VIPP Report: Muhammad Ali and Lonnie Ali will appear at a rally in Louisville


By Sherlene Shanklin

I’ve have learned that Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie will attend a senate race rally in Louisville, KY later today.  The Ali’s will attend Alison Lundergen Grimes senate race rally at the Muhammad Ali Center.  Former President Bill Clinton will be the featured speaker.

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The VIPP Report: Birdgang Brand Steps Up Their Game With A New Line Of Merchandise



Immediate Release

October 29, 2014

2013, “The Year of the Cardinal” took the University of Louisville athletics to new heights. Fans witnessed a football team go 2-0 in bowl victories, a baseball team that advanced to the college World Series, a women’s basketball team reach the NCAA championship game, a men’s basketball team that won a NCAA Championship (2012-2013 season) and the emergence of a new clothing line that captured the swagger of a proud and enthusiastic fan base fittingly called “BIRDGANG”.

Birdgang Brand Clothing is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky and is a high fashion sports apparel company centered around the University of Louisville Athletics. Birdgang Brand Clothing is supported and approved by the University of Louisville, and is officially licensed by the Collegiate Licensing Company, (CLC).

The clothing line is founded by two members of the group Nappy Roots, Brian “Buffalo Stille” Scott and Ronald “Ron Clutch” Wilson. Stille is the founder and Wilson serves as the co-founder of the brand.

Consumers raved over the style and comfort of the university approved brand. Merchandise was flying off the shelves at retail outlets such as Hall of Fame Café, JD Becker, and Cardboard Heroes in Oxmoor and St. Matthews Malls respectively. From alumni to former players and students, to new found fans across the U.S. the demand for the Birdgang Brand Clothing was such that it caused the company to go back into production and design new merchandise for customers that have purchased every design available to them.

Fast forward one year later as BIRDGANG BRAND now announces the launch of its new website and the addition of their “fly custom fitted caps and SnapBacks” as well as an all new “lady birds” category for the ladies. “We wanted to extend more options to our female Cards fans than just men’s/unisex tees,” says Stille. “In addition, we just got tired of seeing these cheap knockoffs of our trademark, a statewide and federal registered trademark.”

“Our new Fall/Winter line is a fresh new look, which is sleek and stylish plus versatile for U of L fans to show their school spirit even in their workplace.”

With these guys it’s all about the fans. “We do it for the people!” adds Wilson. Being avid U of L fans themselves and even one partner, Danny ‘Moe Money’ Mosby having started on the ’96 Cardinal football squad, the BIRDGANG BRAND team is focused on bringing urban fashion to the sports apparel arena. Stille adds, “We just wanna rep our team and stay fly in the process!”

Former Greater Louisville Inc., (GLI) Executive Director Tendai Charisika says “Birdgang Clothing is on the brink of something special”. Tendai has been instrumental in connecting Birdgang with Louisville’s most sought after venture capitalists. “Birdgang has been able to establish valuable licensing agreements and strategic partnerships with the University of Louisville that has positioned them for incredible future success. The market for urban apparel is growing and Birdgang is capturing this market with the highest quality material, which is what their brand stands for.”

If you would like to be a part of the Birdgang Brand Team go to for investors, distributors and/or vendor information. To setup an interview and to see the new line of merchandise with the Birdgang Brand Clothing team, please call 502-582-7716 or by email at

Mosby says, “the Birdgang Brand Team would like to thank Cards fans for supporting out 100/24 Campaign.   We successfully sold 100 t-shirts in 24 hours on the same day the bowl eligible Cardinals received a top #25 ranking.  The gray old English L’s, are in just in time for the unveiling of the gray uniforms.  Follow us on social media to receive updates on how you can win some merchandise. We will do giveaways each week. Follow us on Facebook group @502Birdgang, Twitter and Instagram @wearebirdgang.”



The VIPP Report: Birdgang Brand Clothing drops a new line of apparel just before one of the biggest football games in Cardinal history



October 27, 2014

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(Louisville, KY) As the seasons begin to change, the University of Louisville Cardinal fans have a lot to be proud of from academics to their athletic teams. You can show your school spirit by wearing some of the coolest apparel. The Birdgang Brand decided to release their Fall/Winter line before some of their biggest games in the school’s history and the holidays.

The line of Cardinal apparel has been created and ready for distribution just in time for the Louisville versus Florida State football game on Thursday, October 30th at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and Saturday, November 1st for the men’s basketball first exhibition game at the KFC Yum! Center, who is fresh off their 2013/2014 run with a record of 31-6 and an Elite Eight appearance. This is their first year in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

Fans can wear the signature Birdgang Brand “L” as well as other trendy Louisville recognizable symbols. “We Are Birdgang” has become a popular brand and a pop culture sensation for fans. If you place your order this week, the Birdgang Brand team will be able to deliver your apparel before this week’s games.
Danny Mosby Partner/CFO says “I want to express to the true hard core University of Louisville fan that you are the reason we are in existence. Every person in our organization is truly a team player and we work tirelessly to bring you designs with the upmost quality. Because of you WEAREBIRDGANG!”

This Tuesday, October 28th at 12:00 a.m. Birdgang Brand will be opening its virtual doors to the first one hundred customers. All items will be on a first come first serve basis and sizes are limited. Go to to place your order. Mosby goes on to say “When the virtual window opens we are running a 100/24 Campaign. We want to sell 100 t-shirts in 24 hours”. Be a part of the Birdgang movement and purchase yours in time for Cardinal athletic events.

If you would like to setup an interview and see the new line of merchandise with Birdgang Brand members, Brian “Buffalo Stille”, Ronald “Ron Clutch” Wilson and/or Mosby, please call 502-582-7716 or by email at

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About Birdgang Brand Clothing
Birdgang Brand Clothing is based in Louisville, Kentucky and is a high-fashion urban sports apparel company centered around the University of Louisville Athletics. Birdgang Brand Clothing is supported and approved by the University of Louisville, and is officially licensed by the CLC (Collegiate Licensing Company).

The VIPP Report: Muhammad Ali documentary in theatres “I AM ALI”


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By Sherlene Shanklin

On the 40th anniversary of the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’, I had the opportunity to get a sneak peak of the new documentary ‘I AM ALI’. To some he’s the ‘Greatest of all Time’ in the boxing ring, but he also refused to be drafted in the Army and fight in the Vietnam War. The member of the Nation of Islam and native of Louisville, Kentucky, faced adversity and still does to this day in his own hometown. But when you watch the film, there was a silver lining and that was his family. In the film, the father of nine, gives his fans a rare look into his life as a father. The two hour documentary shows you how the confident fighter stayed grounded and what meant the most to him.

The story of Cassius Clay, known today as Muhammad Ali, shows how he kept his family close even when they were thousands of miles away. His brother, Rahman says he and his brother were like salt and pepper. You didn’t see one without the other for many years. Rahman trained right alongside the champ. Their parents attended many of the matches and was there as he trained.

This film is unique because it is viewed through the eyes of his two of his daughters. They are the producers of the film. Back when recording phone calls and videos were virtually unheard of, Ali did just that to preserve history and memories for his loved ones. He says in the film ‘This is history’. He would have conversations with his children and record them. On one call he asked his young daughter did she know her purpose. In her little voice she responds that she wants to help others.

The film takes you through the stages of his life. It explains the reason why he started to learn the art of boxing. A Louisville police officer who happened to also be a boxing coach ran into Ali and his brother right after their bicycle was stolen. They were so upset that they literally wanted to fight anyone they saw. The officer suggested that they learn how to fight first. At the age of 12, weighing 87 pounds, that’s what he did. Right in the basement of the building where his bike was stolen, he learned very quickly how to defend himself.

The film takes you through some of the biggest fights in Ali’s career both in and out of the ring. From segregation to his boxing suspension. He says ‘Titles and a little money didn’t mean a thing if you are not free.’

NFL Hall of Famer and activist Jim Brown appears in the film. He discusses the turbulent times in Ali’s life where he showed courage when he was being isolated because of his beliefs, evading the draft, and having his crown being taken away. Brown says he thought Ali was suffering inside.
In 1967, Brown and other top black athletes met with Ali so he could discuss with them why he decided not to join the Army. Brown, Bill Russell, Lew Alcindor, (known today as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), Walter Beach, Bobby Mitchell, Sid Williams, Curtis McClinton, Willie Davis, Jim Shorter and John Wooten stood by Ali’s side in a press conference.

While Ali didn’t fight in the ring he found a new platform to have his voice be heard. He went to universities all over the country. The standing room only venues were full of scholars. Ali jokingly admitted that when he was in school he didn’t make the best grades but his knowledge and sincerity made him a scholar and respected by many.

The film talks to people close to him like his former trainer, the late Angelo Dundee, boxer Mike Tyson, and a rare appearance by Ali’s son, Muhammad Ali Jr. He talks about never wanting to be in the spotlight. Like most children with famous parents, fans always wanted Ali Jr. to measure up to his father. He said he found himself always being challenged to fight and when he didn’t, people would pick on him.

What’s so poignant in the film is when someone says ‘Who doesn’t know Muhammad Ali?’ I’ve travelled all over the world and when I say I’m from Louisville, one of the first things that many will say, isn’t that the home of the ‘Greatest’?

Throughout the film, I looked for Louisville landmarks. From Ali running down Broadway holding up traffic to a scene where his car turned off Main Street. It’s ironic that some 40 years later the Muhammad Ali Center would be built in the same area.

On a personal note: I’ve met Ali on several occasions, from him handing out autographed Quran Bibles in front of the Galleria, (known today as Fourth Street Live) as a child, to growing up and becoming a journalist covering him throughout his career as he has battled Parkinson’s disease.
Ali grew up in West Louisville, a predominately urban community and attended Central High School. I also live in that same neighborhood to this day. You watch him on television and have a sense of pride for your home state. I never thought about his international appeal. He’s one of the many who came from my neighborhood and went on to become a phenomenal success.

‘I AM ALI’ is in theatres and video on demand . In Louisville, you will be able to see the documentary at Village 8 Theatre.


The VIPP Report: Louisville Spring Jam at the KFC Yum! Center

The VIPP Report: As we near the end of the year, 2015 is starting to shape when it comes to entertainment. Within the last few weeks, I have received concert notifications for several artists from Maroon 5, Fleetwood Mac to Luke Bryan. Now, R&B and Hip Hop gets this chance to shine. It’s the Louisville Spring Jam featuring Keith Sweat, Dru Hill, 112, and Slick Rick.
lick Rick’s official DJ is a Louisville native. Dwight “DJ Kaos” Chatman travels with the Hip-Hop icon and resides in Louisville.

The concert is scheduled for Saturday, March 28th at the KFC Yum! Center. The promoters are calling the show a celebration of the best in R&B, Hip-Hop, Soul and Comedy, featuring an outstanding lineup with some of today’s hottest performers.

Tickets go on sale Friday, November 7th at 10:00 a.m. You can purchase tickets at the Yum! Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets and on online at

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The VIPP Report: Rapper The Game is sued by a Louisville promoter over a Kentucky Derby event


The VIPP Report: Celebrities flock to the Derby City the first Saturday in May but one celebrity was a no show after signing an alleged agreement to perform Derby night. Jayceon Taylor, Fifth Amendment Entertainment and Cash Jones are being sued by local promoters, Dream Team Entertainment. Taylor known as “The Game” to his fans is a successful rapper and reality show star. The complaint was filed on October 17th in the U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky Louisville Division. The complaint says Dream Team is requesting $75,000 in which $35,000 was given to him to secure the engagement. According to the suit Dream Team sent a bank wired transfer of those funds.

The lawsuit goes on in detail about what transpired between the artist, management and the Dream Team. The concert was scheduled for May 4, 2014 and on or around May 2nd, just two days prior to the event Cash Jones who served as The Game’s agent did not like the lineup of the show. He allegedly wanted his client to headline the event. Jones made a decision that The Game would not travel to Louisville and allegedly refused to return the $35,000 deposit.

The VIPP report have been in contact with Dream Team Entertainment and their attorney says they have no comment or statement concerning the pending lawsuit.

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IBFFN PRESENTS TN PREMIERE OF HIGHLY-ACCLAIMED FEATURE “BEYOND THE LIGHTS” Director Gina Prince-Bythewood & Actor Nate Parker Lead a Panel Discussion on “Depiction of Black Love in Film”



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 2014) – The International Black Film Festival of Nashville (IBFFN) announces the continuation of its“2014 Festival Lite” line-up which will showcase the Tennessee  Premiere of Relativity Studios’ critically acclaimed feature film “Beyond the Lights”.

 IBFFN, in collaboration with the historic Fisk University, will present a panel discussion featuring  Writer/Director Gina Prince-Bythewood and Actor Nate Parker on the “Depiction of Black Love in Film” on Wednesday, November 5, at 4:00 pm in Jubilee Hall, Appleton Room on the campus of Fisk University, 1000 17th Avenue North, Nashville, TN.  The panel is open to the public at no charge.

The advanced screening of  “Beyond the Lights” with a Q&A to follow, will then be held at Regal Cinemas Hollywood/100 Oaks, in Nashville TN at 7:30 p.m.  The Q&A Session will be
held immediately follow the screening.
Gina Prince-Bythewood, an accomplished writer/director, recently received the distinguished honor of being being invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her body of work includes the widely-acclaimed feature film “Love & Basketball” starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan, the HBO film “Disappearing Acts” starring Sanaa Lathan and Wesley Snipes, and the award winning (2 NAACP Image Awards & 2 People’s Choice Awards) “The Secret Life of Bees” starring Nate Parker, Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson & Alicia Keys.  Nate Parker,  a vocal activist, talented actor and producer, is known for roles in Non Stop (2014), The Great Debaters( 2007) and Red Tails (2012).

Beyond the Lights“, starring GuGu Mbatha-Raw (Belle), Nate Parker as (Secret Life of Bees, The Great Debaters)  tells the story of Noni (Mbatha-Raw), the music world’s latest superstar. But not all is what it seems, and the pressures of fame have Noni on the edge – until she meets Kaz Nicole (Parker), a young cop and aspiring politician who’s been assigned to her detail. Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard, despite the protests of those around them who urge them to put their career ambitions ahead of their romance. But it is ultimately Kaz’s love that gives Noni the courage to find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be. The film makes its debut in theaters across the country on November 14, 2014.

All events scheduled for this year will be apart of an abbreviated version of the full festival, appropriately titled “2014 Festival Lite”. With support and direction of the new IBFFN Board of Directors and Advisory Committee, the festival is eager to return to its regularly scheduled format in 2015.

“2014 Festival Lite” will continue to offer unique and engaging programming inclusive of premiere screenings, workshops and networking opportunities throughout the year.

“We are honored to have esteemed writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood share her insight and vision with our Nashville audience.  Gina’s presence at IBFFN represents the achievement of a major milestone for us, as we have always followed her work. We are equally excited for the return of Nate Parker who has been a specical guest of IBFFN at a previous festival. As “Beyond the Lights” has made its rounds to sold out crowds at major film festivals around the globe, we also have heard that the film has already generated some Oscar buzz.  We are also proud to partner with Fisk University, which has a rich history steeped in the arts and film”, said IBFFN Founder Hazel Joyner-Smith.

Over the next few weeks expect updates, highlights and exciting announcements. If you would like to setup an interview, obtain media credentials, synopsis, please contact Sherlene Shanklin at (502) 295-0435. You may also email us at  or call the festival office at (615) 565-9256. Please visit our website at for event details. Ticketing information for the screening will be available soon.

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