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


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

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

Stock Option

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 or call the festival office at (615) 278-9537. Please visit our website at for event details.



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.