The VIPP Report: A mother shares her experience in the child support system in her new book which will empower mothers and caregivers


Denise Bentley is a leader in Kentucky politics and community affairs but she’s a champion when it comes to parental support.   She’s fought for years personally and saw first-hand the obstacles, loopholes and flaws in the child support system. Now, Bentley is sharing her private struggle in her new book, “LADIES ITS IN THE MALE” How to finally get your child support.

She’s now making sure mothers and caregivers have the needed information to get financial support for their children.  A self-help guide to child support, and is your one stop shop for justice. Bentley says “If the system has failed you, and you are not getting justice, learn how to make the system work for you and your child!”

On Saturday, September 19th from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm, there will be a book signing along with a “For Women Only” discussion at Barasti located at 3rd & Oak.

The child support advocate says “Writing this book was a painful journey. I was motivated to complete it by the millions of women in the battle. Non-payment of child support is at epidemic levels, over $50 billion owed nationally and over $50 million owed right here in Louisville. We owe our children and they deserve better.”

Bentley has worked tirelessly for nearly 30 years fighting to repair what she deems as an “a broken system.” As she continues to serve as an advocate it’s becoming more important to equip women with the knowledge and to mentor not only in Louisville but across the country by navigating them through the inadequate child support system.

As a local elected official and top aide to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Bentley launched the first insert in 2005, in The Courier Journal Newspaper, outing thousands of deadbeat parents from the city. The first year the insert was published it netted the local Child Support Office over $1,000,000 dollars. That campaign’s success is evidenced by the fact that the Child Support Office has continued to publish the insert annually, and moreover, has collected over $13.4 million in past-due child support since its inception.

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The VIPP Report: Nephew Tommy announces his tour and the Louisville Palace is on the schedule


The “I Got People Inside My Head Tour” starring Thomas Miles aka Nephew Tommy will be in Louisville on Friday, November 6th at the Louisville Palace.

The actor/comedian is the co-host of the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show.  You have seen him in films like “Think Like A Man” and “Baggage Claim”.

Tickets are $52.50 in advance. They go on sale Friday, August

21st.  Showtime is 8:00 p.m. and the doors open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets subject to price increases day of show. Tickets may be purchased at or at The Louisville Palace Box Office, 625 South Fourth Street.

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The VIPP Report: Ohio native Lyfe Jennings will make a stop in Kentucky to perform in the Mercury Ballroom


By Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television/The VIPP Report

I’ve been hearing for weeks that R&B artist Lyfe Jennings would perform in Louisville.  I received the date of Thursday, September 24th but the venue was unknown,  Now, I have that information.  Jennings will perform at the Mercury Ballroom on 4th Street in downtown Louisville.   The tow level, 16,000 sq. ft. venue seats 200.  Tickets are $27.50 and the show begins at 8:30 pm.

Fans of the Toledo, Ohio native will get to hear some of his hits like “Must Be Nice”, “Statistics”, and “Never Never Land”.

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The VIPP Report: American University releases a statement on the passing of civil rights champion Julian Bond



The American University community mourns the loss of civil rights champion and educator Julian Bond.  Julian Bond served as distinguished adjunct professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University from the 1990s – 2015. While at American University, Bond incorporated into his classes his personal experiences from being a student of Martin Luther King, Jr. and serving on the frontlines of the Civil Rights Movement where he helped to establish the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).  Bond also explained how the Civil Rights Movement served as a model for subsequent movements including the Gay Rights Movement.

“Julian Bond was a gifted teacher and mentor and a giant in the Civil Rights Movement. He provided a bridge to the civil rights struggles from the 1960s and the challenges that still remain for equality and justice,” said American University president Dr. Neil Kerwin. “Our students benefited from his first-hand knowledge of activism in the face of adversity and winning against tough odds.”

“Julian Bond brought his history as a leader in the Civil Rights Movement and an ongoing focus on social activism to American University’s School of Public Affairs,” said School of Public Affairs dean Barbara Romzek. “He made an indelible mark on the School, our faculty and staff, and the students he taught. It was an honor and privilege to have him with us for so many years.”

Last spring Bond taught Advanced Studies in Public Policy: Politics of Civil Rights Movement. This fall he would have taught an Honors Colloquium in Arts & Humanities: Oral History of Civil Rights Movement.

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The VIPP Report: Straight Out of Compton tops this weekend’s box office


Well, the number says it all.  Universal’s N.W.A. biopic earned$56.1 million in its debut according to early estimates.  They nearly doubled what it took to make the $29 million dollar film.  Director F. Gary Gray’s film charts the formation and rise of the influential rap group.

N.W.A. members Dr. Dre and Ice Cube served as producers on the film, which has Ice Cube’s real son O’Shea Jackson Jr. playing his father.

Warner Bros. PG-13-rated adaptation of the 1960s television series “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” debuted in third place, behind “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” with what critics call a sluggish $13.5 million.

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The VIPP Report: Civil rights leader Julian Bonds dies at the age of 75

naacpphotoJulian Bond, a civil rights activist and longtime board chairman of the NAACP, has died.  The Southern Poverty Law Center says in a statement that Bond died Saturday night in Fort Walton Beach, Florida after a brief illness. The Nashville, TN native was considered an icon of the 1960s civil rights movement.

Bond is survived by his wife, Pamela Horowitz and five children.  Julian Bond was 75 years old.

The VIPP Report: Louisville’s Birdgang Brand Clothing will participate in the College Colors Challenge


College Football Fans Encouraged to Support Their Team in College Colors Challenge

Grand Prize Winners to receive all-expenses paid trip to the College Football Playoff National Championship game.

LOUISVILLE, KY (August 11, 2015) – As part of the 11th annual College Colors Day celebration, Birdgang Brand Clothing is participating in the inaugural College Colors Challenge and encouraging fan support across social media for their favorite team. The grand prize is a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to the College Football Playoff National Championship game.

The College Colors Challenge is a new socially-fueled national contest celebrating the excitement of college football as the season begins. Through participating in a series of photo and video challenges on social media, fans can flaunt their colors, express their school spirit, and vie for a trip to college football’s title game. The challenges revolve around three categories represented by the hash-tags: #SQUADPIC (large group), #FAMPHOTO (family), and #SELFIE (individual).  Some of the challenges include fans posting an epic trick shot video while wearing their colors, an awkward college colors family photo, and college colors displayed at the office.

Fans are encouraged to download the College Colors app (currently available in both the iOS App Store and Google Play Store) and visit for full challenge details.  The grand prize winner will receive round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, and two tickets to the national championship game in Glendale, AZ, courtesy of CLC and the College Football Playoff.

The College Colors Challenge kicks off on Monday, August 10. Winners for the first set of challenges will be announced via on College Colors Day, Friday, September 4.  Each month during the college football season, three new challenges will be issued for a chance to win exciting prizes, including two more opportunities to win two tickets to the national championship game.

College Colors Day, created by the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), which represents the trademark licensing programs of more than 150 of the nation’s leading universities, is an annual celebration dedicated to promoting the traditions and spirit that embody the college experience. Fans across the United States are encouraged to wear the apparel of their favorite college or university throughout the day.  College Colors Day is celebrated by thousands of organizations, retailers, classrooms and millions of individuals who don their team colors and share their school spirit with friends and colleagues.

About The Collegiate Licensing Company

CLC is a division of global sports and entertainment company IMG.  Founded in 1981, CLC is the oldest and largest collegiate trademark licensing agency in the U.S. and currently represents nearly 200 colleges, universities, bowl games, athletic conferences, The Heisman Trophy and the NCAA. The mission of CLC is to be the guiding force in collegiate trademark licensing and one of the top sports licensing firms in the country. CLC is dedicated to being a center of excellence in providing licensing services of the highest quality to its member institutions, licensees, retailers and consumers. Headquartered in Atlanta (Ga.), CLC is a full-service licensing representative, which employs a staff of more than 90 licensing professionals who provide full-service capabilities in brand protection, brand management, and brand development. For more information on CLC, visit: or

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The VIPP Report: eLearn Olympics will award over 100 JCPS students for staying on the right track during their summer vacation

Watkins poses with Olympian Medalist

It’s that time again to see how Louisville youth did over their summer vacation with one of the most inspiring and motivating scholastic driven programs in Jefferson County.  Louisville Central Community Centers, (LCCC) will recognize the achievement 115 youth and their supporters at the eLearn Olympics celebration.  The program will on Monday, August 10th at 10 am.  Students will be presented with gold, silver or bronze medals and other prizes for their achievements using Study Island, a technology-based system that supports the local school district’s Every 1 Learns initiative. Schools and community organizations who support student achievement will also be recognized.

eLearn Olympics was created in 2013 by LCCC as an initiative to celebrate academic achievements of students grades K-12.

In eLearn Olympics, students win prizes and gain public distinction for completing online, skill-building lessons in Study Island. This program is geared toward helping students achieve proficiency in the common-core academic skill areas that are part of Kentucky Department of Education curriculum standards. eLearn Olympics offers annual recognition for participation and achievement in extracurricular academic programs.

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens, JCPS Board Member Diane Porter, Gheens Foundation CEO Barry Allen, and representatives of the Angel McCoughtry Dream Foundation will join LCCC in honoring these students and their families. The public is invited to attend the celebration on August 10, from 10:00-11:30 am at Old Walnut Street, 1300 W Muhammad Ali Blvd (40203), in the Atrium Room.

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The VIPP Report: Mixed Nation introduces their “We Are One” Tour & Documentary


Communities across the country are on edge due to recent violence.  People are taking to the streets, social media, media outlets and legislators to have their voice be heard.  I found a group created by former University of Louisville basketball standout Luke Whitehead.  It’s called Mixed Nation.  Whitehead calls it a multicultural movement that celebrates diversity and promotes cultural harmony.

He was tired of hearing the constant negativity that is being promoted.  The mission of Mixed Nation is to empower, inspire and embrace people from all walks of life. Luke says for the past five years Mixed Nation has been making a positive impact online and reaches millions of people per week.

The last time, I looked at the Mixed Nation Twitter page had almost 82,000 followers.

The momentum of the just the social media alone is creating a Mixed Nation Movement.  In September, they will launch in Louisville, Kentucky the “We Are One” Tour and Documentary.

They will travel the nation promoting a positive, multicultural message while collecting beautifully blended stories to create an inspirational documentary. “It seems like everyday there’s another sad story of hate and ignorance,” says Whitehead. “It’s time to take a stand and show that love is greater than hate. Together we can make a difference…the world needs this!”

Mixed Nation launched a Kickstarter campaign to help make the “We Are One” Tour & Documentary a reality. The campaign ends August 30th and they need your support to make this happen! Please visit their Kickstarter Page at

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