The VIPP Report: The 3rd Annual International Day of the Girl will be held at the Muhammad Ali Center

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The panel discussion will be a talker with Rachel Anne (Dolezal) speaking at the Louisville event

Special from Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television, ABC Louisville

I’m heading to Nashville later this week to attend the International Black Film Festival but I will return to Louisville just in time for the United Nations’ 3rd Annual International Day of the Girl.  I just RSVP’d for the Sunday, October 11th event at the Muhammad Ali Center.  There will be several film and documentary screenings.  You can see films like Somewhere Between, Skin, The Sapphires and Little White Lie.

There will be a panel discussion over lunch as well.  The discussion will focus on the films and the impact of identity within a culture or for an individual; either assigned or proclaimed.  The topic, How is identity determined? Who decides? How do you fill in your, “I AM? “

The discussion will take place at 11 am.  Ambassador Shabazz will be the moderator.  Dr. Theresa Rajack-Talley, Associate Dean of A&S Pan African Studies; Lacey Schwartz, Documentary Filmmaker; Paula Madison, Philanthropist, Author & Filmmaker and Rachel Anne, Social & Cultural Activist.

You may not recognize the name but you definitely know Rachel Anne.  She made headlines in Spokane, Washington as Rachel Dolezal.  She resigned as president of the Spokane NAACP chapter following questions concerning her race.

Dolezal is now going by Rachel Anne and she is scheduled to be in Louisville.  This is one of the first public appearances since her parents, Larry and Ruthanne Dolezal said their daughter has always identified with the African-American culture but she is Caucasian.

That firestorm caused a lot of people to question Rachel Anne and now she will speak out in Louisville on the topic.

The discussion on Sunday, October 11th will give her an opportunity to explain her stance.  If you would like to hear the panel discussion, you need to RSVP by October 2nd at http://unidotg3.eventbrite.com.

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The VIPP Report: Grammy nominated artist Antonique Smith performs for Pope Francis, Next Stop IBFF 2015

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The International Black Film Festival of Nashville (IBFF) announces that Grammy-nominated artist and actress Antonique Smith will attend this year’s festival for the screening the World Premiere of “Stock Option” say “sparks fly”.  The screening takes place on Friday, October 2nd at 7:00 pm. on the campus of Meharry Medical College at the Cal Turner Event Center.

Smith recently performed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for Pope Francis during the Moral Action on Climate Justice Rally.  She will discuss that experience and her career as an actress and R&B Artist (with a new hit single “High” which is currently available on Tunes) in a panel discussion on Friday, October 2nd from 11:00 am- 12:15 pm with the Power & Influence of Music in Film & TV.

IBFF will take place over 3½ days October 1-4, 2015 in Nashville, TN.  It will be hosted at the on the campus of Meharry Medical College in the new Cal Turner  Center for Student Education.  IBFF is also honored to welcome the esteemed Meharry Medical College as an official sponsor for this year’s event.

Throughout the day event, the festival will serve the full spectrum of the industry by providing a venue to showcase the work of filmmakers from around the globe. Patrons will have the opportunity to view “unreleased,” independent and studio films, participate in awesome industry level workshops, master classes, industry parties, and high profile red carpet events with celebrity appearances.

If you would like to setup an interview, obtain media credentials, synopsis, please email us at press@ibffnashville or contact Sherlene Shanklin  at 502-295-0435.  You may also email us at info@ibffnashville.com or call the festival office at (615) 278-9537. Please visit our website at http://www.ibffevents.com for event details.

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About International Black Film Festival of Nashville

Through the art of film, the International Black Film Festival of Nashville (IBFFN) celebrates rich, diverse and creative storytelling for the cultural enrichment, progress and education of communities worldwide. Established in 2006, IBFFN is a collaboration of dedicated professionals who support the need for a community effort to bring African-American and other communities together to showcase their work as emerging and skilled independent filmmakers, actors, composers, screenwriters, directors and other film industry professionals. With “Defining Our Stories, Transforming the Image” as its organizational theme, IBFFN strives to ensure culturally accurate depictions in film with special emphasis on providing a forum for unheard, unseen and unknown viewpoints, and showcasing the multitude of experiences presented in local, national and international communities of color.

With the support of our sponsors, corporate partners, the community, the International Black Film Festival maintains its relevance to the creative, educational, and socially conscious communities around the globe.

About Meharry Medical College

Meharry Medical College, founded in 1876, is the nation’s largest private, independent historically black academic health sciences center dedicated to educating minority and other health professionals. True to its heritage, it is a United Methodist Church affiliated institution. The College is particularly well known for its uniquely nurturing, highly effective educational programs; emerging preeminence in health disparities research; culturally sensitive, evidence-based health services and significant contribution to the diversity of the nation’s health professions workforce. Meharry is a leading national educator of African Americans with M.D. and D.D.S. degrees and Ph.D. degrees in the biomedical sciences.

The VIPP Report: Sundance Institute’s Moira Griffin Joins 2015 IBFF As Juror And Panelist

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The International Black Film Festival (IBFF) is proud to announce that Moira Griffin, Senior Diversity Manager for the prestigious Sundance Institute, will be joining the 2015 festival as a juror and panelist. Griffin will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to domestic and international audience during IBFF, which will take place October 1 – 4, 2015 at the Meharry Medical College’s Cal Turner Family Center for Student Education.

Griffin, a veteran in the film and TV industry, currently focuses on creating an inclusive space for diverse artists to thrive by helping them gain access to the international marketplace, finance and emerging technologies through the support of Sundance Institute. Prior to her position at the Institute, she worked as an independent producer and Festival Strategist based in Los Angeles, with numerous projects under her belt including music videos, short films, features, documentaries and web series for a variety of companies, including PBS, YouTube, and NBC Universal.
Griffin will serve as a member of the IBFF Jury, which makes final selections for awards in the film competition. Griffin will also participate in the Fast Pitch Session which allows filmmakers to present their projects to top industry executives who are scouting content, and will host an informational session with select filmmakers to discuss Sundance Institute’s numerous artist support programs and initiatives.
Griffin said, “The International Black Film Festival strives to discover and showcase culturally relevant stories from filmmakers with true creative vision. I am thrilled to be part of an event highlighting the need for diverse voices in storytelling, a matter of invaluable importance that I hold dear to my heart.”
Throughout the 3½ day event, the festival will serve the full spectrum of the industry by providing a venue to showcase the work of filmmakers from around the globe. Patrons will have the opportunity to view “unreleased,” independent and studio films, participate in awesome industry level workshops, master classes, industry parties, and high profile red carpet events with celebrity appearances.
“We are honored to have this unique opportunity to have Ms. Griffin take part in our festival this year,” said Founder and Chair Hazel Joyner-Smith. “We know that our filmmakers and festival audience will take advantage of this amazing opportunity.”
While plans for the festival are being updated daily, this year will highlight an exciting fusion of film, TV and music with the presence of some of the foremost industry professionals today. Over the next few weeks expect updates, highlights and exciting announcements. If you would like to setup an interview, obtain media credentials, synopsis, please email us at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com or call Sherlene Shanklin at (502) 295-0435. For general festival questions please email info@ibffnashville.com.
Please visit our website at http://www.ibffevents.com for event details.
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The VIPP Report: This weekend’s goal is to “Power Up” and to encourage others to exhale

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This weekend women from all over the country will gather in Louisville, KY to get empowered.  Power to Exhale presents the Power Up Weekend.  The weekend kicked off with a book signing for the founder of the movement Ms. Charla Young.  The television personality, author and entrepreneur works hard in the community to show woman how to embrace their struggles and then make those lemons into lemonade.  It only makes sense that her new book is actually entitled “Life’s Lemons Make Damn Good Lemonade.” To order the book go to www.powertoexhale.com.

On Saturday morning, inspirational speaker, life coach, author, and attorney Iyanla Vanzant of the Oprah Winfrey Network’s Iyanla Fix My Life will be the guest speaker.  The event will take place in the Mercury Ballroom in downtown Louisville.

Young says “In the world today, we have so many senseless killings and unexplainable happenings, much of this is because people have lost hope, love and joy. If we can do anything to restore those core values, we want to do it. Power Up! is an opportunity for women to reclaim what they’ve lost and find their way! Everyone has the Power within to do great things. They just don’t know how to tap into it. Our summit, rally and strut will lead them to their Power source. We are excited about this life-changing experience!”

If you would like to attend some of this weekend’s events we included their schedule.

If you have a story idea, send it to Sherlene Shanklin with The VIPP Report at thevippreport@vippcommunications.com.  You can follow me on Twitter @Sherlenemediapr or @VIPPComm.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Power Up Summit, Rally and Power Strut

Opening Session 9:00am-9:30am

Iyanla Vanzant 9:30am-11:30am

Rally to Celebrate Valiant Nominees 1pm-3pm

Power Strut in downtown Louisville 3pm-4pm

Day Party, Power Up Celebration, 4pm-6pm

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Worship Service at Bates Memorial Baptist Church, 10am-11:30am

Brunch at The Rivue 11:45am-1:00pm

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The VIPP Report: KEM and Tamar Braxton will perform at the Louisville Palace

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The Louisville Palace announced on Thursday of this week that three-time GRAMMY®-nominated Motown Artist, KEM, will be in Louisville. It’s the “PROMISE TO LOVE TOUR” with special guest, Tamar Braxton.

The concert will be on Saturday, November 21 at 8:00pm. Tickets go on sale on Friday, September 18, 2015 at 10:00am. Ticket information is available at the Palace Theater box office, MusicByKEM.com or Ticketmaster.com.

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The VIPP Report: Comedy all-stars team up for a tour

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It’s “The Comedy Get Down” featuring Cedric ‘The Entertainer’, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and Charlie Murphy at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY.  The show is scheduled for Friday, November 27 at 8:00pm.

Tickets on sale Friday, September 25 at 10:00am. . For more information, visit www.kfcyumcenter.com.

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The VIPP Report: “Straight Outta Compton” Co-Executive Producer Alan Wenkus will attend this year’s IBFF in Nashville

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The International Black Film Festival of  Nashville (IBFF) continues to add special guests to this year’s festival line up. The IBFF team is excited to announce that Writer & Co-Executive Producer Alan Wenkus of the history making, blockbuster film “Straight Outta Compton” will participate in the Special Conversation Series on Saturday October 3, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. on the campus of Meharry Medical College Cal Turner Event Center.

Wenkus, a former Programming Executive with Premiere Radio Networks and Clear Channel Communications, was introduced to former NWA Manager Jerry Heller and began a series of interviews with Heller and Eazy E’s widow Tomica Woods-Wright. Wenkus and his writing partner then developed and transformed these interviews into the riveting screenplay “Straight Outta Compton”, which chronicles the music career of controversial rap group N.W.A.

  With Easy E’s widow’s blessing, Wenkus sold the script along with the music rights attached to Universal Studio. Wenkus was also retained by the film studio for multiple script polishes and stayed aboard the project from inception to production as Co-Executive Producer.

This past August “Straight Outta Compton” opened at #1 and stayed on top of the U.S. box office, grossing over $150 million in 3 weeks.  The critically acclaimed film directed by F. Gary Gray is currently receiving awards season buzz for its amazing cast, direction and story.

Wenkus is also writer and producer of the recently announced big screen biopic “No Show Jones” about country music legend George Jones and is writing the screenplay adaption to the thrilling New York Times bestseller “Code Name: Johnny Walker” about an Iraqi citizen who works with the U.S. Navy SEALs to track down some of the world’s most treacherous terrorists

IBFF will take place over 3½ days October 1-4, 2015 in Nashville, TN.  It will be hosted at the state of the art Cal Turner Family Center for Student Education on the campus of Meharry Medical College.  IBFF is also honored to welcome the esteemed Meharry Medical College as an official sponsor for this year’s event.

Throughout the day event, the festival will serve the full spectrum of the industry by providing a venue to showcase the work of filmmakers from around the globe. Patrons will have the opportunity to view “unreleased,” independent and studio films, participate in awesome industry level workshops, master classes, industry parties, and high profile red carpet events with celebrity appearances.

If you would like to setup an interview, obtain media credentials, synopsis, please email us at press@ibffnashville.com or contact Sherlene Shanklin at 502-295-0435.  You may also email us at info@ibffnashville.com or call the festival office at (615) 278-9537.

Please visit our website at www.ibffevents.com for event details.

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About International Black Film Festival of Nashville

Through the art of film, the International Black Film Festival of Nashville (IBFFN) celebrates rich, diverse and creative storytelling for the cultural enrichment, progress and education of communities worldwide. Established in 2006, IBFFN is a collaboration of dedicated professionals who support the need for a community effort to bring African-American and other communities together to showcase their work as emerging and skilled independent filmmakers, actors, composers, screenwriters, directors and other film industry professionals. With “Defining Our Stories, Transforming the Image” as its organizational theme, IBFFN strives to ensure culturally accurate depictions in film with special emphasis on providing a forum for unheard, unseen and unknown viewpoints, and showcasing the multitude of experiences presented in local, national and international communities of color.

With the support of our sponsors, corporate partners, the community, the International Black Film Festival maintains its relevance to the creative, educational, and socially conscious communities around the globe.

About Meharry Medical College

Meharry Medical College, founded in 1876, is the nation’s largest private, independent historically black academic health sciences center dedicated to educating minority and other health professionals. True to its heritage, it is a United Methodist Church affiliated institution. The College is particularly well known for its uniquely nurturing, highly effective educational programs; emerging preeminence in health disparities research; culturally sensitive, evidence-based health services and significant contribution to the diversity of the nation’s health professions workforce. Meharry is a leading national educator of African Americans with M.D. and D.D.S. degrees and Ph.D. degrees in the biomedical sciences.

The VIPP Report: Donna Brazile will speak at the NAMME conference in Louisville, KY

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Political strategist and author Donna Brazile would be in Louisville this Friday.  She will be the featured speaker at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the National Association of Medical Minority Educators Inc. (NAMME), hosted by the University of Louisville Sept. 16-20. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Louisville, 311 S. 4th St.

Brazile will address the group at the Friday, Sept. 18, breakfast session beginning at 8 a.m. She will speak on “Health Care Reform and the Future Health Care Provider or Why Diversity Matters.”

She is known for making her rounds on the political talk shows circuit and a regular contributor to ABC News and CNN.

For additional information I’ve provided a link to their website http://nammenational.org/meetings-events/namme-2015/.

If you have a story idea, send it to Sherlene Shanklin at TheVIPPReport@vippcommunications.com.  You can follow me on Twitter @Sherlenemediapr @VIPPComm.

The VIPP Report: Music icon Madonna adds Louisville to her Rebel Heart Tour

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Special report from Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television, ABC Louisville
I have just found out that Madonna announces that she will be in Louisville.  Just days after her launch of her Rebel Heart Tour, Live Nation adds Louisville along with Nashville, Tulsa along with several other locations.
Madonna will be in Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center on Saturday, January 16, 2016.  Tickets go on sale Monday, September 21st at 10 am.  You can purchase them at Livenation.com, Ticketmaster.com, KFC Yum! Center box office and all Ticketmaster locations.
Stay with The411 with Sherlene Shanklin for additional information.  I will have a lot more information in the next day.
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The VIPP Report: The “Greatest” Muhammad Ali is back in his hometown to honor some special people during his annual Ali Humanitarian Awards

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Special report from Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television, ABC Louisville

We are just a few days away from the Third Annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards.  It was created to celebrate the greatness of people from around the world who are making difference in their communities and beyond. The third event will be held at the Louisville Marriott Downtown this Saturday evening, September 19th at 6:30 p.m.

The fundraising gala honors individuals’ significant contributions around the world toward the attainment of peace, social justice, or other positive actions pertaining to human or social capital. The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to the multi-talented artist and social justice activist Harry Belafonte. Academy Award winning actress, humanitarian and women’s advocate Geena Davis will be honored as the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year.  Dr. Andrew Moore from Lexington, Kentucky, who founded Surgery on Sunday, will be named the 2015 Kentucky Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year and Rose Mapendo will be honored with the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Gender Equality.

There’s also be six people under the age of 30 who will be honored with an award for each of Muhammad’s Six Core Principles: Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect and Spirituality.

Four-time Olympic Gold Medalist Janet Evans will be the emcee and host for the evening.  In 1996, Evans was the Olympic Torchbearer in Atlanta that passed the torch to Ali at the Opening Ceremonies.

Some of this year’s presenters will be:

Lonnie Ali, along with her husband, is a Vice Chair of the Muhammad Ali Center

Donald Lassere, President and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center

Greg Fischer, Mayor of Metro Louisville, initiator of the city’s annual “Give A Day” Week, and Compassionate City advocate

Max Joseph, filmmaker, co-host of MTV’s popular Catfish series, and Director of We Are Your Friends

Jennifer Clinton, PhD, President and Global Ties U.S., which helped facilitate the awards process for the Six Principle winners

Dhani Jones, entrepreneur, TV host, author, philanthropist, and former NFL linebacker

Aaron Stevens (aka Damien Sandow), professional wrestler with the WWE, who resides in Louisville, KY

For additional information go to www.alicenter.org.  If you have a story idea, send it to me at The411@whas11.com.  You can also follow me on Twitter @Sherlenemediapr and Instagram Sherlenemediapro.

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The VIPP Report: NBA legend Moses Malone passes away at the age of 60

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Special from Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television, ABC affiliate

Three-time NBA MVP Moses Malone dies this morning in a Virginia hotel room.  A detective with the police department says that there was no indication of foul play.  Malone’s body was discovered when he failed to report to a celebrity golf tournament.  NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement “We are stunned and deeply saddened by the passing of Hall of Famer Moses Malone, an NBA legend gone far too soon.”  Malone was one of the most dominant centers ever to play in the NBA and ABA.  With that title it’s obvious that he was named one of NBA’s 50 greatest players.

Malone played for eight teams over the 20 season in the NBA and led the league in rebounding six times.

The 6 ft 10 in. center was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001 and attended the induction ceremonies for this year’s class in Springfield, Massachusetts this weekend before returning to his hometown of Virginia.  Moses Malone was 60 years old.

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The VIPP Report: Kevin Hart returns to Kentucky after his “What Now? Tour” adds additional dates

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Special from Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television, Louisville (ABC Affiliate)
The “What Now? Tour” adds additional concert dates and now fans in the Bluegrass get another opportunity to see Kevin Hart.  Save the date of Friday, October 9th at Rupp Arena in Lexington to see Hart.  According to Live Nation they say that this tour is the biggest comedy tour in history stopping at more than 50 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Tickets start at $51.50 and you can purchase them at livenation.com, ticketmaster.com, the Rupp Arena box office and all Ticketmaster outlets.
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The VIPP Report: Blues artist Rhiannon Giddens will be in Louisville this week at the Mercury Ballroom

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The founding band member of the Caroline Chocolate Drops spreads her wings and flies solo to launch a tour.  Grammy winning artist of blues and folk Rhiannon Giddens will perform in the Mercury Ballroom on September 17th.  Giddens will also feature members of the Louisville Orchestra during her show.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at http://www.mercuryballroom.com or The Louisville Palace Box Office.

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The VIPP Report: Music icon Janet Jackson adds a third leg to her tour

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Special from The411 with Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television

I said it would happen and now “Ms. Jackson” will make a stop in Louisville for her Unbreakable Tour. We have to wait a little while but she will have all of the kinks of the tour out when she comes to the KFC Yum Center. Many of her fans will not mind because her show will be well worth the wait. Janet Jackson will be in Louisville on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

The GRAMMY® Award-winner and multi-platinum selling artist announced a third North American leg to her UNBREAKABLE WORLD TOUR and of course Louisville was on that list. I understand Janet was listening to her fans and their overwhelming response to both her new music and her tour caused her to add a second city in Kentucky.

Tickets for the Louisville show go on sale to the public beginning at 10am on Saturday, September 19 at www.livenation.com, www.ticketmaster.com, the KFC Yum! Center box office and all Ticketmaster outlets.

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