The VIPP Report: Former U of L Cardinal and current Minnesota Viking is injured in practice


Special Report by Sherlene Shanklin

Updated at 4:05pm 9/1/2016: Teddy Bridgewater releases a statement on his season-ending injury. Bridgewater says

“I want to thank the Wilf Family and the entire Vikings organization, all of my teammates, friends, Eric Sugarman and the amazing Vikings athletic training staff and the fans who have sent me messages and wished me well. Your thoughts and prayers mean a lot to me and have helped me in this difficult time. There are great players and great leaders in our locker room who are going to fight to the end to reach the goals we set for 2016. I will be there mentally, physically and in spirit to support them accomplish those goals.

In order to have a testimony, you have to have a test. I come from amazing DNA, I watched my mom fight and win against breast cancer. We will, as a team, attack my rehab with the same vigor and energy. My faith is strong, my faith is unwavering and my vision is clear. My purpose will not be denied.”

Updated at 6:21pm 8/30/2016: The Minnesota Vikings held a news conference and they say Teddy Bridgewater has a “significant” knee injury.  He’s undergoing a MRI and that will tell them more.  Follow us for real-time news @thevippreport @vippcomm @sherlenemediapr.

The Minnesota Vikings’ Tuesday practice came to an abrupt end when quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered an apparent left knee injury.

The former University of Louisville QB clutched his knee on the ground. An ambulance arrived for him and the remainder of practice was called off.
No details on the exact nature or severity of Bridgewater’s injury but multiple sources say it looks bad. We will have to wait and see.
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The VIPP Report: Louisville Music Festival will feature some of R & B’s greatest artists


Keith Sweat scheduled to perform at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY Courtesy: KFC Yum! Center

Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 26th for the Louisville Music Festival.  Save the date of Saturday, November 12th for Keith Sweat, Mint Condition and Ki-Ci & JoJo.  We understand additional artists will be announced for the KFC Yum! Center concert which may include Ginuwine.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show will begin at 8:00 p.m. Tickets range from $52 to $103.  More information will be released in the coming days.

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Mint Condition will be apart of the Louisville Music Festival in November


The VIPP Report: Griot Author Series welcomes “The Wire’s” Kia Corthorn


(Louisville, KY) On Sunday, August 28th at 3:00 p.m. the Griot Author Series at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) in collaboration with the Black Media Collaborative presents Kia Corthorn. The author and playwright will read from The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter and will be in conversation with Nefertiti Burton, professor and chair of the Department of Theatre, University of Louisville.

The event is free to the community followed by a book signing. The publication is getting rave reviews. Civil rights activist Angela Davis says Corthorn’s novel is a riveting saga of two twentieth-century American families trapped inside the quotidian contradictions and compulsions of race, disability, and sexuality. Davis goes on to say “The untidiness of history is conveyed through experiences, dreams, and inevitable eruptions of violence, yet also unexpected patterns of escape and possible orbits of justice.”

Aukram Burton, Executive Director for KCAAH says “We are honored to have Kia Corthorn discussing her latest project but giving insight to future writers how she was able to garner experience and work on successful projects like HBO’s The Wire. We are excited to have her speak at the center. This is just the beginning. We are working hard to secure more authors in the future.”

For additional information about the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage by calling 502-583-4100.

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The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage is the result of a collection of African American educators, artists and historians who have collaborated to give the long dormant history of African Americans in the region the voice and platform it deserves. This group evolved from the Louisville and Jefferson County African American Heritage Committee into its current mold, with a single unifying goal of promoting the Kentuckiana region’s black heritage.

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The VIPP Report: Former NBA star and Kentucky Wildcat Derek Anderson will recognize individuals who give selflessly through Acts of Kindness


(Louisville, KY) The Stamina Foundation cordially invites you to their inaugural Acts of Kindness (A.O.K.) Gala on Friday, October 14th at the Muhammad Ali Center located at 144 N. 6th Street in the heart of downtown Louisville, KY.  The black tie optional event will begin with a “Meet and Greet” reception at 7:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 8:00 p.m. During the reception guests will have an opportunity to take a tour of the center and its new exhibits named in memory of legendary boxer, humanitarian and Louisville native Muhammad Ali, who died on June 3rd of this year at the age of 74.  Former UK players and other NBA players and coaches will be in attendance for the “Meet and Greet”.

Fellow Louisville native Derek L. Anderson and founder of the Stamina Foundation and A.O.K. understands the importance of giving back to the community.  The NBA and NCAA champion was a great individual basketball player but also knows that working as a team both on and off the court creates positive results. His goal and aspiration is to empower youth and give confidence to pursue their dreams.  The A.O.K. was created to show our youth that being kind is the ONLY way we can be great!

During the gala, Anderson and his Stamina team will recognize a community leader with the Muhammad Ali Award and the Derek L. Anderson Acts of Kindness Award.  Anderson says “Random acts of kindness are not enough, we must begin to create a new culture, where being kind to others is a way of life and expected.  Since launching this initiative it’s taken on a life of its own.  I’m getting calls from all over the world asking how they can help. Very soon we will be able to announce a few programs that will benefit not only the City of Louisville but the state and the region. I want to create a model to be developed all over the world.”

There’s a limited amount of individual tickets still available as well as corporate sponsorships. Go to to secure your table.  Proceeds benefit the Stamina Foundation which will go to programs and events to benefit youth and the development of Stamina Academy.

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The VIPP Report: It’s the Evening of Jazz hosted by the Lincoln Foundation

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Lincoln Foundation invites you to attend one of the premiere jazz events in the city, the 21st Annual Evening of Jazz, Friday, August 19th at the KCD Theater, 4100 Springdale Road.  The pre-concert reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a pre-concert reception followed by the program and benefit concert at 7:00 p.m. Derrick Rose, WHAS11 Television Anchor/Reporter, will be this year’s emcee.

The featured entertainment will be The Dick Sisto/Steve Allee Quartet with Jeremy Allen and Jason Tiemann performing original music from their recent CD entitled “Earth Tones”.  The CD which has received rave reviews from Jazz Times and All About Jazz will be available for purchase with part of the proceeds benefiting the Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program®.

The annual fundraiser’s theme is “A Toast to Education”. The Spirit of Excellence Award will be presented to Ms. Diane Porter a community leader and retired educator. She currently serves as the Vice-Chairperson of the Jefferson County Board of Education.  Past recipients include Christina Lee Brown, Ed Hamilton, Mary Gwen Wheeler, Mayor Greg Fischer, Robert & Deborah Blair and Lonnie & the late Muhammad Ali.  The prestigious award is given annually to an individual in the community who exemplifies an active community commitment to education, human/community service, and leadership.

The Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program® was created in 1990 by Dr. Samuel Robinson, President Emeritus, to serve the educational needs of academically talented, socioeconomically disadvantaged youth in grades 7-12. YOUNG is an acronym for Youth Organized to Understand New Goals. The program was named for Dr. Whitney M. Young, Sr., graduate and first African American President of the Lincoln Institute, and his son Dr. Whitney M. Young, Jr., noted educator, statesman, and human rights advocate. The Scholars program serves 425 students annually preparing them for academic achievement and college graduation. Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program® has proven outcomes of success. Scholars annually achieve a 100% high school graduation rate and Scholars have earned 357 undergraduate and graduate college degrees since 2000. Today over 150 Scholars are enrolled at accredited colleges or universities.

Lincoln Foundation has empowered disadvantaged youth to overcome adversity through education since its inception by Berea College over 100 years ago.   The mission of Lincoln Foundation is to provide educational enrichment programs that develop and support youth in overcoming barriers to achievement.

This year’s Evening of Jazz was made possible due to the generous support of presenting sponsor LG&E and KU Energy, and other signature sponsors which include Brown-Forman, Business First, Louisville Defender, McCarthy Strategic Solutions, Stock Yards Bank & Trust and PNC Bank among others.

Tickets are available for purchase through the KCD Theater box office  For additional information about Lincoln Foundation or the 21st Annual Evening of Jazz, please contact Paula Campbell at 502.585.4733 ext. 203 or visit the Lincoln Foundation website at

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The VIPP Report: DJ Envy from The Breakfast Club travels to the Derby City to celebrate being apart of a new radio station in Louisville



(Louisville, KY) Big Don MJ Entertainment and 93.1 The Beat welcomes one of the top morning show hosts in the radio industry.  DJ Envy of The Breakfast Club will be a part of the MidSummer Night Affair on Saturday, August 6th at the Mercury Ballroom in Louisville, KY starting at 10:00 p.m.

DJ Envy will be spinning live throughout the evening to celebrate the new Hip Hop and R&B station and The Breakfast Club’s poplar morning show slot in Louisville featuring Angela Yee, Charlamagne Tha God and Envy.

iHeart Media started the station in May of this year and DJ Envy’s morning station started their broadcast in the area on June 13th.

Guests must be 21 & older to attend this event. Door open at 10pm. Regular general admission tickets start at $23 which give you VIP access to the second floor. There’s a limited amount of early bird tickets and they are $13. Prices are subject to change without notice. Dress code will be strictly enforced.

For additional information contact MJ Entertainment at 502.409.0531.



The VIPP Report: Lauryn Hill announces her Diaspora Calling! Concert Series


Lauryn Hill announces her concert series and Louisville, KY is on the schedule

The last time Lauryn Hill performed in Louisville was at the Iroquois Amphitheater in July 2014.  Now, the multi-platinum-selling artist and former member of the Fugees returns to the city.  Hill will be at the Louisville Palace on Tuesday, September 13th.

When you think of this artist you think almost immediately of her 1998 solo release The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.  That album garnered 11 Grammy Award nominations in 1999 where she won five, including Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, and Best R&B Album.

Hill is staying busy.  Even though she does not have newly released music for herself.  She executive produced and recorded six songs for the 2015 release Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone, including interpretations of “Feeling Good” and “Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair.”

If you have not heard Lauryn Hill perform a set, you get an eclectic sound where she combines rap, , soul, and reggae. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 5th! They start at $39.50.  They can be purchased at or at The Louisville Palace Box Office.  All ages are welcome to this show.

Presale Live on Thursday, August 4th 10am-10pm, code: ENCORE.

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