The VIPP Report: Birdgang Brand partners with major retailer Fan Outfitters

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Birdgang Brand Clothing has entered into an exclusive deal with Fan Outfitters, one of the premier retail outlets for collegiate merchandise to sell t-shirts in support of Kyle Kuric. The limited edition t-shirt was created for University of Louisville fans to show their support for Kuric. The basketball star is currently recovering from a brain tumor that was discovered earlier this month.

A portion of the proceeds from the Kyle Kuric design will benefit Kids Cancer Alliance.

For those that do not shop online, or maybe need the shirt faster, you can go into Fan Outfitters stores located at The Paddock formally the Summit on Brownsboro Rd, or their other location at 4600 Shelbyville Rd.  Shirts will arrive by December 5 for your Christmas shopping. Pre-orders are still being taken as well at

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The VIPP Report: Birds of a feather flock together to rally behind one of it’s own




Birdgang Brand Clothing is creating a limited edition t-shirt to show their support for former University of Louisville basketball star Kyle Kuric.  On November 3rd, Kuric’s current team in Spain, Herbalife GranCanaria, released a statement saying the 26-year-old went to the hospital with a migraine and doctors discovered he had a brain tumor. Several days later, Kyle went into surgery and currently he remains in ICU.  On Saturday, he had some complications but his family and fans remain hopeful.  He underwent a second surgery to relieve pressure and fluid, and as of earlier today his condition is improving, but he is still under close observation and medical treatment.  Kuric’s family has been appreciative of the support and prayers and that’s why Birdgang Brand decided to do their part.

For a limited time, a special edition Birdgang Brand Clothing t-shirt will be designed in support of Kuric.  “We have been in communication with the Kuric family and they support our efforts,” says Danny L. Mosby, Part-Owner of Birdgang Brand.  “His family approved our design and we will now go into production so that fans can show support for Kyle during this trying time.” The Kuric family would like a portion of the proceeds to go to Kyle’s favorite charity, KIDS CANCER ALLIANCE, which supports children battling cancer ages 6-18.  Even during this tough time, Kuric’s family is still thinking of others by giving back; and Birdgang Brand, along with Cardinal fans all over, will be there to show they are in “Kyle’s Korner!”  Birdgang’s goal is to sell 5,000 shirts so that they can make a significant donation.

Taraneh Momeni Kuric, Kyle’s wife says “The turn of events for Kyle is quite ironic because it hits very close to home for him. Kyle has been very involved with the Kids Cancer Alliance for many years and his charity, Kyle’s Korner for Kids, has always reached out to these types of charities. On behalf of Kyle, our family is so grateful that Birdgang and friends will be supporting Kyle’s passion! Things like this goes to show that this is not just about basketball, but that in the end of the day, our state comes together to become one big family. God bless all of you.”

Mosby, who is also Birdgang Brands Chief Financial Officer, says “Kyle is one of our most beloved. He’s a man of strong faith and accomplishment, and he embodied everything a great student athlete should be, while he attended The University of Louisville. When we got wind that he was having emergency surgery, we felt it was our duty to reach out to his family, offer our prayers, and create a concept that our fans and University could get behind and show him how much we appreciated his sacrifices. They were receptive and gracious enough to allow us to do that. We are extremely appreciative of the opportunity to support Kyle, and to donate to his favorite charity. Even if a small gesture in the grand scheme of things, we want to show our appreciation to one of the good ones, and to his family in their time of need.”

Birdgang is asking fans to take a photo and send it to, so they can post on their social media pages.  The best photo will win two basketball tickets and two free Birdgang shirts of another design.  To pre-order the limited edition shirts and other apparel go to

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The VIPP Report: Grace at The Race 2016, A Kentucky Derby event in Louisville


By Sherlene Shanklin

I officially have my first 2016 Kentucky Derby announcement.  It’s Grace at The Race featuring 2015 Dove Artist of The Year LeCRAE.  The Christian rapper is taking the gospel industry by storm.  I remember seeing him at the very beginning of his career at Gospel Superfest.  He will not be performing alone.  Contemporary Christian and three-time Grammy award winning artist Michael W. Smith will also perform.  If that’s not enough the Gospel music duo with sisters, Erica and Tina Campbell, Mary Mary will  also be at the pre-Derby event.

Save the date of Friday, April 29, 2016 at Southeast Christian Church.  Additional information plus ticket availability information will be available soon.  You can visit  Stay tuned for Down the Stretch with Sherlene Shanklin for additional information and other 2016 Kentucky Derby events.

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The VIPP Report: Ali’s family releases a photo of the “Greatest” as part of No Shave November

Muhammad Ali's family release this photo of the champ

Muhammad Ali’s family release this photo of the champ

Special from Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television/ABC Louisville

Today, a photo of boxing legend Muhammad Ali popped up on his official Twitter page this morning.  It came just days after alleged reports of the Louisville native’s health.  International and national media outlets were reporting that “The Greatest” health was deteriorating.  The report came from a former business manager that has not seen Ali for two years according to Ali’s spokesman.  Last week, Ali went to a NBA in Phoenix to watch several players with Kentucky connections.

Then today, a photo of unshaven Ali was trending at one point.  The photo was posted by his wife Lonnie in support of No Shave November.

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The VIPP Report: Marriage conference hopes to rejuvenate couples this Saturday


It’s the New Birth Unbreakable Marriage Ministry 2015 Conference entitled Insight: Seeing Marriage through God’s Eye’s on Saturday, November 7th. The conference will be hosted by Pastors Mike & Ruth Ward.  Their special guest speakers will be Pastor Montell & Kristin Jordan and Winston & Peggy Bennett.  The conference will be held at New Birth Church, 3301 Linda Lane from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm.  For Additional information go to


The VIPP Report: Sherlene Shanklin gets answers on the health of boxing legend Muhammad Ali

Courtesy: Muhammad Ali Center

Courtesy: Muhammad Ali Center

Special report by Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television/ABC Louisville

We’re getting word  that former boxing heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali is doing just fine tonight. Ali family spokesman Bob Gunnell tells me, reports that Ali’s health is deteriorating are not true.

Gunnell says the champ spent last night taking in an NBA game in Phoenix, cheering on NBA players with roots in Kentucky.

Gunnell  says Ali is doing well.

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