The VIPP Report: Faith Evans and Joe will perform at the Kentucky Center for the Arts


On Saturday, July 16th at the Kentucky Center R & B fans will hear multi-platinum Grammy Award winning recording artist Faith Evans. She is not coming alone.  The promoter tells me that Grammy nominated artist Joe will join Evans for the show.  Tickets for the Louisville show will start at $53 dollars and they go on sale March 11th.

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*Official photo submitted to us by the promoter 


The VIPP Report: T.C. Stallings guest speaker for Christian Academy’s annual gala

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Christian Academy’s annual gala welcomes T.C. Stallings as keynote speaker   (Note-photo was apart of news release)

Tonight, the Christian Academy School System will be hosting its annual Gala at the Louisville Marriott Downtown.  This year’s keynote speaker made Louisville his home after college but decided to move his wife and children to Los Angeles to follow his acting career.

If you are familiar the name T.C. Stallings you probably know the former University of Louisville football star’s story.  The star of the film. “War Room” grew up in Cleveland, Ohio with five siblings and a hardworking single mother.  Stallings also known to his fans as Tony played for the Cardinals from 1998 to 2001.   Stallings is also the author of “The Pursuit,” which is a guide to finding purpose in your life.

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The VIPP Report: Dr. Cornel West will be the keynote for Louisville conference on black families


Renowned scholar Dr. Cornel West will be in Louisville Friday, February 26th at The National Conference on the Black Family in America.

West,  the Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University, will be the keynote speaker for the banquet held on Friday night at the Hilton Garden Inn.

This year’s conference is named after Dr. Joseph McMillan, who worked tireless in the community, demonstrated for civil rights and was a professor at the University of Louisville.

The conference continues on Saturday, February 27th with workshops and seminars lead by local community activists.

This year’s theme is The Dimensions of the Black Family in the 21st Century.  Civil rights activist Mattie Jones will lead the “The Evolution of Big Mama” while Dr. Amon Perry will discuss “Men’s Involvement in the Lives of their Children and Families: Making Fatherhood Normal”.  That’s just a couple of the many topics that will be addressed.

To attend the 43rd Dr. Joseph H. McMillan National Conference on the Black Family in America go to

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The VIPP Report: Founding member of Vanity6 dies at 57


Matthews’ book cover “Blame it on Vanity”

Special from Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television/ABC Louisville

Singer, songwriter, actress and model Denise Matthews has died.  To many you will know her as Vanity from Vanity 6.  The lead singer of the R&B/funk group that made the song “Nasty Girl” a chart topping hit in 1982.  It’s said that Prince coined the name “Vanity”, because after looking into a mirror she was the female version of him.

Matthews walked away from her music and acting career to concentrate her time to her faith as a Christian.

Denise “Vanity” Matthews died today at the age of 57.

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The VIPP Report: Pageant Raises Awareness And Funds To End Youth Homelessness



The Sixth Annual Miss Kentucky and Ohio River Valley Plus America Pageant is Sunday, May 29. 2016, at 6:00 PM, at the Sanctuary Event Center, 417 E. 6th St., Newport, KY.  Proceeds will benefit the Center Against Teen and Child Homelessness (CATCH), an initiative to end youth homelessness and to support youth who are aging out of foster care. Donations and sponsorships are welcome.

The Miss Plus America Pageant system is for  community-oriented plus-size women, who are dedicated to charitable causes e.g., Excellence in Education, Education in the Arts, Louisville’s #BEEXTRA, Autism Speaks and Postpartum Depression. This year’s pageant includes an online voting feature.

You can cast votes on the Miss Kentucky and Ohio Plus America Facebook pages.
Your vote will help your favorite delegate in her quest to represent Ohio or Kentucky at the national Miss Plus America Pageant in Dallas, Texas, June 29-July 2, 2016.

Your 2016 semi-finalists are Sydney Rhodes of Louisville, Christina Turner and Ocipare McKinley of Columbus, Kristan Levy of Dayton and Donna Hahn of Norton, Ohio

For more information about the pageant, please call Cynthia Elliott at 859-221-8010 or email at, visit the Miss Kentucky Plus America or Ohio Plus America Facebook pages. Sign up for the pageant at

Elliott and/or any of the contestants are available to make appearances. For more information, please contact VIPP Communications at or call 502-295-0435.

The VIPP Report: Music stars from the 90s come the KFC Yum! Center

It’s the “I Love The 90’s tour” featuring performances from Salt n Pepa, Color Me Badd, Tone Loc, Rob Base, All 4 One, Kool Moe Dee and Young MC, the tour will come to KFC Yum Center on June 4, 2016.

Tickets will go on sale this Friday, February 19th.

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Note-Salt n Pepa attended and performed at Barnstable Brown Derby Gala in 2015 where these photos were taken. 

The VIPP Report: Montford Point Marines host annual banquet to raise funds for scholarships



The Montford Point Marine Association Louisville Chapter #22 will be hosting their 12th Annual Covington-Hagan Scholarship Banquet in honor of John T. Covington and John W. Hagan, founders of the Louisville Chapter. This semi- formal event will take place Saturday, March 19, 2016, at 5:00 P.M. at The Hilton Garden Inn, which is located at 2735 Crittenden Drive. Tickets are $50 per person or you can still purchase a table of eight for $360.00.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Brigadier General Terry Williams, USMC. The banquet is named for two of the distinguished members of the Louisville Chapter #22.  Mr. John T. Covington was the first president for the Louisville Chapter and Mr. John W. Hagan was the Director of the Veterans Administration Louisville and Southern Indiana.  Both of these gentlemen were members of the Original Montford Point Marines and have been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.

Charles Stallard, President of the Montford Point Marine Association Louisville Chapter says that he’s honored to help youth extend their educational experience. “The purpose of the Covington-Hagan Scholarship Banquet is to assist local high school graduating seniors to attain a college education. Our chapter is dedicated to community service and one way to meet this goal is to offer scholarships to deserving high school graduates. We are happy to say this is our12th Annual Covington-Hagan Scholarship Banquet. We hope you come out and support us.”

Some of the past keynote speakers: Brigadier General Craig Timberlake, Major General Arnold Fields, USMC (Ret.), Major General Leo Williams III, USMC Reserve (Ret.), and Major General Ronald L. Bailey just to name a few of the many involved in the banquet.

The Montford Point Marine Association Louisville Chapter #22 is a 501(C) 3 organization that has raised enough money over the past eleven years through fundraisers to support 22 scholarships which have been awarded through the Black Achievers Awards Celebration.   They also have provided assistance to three college ROTC students who attended Officers Candidate School.

If you would like additional information about their 12th Annual Covington-Hagan Scholarship Banquet please contact Charles Stallard at 502-550-2423 or Ramon Turner at 419-450-4300.

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The VIPP Report: Breaking Barriers Spotlight Awards




The Metro Disability Coalition will honor community service workers, educators and youth in their 16th annual Breaking Barriers Spotlight Awards on Monday, March 21st from 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at Rudd Heart and Lung Center, 201 Abraham Flexner Way.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Allene White Gold.  She’s currently the Director of the Jefferson County Public Schools Volunteer Talent Center.

Marcellus Mayes, President for Metro Disability Coalition says “This event is near and dear to my heart because it’s so important to recognize individuals for their unique abilities despite their challenges.  This will be the evening where we salute unsung heroes in our community diversity service programs.”

The Metro Disability Coalition is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization comprised of individuals and agencies in the Louisville Metro area.  The purpose is to give a better quality of life for people with disabilities.

This year’s Breaking Barriers Spotlight Awards was made possible because of the following sponsors; Kentucky One, Metro United Way, the Center for Accessible Living and Metro Councilwoman Jessica Green.

For additional information please contact Marcellus Mayes at 502-774-8993.




The VIPP Report: Kentucky based DB Bourbon Candy goes “Hollywood”


DB Bourbon Candy returns to the Academy Awards for the third year

DB Bourbon Candy must have found a four leaf clover because everything owner Robyn Stuart touches literally turns to gold.  While celebrating their new success of being in area Kroger Stores across Kentucky.  Stuart gets a call from the Oscar Gifting Lounge inviting back DB Bourbon Candy for a third year.  Stuart and her Bourbon Country team accepted the invitation and now they will prepare to head to back to Hollywood.

Academy Award nominees, guests and the who’s who of L.A. will get a chance to sample some of DB Bourbon Candy, Four Roses and then walk away with a special gift bag.

Stuart says “Everyone has been so supportive of my vision.  When I notified Four Roses they immediately jumped onboard and said they would help out anyway that they could.  The last five years of my life has been dedicated into making my candy a household name.  I feel like I ‘m on my way with the many opportunities I have been blessed with from Liquor Barn to Kroger and now the Oscars for a third time.  Everywhere I go I’m proud to say I’m from Kentucky where champions are made.  I’m definitely winning! I know my mother and grandmother would be so proud that what they did as a family tradition is now a model for DB Bourbon’s success.”

In the last week, DB Bourbon Candy delivered their first shipment of chocolates to the Kroger Company.  You can find them in participating stores.  You can also purchase them at your local Liquor Barn in various stores in Kentucky.  You can always visit their site at

DB Bourbon Candy has participated in some of the biggest events across the U.S. from the Academy Awards, Emmys, Breeder’s Cup Taste of the World at Winstar, Chris Tucker Celebrity Golf Tournament, Barbara Streisand Fundraiser, Chris Everett Charity event, Soul Train Awards, Kentucky NFL Hall of Fame and many Kentucky Derby events like Barnstable-Brown Gala, Grand Gala and 100 Black Men of Louisville.

In 2002, Stuart started her business after the passing of her mother.   During the holidays, her mother would create the delicious treat as a family tradition. Robyn wanted to honor her mother in some way so she decided to start the business and make the original candy recipe apart of her business. With the support of Four Roses and Bourbon Country as well as the many events and activities she participates in everyone loves to see the wonderful creation that she produces.  From initially starting with candy the business has grown into developing other products such as chocolate covered fruit, cheesecakes to chocolate covered popcorn.



The VIPP Report: Chestnut Street Family YMCA Black Achievers Celebration


With the rich tradition of the Chestnut Street Family YMCA from working tirelessly in the community, promoting health and wellness to making sure area youth have an opportunity to extend their educational endeavors.  For the 37th year, hundreds will gather for their Black Achievers Celebration.

The celebration will take place on Saturday, February 20th at the Galt House in downtown Louisville.  The dinner will begin at 5:30 pm and the program to honor high school seniors and adult achievers will be at 6:30 pm.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Calvin Mackie.  The inventor, activist and successful entrepreneur will encourage the youth to follow their dreams and to equiped themselves with knowledge by continuing their education.

Judge Olu Stevens will be this year’s adult achiever.  Stevens is an alumni of the program.  Both Mackie and Stevens have been successful in their careers but the night will belong to the youth.

Rachel Cooper is this year’s youth achiever of the year.  To obtain this prestigious honor Cooper has went above and beyond the standard requirements to graduate from high school.  This teen excels both inside and outside the classroom. She will receive multiple scholarship offers from universities both local, regionally and nationally.

Last year’s recipient accepted a full scholarship from Ohio State University and the 2014 recipient is excelling in academics and participating in campus events at Xavier University.

On that night, college scholarships will be announced.  Nearly, one million dollars will be given out from universities, colleges, fraternities, sororities, and organization both large and small.  They all want to be a part of the academic achievement of our youth.  I have the wonderful honor of announcing those scholarships.  For the first time, many of the scholars and their families will hear the amount, the universities and scholarships.

If you have never been to the event, I suggest you attend to see young people in our community doing positive things.

Tickets are only $75.  For more information contact Lynn Johnson with the Black Achievers Program at 502-587-7405.

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The VIPP Report: Earth, Wind & Fire’s founding member Maurice White dies at the age of 74

Maurice White (C) reacts to the crowd as his group

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Maurice White (C) reacts to the crowd as his group, Earth, Wind and Fire, are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during the 15th annual induction ceremony 06 March 2000 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Special from Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television, ABC Louisville

Maurice White, the founding member of the multi-Grammy award winning group Earth, Wind & Fire has died.  According to his brother Verdine White, Maurice died at his home in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

The band’s many hits included “September,” ”Shining Star,” a cover of the Beatles’ “Got to Get You into My Life” and “Boogie Wonderland.” Earth, Wind & Fire won six Grammys and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.

The Memphis, TN native was 74.

*Note- EW&F will be in Louisville along with Chicago on Tuesday, March 29th at the KFC Yum! Center.

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The VIPP Report: It’s “The Meeting” between Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X

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As we celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans during Black History Month, the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage will stage a play about a meeting of the minds between two of the most prominent names in the Civil Rights Movement.  They had two totally different approaches but their ultimate goal for racial equality was the same.

On Sunday, February 28th at 3:00 p.m. the Griot Players Series at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) presents “The Meeting”.  The play is by Jeff Stetson and directed by Baron Kelly.  Admission is only $5 per person.

If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X had met for an hour or so, what would they have found to say to each other?  Jeff Stetson undertook to answer that question in this one-act play.  The play sets the clock back to the year 1965, when a fictionalized meeting between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and Malcolm X took place at the Hotel Theresa in Harlem, New York. One who believed in non-violence while the other believed in self-defense, the scenes in the play reveal the shared pain behind their very different philosophies to address racial inequality are very compelling.

Aukram Burton, Executive Director for KCAAH says “The playwright provides a fascinating premise in the “The Meeting.” The play imagines Martin Luther King visiting Malcolm X at the latter’s invitation in his Harlem hotel room in 1965, just days before Malcolm X’s murder and three years before an assassin’s bullet would kill Dr. King’s life. “The Meeting” is an important play that will provide an engrossing story about two great Black freedom fighters that remains relevant to audiences today. I encourage families and youth groups to see a piece of history”.

This program will be produced by the Kentucky Center African American Heritage in collaboration with the African American Theatre Program at the University of Louisville.

For additional information on “The Meeting” contact 502-583-4100.

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