The VIPP Report: Derek Anderson returns to his high school alma mater to host his annual camp


(Louisville KY) NBA & NCAA Basketball Champ and Louisville native Derek Anderson will host his Stamina Camp in the gym named in his honor. Anderson’s camp runs from June 21st to the 23rd at Doss High School, 7601 St. Andrews Church Road. It runs from 9 am- 4 pm each day for youth ages 7 to 17.     The three-day camp is $150 per child.

Each participant in the camp will receive, a free t-shirt, wristbands, towels, food and drinks.

Stamina Camp is more than learning the basics of basketball and running drills. Derek says “My camp is about learning life skills, common courtesy, and respect for oneself and for others, while becoming the best basketball player they can be. When youth leave the camp they will be better versed on the game both in basketball and in life”.

Anderson is a producer, screenwriter, philanthropist and entrepreneur that played for the University of Kentucky from 1995-1997 playing the guard and small forward positions.   In 1996, Anderson along with the other members of the “Untouchables” won the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.   Derek was the 13th overall pick to the 1997 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He played in the league for 11 years which included another championship.   In 2006, Derek won the NBA Championship with the Miami Heat.

Currently, Anderson speaks to audiences all over the world about his life both on and off the court which explains the title of his book, Stamina.

If you would like to have your child attend the Stamina Camp June 21st-23rd at Doss High School register at

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The VIPP Report: Prominent rap artist will perform in Louisville in support of the “Stop the Violence” message



Jeezy will perform in Louisville, KY at Cole’s Place in June

(Louisville KY) On Friday, June 10th at 11:30 pm, Grammy-nominated and Def Jam artist Jeezy will perform at Cole’s Place, 2928 W. Kentucky Street.  The multi-platinum performing artist released his latest album, Church in the Streets in November 2015.  Two of the songs off the cd “Gold Bottles” and “Sweet Life” featuring Janelle Monae is Jeezy’s latest hits.

Jeezy has also worked with Jay-Z, Kanye West, Future, Usher and Ludacris to name a few.

Jeezy also known as “The Snowman” for his smooth and “cold” rap lyrics is hoping to help put a freeze on the recent violence in communities across the country as well as Louisville.  Crime is up in the City of Louisville at least 40 percentage and the sad number continues to increase.

Anthony “AT” Easley, one of the organizers of the concert says “Violence has no age, race, sex or economic status every community is affected in some way.  Instead of trying to ignore it many want to be a part of the positive solution and not the problem.  We need to learn to work together and become good role models for our youth”.

The Jeezy concert was made possible due to the support of Easley,, Bryan G. Henry of BHen Entertainment, Cole’s Place, Mr. Cole and Lil Cole.

Tickets for the Friday, June 10th event is $40 for general admission and $60 for VIP.  You can purchase them on Eventbrite at or at Better Days West in Lyles Mall, 2600 W. Broadway. If you would like to be a sponsor contact Easley at 614-0429.

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The VIPP Report: The SUMMER tour featuring Maxwell will perform in Louisville


Grammy Award winning R & B star Maxwell announced his SUMMER tour fresh off the release of his new single “Lake By The Ocean” and highly anticipated new album blackSUMMERS’night which will be released on July 1st.

Maxwell will be at the Louisville Palace on Thursday, July 14th.  Doors open at 7:00 pm and a hour later the show will begin at 8:00 pm.

Tickets are already on sale and they range from $45.50 to $105.50. They may be purchased at or at The Louisville Palace Box Office, 625 South Fourth Street.

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The VIPP Report: Former Louisville Cardinals return to host a series of events for “Cardinal Week”



(Louisville KY) Tim Barnett Media presents Cardinal Week. The week is designed for loyal fans to come out and meet the former players and have a chance to interact with some of their local heroes while supporting them in their future endeavors.

Cardinal fans will get to see members of the 2013 National Championship team. They won the hearts of the world as they rallied game after game during the NCAA tournament to become the national champs. You will have several opportunities during Cardinal Week to see Russ Smith, Peyton Siva, Kevin Ware and Luke Hancock. Also, a part of the Cardinal family, Terry Rozier he will return to Louisville after playing in the NBA with the Boston Celtics.

On Monday, June 20th, it’s the Russdiculous Golf Scramble at Hunting Creek Country Club, 6807 Foxcroft Road in Prospect, KY.   Registration begins at 10 am. Its $800 for a team of four (4). Golfers take to the course at 11:30 am. From 5:30 pm-6:30 pm teams will return to the clubhouse for cocktails and hor d’oeuvres.

Participants will have an opportunity to drive a Porsche for the weekend. All you have to do is enter the “Close to the hole” challenge courtesy of Blue Grass Motorsports. You also have a chance to have Siva and Hancock on your golf team.

There will be a silent auction with items that the players will pull from their personal items. If you have an item you would like to donate, go to

Former Cards are beginning to confirm their attendance. Stay tuned for more player announcements.

From young at heart to our young Cardinal fans it’s the Camp of Champions Basketball Camp. It will be hosted by Siva, Smith, Ware and Rozier.   The camp is June 21st-23rd at Louisville Collegiate School, 2427 Glenmary Ave.

The camp will be divided into two sessions. The first session ages 6-10 years of age will hold the session from 9 am-1 pm. The second session is for youth 11-16 years of age.   They will be in session from 2 pm to 6 pm. The camp is $215 and space is limited.

Former and current U of L players will stop by and support the camp. Tim Henderson and Luke Hancock will be the camp’s special guests.

You can register at The deadline is June 1st to sign up.

On Friday, June 24th, there will be a Meet & Greet at Bluegrass Motor Sports, 4730 Bowling Ave from 7 pm to 9 pm. All five will be in attendance and available for autographs. They are only $20 per autographed item.

On Saturday, June 25th we will have a meet in Greet in Glasgow, KY at Caverna HS. The time is 12p-3p. Each autographed item is $20.

Russ Smith says “We are excited to comeback to Louisville and giveback by doing these things in the community. It will be good to see and talk to Cardinal fans and reunite with my brothers Peyton, Terry, Kevin and Luke. Come out and have a goodtime with us during Cardinal Week.”

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If you can’t make it to any of the events but would like to support Smith’s efforts. You can make donations to his foundation at

The VIPP Report: Comedian Lavell Crawford returns to Louisville


Comedian and actor Lavell Crawford will be at the Brown Theatre on Friday, June 24th.  Currently, he has an one-hour special on Netflix entitled LAVELL CRAWFORD: CAN A BROTHER GET SOME LOVE.  Comedienne Dominique will open the show.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, May 20 at 10:00 am at, The Kentucky Center box office, or by calling 800-584-7777.

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The VIPP Report: Students receive medals and prizes for the participation in eLearn Olympics


Louisville, Kentucky (May 13, 2016)—Louisville Central Community Centers (LCCC) will host their Spring eLearn Olympics celebration at 11am on Saturday, May 14, 2016 to recognize nearly 80 medalists and their supporters. Students will be presented with gold, silver or bronze medals and other prizes for their achievements using Study Island, a technology-based system that supports the local school district’s Every 1 Learns initiative. Schools and community organizations who support student achievement will also be recognized. Currently, there’s 1,400 participants in the eLearn Olympics program.

eLearn Olympics was created in 2013 by LCCC as an initiative to celebrate academic achievements of students grades K-12. LCCC’s Senior Vice President, Kevin Fields, says as we approach the 2016 Olympics in Reno we want to motivate our youth not only in athletics but in academics. As we cheer on Olympian Angel McCoughtry who is a great supporter of our initiative we want to motivate our scholars to achieve at their ultimate potential and to use Study Island throughout their summer break.”

In eLearn Olympics, students win prizes and gain public distinction for completing online, skill-building lessons in Study Island. This program is geared toward helping students achieve proficiency in their common-core academic skill areas that are part of Kentucky Department of Education curriculum standards. eLearn Olympics offers annual recognition for participation and achievement in extracurricular academic programs.

You can see a complete list of our event’s honorees below. JCPS Director of Volunteer Talent Center Dr. Allene Gold, JCPS Board Member Diane Porter, Gheens Foundation CEO Barry Allen and representatives of the Angel McCoughtry Dream Foundation will join LCCC in honoring these students and their families. The public is invited to attend the celebration on May 14, from 11:00-12:00 am at Old Walnut Street, 1300 W Muhammad Ali Blvd (40203), in the Atrium Room.

We will also recognize the top three schools that had the most medalists during the Spring competition.   Price Elementary with 11 medalists, Western Middle School with 10 medalists and there’s a four-way tie with Johnson Traditional, Myers Middle, Meyzeek Middle and Newburg Middle Schools all having five medalists.

There will be three community centers acknowledged during the program. That’s Lighthouse Promise with 20 Spring medalists, Big Brothers Big Sisters with four medalists and Louisville Central Community Centers with a total of three medalists.


About Louisville Central Community Centers

LCCC is headquartered in Louisville, KY, at 13th Street and West Muhammad Ali Boulevard, in the Russell neighborhood. LCCC is a 501c(3), private, non-profit community-based organization that is governed by an independent, volunteer Board of Directors. LCCC offers a variety of programs and services in support of children and families. Early childhood education, youth development, arts education and other after school programs, employment services and job training for adults, money management and home ownership are just some of the services provided. Sam Watkins, Jr. is the president and CEO of LCCC.

About eLearn Olympics

Founded by LCCC with support from the Gheens Foundation, JCPS and other sponsors, eLearn Olympics is a set of academic competition events that incentivize and reward student achievement in areas of reading, mathematics, science & social studies. Now with over 1400 enrolled members, eLearn Olympic sparks a spirit of pride among students, parents, schools and community-based learning places by providing opportunities for educational competition, academic skill development and public recognition. Students can earn public distinction as gold, silver or bronze medalists in a variety of academic performance categories. For more information visit or call (502) 583-8821.

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Watkins poses with Olympian Medalist

Reading medalists

Gold medalists

Ashton Tunstull (Eisenhower Elementary)

Asia Tunstull (Eisenhower Elementary)

Treasure Wales (Johnson Traditional Middle)

Ezell Everett (Johnson Traditional Middle)

Marcus Griffin (Johnson Traditional Middle)

Silver medalists

LaMichael Arnold (King Elementary)

Jaelyn Pruitt (Crums Lane Elementary)

Gabrielle McDonald (Price Elementary)

Stephan Smith (Crums Lane Elementary)

Jacobi Jones (Crums Lane Elementary)

Perrion Hughes (Wheatley Elementary)

Jose Ortiz (Myers Middle)

Gavin Sams (Meyzeek Middle)

Bronze medalists

Ariyauna Ridgeway (Western Middle)

Ndeye Cisse (Noe Middle)

Warren King (Meyzeek Middle)

Hawa Simagan (Price Elementary)

Ameena Shareef (King Elementary)

Hugo Ramosleon (Myers Middle)

Tyquan Starks (Western Middle)

Deasia Dennis (Carter Elementary)

Philippine Simagan (Price Elementary)

Elean Meridaperez (Myers Middle)

Thomas Bryant (Myers Middle)

Andrea Trejo (Myers Middle)

Detrick Dyer (Meyzeek Middle)

Malachi Tilford (Meyzeek Middle)

Joseph Noah (Western Middle)

Ciara Higgins (Auburndale Elementary)

Joseph Foster (Noe Middle)

Skyla Todd (Price Elementary)

Mackayla Andrews (Noe Middle)

Ameera Delouvpre (Farmer Elementary)

Daquan Williams (Western Middle)

Joyceonna Grant (Newburg Middle)

Khia Briscoe (Crosby Middle)

Jaalyne Everett (Western Middle)

Kieron McMurry (Moore Traditional)


Math medalists

Gold medalists

Natalya Pitts (Price Elementary)

Ameera Delouvpre (Farmer Elementary)

Jayla Miles (Young Elementary)

Silver medalists

Seannae Williams (Field Elementary)

Breanna Carson (Western Middle)

Chloe Cary (Price Elementary)

Dominiquic Martin (Newburg Middle)

Donnavon Grant (Luhr Elementary)

Philippine Simagan (Price Elementary)

Elijah Todd (Newburg Middle)

Jayla Todd (Price Elementary)

Ibrahim Delouvpre (Newburg Middle)

Bronze medalists

Jayden   Harris (Wilkerson Elementary)

Jayden   Todd (Price Elementary)

Amari    Smith (Newburg Middle)

Treasure Murray (Western Middle)

Jordyn Pennebaker (Johnson Traditional)

Alexis Bryant (Western Middle)

Ashton Tunstull (Eisenhower Elementary)

MaKiya  West (Price Elementary)

Asia Tunstull (Eisenhower Elementary)

Derica Johnson (Johnson Traditional)

Ryane Holmes (Chancey Elementary)

Zechariah Mimms (Hartstern Elementary)

Aniya Lawhorn (Conway Middle)

Alisia Crawford (Robert Frost Six Grade Academy)

Brooklyn Guy (Western Middle)

Davione Campbell (Sanders Elementary)

Kaleah Sheffield (Meyzeek Middle)

Kieron McMurry (Moore Traditional)

Timari Young (Western Middle)

Fanta Simagan (Price Elementary)



The VIPP Report: Arts, Beats and Lyrics KY Derby event underway


WHAT:  Art, Beats and Lyrics, the traveling art and music tour presented by Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey will be making its debut during Derby weekend in Kentucky this year. What began as a local art show in Atlanta, has grown to be one of the world’s largest tours of its kind. For more than a decade, the multi-city tour has showcased of the best upcoming artists, along with seasoned veterans in art and music under one roof.

The Derby edition of Art, Beats and Lyrics will feature works of art that pay tribute to some of the first Derby winners. Visual masterpieces will be on display from curator and renowned artist, Dubelyoo along with KY-based artists Charles Rice, and Red Biddix, along with many other names recognized globally. The event will also include live music from special musical guests including Twista, DJ Wally Sparks and Rich Medina.

Guests must RSVP by visiting or texting LVLABL to 68405.

WHO:                          Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Art, Beats & Lyrics

WHEN:                        Saturday, May 7, 2016 @ 8:00 pm

 WHERE:                      Icehouse 226 E Washington St

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The VIPP Report: Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick in Pre-Derby concert

Jay-Z Performs At Madison Square Garden With Special Guests

NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 1: Special guest rappers Slick Rick (left) and Doug E. Fresh performs on the “Best of Both Worlds” tour, November 1, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The tour was originally a collaboration featuring Jay-Z and R. Kelly, but Kelly was removed from the tour after an incident on Friday, October 29, 2004. R. Kelly filed a 75 million USD lawsuit on November 2, 2004 against Jay-Z for breach of contract accusing his fellow recording artist of threatening behaviour and sabotaging the tour out of spite and jealousy. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

Special Derby Report by Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television/ABC, Louisville

We are just days away from the 142nd Run for the Roses and the sure bet tonight in entertainment is Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick.  The hip-hop legends will be a part of the Kentucky Derby Festival waterfront Jam.  The concert is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m.

This is “The Show” you don’t want to miss with the original human beatbox.  When Rick the Ruler takes the stage and the “Children’s Story” begins to the play the crowd will definitely sing along.

Ricky “Slick Rick” Martin Lloyd Walters  just announced his “Victory Tour” after he became an American citizen.  The English-born rapper took the oath during a ceremony in April after a .  Once he announced his tour he says “I’m celebrating a new beginning”.

Rick’s official DJ is Louisville’s own Dwight “DJ Kaos” Chatman.  It’s always good to see him on the stage with the hip-hop legends.

Did I mention the cost for the show? All you need is a 2016 Pegasus pins.  You can purchase in retail outlets throughout for the city for only $5.  If you purchase the pin at the gate it’s $7.

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