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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