The VIPP Report: General Colin Powell comes to Kentucky

Gen. Colin Powell comes to Lexington, KY in May

Gen. Colin Powell comes to Lexington, KY in May

Four-star General Colin Powell has served more than 35 years of service to the U.S. Army. He also served as President Ronald Reagan’s national security advisor. Now, Powell will be in Lexington, Kentucky in May.
General Powell will share his insights on leadership at the opening session of Alltech’s REBELation Week.

Powell is the first African American to be the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for both President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton. Powell is scheduled to speak on Monday, May 18th.
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The VIPP Report: 3rd Sunday returns and will honor a veteran in the field during Black History Month


Dudley Products Louisville & Dudley Q Kentucky, a leader in urban hair care and cosmetics kicks off another year of their 3rd Sunday Protect & Respect the Beauty Industry Series. It’s “Ode to the Hot Stove!” with featuring this month’s spotlight artist Yolanda Huff from Atlanta on Sunday, February 15th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

In honor of Black History Month, 3rd Sunday we will honor a true veteran in the beauty industry when it comes to African American hair.   Eighty-one year old, Mrs. Thelma Martin has been behind the chair for more than 61 years. Martin has been through the progression of marcel irons, pressing combs, to roller sets.

Models in the February 15th show will have their hair designs created with those tools that Martin made legendary in the business. We will also highlight African-American businesses that have had longevity in the hair care industry.

Each month Tami Charles, owner of Dudley Products Louisville will dedicate a Sunday to focus on the trends of hair care from natural to salt & pepper/silver hair. She will showcase hair weave, hair color, cuts and even fantasy hair along with a barber and hair battles. Charles has the only authorized Dudley professional and retail store in the nation which is located at 332 West Broadway in Louisville, Kentucky.

General admission is $12 per person in advance and $15 at the door. Spoken word artist Jasemine Reed will be this month’s special entertainment. Reed is a poet, writer and advocate.

For Professionals Only: It’s 3rd Monday on February 16th at the Heyburn Building, 332 W. Broadway, 2nd floor conference room.   Professionals will participate in a working seminar with Smith on “Using Marcel Irons & A Pressing Comb”. The professional seminar is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students save half off the professional price. Atlanta stylist Yolanda Huff will have a class for licensed beauty professionals and students teaching them about Marcel irons and the pressing comb. Smith will also share some of her business and marketing strategies.

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The VIPP Report: Two-time Super Bowl Champ Deion Branch proves that giving back is never out of season

The VIPP Report:  Deion and Shola Branch along with their children and team members of the Deion Branch Foundation helped spread some holiday cheer for a Louisville family in need of a little assistance.  The Branch family took the mother of four on a shopping spree.  Things have been challenging for the mother since she’s been spending most of her time and money on her children. One child was diagnosed with ADHD and another is autistic. Between the family’s medical bills and day to day needs the hardship was real for the family. 

The Branch family knew the family was very close when the children waited for their mother to walk away and they approached Mrs. Branch to see if they could get her a gift. They wanted to make sure she was also going to have something under the tree on Christmas as well.

The foundation wanted to thank the Louisville Metro Police Department.  They made sure the family was able to get to Target in New Albany, Indiana to meet the Branch family.

Before leaving the store Team Branch still needed to make sure several dozen children currently in the Salvation of Army’s Emergency Shelter all had something for Christmas.  They filled more than 50 bags with pajamas, underclothes, socks and diapers just to name a few of the items in their bags.  Each child received a gift bag personally addressed to them.

After the shopping spree, the Branch family met the staff from the Salvation of Army and dropped off the gifts just in time for the holidays.

Two-time Super Bowl Champion Deion Branch says “I was always brought up as a child that when you are blessed with a special gift in your life, turn around and be a blessing to others.  When the family walked into the store and we explained to the mother why she was there, the look on her face was simply priceless.  I turned to my wife Shola and we knew that we were definitely doing the right thing by helping this great family.  I’m also trying to instill in my children that it’s important to give back to the community.  The whole day was truly a blessing and I’m so happy that my foundation was a part of it.”

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