TheVIPPReport: Julia Youngblood, honoring women in our community

Julia Youngblood

Special Report by Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11, ABC Affiliate

Many may not know the name Julia Youngblood but countless youth and artists know her as the woman who gave them a chance to expand their horizons. I sit down with her to talk about the importance of giving back. 

Youngblood is one of the quiet forces in our community making sure the arts is available for anyone whose interested.  She worked at the Kentucky Arts Reach program. Dedicating her life to make the community better. 

Youngblood says “For the 16 years I took care of it.  I really worked on opening up the space more and more for communities especially communities of color or folks that might of felt like they really could walk in that door.  I produced 100s of events open mics and many performances on many big stages, all the stages throughout the building.”

Introducing some 50 thousand people to the Kentucky Center for the Arts space that normally would not of had that opportunity. She says “One of my biggest joys was creating culturally related performance pieces that came from the community.  It wasn’t me creating those pieces. It was reaching out to the community and saying what do you want to express today. To me that’s extremely powerful.”  

Youngblood currently owns Youngblood Harmonizing Arts. She took me to a time in her life when she decided to focus on helping others. She took me back to when she was 20 years old.  “A really pivotal part of my life. I lost the ability to walk at the time they thought I had multiple sclerosis . Over time being helped by many other people I was able to get well.”  She goes on to say “Once I really got to where I was able to function and walk again I thought that I just want my life to be of service.” 

Her unique way of looking at life and understanding that expression is a part of the process when healing a community. She says “A lot of time people feel the need to feel seen and that’s a healing.” 

Youngblood admits she’s not outspoken but her now 90 year old mother gave her some advice when she was younger. “Walk into any space and sit down.  So that is what I hope for all of us in life that we call all walk in and feel like it okay to be where we are.”

She tells me that her mom and 25 year old daughter Johnny Storm inspire her.  She goes onto say she appreciates how her daughter views life. Youngblood, a self-taught artist has an art exhibit with almost 40 pieces ranging from paintings to print on textiles.

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TheVIPPReport: J. Brown Foundation announces 3rd annual golf scramble kicking off Kentucky Derby week

(Louisville, KY) Retired NFL and University of Louisville football star Jamon Brown and the J. Brown Foundation announce their 3rd Annual J. Brown Foundation Golf Scramble presented by Kroger and the Kentucky Derby Festival.  The scramble will be held on Monday, May 2nd at the University of Louisville Golf Club, 401 Champions Way in Simpsonville. 

The scramble’s registration begins at 12:00 pm and golfers will tee-off at 1:00pm.  Proceeds will benefit the Jamon Brown Foundation Empowerment Center.  Giving youth and the community a beacon of hope. 

Brown says “This empowerment center is near and dear to my heart.  I want to leave a legacy in the community that help raise me and supported me throughout my career.  This is my hometown and I want to make positive contributions for the betterment of the whole community, and it begins with the community I grew up in.  I can’t thank everyone enough for your support.”

The mission of the J. Brown Foundation is to impact the lives of those struggling with Poverty, Violence, and Youth Homelessness, and to improve upon the Education and Healthy Living issues that are typically prevalent in at risk areas, while influencing others to do the same.

The J. Brown Foundation thanks the Kentucky Derby Festival of Events, Kroger, Delta Dental, Bluegrass Motorsport and Dan-O’s Seasoning.  As well as the University of Louisville Alumni Association, Socialable Weaver Foundation and lastly its hole sponsors.  

To Register your team of four, please contact Danny Mosby

To setup an interview with Jamon Brown and/or any members of J. Brown Foundation contact VIPP Communications at If you plan to cover the scramble, we will have an on-site coordinator to assist you with interviews. 

The J. Brown Foundation Golf Scramble is an official Kentucky Derby Festival event.