The VIPP Report: Grand Opening for Athena Health and Wellness Center for Women




On Sunday, May 31st from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. You are invited to attend the opening of Athena Health and Wellness, A Center for Women.  The center is located at 907 Lyndon Lane.  The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 3:00 p.m.  There will be plenty of free food and drink for our guests to enjoy while taking tours of the facility.

Athena Health and Wellness Center was founded by Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners Ashley D. Miller and Carrie Thonen. With nearly twenty years of women’s health experience between them, they believed that women throughout the reproductive life span could benefit from a boutique-style health center focused on total wellness. They wanted Athena to blaze the trail for comprehensive women’s healthcare in Louisville; they envisioned and then founded a facility that takes the time and care to focus on the individual needs of each patient. Ashley and Carrie welcome you to Athena Health and Wellness, a center focused on you!

Miller says “We believe that women throughout the reproductive life span could benefit from a boutique-style health center that focused on total wellness-mind, body and spirit. We wanted Athena to blaze a trail for comprehensive women’s healthcare in Louisville; envisioning a facility with an interdisciplinary team that makes women comfortable and takes the time and care to focus on the individual needs of each patient.”

The name of the facility has a significant meaning to the team.  Athena is the Greek goddess of wisdom.  When a woman walks into our center, she will feel like a goddess during her entire visit.

The Athena Health and Wellness Center officially opens to the public on June 1st, and they are currently accepting appointments.  You can call 502-425-7659.  Miller also says “When arriving for an appointment, expect to be pampered!  Patients will be welcomed by a friendly receptionist and then invited to help themselves to hot tea or water while they wait for their appointment. There will not be long wait times when you have a scheduled appointment. We want to be able to care for you in a proper time frame that also meets your schedule.  Expect to be treated with care and concern and to never be rushed through your time with our team of providers.”

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The VIPP Report: Hip hop legends Raekwon & Ghostface Killah will perform in Louisville

raekwon_650When I mention Raekwon and Ghostface Killah what comes to mind?  I personally think the beginning of hip hop and rap.  These two helped shape that genre of music and now you can see both artists in Louisville on Thursday, July 30th in the Mercury Ballroom.  The joint tour serves as Raekwon’s 20  year anniversary of his first solo hip hop album, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx.

The Wu-Tang Clan member also known as The Chef, because he was always cooking up something good when it came to the lyric game.  Ghostface Killah, also a member of the Wu-Tang Clan debuted his solo album in 1996 with Ironman.  His name was taken from one the characters in the 1979 film Mystery of Chessboxing.

Both artists started their professional careers in 1992 and in 2015 they have a progressive fan base.  You can see them at the Mercury Ballroom on Thursday, July 30th.  Tickets are $29.50 in advance.  Showtime is at 8:00 p.m. You can purchase tickets at, or the Louisville Palace Box Office.

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The VIPP Report: Tyler, the Creator will perform at the Mercury Ballroom in Louisville


Tyler the Creator is scheduled to make a stop in Louisville.  The rap artist will be the Mercury Ballroom on Tuesday, June 16th.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and show time is one hour later at 8:00 p.m.

Advance tickets are $27.50.  Be prepared to pay a little more on the day of the show.  You can purchase tickets at or at the Louisville Palace Box Office which is next door to the ballroom.

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The VIPP Report: Kentucky State Fair announces that the Queen of Soul will perform

Photograph of Aretha Franklin. Photographed in Detroit, MI April 7th, 2014

Photograph of Aretha Franklin. Photographed in Detroit, MI April 7th, 2014

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin will perform on the last day of the Kentucky State Fair in Freedom Hall on Sunday, August 30 at 8 p.m.  The R&B/Soul music legend is the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Fans will be able to hear classics like “Respect,” “Freeway of Love” and “A Natural Woman.” This is Franklin’s first public appearance in Louisville in ten years.

Tickets for An Evening with Aretha Franklin are $50 and $55 each and includes Kentucky State Fair gate admission. Tickets go on sale Monday, June 1 at 10 a.m.  Tickets can be purchased at the Kentucky Exposition Center and Kentucky International Convention Center Ticket Offices and all Ticketmaster outlets. Charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or purchase online at

The Kentucky State Fair is August 20-30 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. For more information about the Kentucky State Fair, visit

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The VIPP Report: WNBA Allstar Angel McCoughtry Will Play In The KFC Yum! Center



(Louisville, KY)  Current WNBA Atlanta Dream star, Olympic Gold Medalist and one of the top scorers in the University of Louisville basketball program returns to play as a professional in front of the fans who supported her collegiate career.

The WNBA franchise The Atlanta Dream will host the 2015 Atlanta Dream Classic on Saturday, May 23rd in Louisville, Ky at the KFC Yum! Center.  The preseason exhibition game will feature a doubleheader, which will match the Indiana Fever versus the Connecticut Sun at 5:00 p.m. before the Dream and Washington Mystics play at 7:00 p.m.

We are currently accepting interview and appearance requests for Angel from May 20th to May 23rd.   To schedule an interview please contact Sherlene Shanklin, VIPP Communications at

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The VIPP Report: Miss Kentucky & Ohio River Valley Plus America Pageant this weekend


Several Louisville women  are competing for the  state crown and title in the  fifth annual Miss Kentucky & Ohio River Valley Plus America Pageant.  Five Louisville women will compete against women from other cities across Kentucky for the titles of Miss, Ms. or Mrs. Kentucky Plus America.  The successful queen will represent Kentucky at the National  Miss Plus America Pageant ,in July, in Atlanta Georgia. The Miss Plus America Pageant system is unlike the traditional  pageant concept. It celebrates the beauty of plus-size women, exclusively.   The physical and inner beauty of each contestant, is considered along with their commitment to their communities.

Each contestant will have the opportunity to  promote their  platforms.  Childhood Obesity is the platform for  Asia Ford, Ms. Southern Louisville Plus America.  Child Abuse is the platform for Trina Bonner, Miss Louisville Plus America.  Literacy and continuing education  is the platform for RaShann Martin, Miss West Louisville Plus America. Suicide Prevention is the platform for Sarah Wise, Mrs. Jefferson County Plus America. The platform for Rebecca Wilson, Ms. River City Plus America is Fibromyalgia .   Other women competing from other cities are  Mildred Veron, Ms. Madisonville Plus America whose  platform is Domestic Violence and  Kendra Boles, Mrs. Frankfort Plus America  is promoting  a project called Girls With Pearls, promoting self-esteem  in young girls.   Cynthia Elliott, Director for Miss Kentucky-Ohio River Valley Plus America Pageant says, ” All of these women are phenomenal and deserving of the crown. It will be a tough decision for the judges. This year,  a new  title of ” The Phenomenal Woman will be awarded to a contestant or non-contestant who has made a  significant difference in the lives of others.”  The pageant will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at the Hilton Cincinnati Hotel, 7373 Turfway Road, Florence Kentucky at 7:00 pm.  This year’s pageant is combined with the Ohio Plus America pageant. Women from each state will be crowned.  One woman will receive the elite title of Miss Ohio River Valley Plus America. Tickets can be purchased online at or from any of the contestants.

For more information concerning these outstanding woman, private interviews or public appearances,  and pageant details, please email Cynthia Elliott at or visit the Miss Kentucky Plus America on Facebook and

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The VIPP Report: General Colin Powell will be in Kentucky on Monday

Colin_Powell_official_Secretary_of_State_photoGeneral Colin Powell has served more than 35 years of service to the U.S. Army.  He’s also served as President Ronald Reagan’s national security advisor.  The four-star general will be in Lexington, Kentucky in Monday, May 18th.

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.

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The VIPP Report: Blues legend B.B. King has died at the age of 89


Special from Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television/ABC Louisville

Late tonight, the attorney for music legend B.B. King says he has passed away.  The King of Blues died in Las Vegas.  The Mississippi native leaves behind three children. King was considered one of the greatest guitarist of our time.  He will be fondly remembered for naming his guitar “Lucille”.

Stay with WHAS11 & The411 with Sherlene Shanklin with more on King’s death.  B.B. King was 89 year old.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist performed several times in Louisville.  If you have a story and/or photos you would like to share about King, send it to me at You can also send it to  Follow Shanklin on Twitter @Sherlenemediapr or @VIPPComm.–blues-legend-bb-king-dies-at-the-age-of-89/27355251/

The VIPP Report: Super Bowl XXXIX MVP Deion Branch gives instruction on proper techniques on the field and invaluable life skills youth can use off the field



(Louisville, KY)  As the school year comes to a close, training for football is in full swing for aspiring athletes.  From weight training to running suicides it’s all about the off season that gives you a successful season in the fall.  It takes discipline to be successful on the field and what better way to learn from one of the best to play the game.

Two-time Super Bowl champ and Super Bowl XXXIX MVP Deion Branch will host his 6th Annual Skills & Drills Football Camp on Saturday, June 6th at St. X High School, 1609 Poplar Level Road.  Registration begins at 8:00 am and the camp is from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

The camp will promote health, sportsmanship and even scholastic achievement to further a child’s education.  The former University of Louisville star will have some of his former Cardinals teammates and friends working the camp.

The camp is for youth ages 7 to 16.  The registration fee is only $50, which includes:  lunch, goodie bag, t-shirt and personal instruction.

Branch says “By participating in the camp it will give players a chance to get professional instruction and measure their skill set.  By starting early, it will give them a leg up on their competition and they will improve as a player by getting the routine in place as the summer begins.  I wish I had the opportunity to work with the guys I’m assembling for the youth.  This camp gives them a real look at the competitive sport they want to play.”

The proceeds raised during the camp will benefit the Deion Branch Foundation. The Deion Branch Charitable Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to offer support to children’s mental, physical, emotional well-being and for those injected with meningitis.  The DBCF’s mission is to help with research and to find a cure to ease the struggle for children like Deion’s son. The foundation goal is to assist by providing programs and initiatives aimed at improving their quality of life. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  For more information on the foundation go to

If you would like to be a sponsor and/or donate items for goodie bags, please contact William Hicks at 334-507-3632.  To register your child for the 6th Annual Skills & Drills Camp go to and fill out the online registration form.

To setup an interview with Deion Branch about the camp held on Saturday, June 6th, please call Sherlene Shanklin, Branch’s publicist at or 502-295-0435.


The VIPP Report: Avonti Garrett will honor her husband Static Major by hosting a Rip the Runway event in Louisville


Special by Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television

The411 with Sherlene Shanklin:  The untimely death of Stephen Garrett on February 25, 2008 shocked music fans, his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky and especially his family and close friends.  Many of you may not recognize the name Stephen Garrett but many called him “Static/Major”.   The Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, producer and member of the R & B trio Playa has an extensive catalog that he leaves behind as his legacy. From songs like “Cheers 2 U”, Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop”, Drake’s “Look What You’ve Done”, and Ginuwine’s “Pony”.

With all of the music in his life you would think that was the most important thing but it was something that helped keep him grounded.  Garrett was a family man and it was important to the music legend.  To continue and honor his legacy, his wife Avonti Garrett and their children want you to come out and celebrate his life.  Avonti has started a foundation called “To Save A Life Foundation”.  I’ve been in communication with Avonti and I will let her explain what the foundation plans to do this weekend.

She says “My foundation is called To Save A Life in honor of Stephen Static/Major Garrett. As you know, Stephen was killed in the Hospital in 2008, and I decided that I was going to turn my pain into my passion! This year will be our 2nd ANNUAL RIP THA RUNWAY SHOW, in which we will be paying Tribute to the Late AALIYAH! 100% of the Proceeds of this fundraiser event will go back towards the foundation, for scholarships and tutoring! Also, we will be honoring Mothers, for MOTHERS DAY! This is an All White Affair and Cocktail event!”

Rip the Runway Mothers Day Gift 2015 will be Sunday, May 10th at the Kentucky Center for the Arts on West Main in downtown Louisville.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. You can purchase tickets at Major Styles,1160 West Indian Trail or by calling 502-767-9459. The 501C(3) non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing inner city youth in their pursuit of education and musical endeavors.

Nashota Modelz and Major Styles Salon will be the special host.  Some of the designers participating will be the Black Designers on tour, Dauphine of France Couture and many more that will participate on Sunday.  This all white attire fashion show and cocktail event will have a special tribute to the late Aaliyah that you don’t want to miss.

Static/Major was the lead songwriter for the late R&B singer Aaliyah. His songwriting collaborations with her include: “Are You That Somebody?”, which was featured in the Dr. Dolittle soundtrack, and the Romeo Must Die soundtrack singles “Come Back in One Piece” and her first and only number-one Billboard Hot 100 single “Try Again”. The songs “More than a Woman,” “We Need a Resolution,” “Rock the Boat”, “Loose Rap”, “Extra Smooth”, “I Refuse”, “Read Between the Lines”, “Those Were The Days,” and “Never No More” were all featured on her third and final studio album Aaliyah. Static Major earned Aaliyah four top 25 Billboard Hot 100 singles during his time working with the late R&B star.

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