The VIPP Report: The father of “The Jacksons” is recovering from a stroke


The father of the Jackson’s, one of the greatest family’s in the entertainment business is recovering from a stroke.  Joe Jackson is in stable condition in a hospital in Brazil.  On Sunday, the hospital spokesman says he was admitted to the intensive care unit where doctors are the monitoring his condition closely.  The 87 year old just celebrated his birthday on Sunday.

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Note-Tito, Jackie, Marlon, and Jermaine Jackson performed in Louisville in 2014 at the Grand Gala, a Kentucky Derby event.   

The VIPP Report: Lincoln Foundation’s Evening of Jazz

Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program® Celebrates 25 Years of Excellence at Lincoln Foundation’s

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Internationally Renowned Music Educator, Jamey Aebersold – Featured Artist

Louisville, KY — Lincoln Foundation is excited to announce Jamey Aebersold Jazz Quartet as this year’s featured artist for the 20th Annual Evening of Jazz. The New Albany, Indiana native was honored as a recipient of the 2014 A.B. Spellman National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy. The award is bestowed upon an individual who has contributed significantly to the appreciation, knowledge, and advancement of the art form of jazz. The Jamey Aebersold Jazz Studies Program at the University of Louisville was named in his honor. The internationally known saxophonist and music educator has created more than 130 “Play-A-Long” instructional book and CD collections, using the chord-scale system.

The benefit concert will be held Friday, August 21, 2015 at The Kentucky Center in downtown Louisville. The evening kicks off with a pre-concert reception at 5:30 p.m. where students from the West Louisville Performing Arts Academy, also known as the West Louisville Boys and Girls Choirs will perform. The concert featuring the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Quartet will start at 7:00 p.m. in the Bomhard Theater. The prestigious Spirit of Excellence Award will be presented to philanthropist Christina Lee Brown. The award is given annually to an individual in the community who exemplifies an active voluntary commitment to education, human/community service, and leadership.

Tickets to the Evening of Jazz are $100 and may be purchased through The Kentucky Center box office at 502-584-7777. Proceeds benefit Lincoln Foundation’s signature Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program®.

The Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program® was created in 1990 by Dr. Samuel Robinson, President Emeritus, to serve the educational needs of academically talented, economically disadvantaged students in grades 7-12. The program was named for Dr. Whitney M. Young, Sr., graduate and first African American President of the Lincoln Institute, and his son Dr. Whitney M. Young, Jr., noted educator, statesman, and human rights advocate. YOUNG is an acronym for Youth Organized to Understand New Goals. The program serves 250 disadvantaged students annually in grades 7-12 preparing them for academic achievement and college graduation. Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars annually achieve a 100% high school graduation rate and have earned over 100 undergraduate and graduate college degrees during the past five years. Today over 150 Scholars are enrolled at accredited colleges or universities.

Lincoln Foundation has empowered disadvantaged youth to overcome adversity through education since its inception by Berea College over 100 years ago.   The mission of Lincoln Foundation is to provide educational enrichment programs that develop and support youth in overcoming barriers to achievement.

For additional information about Lincoln Foundation or the 20th Annual Evening of Jazz, please call Paula Campbell at 502.585.4733 ext. 203 or visit the Lincoln Foundation website at

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The VIPP Report: Bobbi Kristina Brown dies at the age of 22


I have learned that the daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston has died.  Bobbi Kristina Brown died today The 22 year old was found unresponsive almost six month ago in her Roswell, Georgia home.

The family released this statement to ABC, “Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away Sunday, July, 26 2015, surrounded by her family. She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months,” a statement from the Houston family said.

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The VIPP Report: Fresh Fest brings back old school hip-hop artists for a big show in Louisville


It’s time to take you back to the beginning of hip-hop when you hear the sounds of Das Efx singing “They Want Efx”, Keith Murray with “The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World” and Rakim cranking out “Paid in Full”.  You can hear those hits plus much more at the 3rd Annual Fresh Fest.

On Sunday, August 2nd on the Belvedere along the Ohio River in downtown Louisville, Old School music fans will have a full plate of entertainment.

Nice & Smooth, Keith Murray, Kid & Play, Das Efx, and Rakim will take the stage to take you back in time.

It only makes sense to have Ed Lover host the Louisville show since he introduced many of these artists on his show, Yo! MTV Raps.

DJ Empty Beats and DJ Kaos, official DJ for hip-hop legend Slick Rick and Louisville native will keep the audience entertained between acts.

There will be a special performance by Safiyah Dance Company and Kidzeatfree.

Tickets start at $30 for general admission and if you are looking for the V.I.P. treatment they have a few still available.  For details go to

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The VIPP Report: Janet Jackson’s “Unbreakable” World Tour


She just received the Ultimate Icon Award during the BET Awards causing a social media frenzy.  All the superstar did was walk on the stage and before she could say a word she was trending.  Music icon, multiple Grammy Award winner and multi-platinum selling artist Janet Jackson will start her North American “Unbreakable World Tour”.

The first leg of the tour will cover 36 dates throughout the U.S. and Canada starting August 31st.

The Gary, Indiana native is one of the most influential entertainers of the modern era.  In the first round of dates, Ohio is the closest veue to see the superstar.  So, on Saturday, September 12th, Jackson will be at the PNC Pavillion in Cincinnati at 8pm.

If you can’t get a ticket for that show, you may have to wait until January of 2016.  Due to the overwhelming response, Jackson added 27 additional dates and our neighbors in Lexington made that list.  So, save the date of Saturday, January 30, 2016 for Rupp Arena.

Tickets are already on sale and you can purchase them at, Ticketmaster outlets and the venue’s box offices.

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The VIPP Report: Love & Hip-Hop star K. Michelle will perform at the Louisville Palace


R & B, Reality show star K. Michelle will make a stop in Louisville.  She will be at the Louisville Palace on Saturday, October 3rd.  Tickets go on sale Friday, July 27th at 12 pm.

K. Michelle is having a good year, from her reality shows K. Michelle: My Life, Love & Hip-Hop Hollywood to her second studio album Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart.  That cd is full of great songs from Love Em All, Hard to Do to Maybe I Should Call.

Azealia Banks will also be on the tour and will open the show .

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The VIPP Report: A gospel musical was created to honor a Louisville civil rights leader


Special from Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television, ABC Affiliate

I used to use the number 445-2509 religiously.  It belonged to the late Rev. Louis Coleman.  To his close friends they used to call him “Buster”.  I called him “Revy Rev”.  If you knew him personally, you knew he was passionate about others especially when it came to civil rights.  He had no problem telling you like it is.

I was his producer for his radio show “Coleman Speaks”.  We both were new to the positions but we worked hard to make it a successful show.  Coleman was so unpredictable that he kept me sharp and on my toes.  Our show would start at 9 am on Saturdays and most days he got there just minutes before the show started.  Some days he would cut it so close, I would say to myself “You better go grab a newspaper and get ready to talk about hot topics because he’s not going to make it.” He never let me down, it was actually comical looking back on it.

On several occasions, Coleman would hand me his phone and tell me “If it rings, answer it”.  I found myself in disbelief some days when I answered his phone.  I’ve spoken to  Martin Luther King III, son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr;  Rev. Jesse Jackson sitting on the airport tarmac holding up the departure so he could talk to Coleman on the show and activist Dick Gregory.

If “Rev” was  still alive, he would be travelling to other cities that’s made national headlines in in his purple van supporting other leaders like they supported him.

Former Courier Journal journalist Larry Muhammad decided to create a tribute for the civil rights leader.  It’s fondly named Buster! A Gospel Musical.  Gregory Rahming has some big shoes to fill.  He will be Coleman.  Sheryl Rouse will be Mattie Earl Mathis, Samina Raza is Anne Braden, Chauncey Arnold will be Willie Gray, Shane Dickerson as Rev. Bobby Burks and Ernie Adams will play Rev. George Edwards.

If you had to be around Coleman you would always see him with a clipboard, cell phone and his bull horn.

Muhammad will use that bull horn as a symbol of compassion and power by one of the most outspoken leaders of our time.

You can see Buster! At the Henry Clay Theatre at 604 S. Third Street.  Opening night is Thursday, July 16th and it runs through the 26th.  Tickets are $20 at the door and show time is at 7:30 pm.  For additional information you can call 502-727-7972.

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The VIPP Report: Lexington, KY church continues to be a community leader after 225 years




The First African Baptist Church in Lexington is planning a celebration as part of the 225th Church Anniversary & Homecoming.  From 1790 to 2015, the church has been a staple in the community meeting spiritual and social needs. Now, the members would like to reflect on their rich history and how resilient their congregation has become.  From the humble beginnings in 1790, First African Baptist Church has moved from Old Captain’s “Territory” in a log cabin to purchasing the old Douglas School property on Price Road from the Fayette County Board of Education in 1981. With the purchase of the Douglas School property under the pastorate of Rev. Dr. L. H. McIntyre, on April 14, 2002, the church held its Debt Free Mortgage Burning service after paying off a $1.2 million dollar mortgage.

To kick-off the weekend of celebration, we will hold an anniversary banquet at the Campbell House, 1375 S. Broadway on Friday, July 10th at 7:00 p.m.  Dr. Henry Wise Jones of the Mt. Zion 2nd Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA will be our Guest Preacher.

On Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. all are invited to First African Baptist Church for opening of The Legacy Room. On display will be memorabilia of the church’s storied history.

On Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. come out and celebrate with the members of First African Baptist Church.  We are located at 465 Price Road.  This year’s theme is “Remembering The Former Glory”, “Rejoicing In His Glory”, “Reaching For Future Glory”.  Dr. L.H. McIntyre will be the guest minister.

With all of the rich history within the four walls of the church, this landmark commemoration will undoubtedly be a staple in Kentucky and African American history.  The church has only had a total of 14 pastors to date.  Current pastor, Rev. N.L. Moore has been with the church since 2009 and couldn’t be happier to be a part of the congregation and this weekend’s celebration and homecoming. Pastor Moore says “We are the inheritors of a spiritual heritage filled with many achievements and accomplishments. As such we bask in the glory of God praising Him for all His wondrous favor toward us. Without a shadow of doubt, He has done great things for us and we are convinced He is not finished just yet.”

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The VIPP Report: Floetry makes a stop in Louisville as part of their reunion tour


English R & B duo Floetry with Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart announced earlier this year, that they would reunite for a tour.

On Thursday, July 9th, Floetry will be in Louisville at the Kentucky Center.  The two and a half hour concert will include an intermission.  Tickets are still available and they start at $45.

Fans will get to hear hits like, “Say Yes”, “Floetic”, “Supastar”, and “Getting Late” just to name a few of their hits.

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