The VIPP Report: Louisville Spring Jam announces their “Good Friday” artist lineup



Yo Gotti has the song “It’s Going Down in the DM” and now the newest member of JayZ’s Roc Nation label announces his concert in Louisville, Ky.  Yo Gotti will headline Spring Jam 2017.  The Memphis native will bring his unique rap style to the Broadbent Arena on Good Friday.  The event will be “Legendary” for the Friday, April 14th.

Yo Gotti is not coming alone.  Spring Jam also announces that Bronx native and Grammy nominated rap artist Remy Ma will be performing.  The VH1 Love and Hip Hop New York star just released her new song “ShETHER” and it’s taking social media by storm.

The lineup also includes Ty Dolla $ign who has the hit song “Sucker for Pain” that’s heard on the film, Suicide Squad.  He along with Remy Ma performed earlier this month on Jimmy Kimmel Live!  Hip Hop artist Plies will also be a part of the show.   The Florida native is known for his platinum hit, “Shawty”.  He’s currently working on new material entitled “Purple Heart”.

Louisville will also get a chance to hear two local artists that have aspirations of being signed to major labels.  Artist Stook and CHEN 1 will open for this year’s Spring Jam.

Tickets for the Good Friday show start at $56.  To get up close on the floor, tickets will be $111.00.  You can purchase them starting Friday at

Doors will open at 7:00 pm and the show will begin at 8:00 pm.

It’s Yo Gotti, Remy Ma, Ty Dolla $ign, Plies, Stook and Chin One at Broadbent Arena on Friday, April 14th.  For additional questions, please call 502-309-9533.  You can also We would like to thank T-Mobile Amtel for being this year’s Spring Jam sponsor.  The event is powered by keys2ky and BHen Entertainment.

Please announce on your entertainment calendars.  If you would like to setup an interview, please contact VIPP Communications at 502-582-7716 or by email us at

The VIPP Report: Meet Steve Mudd Jr. GM at Montgomery Chevrolet


(Louisville, KY) With less than two years in his new position, Steve Mudd Jr., and his team at Montgomery Chevrolet have doubled sales over their projection. They actually grew 65% in year over year sales.

The first 40 Under 40 award recipient is only one of four African American General Managers in the state of Kentucky was passed the GM torch in July 2015 and has been excelling since that day.  As he climbed the leadership ladder, he continued to develop his support team.  Even with his busy schedule, Steve takes the time to teach his sales team the auto business.  By making them knowledgeable on the sales floor, it gives customers confidence in the sales team and their purchase.

Steve likes to stay above the curve by finding innovative sales tactics by using mediums like social media platforms.  He says “To be a leader, you need to find an employee’s strength and build from it.  Just like an athlete on a team. Each person has a particular position they play. They become a leader in the position but fellow teammates are there to assist to make sure the ball stays in play. That’s why I chose the Disney Approach developed by Walt Disney”.

When the perspective customer pulls into the lot, they are greeted. Instead of them looking for help, Steve’s team is there walking them through the process.

Mudd goes on to say “Customer service is vital because we want you to become a repeat customer.  How you feel when you drive your new car off the lot, is the same feeling you get when it’s time to start thinking about additional purchases.  They should be saying to themselves that they would return because their last experience was a good one.”

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The VIPP Report: Lil Wayne announces his tour and it starts in Louisville


Kloser 2 U Tour  featuring Lil Wayne will start his tour in Louisville, Ky

By Sherlene Shanklin

The Kloser 2 U Tour is announced and Louisville is on the schedule for this Spring.  Grammy award winning hip hop artist Dwayne Carter Jr., stage name Lil Wayne will be in concert at the Louisville Palace.  Save the date of Friday, April 14th.  If you noticed his schedule Louisville kicks off the tour.  It’s scheduled to end on May 11th in Detroit.  There’s a total of 12 dates on the list but others will be added at a later date.

Louisville hip-hop fans know Wayne well because Louisville native, the late Stephen “Static Major” Garrett wrote the song “Lollipop” for Wayne’s Tha Carter III album.  In 2008, Lil Wayne won four Grammy Awards, including best rap album and best rap song, which he won for “Lollipop”.

Tickets start at $39.50 and the pre-sale starts Tuesday but public tickets go on sale Friday, March 3rd.

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The VIPP Report: Local company Offical Chocolate for this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival




(Louisville, KY) Everyone is prepping for this year’s Derby festivities: athletes are training for the marathons, trainers are preparing their horses for the first Saturday in May, and DB Bourbon Candy is working with the Kentucky Derby Festival to make sure their events get a taste of a delicious treat. DB Bourbon has been named the Official Chocolate for the 2017 Kentucky Derby Festival.

You will have a chance to taste their special edition candy at many KDF events this spring, including Festival Unveiled, Macy’s Spring Fashion Show, They’re Off! Luncheon, King Southern Bank BourbonVille and Celebrity Day at the Downs. DB Bourbon has also partnered with Old 502 Winery, the Official Wine of the Kentucky Derby Festival, to make truffles for the Kentucky Proud WineFest.

Robyn Stuart says “I’m excited to be the Official Chocolate for the Kentucky Derby Festival. It’s always good to be recognized for my star-studded events but there’s nothing sweeter than having the honor to represent my business on this worldwide stage on multiple platforms during lead up to the Kentucky Derby.”

Stuart goes on to say “We have created a special edition candy just for the Derby Festival, along with our traditional bourbon candy, and you can follow our social media platforms to see which events you can pick up a box.”

DB Bourbon Candy has participated in some of the biggest events across the U.S. from three invites to the Academy Awards, Emmys, Veterans Inaugural Ball, 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.

DB Bourbon Candy, LLC can be found in various locations throughout Kentucky in Kroger Stores and Liquor Barn.  You can always visit their site at

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 Distillery, Louisville Convention Center 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.

If you would like to setup an interview and/or invite DB Bourbon to your next event, please contact Sherlene Shanklin at

About Kentucky Derby Festival

The Derby Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation.  It entertains more than 1.5 million people annually. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.


The VIPP Report:Louisville business opens to assist with credit repair


(Louisville, KY) With a major concern with the economy and so many people are worried about their finances and how to rebuild their credit.  Now, there’s a new business that will help you rebuild, repair and rebound your credit score.  Jackie Bailey and the Levels Consulting Firm, LLC cordially invites you to the Open House/Grand Opening for their Financial Education Service Department on Friday, February 24th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. The “Cocktails and Credit” mixer will be held at the Levels Consulting Firm, LLC located in the heart of Downtown Louisville headquartered at 312 S. 4th Street, Site #709. Guests will get a private tour of the facility and you can discuss your personal needs with a team member.

Coach Bailey and her staff are trained to help boost your credit score and restore credit report by such tools that allow rent payments to be reported on credit report as a positive trade line or legally challenging certain qualifying items to be deleted or updated in credit report with the assistance of credit attorneys.

Baily says “Credit can be complicated and overwhelming it’s designed to hold people back if they don’t take the time to educate themselves. I coach people to score big enough for home ownership, reduced car insurance premiums, lower interest rates on a car or business loan.  My financial education service (FES) department has put my company on the map because we have the ability to get the harassing calls by debt collectors stopped.

Levels Consulting Firm, LLC also work to be proactive by helping our youngest consumer.  Youth ages 10 years of age to 18 years old will learn about money, savings and credit through their financial literacy foundation.  The wealth building program is to assist with generational wealth so they do not have to start from scratch.  In 2016, the foundation awarded $150,000 in scholarships.

If you would like to setup an interview, please contact VIPP Communications. If you are unable to attend, please consider announcing and/or posting on your event calendar.


The VIPP Report: Film screening will profile a journey of peace and connection



(Louisville, KY) The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) in collaboration with the African American Theatre Program at the University of Louisville and the Black Media Collaborative presents Welcome Home-A Journey Into Afro-Costa Rica as part of their 2017 GriotFilm series on Sunday, February 12th at 3:00 pm at the KCAAH, 1701 West Muhammad Ali Blvd.

Filmmaker Brandon Hill documents his journey to discover peace and connection with the greater African Diaspora.  Hill initially wanted to travel to Costa-Rico to film a wedding but after visiting and experiencing their rich culture, discovering a community of African descendants who had a very rich narrative he decided to document THEIR story which is really HIS story.  It became more of a homecoming for Brandon.  He decided that their story would provide an opportunity to understand the commonalities shared throughout the African Diaspora.

Welcome Home-A Journey Into Afro-Costa Rica will air at 3:00 pm followed by a question and answer session.  There’s a $5.00 suggested donation to view the film and discussion.

For additional information on this event and/or future events being held at KCAAH please call 502-583-4100.

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The VIPP Report: Following African American Ancestry lines to track the plight of literacy



(Louisville, KY) The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) in collaboration with the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities & Society, (CCHS) will host a discussion led by CCHS Faculty Fellow Kiki Petosino entitled Writing the Ancestors: Literacy, Family, & the Creative Process.

The community conversation will be held on Saturday, February 11th at 3:00 pm at the KCAAH, 1701 West Muhammad Ali Blvd.

Petrosino will also introduce poems from her latest book-in-progress.  The discussion will be based on how researching her African American family’s multi-generational journey to literacy and how it’s shaped her artistic practice.

We invite you to attend this free event which is open to the public.

For additional information on this event and/or future events being held at KCAAH please call 502-583-4100.

Follow KCAAH on Twitter @kygriot for events and announcements.

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The VIPP Report: The Hope Awards will recognize a long-time supporter of the Beecher Terrace neighborhood



(Louisville, KY) The West Louisville Performing Arts Academy (WLPAA) d.b.a. West Louisville Boys and the West Louisville Girls Choirs, (WLBC/WLGC) invite you to attend their 17th Annual Hope Awards Dinner Concert on Saturday, February 4th at the University Club on U of L’s Belknap Campus. Time is 6:00 p.m.

This year’s honoree will be Ms. Rose Livingston, founder of “The Beech”, an After-School Tutorial Center located in the heart of the Beecher Terrace neighborhood.  Ms. Livingston is a retired dedicated educator and administrator from Jefferson County Public Schools, (JCPS).

McDaniel Bluitt, Boys Choir Director says, “Ms. Livingston has worked tirelessly in the underprivileged communities of Louisville.  Her labor of love has now attracted the attention of not only Louisville’s inner city neighborhoods, but has also garnered her the respect and recognition of the city of Louisville.”  Her goal was to educate children of the community so they could be successful both in the classroom and in life.  She is an unsung hero and on Saturday evening we just want to publicly say, “thank you.”  

WLPAA will also appreciate Ralph Bonmon, Marshall Yancey and Sherlene Shanklin.   It takes a village to keep our youth on the right track and such patrons as these make it easier.”

Tickets for the 17th Annual Hope Awards are $100 for adults and $50 for students.  They can be purchased at 323 West Broadway, Artspace, 4th floor.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Shajuana Campbell at 502-553-1383 or McDaniel Bluitt at 502-376-7840.  Emcees for this occasion will be Bill and Angela Price.

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West Louisville Boys Choir began in November 1990. The choir is directed by McDaniel Bluitt, a retired vocal music teacher with twenty-eight (28) years of experience.  He received his B. M. ED. from the University of  Louisville School of Music and a Masters degree in Counseling from Western Kentucky University.  The Boys Choir has performed throughout the commonwealth, for mayors, governors other national dignitaries.  The Boys Choir’s first European Tour established international prominence in Paris, France and London, England. They received a superior rating during their first international music competition in the Bahamas.  They were also awarded first place in the Music Festival at Sea.

The West Louisville Girls Choir made its debut in November 2002. The choir is directed by Mrs. Mamie Bluitt who received her B.M.ED. from the University of Louisville School of Music. The Girls Choir is also a performing choir.  Some of its more notable performances are: Governor Patton’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in Frankfort, Kentucky, ECHO, Women for Women Conference, Pre-Show for the Nutcracker and at Cincinnati’s National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The Girls Choir has also toured New York, Las Vegas, Nevada  and Los Angele, California. Their first Southwestern Tour to Texas was held in 2010.

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