The VIPP Report: Monica will perform in the Mercury Ballroom


By Sherlene Shanklin

She’s no stranger to Louisville and her fans adore her because she brings it every time she hits the stage.  R & B artist Monica will return to Louisville to perform some new music from her  seventh studio album titled Code Red.  She will be at the Mercury Ballroom on  Monday, November 23rd.

Her new cd will feature tracks from  Missy Elliot, Lil’ Wayne and Akon.  Tickets are $32.50 in advance. Showtime is 8:00 p.m.  Tickets subject to price increases day of show. Tickets may be purchased at or at The Louisville Palace Box Office.

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The VIPP Report: R & B star Jill Scott will perform at the Louisville Palace


Three- time GRAMMY Award winning singer/songwriter and actress Jill Scott be in concert in Louisville just before the holidays.  The “Get on Up” star and gifted poet is scheduled for Friday, December 11th at the Louisville Palace at 8:00 pm.  Scott released her latest album “Woman” earlier this year is getting rave reviews and now fans in the Louisville area.  Tickets range from $49.50 to $99.50 for the 8:00 pm show.  After her Louisville show according to her schedule she will head to Cleveland, Ohio.

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The VIPP Report: Network For The Cause


October is national breast cancer awareness month and in conjunction with the month there’s an event that will bring networking, fashion and cancer awareness all under one roof.  It’s “Network for the Cause” bringing the emphasis as healthy is the new sexy with a fashion show.  The event will be held on Saturday, October 31st at Kingfish, 3021 River Road from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

The fashion show will feature collections from Sango Int’l Design Collection Designer, Angela Jackson & Personal Designs By Marcia. There will be special entertainment featuring poetry by Hannah Drake and DJ Bruce Wayne.

Survivors Elaine Nobles and Nina Carter will share from the heart their personal journey through cancer and Dr Susie Riley will be speaking briefly on cancer prevention. Riley says “African Americans suffer poor outcomes from many conditions due to late diagnosis and lack of health information. That’s why it’s so important to participate in the event.   You can combine fun and life-saving health information all at the same time.”

This event was made possible due to our sponsors Total Life Changes, Tyra Beauty, United Credit Education Services, Cosmo Model & Talent Agency and Smile Center Professionals.

Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Kentucky African American’s Against Cancer.  You are welcome to bring business cards and be a part of our network for the cause.

Please consider posting and/or announcing our event. Tickets for the event are $25.00 which includes lunch. You can purchase them by going to

The VIPP Report: Marvin Sapp, Brian Courtney Wilson and Earnest Pugh come to the Kentucky Center


Louisville continues to bring top artists to the city from all genres.  Now, if you love Gospel there’s an event you don’t want to miss.  It’s the Rejoice In Concert with Bishop Marvin Sapp, Brian Courtney Wilson and Earnest Pugh.  They will have a special guest, the Sensational Singing Bentley’s.  It all takes place on Sunday, November 1st at 6:00 pm in Whitney Hall at the Kentucky Center.

The promoters of the event also wanted to remember in loving memory Asia Ludlow aka Nikki Love a Louisville radio and television personality who died from cancer a year ago.

The emcee for the evening will be Miss Krystal Goodner from WLOU Radio.

Tickets start at $35 and you can purchase them at, by phone 584-7777 or at the Kentucky Center box office.  I will also be giving away tickets so watch my social pages for details.  Twitter @Sherlenemediapr Instagram Sherlenemediapro and Facebook .

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The VIPP Report: 100 Black Men of Louisville Bridging the gap in academic excellence


The 100 Black Men of Louisville will host a “Town Hall Meeting” on Thursday, October 22nd at the Metro United Way Building, 334 East Broadway. The breakfast and meeting will start at 8:00am and conclude at 10:00am.   The topic being discussed “African American Students Achieving at High Levels” How can we work together for their success.

This event is part of a National Call to Action by the 100 Black Men of America with the focus on Academic Achievement of African American youth in particular males. Dr. Kevin Cosby, President of Simmons College and Sr. Pastor for St. Stephen Church will be the keynote speaker.

The panel will be comprised of business and community leaders.   The following have confirmed their participation: Joe Tolan, President & CEO of Metro United Way; John Marshall, JCPS Assistant Superintendent & representative for 15K initiative; and At Large Board Member from the National Office of 100 Black Men of America. Mr. Kofi Darku will facilitate the discussion.

We strongly encourage parents, guardians and members of the community to take an active role in the success of our youth. By attending and asking the questions show that you are concerned about your child’s academic achievement. Involvement is the key to success.

Kevin Wigginton, President of 100 Black Men of Louisville says “We work hard on a regular basis to make sure our youth continue to have opportunities at a higher level. By working with the public education system we can see the process and the loopholes that separate the achievers from the non-achievers. We are doing everything we can to bridge that gap. By hosting an event like this helps all entities get an opportunity to voice their concerns and make sure everyone is on the same page moving forward. We invite you to come out and be a part of the solution”.

To learn more about 100 Black Men of Louisville, Inc. a 501(c)(3) organization their programs, special events and how you can get involved go to or call 502-457-9941.


Who:     100 Black Men of Louisville Town Hall Meeting

What:     Town Hall Meeting & Breakfast

Where:   Metro United Way, 332 East Broadway

Time:     8:00 am-10:00 am

*Media invited to attend the meeting and interviews from guests are available


The mission of 100 Black Men of Louisville, Inc. is to improve the quality of life within our communities and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans.

Here’s a link to the flyer -> townhall100

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The VIPP Report: DB Bourbon Candy will give two Breeders’ Cup events a taste of Kentucky


The Kentucky based business hits the exacta adding chocolate and bourbon

DB Bourbon Candy will participate in one of the richest events in thoroughbred racing with a $5 million purse, The Breeders’ Cup. Robyn Stuart and her elite brand of chocolate and bourbon will add to the pageantry of the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championship at Keeneland held on October 30th & 31st in Lexington, KY.

There will be plenty to do before prior to the championship and DB Bourbon Candy will be at the big events showcasing their products. They have been invited to give U.S. and international guests a taste of Kentucky. They have been asked to participate in A Taste of the World. The private international culinary event feature chefs from 15 countries around the globe. Their dishes will be paired with cocktails, fine wines and a selection of beer.

The exclusive event will be for the owners, breeders, and trainers involved in Breeders’ Cup at the Win Star Farm.

DB Bourbon Candy will have custom design chocolates created just for the Breeders’ Cup weekend.

The second major event they will be involved in will be held on Thursday, October 29th at the Hill N’ Dale Farm. DB Bourbon Candy will provide samples for A Century of Sinatra featuring music by his son, Frank Sinatra Jr. They are preparing for the 400 plus guests at the black tie event. Stuart’s team will create more than 800 bourbon balls.

Robyn Stuart, CEO of DB Bourbon Candy says “I used to believe, I happen to be in the right place at the right time, but now I’m getting invitations to be a part of some of the biggest events in the U.S. from sporting events to nationally televised entertainment events many not on my radar at the time of the call. My corporate business is really beginning to increase due to upcoming holidays. My clients are always looking for that unique gift and I believe that DB Bourbon Candy can give that variety and fantastic blend of chocolate and bourbon which is good for any occasion.”

DB Bourbon Candy has been a part of the major events like the Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, Barbara Steinsand Weekend, Kentucky Derby events like Barnstable Brown Gala, the Grand Gala and 100 Black Men of Louisville Gala. They were invited to be the official gift bag for comedian/actor Chris Tucker’s Golf Tournament in Atlanta, GA.

You can find DB Bourbon Candy in participating Liquor Barns across Kentucky. You can visit DB Bourbon Candy’s website at

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The VIPP Report: The kickoff of IBFF 2015 brings filmmakers from all over the world to Nashville


The International Black Film Festival of Nashville (IBFF) is underway and kicks off in grand way with a red carpet entrance into the beautiful Medical Medical College in the Cal Turner Event Center.   The founder of IBFF Hazel Joyner-Smith says “What a great way to open the festival with the marquee film, “Chapter & Verse”. Producer Cheryl Hill took questions from the audience followed by an Opening Night Reception.

On Friday, Grammy-nominated artist and actress Antonique Smith will attend this year’s festival for the screening the World Premiere of “Stock Option” starring Amin Joseph, Tasha Smith and Smith. “Stock Option” tells the story of a stock broker down on his luck becomes homeless and rescues a famous model, (Smith) from a robbery attempt when the writers 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.

For a complete schedule, go to