The VIPP Report: Derby Soundstage 2020 announces concert lineup with T.I. and Megan Thee Stallion co-headlining KY Derby weekend

 

WE’RE AT THE POST WITH THE STALLION AND THE KING OF THE SOUTH PERFORMING AT DERBY SOUNDSTAGE 2020

When hip hop meets Derby two of its hottest stars T.I. and Megan Thee Stallion will be in concert

(Louisville, KY) The Twins Spires at Churchill Downs are always a main attraction when travelling to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby, but this year another duo will also be demanding the attention of Derby-goers. Multi-Grammy award winner T.I. and rising hip-hop superstar Megan Thee Stallion will gallop their way to the Bluegrass State to co-headline Derby Soundstage 2020.  The concert will be held on Thursday, April 30th in Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center located at 937 Phillips Lane at 8:00 p.m.

T.I. is an actor and entrepreneur known for his southern rap and ‘Trap Music’ with masterful lyrics. He has a lengthy catalog, which includes Billboard #1 hits like ‘Whatever You Like,’ ‘My Love,’ and ‘Live Your Life,’ just to name a few.

Megan Thee Stallion has skyrocketed to stardom amid the 2019 releases of her first full-length mixed-tape ‘Fever’ and hit song ‘Hot Girl Summer.’ These projects earned her a 2019 BET Hip Hop Award and an MTV Video Music Award. Megan has stamped her reputation as a hit-maker with songs like ‘Simone Says,’ ‘Diamonds,’ and ‘Realer.’

Derby Soundstage is produced by The Livsuite. Tickets start at $50 and go on sale Friday, March 6th at 10am at ticketmaster.com.

To obtain media credentials you must be an accredited media outlet and will need to fill-out a form to enter the concert and be staged in the media section.  To receive consideration contact info@vippcommunications.com

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The VIPP Report: The Stamina Foundation Throws Their “Rose” Into the Kentucky Derby Gala Field

With an over-the-top couture fashion show led by a Project Runway designer and entertainment by a Grammy Award nominated artist the Grandstand Gala is a sure bet

(Louisville, KY) The Stamina Foundation is happy to announce their inaugural Grandstand Gala during Kentucky Derby weekend in Louisville, KY.  As racing fans begin to arrive in the city, they will find out that this event on Thursday, April 30th will set the tone for style influencers trying to make a fashion statement during the Run for the Roses.  The Grandstand Gala will take place at the Kentucky International Convention Center, (KICC) Ballroom at 7:00 p.m. located at 221 S. 4th Street.

The lavish Derby event will have a red-carpet entrance as partygoers enjoy a runway style show featuring Project Runway’s Season 17 and Louisville native Frankie Lewis’, Frankie Lew Demi-Couture Collection.  The designer will debut her summer collection with one of a kind pieces. We will give you an exclusive look periodically showing you the designer working and creating right up until the models hit the runway Derby week.

Frankie Lew Is a demi couture fashion house that specializes in artistic clothing for every occasion. Guests should feel free to be bold and make a statement. Unconventional materials are our favorite because they destroy the limits of fashion and expression. Join us in a night of wearable art and fashion freedom.

Dr. Ashley Anderson, co-founder of the Grandstand Gala understands that the world not only watches the “Run for Roses” but for its unique and bold style. She says “The Kentucky Derby is known across the world for its fashion! This event pays homage to that by tapping Project Runway Designer and Louisville’s own, Frankie Lewis to provide inspiration for attendee attire and by putting designs from artists, designers and boutiques on display in a live fashion exhibition.  We couldn’t be more excited about this event.”

Grammy Award nominated artist Raheem DeVaughn will be the Grandstand Gala’s featured entertainer.  The R&B and Neo Soul artist known as “Radio Raheem” and “The Love King” continues to make great music with hits like “Woman”, “Just Right”, “You”, “Ridiculous” and his latest hit the “Love Reunion” is his seventh studio album entitled by the same name.

The singer/songwriter will take Derby fans through a love experience as we countdown Kentucky Derby 146.  DJ Reggie Reg will provide entertainment throughout the evening.

During the gala, NBA champion and Louisville native Derek Anderson and his wife, entrepreneur and community leader Dr. Ashley Anderson will present this year’s Grandstand Gala 2020 award honorees.  The AOK Inspiration Award will be presented to Allan Houston, former NBA all-star.  The AOK Commitment to the Community Award will be presented to Nicole Hayden, founder of Friends of Nicole 50/50 Mentoring Collaborative, Inc.

Houston, a Louisville native played in the NBA for 12 seasons in which he played for the New York Knicks nine of those seasons. He also won a gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.  The two-time NBA all-star shooting guard retired and currently serves as special assistant to the general manager for the Knicks and the general manager of the Westchester Knicks, the Knicks’ G League team.  He’s not being honored for his accomplishments on the court but what he’s done off the court as a humanitarian through the Allan Houston Legacy Foundation and the Allan Houston Mentoring Initiative.  Houston is married to Tamara Houston and they have seven children.

Hayden, a Louisville native and Miss Plus America 2014 works tirelessly to educate the community with the resources and information needed to build confidence and leadership skills essential for transitioning youth through their educational journey.  The Founder & President of Friends of Nicole 50/50 Mentoring Collaborative Inc. gives her opportunities to be a role model.  Her #IOWNCONFIDENCE campaign motivates and inspires not only locally but nationally.

Derek Anderson, co-founder of the Grandstand Gala says “We’re so excited to bring a new event to our city.  The Grandstand Gala will offer the unique opportunity to celebrate Derby week and support the local fashion scene while supporting the mission and programming of the Stamina Foundation within the community.”

Tickets are $150 for individual tickets and they can be purchased on Eventbrite.  To reserve a table and/or to be a sponsor contact DrA@AshleyDAnderson.com.

Proceeds from the inaugural Grandstand Gala held on Thursday, April 30th at the KICC benefit the programs of the Stamina Foundation.  The foundation is a 501©3 organization with the mission to empower youth and young adults with the resources and life skills they need to follow their dreams.

The Stamina Foundation will pursue this mission with educational programming and events throughout the year, but the first major project will be the development of the Stamina Academy. The purpose of the Stamina Academy is to teach life skills to youth both in and out of the school system with the goal of bringing this generation back to life’s basic skills: manners, being respectful to others, self-confidence, self-motivation, and self-education.

Youth today are greatly influenced by their peers and social media. Without proper guidance or a positive infrastructure, they tend to go down a bad road, which results in negative, long-term life consequences. Stamina will teach youth to identify and pursue their passions and to focus on being great instead of trying to fit in. For additional information go to http://www.staminafd.com.

To obtain media credentials and/or to setup interviews contact Sherlene Shanklin, VIPP Communications at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com. ***Stay tuned for special guest announcements. ***

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The VIPP Report: Tickets go on sale today for legendary ‘Supreme’ Diana Ross

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Ross will ease on down to the Palace in 2020.  The superstar will be in Louisville at the Louisville Palace on Sunday, February 23rd

Ross is one of the most successful recording artists of our time.  The Motown legend got her start as the lead singer for the Supremes and then went on to have an unbelievable solo career with hits like “I’m Coming Out”, “Endless Love”,” “Touch Me in the Morning” just to name a handful of her mega hits. 

The multi-Grammy Award winning performer will be backed up by a six-piece band during her show.  Her last performance in Louisville was April 26, 2012.

Tickets go on sale today at 10:00 am for the Louisville, Kentucky concert.

If you have a story idea, send it to thevippreport@vippcommunications,com.  Follow us on Twitter @thevippreport.   

The VIPP Report: Fall fashion forecast sees “statement” pieces making a lasting impression this season

 

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VIPP Style Accessories’ fashion forward statement pieces will bring any Fall fashion come to life.  You will see gold make a comeback as well as layering necklaces.  Checkout some of their must have pieces.

To see their full collection visit their site at http://www.vippstyle.com and #makeastatement.

*Inventory updated weekly along with holiday sales and special offers.

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The VIPP Report makes its television debut on The LENS in Louisville

By Sherlene M. Shanklin

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My first segment for The Lens, a weekly program focusing  and celebrating urban lifestyle and their unique perspective on issues took place in the historic Smoketown neighborhood. It’s the oldest African-American neighborhood in Louisville, KY.

“Behind me you see the Ali gloves. Fun fact did you know they were made by Louisville native Ed Hamilton?  Now, this week’s The VIPP Report.”

20190628_131320Here’s some of the events I profiled in the inaugural show:

*It’s Bring It Live, The Dance Battle.  The show takes place on Monday, July 22nd at 7:30 p.m.

*The Juneteenth Jubilee at Waterfront Park had to be rescheduled due to rain.  So they moved it to Sunday, July 28th.  The new date signifies the adoption of the 14th amendment to the U-S constitution was certified.  The amendment granted citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States which included slaves.

*Boys 2 Men will be at the Indiana State Fair on Wednesday, August 14th.

*The Kentucky State Fair announces Sheila E and the GAP Experience on Friday, August 16th.  The concert is free with paid gate admission.  The KY State Fair runs August 15th through the 25th.

*The NAACP Hardin County Branch will host their 28th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, September 21st.  Their special guest speaker will be Roland Martin.

*It’s Wu-Tang Clan’s 36th Chambers 25th Anniversary Tour on Friday, October 18th at Paristown Hall on Brent Street.  Tickets are $115.  You can purchase them at kentuckycenter.org.

I’m excited to announce that i’m one of the producers of a new show.  I will also have the wonderful opportunity to present The VIPP Report.

If you have a story idea and/or if you would like to be a sponsor of the segment, contact The  VIPP Report by emailing  thevippreport@vippcommuications.com.

Follow our column at www.thevippreport.com.

Follow us on Twitter: @thevippreport

Follow us on IG: @vippcommunications/@sherlenemediapro

The VIPP Report: Your next Miss Kentucky and Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen for 2020 will be….

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Two young ladies crowned in Louisville will represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky for the next year

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(Louisville, KY) On Saturday, June 8th at the Brown Theatre in Louisville Miss Kentucky and Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen announced who would represent Kentucky in the Miss America and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competitions.

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Lexington native Alex Francke was crowned Miss Kentucky Saturday night in Louisville.  She will represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky at the Miss America competition. The official dates will be announced by the Miss America officials in the coming days.

Landry Feldmeier was crowned Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen. She will present Kentucky at the 2019 MAOTeen Competition in Orlando, Florida on July 23, 24, 25 & 27th at the Linda Chapin Theatre in the Orange County Convention Center.

 

MissKentuckyTeenPageantThe Miss Kentucky and Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen programs empower young women across Kentucky through pageantry.  The participants develop leadership skills and confidence as they work to achieve their biggest goals in life.  The Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization continues to develop role models for communities not only in Kentucky, but the world.

Dr. Ashley D. Anderson, Executive Director for the competition and President of the Miss Kentucky board says “We had an outstanding week from the “Kickoff to the Crown” where the community met the participants during an event at Fourth Street Live, to the crowning of the two ladies who will represent Kentucky for the next year.  Our judges had a very difficult task, but they chose two great young women that Kentucky will be proud of.  We have no doubt that on the national stage these two will make us proud.”

The Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization is a celebration of the talent, scholastic achievement and commitment to service of Kentucky’s finest young women. This Organization is so much more than a crown…it is changing Kentucky, one young woman at a time!

To set up an interview, please call Sherlene Shanklin, at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.

For additional information on the pageant please visit www.misskentucky.org.

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The VIPP Report: Who will be the next Miss Kentucky and Miss Kentucky Outstanding Teen?

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WHO WILL REPRESENT THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY IN THE MISS AMERICA AND MISS AMERICA’S OUTSTANDING TEEN COMPETITION FOR 2019?

Witness the crowning of two young ladies in Louisville at the Historic Brown Theatre

(Louisville, KY) Tickets are now on sale for the Miss Kentucky and Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen competitions being held at the Brown Theatre, 315 W. Broadway June 5th-8th in downtown Louisville, Kentucky.

This is the official state preliminaries of the Miss America and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Organization.

These programs empower young women across Kentucky through pageantry to develop the leadership skills and confidence to achieve their biggest goals in life.  The Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization continues to develop role models for communities not only in Kentucky but the world.

Dr. Ashley D. Anderson, Executive Director for the pageant and President of the Miss Kentucky board says “We had two outstanding representatives this past year.  Our talented candidates will have some big shoes to fill, but I’m confident that our judges will find two deserving young ladies.  As soon as they are crowned they will immediately begin to prepare for the national stage.  Kentucky will be a major contender and we are always proud of how hard these ladies work as they represent their families, community and the Bluegrass state.  I hope you come out and support them because they are all so talented.”

Awarding over $70,000 in cash scholarships and over $2 million in inkind scholarships, the Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization is a celebration of the talent, scholastic achievement and commitment to service of Kentucky’s finest young women. This Organization is so much more than a crown…it is changing Kentucky, one young woman at a time!

Tickets are $30.00 for events June 5th-7th.  The June 8th final event is $50.00.  If you would like to attend all four events its $130.00 per person.  You can purchase them by calling 800-775-7777 or 502-584-7777.  You can also purchase them at the Kentucky Center box office.

To set up an interview, please contact Sherlene Shanklin, at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.

For additional information on the pageant please visit www.misskentucky.org.

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The VIPP Report: TheSlice: Spice, Style & Soul is just days away as the city prepares for Kentucky Derby 145

ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL DERBY FESTIVAL EVENTS HELD IN WEST LOUISVILLE WILL CELEBRATE DERBY BOHEMIAN STYLE

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(Louisville, KY) The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. At KCAAH and Griot Attraction Management & Events LLC (GAME) presents TheSlice: Spice, Style & Soul on Saturday, April 27th from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm.  We are delighted to announce that the James E. Pepper Distillery of Lexington, KY is our 2019 Presenting sponsor.

It’s a Salute to the Afro Bohemian Life from arts and culture, music, fashion to language.

The event has a great reputation for great food by bringing talented area chefs and caterers and their favorite dishes all under one roof.  And, new this year TheSlice will offer a cash bar to guests who would like to have more than complimentary wine.

This year, TheSlice will use their newly renovated buildings on campus to host various genres of music so guests will have an opportunity to enjoy the flavor of the evening.

Tickets are $70 in advance and $80 the day of the event.  The attire is upscale and after-five is suggested. As well as Bohemian meets Derby with bold and beautiful colors and styles.  The Ultimate Show Band will be the Main Stage Entertainment along with DJ Maverick.  There will also be a fashion show, so guests can see the latest Derby styles before Derby 145.

TheSlice: Spice, Style & Soul is an official Kentucky Derby Festival event.  Guests must be 21 years of age and up.

If you would like to setup an interview and/or a cooking demonstration contact VIPP Communications at  info at vippcommunications dot com.  

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The VIPP Report: Countdown to Derby 145 in Louisville, KY

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Special Report by Sherlene Shanklin:  WHAS11 Television, an ABC Affiliate Louisville

Down the Stretch: It’s the countdown to Derby 145 held on the first Saturday in May.  There will be plenty of events to attend but the question everyone seems to ask me “What celebrity will travel to Louisville to be apart of the celebration?”  So, I create a list along with their confirmed event.  If you’re having a Kentucky Derby event and you have a special guest attending, please send it to me so I can announce.

Here’s some of the celebrities heading to the Bluegrass State.

Usher Raymond-  Trifecta Gala (performing)

Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds– Urban League Gala (performing)

Tank– Darrell Griffith Foundation “Experience”

After 7- Annual Derby Gala 100 Black Men of Louisville

Joe Torry– Annual Derby Gala 100 Black Men of Louisville

Angel McCoughtry– Skills Camp for youth

Asia Durr-Skills Camp for Youth

Steve Harvey-Trifecta Gala

NeNe Leakes– Trifecta Gala

Cynthia Bailey– Trifecta Gala

Warren Moon-Unbridled Eve

Jamon Brown-Unbridled Eve

Darnell “Superchef” Ferguson– Unbridled Eve

Bryson Tiller-Trifecta Gala

Johnny Gill-Barnstable Brown Gala

Randall Cobb-Barnstable Brown Gala

Percy “Master P” Miller-Barnstable Brown Gala

Romeo Miller-Barnstable Brown Gala

Trey Songz-Barnstable Brown Gala

Boyz II Men-Barnstable Brown Gala

David Alan Grier-Barnstable Brown Gala

Von Miller– Barnstable Brown Gala

DeVante Adams-Barnstable Brown Gala

Opening night of Churchill Downs is Saturday, April 27th.  Thurby is held on Thursday, May 2nd. Kentucky Oaks is on Friday, May 3rd and the Kentucky Derby is on Saturday, May 4th all held in Louisville, Ky under the “Twin Spires”.

If you have a story idea, and/or would like to announce your guest(s) for your Kentucky Derby event send it to me at The411@whas11.com.  Follow me on social for real-time updates Twitter: @sherlenemediapr, Instagram: @sherlenemediapro and FB: SherleneShanklin.

 

 

 

The VIPP Report: “DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH” is more than just a song its the motto of Kentucky Derby fans experiencing all things derby

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NOW, AN OAKS DAY BRUNCH WILL DO A TRIBUTE TO THE MEGASTAR THAT MADE THE SONG SO FAMOUS

(Louisville, KY) Louisville Central Community Center, (LCCC) in collaboration with VIPP Communications announces their second annual Kentucky Derby event.  On Friday, May 3rd at 11 am at Old Walnut Street, 1300 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd, it’s the Oaks Day Derby Brunch. This year’s tribute will take you through the music catalog of Gary, Indiana native and pop megastar Michael Jackson.

The Derby Brunch hosted by Sherlene Shanklin is from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm.  Some of Louisville’s top artists will perform some of the King of Pop’s 13 singles that hit number one on the charts.  Sheryl Rouse, Jason Clayborn and Jon-John Johnson will perform some of Jackson’s memorable and greatest hits.  The Youth Repertory Theater Troupe will showcase their talents after LCCC’s leadership and performing arts department prepared a curriculum giving the youth a history and music lesson on the humble beginnings of Jackson in Indiana living in a two-bedroom home with seven brothers and sisters at the time along with his parents practicing night and day to make the Jackson 5 a household name. Motown Records signed the group and the rest was history for Michael and his family.

Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door.  You can purchase them at louisvilletickets.com.  Doors open at 10 a.m. and guests are asked to wear their Oaks Day attire including your fascinator and/or hat to the brunch.  There’s will be vendors with your last-minute items needed for Oaks and Derby.  If you would like to reserve a booth contact Erica Bledsaw, Oaks Day Coordinator at Erica.bledsaw@lcccnews.org or by calling LCCC at (502) 583-8821 ext. 130.  Proceeds benefit LCCC youth programs.

Last year in our inaugural event music icon and Motown legend Stevie Wonder was highlighted along with J. Holiday as our featured music guest.

The Louisville Central Community Centers is a 501c(3), private, non-profit community-based organizations.  We offer 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 homeownership are just some of the services provided

We would like to thank the following for their support for this year’s event: Erica Denise, VIPP Communications, Manhattan on Broadway and WoodForest National Bank.

If you would like to be a sponsor, request media credentials and/or request interviews, please contact us at please contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: VIPP Style Accessories preparing for spring collection

 

VIPP Style Accessories is gearing up for their spring/summer accessory collection.  Easter, prom, weddings and the Kentucky Derby are just weeks away and everyone know that’s a fantastic piece of jewelry can take your outfit to the next level.

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VIPP Style Accessories specializes in “statement pieces”. The define it as unique, bold, head turner and show stopper.  Their thought process is if they would wear it, they will stock it.

Checkout their available stock online at http://www.vippstyle.com where their customers always “make a statement.  They add new pieces  and restock bestsellers weekly.  If you need an item in bulk they can do custom orders.

Follow them on Facebook @vippstyle and Instagram @vipp_style.  VIPPStyle111

To join their online team contact a VIPP stylist at booking at vippstyle dot com.

Make an impression with VIPP Style Accessories.

VIPP is pronounced V-I-P.  It meaning is Visualizing into People’s Personalities.  You have to know the style of your client before you can “style” them.  VIPP Style Accessories is the fashion division of VIPP Communications.  

 

 

 

 

The VIPP Report: Being nominated for Most Admired Woman by Today’s Woman Magazine

 

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By Sherlene M. Shanklin

When I was contacted by Today’s Woman Magazine I had mixed emotions. – shocked to even be nominated even though no one knows anything about me.

People have no idea that I’ve worked in the media for almost 27 years.

When teachers told my graduating class that we would likely have to start at a smaller market to get your experience and then work your way back to your hometown.  I beat those odds and jumped straight to my hometown of Louisville.  I was hired part-time as an associate director. Working crazy hours, weekends and holidays.  All while I worked in a new healthcare division full time and attending graduate school obtaining two master’s degrees.

I’ve worked in just about every position behind the scenes.  Receiving several award nominations for floor directing and my camera work for some of the biggest news events in Louisville.  I had the opportunity to first produce/coordinate the very first forum where community leaders said some 20 years ago that Louisville was ready for a professional team.  Many of the same believers in that idea are still believing in the vision today and its moving in the right direction.  I believe there will be a farm team that’s affiliated with an NBA team who will make Louisville their home first. Those players, when developed, will be called up to team.

After proving I could produce I went from production to the newsroom where I had the opportunity to write and produce some of the biggest stories of our lifetime like 9-11. Then I was recruited away in 2003 to WHAS11.  I started off as a producer but later moved to the assignment desk.

I had an opportunity to start one of the first webcasts in the area about entertainment and community news that you did not see on the air.  I took the challenge upon myself to help promote people and events.  My original concept was to find national figures throughout the world that had Kentucky ties.  That helped me create that niche in the market and The411 with Sherlene Shanklin was born.

In 2018, the Society of Professional Journalists announced my story about the NBA as their Best Sports Writing piece of the Year.  I also won Best Use of Social Media for Louisville’s own Bryson Tiller announcing his national tour and pop-up concert series.  In 2017, I was nominated for an Emmy Award for the coverage of Muhammad Ali’s memorial coverage.

411After, first using web-based and social media platforms to promote my stories. I had the opportunity to go on air.  There was only a few stories out there at the time but now the table has turned and dozens of stories are developed with the emphasis on “did you know that person is from Kentucky?”

Now, you can watch The411 on Thursdays at 12:50 p.m., Fridays at 4:20 p.m. and Saturday mornings during Good Morning Kentuckiana Weekend.

You can hear me on 104.7/WLOU on Miss Krystal Goodner’s show on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. and of course you can read my stories on www.whas11.com and www.thevippreport.com.

Can you believe it all started from an idea and now it has flourished into its own standalone brand.  My primary job at WHAS11, an ABC Affiliate is the assignment desk.  In a nutshell I’m reading and/or listening to all of the story ideas, news tips and helping develop the story.

Even if the story doesn’t make air I still try and assist as many people as I can with their problems.

So, no I’m not new to the area.  Some people consider me as the go-to in the community when they need assistance.  Even if I can’t assist, I try to lead then in the right direction to get assistance.  Once I think we can do the story.  I consult with the reporter I believe has the sources and passion to get the story done.

vippnewlogoWhile working around the clock in the media.  It gave me other opportunities to help people.  Once the demand was so real I started VIPP Communications.  It’s a one-stop public relations, branding, marketing, special events and video production firm.

Then The VIPP Report was created so I could have a platform to talk about clients.  Then through supply and demand everyone wanted to know where I vippstylemakeastatementpurchased my jewelry, so I created VIPP Style an online accessory store.

So, to be nominated as “Most Admired” by the magazine is simply humbling.  I’ve worked so hard for so long that I didn’t think anyone was noticing.  I’ve chosen not one but multiple fields that are highly competitive.  When no one wanted to help me, I created and developed what others would not give me a chance to do.  To now receiving calls for assistance simply brings me to tears.  This was not an overnight, an instant potato career. I’ve been moving mountains my entire adulthood and making ways out of no way.

I still have a lot more to accomplish because I’m never satisfied but to know others are watching and acknowledging that I’m on their radar lets me know that a real breakthrough is just around the corner.  This is a little bit about me and what I do.  I will be sharing more in the future about my journey, who I work with and why I refuse to lose.

If you have time between now and March 22nd at noon, please vote for me in the #media category for Today’s Woman Most Admired for WHAS11 Television.

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The VIPP Report: Bumble, An International Social Media Platform to Honor #FirstMovers in Kentucky Through #BlackWomenBuilt Event

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On Saturday, March 16th, eight African American women from Kentucky will be honored by Bumble through Bumble Bizz and Freedom of Priss (FOP) at Flavour lounge at a private dinner. Dinner will be followed by a celebration open to the public that will start at 9 pm. These women are being celebrated for being business owners or leaders in their fields, which include fashion, media, marketing, psychology, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Founders of Freedom of Priss, LaPrecious Brewer and Joelle Robinson want to acknowledge these business heroes and shed light on the impact that they have made in their communities. FOP will also use their unique stories to serve as empowering examples for younger minority women through a series of social media campaigns that will be ongoing.

Among the women being honored are Aryea Kolubah, fashion designer who recently had her gown featured on HBO and Vogue, Sherlene Shanklin, multimedia editor for WHAS11 and owner of VIPP Communications and Braea Tilford, former Miss Kentucky USA and founder of Grow Lead Inspire; a conference that enriches young women. Councilwoman Jessica Green will also be in attendance to honor these women for their myriad accomplishments. (Full list of honorees below.)

Bumble is a social app that lets women make the “first move” in dating, friendships and their careers. Bumble was founded by Whitney Wolfe Herd (co-founder of Tinder) to challenge the antiquated rules of dating. Now Bumble empowers users to connect with confidence whether dating, networking or meeting friends online. Bumble Bizz and Bumble BFF are components of Bumble.

The Freedom of Priss is a platform created by LaPrecious Brewer and Joelle Robinson that enriches and empowers women to be their most authentic and bold self, to achieve their ideal of success in relationships, careers and in the community.  For years, society has placed great emphasis on HIStory and there is no finer time than the present to invite women from diverse backgrounds to share her story.  This platform seeks to energize women to move into their purpose while gaining knowledge and insight from one another through personal discussions on the highs and lows of being our true selves and achieving our goals. FOP will begin hosting a series of events, printed materials and online content to foster a sisterhood of authentic women and help them to achieve their personal goals that they seek to meet.

  1. Aryea Kolubah – Founder of Aryea Kolubah & Co.
  2. Braea Tilford – Founder of Grow, Lead, Inspire and Miss KY USA 2018
  3. Chelsea Ellis – Owner of MAF Café and president of Jim Reynolds Asphalt.
  4. Faith Fountain – Ms. Ashland County (Kentucky United States Organization) and addiction/prevention educator
  5. Jade Spaulding – Ms. Downtown Louisville (Kentucky United States Organization) Home of the Innocents resident counselor and founder of the Home of the Innocents Pageant
  6. Nicole Dean – Life Coach, public speaker and founder of YMCA Woman Up Teen Outreach Program
  7. Samiyyah Sledge – Doctoral candidate at a prominent institution
  8. Sherlene Shanklin – Owner of VIPP Communications and multimedia editor for WHAS11

 

 

The VIPP Report: The Dance Queen comes to Louisville to get you fab & fit under the twin spires

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(Louisville, KY) It’s time to kick your fitness into gear!  The Stamina Foundation presents Fab Fit Friday on Friday, January 25th at Churchill Downs from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  Multiple fitness and wellness experts take you through a series of classes to assist with weight loss and/or to spice up your normal routine.

The queen of dance, Queen Teddy will travel to Louisville to do a 90-minute Dance Fitness Class.  One of her mottos is “If you believe you can, you WILL”.  Queen Teddy has been sharing her weight loss journey with 230 thousand followers on Instagram and now you get a chance to experience how she did it.

There will also be a mini fitness and wellness classes hosted by Nika from N-Spire Fitness, Savoy Fitness and Erin Quinlan from Ben & Zen Yoga and Snatched Fitness.

We invite you to come out and jump start your fitness routine in a supportive, motivational and inspirational atmosphere where we can help you stay and/or get fit and fab in 2019.

While you cool down and/or wait for your class to begin.  There will be vendors on site for you to support.

To be a part of Fab Fit Friday at Churchill Downs on Friday, January 25th tickets are $30.00.  To register, go to www.ashleydanderson.com/events.

The event is made possible due to the generous supporter of Churchill Downs, N-Spire Fitness, Savoy Fitness, Ben & Zen Yoga, Snatched Fitness, Queen Teddy and the Stamina Foundation.

To setup an interview, please contact Sherlene Shanklin with VIPP Communications at info at vippcommunications dot com.  We also request that you include our event on your community calendars and announcements.

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The VIPP Report: Still looking for a holiday gift try accessories

With Christmas just two weeks away, shoppers walk the malls and up and down the aisles of stores looking for the perfect gift.  

With a busy schedule many are looking for a quick way to check names off their list.  The trend now is to find credible online stores with competitive prices.  

VIPP Style Accessories is an online store that carries unique statement pieces that you can dress up or down.  The site has a wide variety of styles, colors and prices that pretty much fits anyone’s budget.  

During the holidays, you get free shopping for purchases over $50.00.  All you have to do is use the code: VIPP HOLIDAY.  

Visit their website http://www.vippstyle.com.  Follow them on Instagram @vipp_style and Facebook @vippstyle for special offers and sales.  

The VIPP Report: Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization official statement

December 9, 2018

From the office of the Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization:

The young women that represent the Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization and the Commonwealth of Kentucky are held to a high standard.  They not only represent the organization and the state, but their families and the communities in which they live.

The Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization does not approve of the alleged behavior which led to the legal allegations and recent arrest of Ramsey Carpenter Bearse.

Please direct all inquiries in regards to Bearse’s personal and pending litigation to her attorney, A.L. Emch.

The VIPP Report: Holiday message

Season’s Greetings,

As we approach Christmas 2018, we at VIPP Communications would like to say thank you for giving us the opportunity to work with you. We understand and appreciate how important business relationships are and we thank you for your confidence in our talented staff to bring your vision to life.  We take pride in successfully executing your goals and/or projects. 

We have a wonderful team of professionals that handle your projects as if it were their own. 

Thank you for your continued support as you begin to plan for 2019.  Consider our full service public relations,marketing, branding, booking and video production firm.

Again, we appreciate your business and thank you for choosing VIPP Communications, VIPP Style Accessories, The VIPP Report & SherleneShanklin.com. 

We look forward to working with you in the coming year. Secure your date(s) with our VIPP Communications booking agent.  Check out our new site for a complete list of services by visiting http://vippcommunications.com

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate contacting our office at info@vippcommunications.com

Happy Holidays to you and Merry Christmas!

Sherlene M.Shanklin, CEO/Sr.Partner 

https://vippcommunications.com

http://www.vippstyle.com–www.sherleneshanklin.com–https://thevippreport.com 

The VIPP Report: Holiday market will showcase more than 200 vendors

THE FLEUR DE FLEA VINTAGE ANTIQUE AND HANDMADE HOLIDAY MARKET MAKES IT EASY FOR YOU TO FIND THAT SPECIAL GIFT WITH MORE THAN 200 VENDORS 

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This year’s holiday market benefits the Kids Cancer Alliance

(Louisville, KY) The Fleur De Flea Vintage, Antique and Handmade Holiday Market will deck the halls of the newly renovated Kentucky International Convention Center, (KICC) located at 221 S. 4th Street where shoppers get to experience Kentuckiana’s largest and best holiday market in the area.  Save the date of Saturday, December 8th and Sunday, December 9th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm to go on your shopping spree for the hard to buy family, friend and/or coworker who have everything.

The Holiday Fleur de Flea will have vendors from all over the region with more than 200 booths specializing in vintage, antique, boutique and handmade items.   There will be a holiday bar withy festive drinks that shoppers can enjoy. Plus, there will also be plenty of food for you to enjoy.

Admission for the Holiday Fleur de Flea is only $5.00.  In turn, proceeds to benefit the Kids Cancer Alliance.  They will be on site both days to talk about their non-profit organization and answer any questions our guests may have.

With the holiday market strategically located in downtown Louisville it helps shoppers avoid long lines from mall traffic and it gives our neighbors in Indiana to make a quick trip across the bridge to support small businesses.

The Holiday Fleur de Flea Vintage, Antique and Handmade Holiday Market is on Saturday, December 8th and Sunday, December 9th at KICC from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  If you would like to set up an interview, schedule a live shot and/or to cover the event, please contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com.

Prior to the market, we request that you put on your community calendars and/or place on your media outlet websites and social pages.

You can follow Fleur De Flea on IG: @fleurdeflea and FB: @fleaurdeflea.

www.fleurdeflea.com

 

VIPP Communications is a full service public relations, event management and production firm headquartered in Louisville, KY with clients and/or projects all over the U.S. We can create, maintain and sustain your brand.  Our clientele range from small businesses, non-profits, corporate leaders, entertainment to current and retired professional athletes.  Contact one of our team members to see if we can assist you at info at vippcommunications dot com.  http://vippcommunications.com 

 

The VIPP Report: Accessories that “Make A Statement”

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The holiday season is quickly approaching and many have no idea what to buy as gifts.  You find yourself getting the wrong size or the wrong color.  Why not just give them accessories that can go with anything!  VIPP Style Accessories is preparing for  Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.  Accessorize your life with great statement pieces.   The online accessories store has a little something for everyone.

Go to http://www.vippstyle.com and review their selections.  New items will be added daily to get you ready for holiday parties, gift ideas and of course New Year’s Eve.

Follow them on IG: @vipp_style; FB: @vippstyleaccessories.

Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping from Team VIPP Style!!!!!

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The VIPP Report: Miss Kentucky’s appearance schedule for Thanksgiving week

Miss Kentucky Katie Bouchard’s Appearance/Travel Schedule

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Morehead, Kentucky

8:00 am- Tiden Hogge Elementary School

9:30 am-Clearfield Elementary, Clearfield, KY

10:20 am-Rodburn Elementary School

12:45 pm-McBrayer Elementary School

1:30 pm-Rowan County Senior High School

2:20 pm-Rowan County Middle School

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

No scheduled events

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

No scheduled events

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving Day! No scheduled events

Friday, November 23, 2018

3:00 pm-6:00 pm Light Up Louisville Parade

Downtown Louisville, KY

Katie has been non-stop since her return from the Miss America Competition which was held on Saturday, September 9th, from historic Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.

This week, Katie heads to Morehead, Kentucky where she will attend six scheduled events. She will take a couple days off to spend some time with family on Thanksgiving.  Then she heads to Louisville for their annual Light Up Celebration kicking off the holiday season.

The Miss America Organization, a 501(c) (4), is one of the most recognizable household names in America working to empower young women through education and service. The Miss America Organization is comprised of 51 licensed state organizations, including all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Miss America candidates contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised over $17 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007. The Miss America Foundation, a 501(c) (3), provides academic, community service, and other scholarships to young women.

If you would like to set up a media interview with Miss Kentucky Katie Bouchard please contact VIPP Communications for availability by emailing us at  info at vippcommunications dot com.   To have Miss Kentucky attend your next event, please send your request to bookmissky@gmail.com. To see videos and photos from her appearances follow her on IG @missamericaky.

The VIPP Report: Dance Theatre of Harlem will perform at the Kentucky Center

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For more than 50 years the Dance Theatre of Harlem, (DTH) have been entertaining audiences all over the U.S.  The 17-member dance ensemble is dedicated to transforming lives thought the power of arts and the vision of inclusion and access for all.  DHT is in Louisville on tonight, (November 9) at 8:00 pm at the Kentucky Center in Whitney Hall.

If you have never seen them perform, it’s a variety of generational art of expression from treasured classics, neo-classical works to ballet and African-American culture.

It’s not only an anniversary for the Dance Theatre of Harlem but the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts 35th anniversary.

Tickets start at $25 and they can be purchased at the Kentucky Center box office, www.kentuckycenter.org and/or by calling 502-502-584-7777.

 

The VIPP Report: Miss Kentucky Katie Bouchard’s Appearance/Travel Schedule

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For the week of October 26, 2018

Wednesday, October 31st

Fall Institute Conference hosted by the Family Resource and Youth Services Coalition of Kentucky @11:00 am, Galt House Hotel, 140 N. 4th Street, Louisville, KY 40202

Thursday, November 1st

Colony Elementary School, 3656 Somerset Rd, @9:00 am, London, KY 40741

Hazel Green Elementary, 2515 Highway 1394, @11:00 am, East Bernstadt, KY 40729

Wyan-Pine Elementary School, 2330 Keavy Road, @1:00 pm, London, KY 40744

 Friday, November 2nd-Saturday, November 3rd

Breeders’ Cup World Championship, Churchill Downs, 700 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208

Katie participated in the Miss America Competition on Saturday, September 9th, from historic Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.  Now, she travels throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky speaking to schools, organizations and events empowering and motivating everyone she comes into contact.

The Miss America Organization, a 501(c) (4), is one of the most recognizable household names in America working to empower young women through education and service. The Miss America Organization is comprised of 51 licensed state organizations, including all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Miss America candidates contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised over $17 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007. The Miss America Foundation, a 501(c) (3), provides academic, community service, and other scholarships to young women.

If you would like to set up a media interview with Miss Kentucky Katie Bouchard please contact VIPP Communications for availability by calling 502.295.0435 or email us at  info@vippcommunications.com.

For appearances and speaking engagements please send your request to bookmissky@gmail.com.

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The VIPP Report: VIPP Style Accessories will host a Sip, Shop & Support

 

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VIPP Style Accessories will host their monthly Sip, Shop & Support on Sunday, August 19th at Virtue located at 103 W. Oak Street from 2 pm to 5 pm.  Admission is FREE!  We are just asking you to come out and support the vendors/businesses.

This is an opportunity for local entrepreneurs get a chance to showcase their service and/or product and network with other businesses.

There will be vendors from statement pieces, beauty, health, romance, fashion clothing to locally owned company that actually makes their own cremes, bath soaps.

Here’s some of the vendors that’s confirmed their participation:

  • We 2 Sistas
  • TJ Next Level Apparels
  • Advance Pure Romance with Whitney
  • Danita Beals Independent Consultant/Paparazzi Jewelry
  • Angel’s Massage
  • Eboney Rice Bridges Mary Kay Consultant
  • VIPP Style Accessories

Virtue is a sponsor for the event.  If you would like to be a sponsor to market your business contact VIPP Style Accessories at booking at vippstyle dot com.

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The VIPP Report: An act of kindness can help two JCPS students go on a “Back to School” shopping spree

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Anticipation begins to grow as students prepare to head back to school on August 15th.  Some have anxiety because their parents have difficulties supporting their households.  Purchasing anything extra right now puts a strain on their expenses.  Do you know a Jefferson County Public School high school senior that continues to give back and considered a role model amongst their peers, family and friends even when they have no idea what the future holds for them and their family?

AFM Threads and the Stamina “AOK” Foundation team up to assist some students with their back to school needs.  We are looking for two lucky high school seniors who would like the opportunity to receive clothing for school and prom apparel valued at $1,000 for their act(s) of kindness.

Seniors need to submit a letter and/or video 2 minutes or less explaining how they give back through community service.  A committee will read the entries and determine the winners.  Submit entries to: afmforher@gmail.com.  The deadline is August 13, 2018 at 11:59 pm.

Winners of the contest will receive: two outfits for back to school, prom attire, lunch with Miss Kentucky and a mentor session with Stamina Foundation Founder Derek Anderson.

If you know a high school senior that needs a little support, please have them submit an essay on giving back.  We would also like for them also to choose a non-profit to volunteer with during the school year.

If you would like to have the organizers of the Back to School Initiative on your program and/or to have youth models showing viewers the latest trends please contact VIPP Communications for availability by calling 502.295.0435 or email us at  info@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: VIPP Style Accessories announces next Sip, Shop & Support

It’s time for the next Sip, Shop & Support hosted by VIPP Style Accessories.  The pop up shop vendor fair will be held on Sunday, June 24th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Virtue, 103 E. Oak Street in Louisville.  VIPPStyle442

If you would like to be a vendor send your request to booking at vippstyle dot com.

If you have a story idea, send it to thevippreport at vippcommunications dot com. Follow us on Twitter @thevippreport @vippcomm.

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The VIPP Report: Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Pageant crowns Miss Wayne County Area

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MISS KENTUCKY’S OUTSTANDING TEEN PAGEANT CROWNS MISS WAYNE COUNTY AREA TO REPRESENT KENTUCKY IN THE MISS AMERICA’S OUTSTANDING TEEN PAGEANT

(Louisville, KY) Tonight, it’s the changing of the arms. A new queen is announced for the Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Pageant, (MKOTP) held at the Kentucky Center in downtown Louisville.

Twenty-two contestants representing the bluegrass being judged on talent, a private interview, lifestyle and fitness in sportswear, evening wear and on-stage question.

Tonight, Miss Wayne County Area Joanna Clark was crowned the winner.  She will now go to the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant in Orlando, Florida to represent Kentucky at the end of July.

Here’s the official standing: 1st Runner-up Savannah Cooper; 2nd Runner-up Reagan Earlywine; 3rd Runner-up Haven Wolfe and 4th Runner-up Claire Yates.

Dr. Ashley D. Anderson, Executive Director for the pageant and President of the Miss Kentucky board says “The judges had a very difficult time this year.  There was so many talented ladies and all very deserving.  Joanna Clark will represent Kentucky very well in the upcoming pageant.  I hope everyone will rally around her as she prepares to compete in Orlando.  The pageant is so much more than people know.  This pageant empower young ladies to be the best they can be.  We help develop leadership skills and confidence.”

The Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization is a celebration of the talent, scholastic achievement and commitment to service of Kentucky’s finest young women. This Organization is so much more than a crown…it is changing Kentucky, one young woman at a time!

After crowning, Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Joanna Clark and the 21 other contestants attended an awards reception at the downtown Marriott where we will award approximately $10k in additional scholarships.

To set up an interview, please call Sherlene Shanklin, at sshanklin at vippcommunications dot com.

For additional information on the pageant please visit www.misskentucky.org.

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 The Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Pageant is an official preliminary of the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Organization.  This program is empowering young women through pageantry to develop leadership skills, confidence and achieve their biggest goals in life. MKYOT is changing Kentucky, one young woman at a time!

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The VIPP Report: The Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Pageant will be held in Louisville

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(Louisville, KY) The Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Pageant, (MKOTP) will take place on Saturday, May 26th and Sunday, May 27th at the Kentucky Center in downtown Louisville located at 501 W. Main Street.  The official preliminary of the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Organization will bring 22 contestants from across the Commonwealth.  Contestants are scheduled to arrive in Louisville on Thursday.  On Friday, they will participate in the interview portion of the pageant followed by tours of Churchill and the Kentucky Derby Museum.  Then that night, they will enjoy a Louisville Bats Game.

On Saturday, May 26th is the beginning of the stage competition.  At 12:00 pm, is the preliminary competition which will be conducted in front of an audience.  Followed by a second round of preliminaries at 8:00 pm. On Sunday, May 27th at 2:00 pm, the finalist will be announced and one young lady will be announced as this year’s Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen.

Each contestant will be judged on talent, a private interview, lifestyle and fitness in sportswear, evening wear and on-stage question.

Last year’s winner and current title holder Frankfort, KY native Abigail “Abby” Quammen will be attending the University of Alabama on a full tuition scholarship just for competing at the national pageant.  The program is empowering young women, through pageantry to develop leadership skills, confidence and achieve their biggest goals in life. MKYOT is changing Kentucky, one young woman at a time

Dr. Ashley D. Anderson, Executive Director for the pageant and President of the Miss Kentucky board says “The Miss America Scholarship Organization has long been a household name for the glamour of the crown and the celebrity of the women who have worn it; but we are so much more! The Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization is a celebration of the talent, scholastic achievement and commitment to service of Kentucky’s finest young women. This organization is about empowering young women, through pageantry, to develop the leadership skills, confidence and network to achieve their biggest goals in life. It is our mission to provide scholarship opportunities for the young women of Kentucky to advance their education at little cost to themselves and their families. This Organization is so much more than a crown…it is changing Kentucky, one young woman at a time”!

After crowning, there’s an awards reception at the downtown Marriott where we will award approximately $10k in additional scholarships.

Tickets for the Miss Outstanding’s Teen Pageant are $30.00 for Saturday events, $35.00 for Sunday.  If you would like to attend all three open sessions the package is $80.25. They can be purchased at the Kentucky Center box office or by calling 502-584-7777.

To set up an interview, please call Sherlene Shanklin, at sshanklin at vippcommunications.com.

For additional information on the pageant please visit www.misskentucky.org.

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The Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Pageant is an official preliminary of the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Organization.  This program is empowering young women through pageantry to develop leadership skills, confidence and achieve their biggest goals in life. MKYOT is changing Kentucky, one young woman at a time!

 

The VIPP Report: VIPP Style Accessories will host a Sip, Shop & Support Pop Up Shop

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VIPP Style Accessories will host a Sip, Shop and Support Pop Up Shop on Sunday, May 20th in Louisville at Virtue located at 103 W. Oak Street.

The event is from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Vendors will showcase their products and/or services on Sunday.

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To be apart of future pop up shops contact VIPP Style Accessories at booking at vippstyle.com.

Website: http://www.vippstyle.com /IG: @vipp_style/ FB: @vippstyle 

 

 

 

The VIPP Report: Models will rip the runway Memorial Day weekend as organizers find peace through fashion

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(Louisville, KY) Kimmielaine’s Fashion Designs and Alterations will host their inaugural Finding Peace Through Fashion Charity Fashion Show on Saturday, May 26th at the Mellwood Arts Center, 1860 Mellwood Avenue starting at 1:00 pm.  This year’s theme: Peacocks.

Kimmielaine’s in conjunction with the “No More Red Dots” (NMRD) campaign lead by Dr. Eddie Woods will bring “Sew A.W.A.R.E.”, (Advocating Women around Revolutionary Excellence) which is an extension of Woods’ initiative.

NMRD is dedicated to building a safer, more peaceful inner city by offering opportunities such as activities, events and programs that help improve the lives of young girls.

During the fashion show you will see young ladies participating in the event.  They will also have the chance to sit in the audience to witness how a show and the many moving parts to execute a show on that level.

Kimberly Foree, owner of Kimmielaine’s Fashion Designs and Alterations and fashion show coordinator says “Our goal is reach the young ladies by giving them opportunities that they normally don’t get a chance to experience.  We are looking to assert energy in a creative and constructive manner instead of a destructive and unmanageable mindset.  We are Helping YOU be Sew AWARE of your beauty and Designing Fashion for Today’s World”.

 Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door for general admission.  You can purchase them on eventbrite.com. The link is provided: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peace-through-fashion-charity-fashion-show-tickets-45561561858?aff=ebdssbdestsearch. Doors open at 12 p.m. and guests will shop with local vendors until the show begins.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, (JDRF) and the No More Red Dots campaign.

Please post our event on your calendars.  If you would like to setup an interview, and/or request media credentials, please contact us at please contact VIPP Communications at at info at vippcommunications dot com.

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The VIPP Report: AKA’s annual Derby brunch sets the tone of Derby day by giving high school seniors a sure bet by awarding scholarships

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Its Derby Hats Off to Education

(Louisville, KY) Before the world witnesses the Kentucky Derby winner getting their garland of roses, all eyes will be on the 33 high school seniors receiving their pink roses of congratulatory and nearly $63,000 in scholarships as they prepare for college in the Fall.  Hortense B. Perry Foundation, Eta Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated of Louisville, Kentucky will host their 38th Annual Scholarship Derby Brunch on Saturday, May 5th at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center located at 9700 Bluegrass Parkway starting at 10:00 am.

Some 1,100 people attend the brunch dressed in their Kentucky Derby attire as they enjoy a delicious brunch, a fashion show, and fantastic entertainment by singer Sheryl Rouse.  There will be nearly 20 vendors in attendance.  Some of the fashion show items are compliments of Paula’s Boutique Clothes, Hats & Jewelry and In Bloom Again Hats.

Even though this is a day of fun, the sorority members consider it a serious matter when it comes to education and academic excellence.  So, over 1000 in attendance will celebrate the announcement of a total of $62,500 in scholarships will be awarded to 33 high school seniors. Forty-thousand dollars in scholarships, from the Hortense Perry Foundation and Henrietta Johnson Trust, will be awarded to 20 young ladies; $10,000 awarded to seven young ladies attending historically black colleges/universities; and awarded to 10,000 young ladies and gentlemen  who participated in the sorority’s signature program, ASCEND, which is an after school educational enrichment program designed to support high school students to be successful, graduate, continue their education, and graduate from a college/university.

In just six years, they have awarded more than $305,000. It’s designed to assist future leaders in their academic journey on their collegiate road to success.

The proceeds from the Derby Brunch have afforded Eta Omega the opportunity to help send students onto higher education.  For additional information and/or if you would like to be a donor please contact Christie McCravy 502.494.1146 or Carla Tyree Curry 502.641.4801.

Please post and/or announce our 38th Annual Scholarship Derby Brunch.  If you would like to setup an interview, please contact Sherlene Shanklin at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.

To learn more about Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.-Eta Omega Chapter of Louisville, KY please visit our website at https://akaetaomega.com/.

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The Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is credited with being the first chapter of our international organization to be established in the metropolitan Louisville area in 1922.  The chapter’s commitment to education and the advancement of individuals is pivotal to its foundational belief of service to all mankind.

A Legacy of Sisterhood and Service

VIPP Communications and Ivy Promotions is a full service public relations, event management and production firm headquartered in Louisville, KY with clients and/or projects all over the U.S. We can create, maintain and sustain your brand.  Our clientele range from small businesses, non-profits, corporate leaders, entertainment to current and retired professional athletes.  Contact one of our team members to see if we can assist you at info at vippcommunications dot com. 

The VIPP Report: VIPP Style Accessories will host a Pre-Derby Pop Up Shop

 

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(Louisville, KY) TheVIPPReport: On Sunday, April 29th VIPP Style Accessories will do a pop up shop to help Louisville and surrounding areas get ready for Kentucky Derby Weekend.

It all takes place at Virtue, 103 W. Oak Street from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  They will be jewelry, statement pieces, lashes, Oaks & Derby hat vendors as well as a massage therapist.  Helping those wind down before the big wind up for the 1st Saturday in May.

Come out and Sip, Shop and Support!

If you would like to be a vendor space is limited.  Contact them at booking at vippstyle dot com.

If you have a Kentucky Derby event send it to us at thevippreport at vippcomunications dot com.

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The VIPP Report: Makeup artist prepares for Derby and already receiving calls to cater to celebrities during their stay in Louisville

 

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(Louisville, KY) When it comes to the Kentucky Derby it’s all about the horses, cuisine and style.  When we it comes to fashion it doesn’t stop with the hat, handbags, outfit, jewelry and shoes. It’s all about having makeup that compliments you.  Cosmetic stylist Andrea of Beats By Drea is working around the clock to prepare for racing fans is gearing up for the list of celebrities already inquiring her services to be their freelance artist when they arrive in the city.

Beats By Drea offers makeup classes, pamper parties, wedding parties, style shows, private celebrity appointments to FX makeup. Andrea’s passion is film FX makeup. After advice she received from a family member that she can have the best of both worlds in the makeup industry.  So, she calls it “Gore and Glam”.  Since that day in 2012, she’s been working on both crafts in her La Vie Est studio located at 2210 Goldsmith Lane.

If you would like to have a professional makeup artist take care of you and/or any of your clientele, please contact her by setting up a time to discuss availability at beatsbydrea425@gmail.com.  Follow her on her social media platforms: Instagram @beatsbydrea425 and Facebook @Beatsbydrea.

If you would like to setup an interview and/or have her bring models to your studio and show what’s trending in the makeup industry contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com.

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*Note-The photo above is Andrea and R&B artist Dreezy taken March 31st in Louisville backstage at Kentucky Center. Andrea was called to prepare Dreezy for the concert that evening.  

The VIPP Report: Hip hop and media mogul Diddy will do Derby & host a celebrity after party Oaks night in Louisville, KY

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The original Bad Boy for Life Sean Combs aka Diddy does Derby? This is not his first visit to the Bluegrass but it will be the media mogul will do his first public party.  It’s The Trifecta Celebrity After Party hosted by Diddy at the Louisville Palace, right in the heart of downtown Louisville on Fourth Street.  The event will take place on Oaks Night, Friday, May 4th.  It will start as soon as former NBA star turned entrepreneur Junior Bridgeman’s Trifecta Gala held at the Omni Hotel begins to wrap up.

diddy-tixNow with Diddy, the “trifecta” is now complete when it comes to the originators in the entertainment industry for Bridgeman’s gala.  The artist performing at the gala is none other than Stevie Wonder,.  The multi-Grammy Award artist was discovered for his musical talent while singing and playing the harmonica as a young man visually impaired but he clearly gives his fans a vivid picture of imagination and creativity like his hit song “Ribbon in the Skies”.

Another originator who will emcee the event is comedian Arsenio Hall.  He elevated late night talk shows helping young actors and artists catapulted their careers but his show was a platform for some of the biggest stars in entertainment from Prince, Eddie Murphy, George Lopez to Paula Abdul just a name a few of the many guests on his show.

The Trifecta Gala will be held on Friday, May 4th in Louisville at the Omni Hotel.  It begins at 7:00 pm.

After the gala, its Diddy for the Celebrity After-Party at the Louisville Palace.  The party begins at 11:00 pm and ends at 4:00 am.  There will be two options based on how close you want to get to the celebrities.  There’s a VIP area.  You can party in those areas.  There’s also a first level admission that gets you into the party but no access to the level where you can see the Derby guests up close.

To proceeds will benefit the Bridgeman Charitable Foundations.  To purchase tickets both events you need to go to their website www.trifectagala.com.

So if you have a Kentucky Derby event send it to me at The411@whas11.com.  My Down the Stretch with Sherlene Shanklin calendar of events and activities will be launched this weekend and you can submit your events.  If you have a celebrity guest, contact me so I can announce it.

If you would like to advertise with The VIPP Report.  Contact our office at thevippreport@vippcommunications.com.  Follow us on Twitter @thevippreport @vippcomm

The VIPP Report: Roses are for the winners and Amber Rose is a sure bet when she comes to Louisville to host the biggest after-party on Derby night

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(Louisville, KY) After the Run for the Roses and the Kentucky Derby celebrates the winner of the first leg of the triple crown. The celebration is far from over for the 144th Kentucky Derby. The party heads to the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) for The Run for the Roses and Rose’ hosted by none other than model, actress and talk show host Amber Rose.

The Season 23 Dancing with the Stars contestant will keep the party moving along with R&B singer-songwriter, dancer and actor Lloyd. His latest project is “Tru” based on experiences in life over the past few years. Lloyd is known for hits like “BedRock”, “You”, “Lay it Down” and “Cupid” just to name a few of hits.

This event will not be short on entertainment. There will be three rooms of entertainment. The heavy hitter DJ EFeezy will return to Louisville to DJ the experience. He’s recently made an appearance on the latest VH1 Love and Hip-Hop Miami, which is the latest reality show in franchise. Louisville’s own dj of the year DJ Lil Jerry will open for EFeezy. We are also happy to announce that Louisville’s DJ Slikk will spin in one of the specialty rooms within KCAAH.

When you walk into KCAAH it will be transformed, giving Kentucky Derby fans a luxury experience while in the Bluegrass. From the VIP Champagne Room sponsored by Hip-hop mogul Rick Ross’ label Luc Belaire Rare Rose’ with the distinguishable black bottle.

Amber Rose is known for taking some of the best selfies as well as Lloyd. The two combined have 17 million followers so we want all of our guests to have the selfie experience. There will be a “Selfie Room” to capture your greatest Derby moments throughout the evening sponsored by Samsung.

The Run for the Roses and Rose’ will be held on Saturday, May 5th at KCAAH is hosted by Anthony Easley, Bryan Henry, Kevin Mason and Marlon Whitfield.

Doors open at 11 p.m. with a red-carpet entrance. So, come dress to impress. There’s an Ultra VIP admission for $175, VIP Admission is only $110 and General admission is $65. You can purchase them at the following locations: Better Days, West Hairlaflare, LA Vie Est Studios and Dba Couture. You can also purchase them online at runfortheroses2018.eventbrite.com.

A portion of the proceeds will go to programs at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. For additional information go to www.Thederby2018.com.

If you would like to be a sponsor, request media credentials and/or request interviews, please contact us at please contact VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: Two local entrepreneurs team up to launch a boutique catering to both men and women

 

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Louisville, KY (March 22, 2018). Business woman and founder of All for Men Threads, Tawana Bain has teamed up with international model, Nurse Practitioner, wife of UK and NCAA star (Derek Anderson), Dr. Ashley Anderson, to launch AFM for him. for her, a boutique styling men and women for all occasions…from “uptown to downtown.”  AFM for him. for her. Is a collaboration of sisters…two women who have a passion for fashion!  Just in time for Derby 2018, AFM will bring unique fashions from New York, Los Angeles and Europe to Louisville!  The boutique is opening a pop up in Mall St. Matthews for the Derby season and will host a Grand Opening Event on Friday April 6th from 6pm-9pm!

April 6, 2018 AFM for him. for her. will mark the official launch of the AFM women’s line and the boutique’s full time opening to the public for the Derby season.  The event, being held at Mall St. Matthews, across from Victoria’s Secret, will include shopping, a meet and greet with the owners, food and beverages and a fashion show at 7pm that will highlight both men’s and women’s clothing, including some special Easter, prom, and Derby themed looks.  This event is open to the public.

In addition to the Show, through the Stamina Foundation, AFM for him. for her. will be doing an AOK (Act of Kindness) for a pair of women in the Louisville Community. We are accepting submissions from “girlfriends” who are empowering other women in the community for a chance to win the “Ultimate Girls Night Package.” The winners of this package will receive: Hair Styling, Makeup Application, Mani/Pedi, Massage, Clothing from AFM, Dinner, 2 Free Tickets to the Best Friends Thunder Brunch, and a $150 donation to a charity of their choice.

Available for Easter/Derby On-Air Fashion Segments

For more information, contact

Sherlene Shanklin

mail@vippcommunications.com

The VIPP Report: VIPP Style Accessories adds an additional statement pieces to their collection

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Time to freshen up your jewelry. VIPP Style Accessories just received a few new statement pieces that we know you are going to love.  forecasting some of the colors you will see in the coming months, olive, gold, purple (all shades) and cream.  So, we went and found these beautiful bold pieces.

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You can purchase them online at http://www.vippstyle.com.  To see online specials, popup shop and special event opportunities.  Follow us us on Facebook @vippstyle and Instagram @vipp_style.  Make a statement with our beautiful, bold and stylish pieces.

To join our style team, contact us at booking@vippstyle.com.

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VIPP Style Accessories is your new online shopping experience. Finding unique, bold and vibrant statement pieces can be difficult. So, our stylists work hard to locate great pieces from all over the U.S. and we will showcase them on our site.  “Make An Impression “

 

The VIPP Report: It’s a Triple Crown lineup during Kentucky Derby events

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Special from Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television, an ABC Affiliate Louisville

(Louisville, KY) Down the Stretch we come…We are just 119 days and counting away from the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby and there’s already a race to get events on the calendar.  We’ll I have my first announcement and it’s a good one for rap and hip-hop fans. Let’s add a concert to the many events you can enjoy while experiencing the greatest two minutes in sports.  I have a feeling a few of our guests will arrive in town a little earlier for this show.

This artist released Dedication 6 on Christmas Day….now I can announce Lil Wayne will be in Louisville for a concert on Thursday, May 3rd.  The Grammy Award winning hip hop star is no stranger to Louisville.. He won a Grammy with late artist/producer and Louisville native Stephen “Static Major” Garrett for Lollipop.  Wayne was in Louisville in April of 2017 and performed before a sold out audience.  He decided not to come alone.

He’s bringing a young artist that’s making her name known in the hip hop game. You’ve seen her on Love and Hip Hop New York and now she has this smash hit, Bodak Yellow, which is excelling her music career. Cardi  B will join Lil Wayne in Broadbent Arena.  She recently worked with Bruno Mars on the remix of his hit song Finesse.

And let me add just one more artist to the lineup. R and B singer K. Michelle will also travel to Louisville to be a part of the show after releasing her latest album “The People I Used to Know”.  If you look at your calendar that’s the same day as the Pegasus Parade…the official kickoff to Derby weekend.

So, its Lil Wayne. Cardi B and K. Michelle in concert on Thursday, May 3rd in Broadbent Area.  Tickets for this Derby concert will sellout.  They officially go on sale Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 15th.  As I get additional information on this concert and other Kentucky Derby events I will pass them along.

Now, if you have a story idea, send it to me at The411@whas11.com.  You can follow me on Twitter @Sherlenemediapr for the latest in community and entertainment news.

You can also follow my column The VIPP Report. @thevippreport @vippcomm.

Sherlene Shanklin is a media veteran with more than 25 years of experience.  The EMMY nominated journalist currently works for WHAS11 Television, ABC Affiliate in Louisville, KY.  She also owns a PR firm, VIPP Communications and an accessory business VIPP Style (IG: vipp_style).    

The VIPP Report: Birdgang Brand Apparel announces former Cardinal and LA Ram Jamon Brown to their Louisville Legends Series

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(Louisville, KY) The University of Louisville Football Team started their season with a win against former UofL star Jeff Brohm’s scrappy Purdue Boilermaker team. Consequently, we are now just days away from the kick off of the National Football League (NFL) season as well!  This time of year, and the excitement behind both football seasons, make it the perfect time for Louisville-based Birdgang Brand Clothing, to add to its “Louisville Legends” Series. This specific line of clothing, which Birdgang introduced with Super Bowl 39 MVP Deion Branch as its initial athlete, was created out of respect and love for former UofL greats, their contribution to the University, as well as for the fans of these particular past players. Added to this very prestigious list, is Louisville’s “Home Grown” Jamon Brown!

Jamon starred at Louisville’s Fern Creek High School, The University of Louisville, and is now the starting right guard for the Los Angeles Rams, clearing the way on the line of scrimmage for 2015 NFL Rookie of the Year Todd Gurley. “SACRIFICE” is the exclusive design that Jamon and Birdgang Brand brainstormed about, the one word that embodies the life and career of an offensive lineman! Or? Maybe it embodies the life of an at home mom, or an awesome front line employee that gets little recognition? Or? Maybe it embodies the life of our military men and women, that give their lives freely on a daily basis! Or? Maybe our first responders to situations like Hurricane Harvey-the men and women that run into disastrous situations, while others look or run away. Or? Maybe it’s our at-risk youth, of which Jamon is very active through his JBrown Foundation, and teaching them that SACRIFICE breeds success. Whichever it is, this design fits the mold of anyone that has given their time and energy, seeking very little in return.

“The sacrifice shirt really speaks for itself,” says Jamon. “Being an offensive lineman, you’re constantly making sacrifices! You are consistently the least recognized but are a part of the bigger goal, and take on some of the biggest responsibilities, in the process of building success. This design takes you into the perspective of an offensive lineman, and others making sacrifices! For me, it’s just the selfless attitude that I have, and I think many lineman like myself have as well. So, the words and phrases of this shirt, puts you in the shoes of an individual that puts the TEAM, before themselves. The ultimate Sacrifice!”

The exclusive “Sacrifice” Design will go on sale this Friday for a limited time only and is in high demand, as a portion of the proceeds will benefit The JBrown Foundation. The Foundation has a focus on our “At Risk” Youth in Louisville and abroad, and helping them to realize their fullest potential, with an end-goal of influencing them, and others to be givers. The link below is equipped with the pricing details of the shirt. There’s also a direct path (toward the middle of the page once the link is opened), to the JBrown Foundation for those that want to donate directly, and stay abreast with the happenings of the Foundation.  If you would like to purchase the “Sacrifice” design we’ve provided the following link: https://birdgangpledge.ignitecx.com/sacrifice.

To setup an interview with Jamon Brown and/or members of Birdgang Brand Clothing please contact Sherlene Shanklin at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.  To learn more about Birdgang Brand visit www.wearebirdgang.com.

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Please note-This Saturday, (September 9th) Birdgang Brand/Cardinal Phone Repair will be having its first “Game Watch Party” at their new store this Saturday, Kicking off at 1030am with Cornhole and other tailgating activities before the Noon game time vs UNC. 2948 Yorkshire Blvd at the Intersection of Taylorsville Rd and Breckinridge Lane in Hikes Point. Jamon Brown “Sacrifice” shirts can be Pre-ordered at the Game Watch Party as well. Event sponsored by The JBrown Foundation.

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The VIPP Report: 5th Annual African Heritage Festival kicks off in Louisville on August 25th

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A Celebration of Unity, Art, Culture, & History Across the African Diaspora

The 5th Annual African Heritage Festival will be held in various locations around the city of Louisville Friday, August 25th through Sunday August 27th.  The event celebrates unity, culture, art and history across the African Diaspora.

The festival is hosted by Bridge Kids International, the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage (KCAAH), the Kentucky Old School Sports Association (KOSSA), HoneyTree Publishing, and Moments to Remember.

The African Heritage Festival is organized by a dynamic team representing a variety of countries and backgrounds. The whole city is invited to this unifying event that will be fun, educational, and certainly full of flavor. Last year’s festival drew approximately 2000 participants, and with this year’s new additions, we only anticipate that the celebration will continue to grow.

Opening Ceremony — Friday, August 25th – Kentucky Center for African American Heritage:

Opening Ceremony will kick off the weekend with a reception and program honoring African heritage, culture, history and art.

Festival Day — Saturday, August 26th

The African Heritage Festival will be a joyous event for the whole family with great food, music, dance, sports, theater, fashion, cultural demonstrations, children’s activities, resources for healthy living and so much more. What a great way to honor African, African-American and Caribbean cultures in Louisville and add to the revitalization efforts in the historic Russell neighborhood. All activities are free and open to the public. Some highlights include:

  • 8:00am: Soccer Tournament Begins – Champions Park, 2050 River Road soccer tournament held at Champions Park, organized by KOSSA, featuring 10 teams from at least 5 states with players representing 20 countries of origin
  • 10:00am:  Parade Begins – a parade of marching bands, dance teams, bicycle groups, community organizations and more down Muhammad Ali Blvd. starting at 9th Street and ending at 18th Street where the festival will take place in front of the KCAAH
  • 10:00am – 12:00pm: the widely beloved Books & Breakfast!
  • 11:00am: Festival activities begin and will feature live entertainment, “Under the Story Tree” storytelling fest, and other children’s activities. Food, merchandise and informational vendors from across the city and the surrounding region will be in attendance.
  • 12:00pm: Basketball tournament begins – a street basketball tournament presented by KOSSA and the organizers of the Dirt Bowl
  • 12:00pm – 5:00pm: A how-to fair with community members teaching useful and fun things
  • 7:00pm: Festival ends

 Sunday, August 27th – Invoke… Called by the Ancestors (performance begins 2:30 pm)

This year, we are excited to announce that a third day will be incorporated into the festival! Please come out on Sunday, August 27th for “Invoke … Called by the Ancestors” performed by Sankofa Dance Theater. The Baltimore based dance company presents world-class, authentic African art in the form of dance, music, and folkways for national and international audiences. Sankofa Dance Theater’s work is rooted in healing and bringing intercultural understanding to the global village while staying true to the definition of the word “Sankofa” — which means to learn from the past in an effort to build for the future. The show will begin promptly at 2:30pm and will feature a special appearance by spoken word artists Hannah Drake and Tytianna Wells smith –performing A Mother’s Tears. Tickets for Sunday’s are available on Eventbrite and at Better Days Records West (Lyles Mall). Proceeds will go towards the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. We would like to thank The Brown Forman Foundation, The Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureaus, and Metro Louisville for sponsoring this event, and their dedication to making world renowned talent accessible to the larger community.

The African Heritage Festival was founded in 2013 when Bridge Kids International approached KCAAH about hosting the event at the Center as a way to build relationships among and celebrate Louisville’s African Diaspora. In four years, the event has grown from a mostly indoor event to a street festival and has more than doubled in size. Bridge Kids continues to coordinate the overall planning, but the African Heritage Festival has truly become the pride of all of the presenting organizations, planning committee, participants and volunteers.

Bridge Kids International is a Louisville, KY based global non-profit organization helping young people of Africa and the African Diaspora, aged 13-25, unleash their social entrepreneurial spirits to solve economic development, education, environmental, girls’ rights, and health challenges and build sustainable communities.  Bridge Kids operates from a belief that the interaction between culture, community, and connection leads to healing, restoration, and the evolution of individuals and communities.  BKI is rooted in African heritage culture, works to build communities that nurture young people, and seeks to strengthen relationships across Africa and the African Diaspora. Bridge Kids currently operates in 6 countries – Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda, Senegal and the USA.

The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage’s (KCAAH) mission is to enhance the public’s knowledge about the history, heritage and cultural contributions of African Americans in Kentucky. In addition to its commitment to preserving the traditions and accomplishments of the past, the Center is a vital, contemporary institution, providing space for cultural programs, exhibitions and performances of all types. KCAAH’s brand is “One More River to Cross,” a history examined through Kentucky stories about African American history from its African origins through the Freedom Struggle against slavery and Jim Crow laws, to the modern Civil and Human Rights Movements in the 20th century.

 

 

 

 

The VIPP Report: The Strength of a Woman tour makes a stop in Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center

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By Sherlene Shanklin

It’s the new anthem for ladies around the world and now R&B/Soul star Mary J. Blige will take her new album entitled “Strength of a Woman” on tour by the same name.

The Grammy and platinum selling artist will be at the KFC Yum! Center on Saturday, September 23rd.  Doors will open around 7:00pm and the show will begin at 8:00pm.  Artists Joe and Stokley, who was the lead singer of Mint Condition, will be a part of the tour and scheduled to open for Blige in Louisville.

Tickets range from $51.50 to $99.50 and they go on sale Friday, July 14th at 12:00pm.

If you have a story idea and/or you would like for me to be the first to announce or cover your show in the Midwest send me the details at thevippreport@vippcommunications.com.

You can follow Sherlene Shanklin on Twitter @Sherlenemediapr and Instagram @Sherlenemediapro. Follow The VIPP Report on Twitter @VIPPReport.