The VIPP Report: Kentucky Woman Is Making Waves In The Entertainment Industry

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(Las Vegas, Nevada) Louisville native Ericka Nicole Malone, CEO of Ericka Nicole Malone Entertainment, LLC is making a name for herself in the film/television industry. Malone is the creative behind many projects you see from tv, the big screen to stage plays. Now, the screenwriter, playwriter, producer and director announce an animation project and several projects in the optioned phase. One we can discuss is a one-hour TV drama series entitled ‘Della’.  The scripted drama illustrates and puts a spotlight on corruption against women in an urban Kentucky town where a Black female vigilante unleashes her revenge. It will leave you at the edge of your seat.

Malone to date has produced more than nine stage plays which include “In Love with Tyrone”, starring actors Robin Givens, and Leon.

One of her most recent projects, she was the executive producer for “Ward of the State” sitcom pilot. It tells the story of a rich heiress accustomed to a certain lifestyle loss it all after her fourth husband suddenly dies leaving her broke forcing her to move in with her daughter into a middle-class neighborhood. The cast consist of Janet Hubert (Fresh Prince of Bel Air), Aloma Wright (Suits) and Vanessa Williams (Soul Food.)

Ericka Nicole Malone says “There’s so many things that I’m grateful for even during a pandemic we are still able to tell great stories.  I have first-hand knowledge of Louisville because its home to me.  I hate to see everything happening from protests to the Breonna Taylor case.  That’s a storyline that the world is watching unfold.  Even, with so much uncertainty, I still want young people in the community to know that you can achieve even with adversity.  I’m a testimony and I want to be a positive example not only for people who look like me but anyone trying to follow their dreams.  Every opportunity I get to go home I do.  There’s so many unsung heroes that need their story told and I hope someday I will get to tell them.”

To see read Ericka Nicole Malone’s bio and project list go to www.erickanicolemalone.com. To setup an interview contact Sherlene Shanklin at VIPP Communications at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: Ambitions airs tonight and all eyes will be on Louisville native Kendrick Cross

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“The411” Entertainment Report by  Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television, ABC Affiliate in Louisville, KY

I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with actor Kendrick Cross not once but twice in the past year talking about his career but tonight all eyes will be on the Louisville native as the Will Packer drama series Ambitions debuts tonight on the OWN Network.

Kendrick made a special visit to Louisville a few weeks ago to surprise his mother for Mother’s Day.  He sat down with me and told me a little about the show.  I’ve also been in contact with the actor this evening and you can tell he’s excited about fans getting an opportunity to see the show.  He told me to make sure I was watching. I hope you tune in to watch as well and tell me what you think.

Here’s a link about Cross’ character and just a few hints of what you can expect when you watch the series co-starring Robin Givens, Essence Atkins and Brian White.

Also, did you know that Givens has a connection to Kentucky as well?  Her parents are from the Lexington area and her uncle is the former University of Kentucky basketball legend Jack “Goose” Givens.

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If you have a story idea, send it to the411@whas11.com or TheVIPPReport at vippcommunications.com.  Follow me on my social platforms FB: @SherleneShanklin Twitter: @Sherlenemediapr IG: @sherlenemediapro.

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Sherlene Shanklin, an multi-Emmy nominated, two-time 2018 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Winner for Sports Writing & For Best Use of Social Media and multiple AP Awards currently works for WHAS11 Television. She created a segment The411 and is a regular contributor to whas11.com.  You can hear her on Thursdays at 11:30 am on WLOU/104.7FM as well as WHAS11 Noon Show at 12:50 pm, Fridays at 4:25 pm and Saturday mornings on Good Morning Kentuckiana at 6:25 am and 9:25 am.  You can also read her stories on this site The VIPP Report.  She also has a  podcast entitled the same as her report, The411, Giving You The Vibe, (GUTV).

 

The VIPP Report: Will the Academy have to replace Kevin Hart due to remarks made in 2009?

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By Sherlene Shanklin

Just two days ago, Hollywood was all a buzz with the announcement of Kevin Hart serving as host of the 2019 Academy Awards.  Just 48 hours later social media is buzzing in a negative way causing Hart to say that he does not want to be a distraction and he will step down as host.  

It allegedly stems from social media postings dating back to 2009.  Comedian Hart referenced the LGBTQ community in a negative manner.  He was referring to an action his son did that Hart categorized as negative. The alleged anti-gay statement(s) (referenced alleged because they are no longer available for review) are commonly used in a despairing manner to anyone who identifies as a member of the community.  

Hart apologized for the comments years ago and thought it was behind him but it was brought back to the forefront after he made his Oscar announcement. 

Hart says he’s stepping down and giving up his life-long dream to host the Oscars but will the Academy make him honor the contract or accept it based on extenuating circumstances? Or will they help “right” the “wrong” and ask him to stay on?  Hart went back on social media after his staff made him aware of what was being said.  He referenced that he had apologized previously and that he had evolved and was going on 40.  Stating that he had matured and was in a different place. 

So, what should the Academy Awards do? Hart only stepped down from the hosting opportunity because he did not want to take away from the actors/actresses who’ve worked for this special moment to be overshadowed.  Note, that’s a definite sign of maturity that he didn’t want to take the focus off the purpose of the celebration which is to honor those in the film industry for the hard work and dedication and likely the one shot many have to be nominated for an Oscar. 

The Academy has not made a statement at this point but I will monitor and report when they do. 

With a little over two months of planning left, will Hart rescind Thursday’s announcement or will the Academy scramble to find a new host? 

The 91st Academy Awards will be held in Los Angeles, CA live on Sunday, February 24, 2019 on ABC.

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If you have a story idea, send it to me at the411@vippcommunications.com.  Follow Sherlene Shanklin on Twitter @Sherlenemediapr and Instagram @Sherlenemediapro.

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To read my original story on the Hart’s Oscar announcement. Click on the link: https://thevippreport.com/2018/12/05/the-vipp-report-will-he-win-the-hart-of-oscar-fans/

 

The VIPP Report: Will he win the “Hart” of Oscar fans?

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By Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Louisville, ABC Affiliate

And the hosting duties of the 2019 Academy Awards goes to none other than comedian/actor Kevin Hart.  The Academy did not get to make the announcement but the man with 64.9 million good friends also known as his Instagram followers received the “exclusive” announcement.

Hart announced Tuesday evening by posting an Oscar with the message saying “The day has finally come for me to host the Oscars. I am blown away simply because this has been a goal on my list for a long time….To be able to join the legendary list of host that have graced that stage is unbelievable.”

KevinHart tour media photoThis is not the first time the academy asked Hart to be the host but Hart feels like this is the right time for him to take on this task and mark it off his bucket list.

He thanked his fans for their support and of course his close friends and family but what was so powerful was acknowledging his late mother by saying “I know my mom is smiling from ear to ear right now.”

The 91st Academy Awards will present some 20 plus awards for their artistic and technical merit in the film industry.  You can see the show live on Sunday, February 24, 2019 on ABC.

If you have a story idea, send it to me at the411@vippcommunications.com.  Follow Sherlene Shanklin on Twitter @Sherlenemediapr and Instagram @Sherlenemediapro.

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The VIPP Report: Academy Award Winning Actress, Viola Davis and Entrepreneur of the Year, Phyllis Newhouse Launch ShoulderUp: A Women’s Movement

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ATLANTA, GA AUGUST 2018 – Phyllis Newhouse and Viola Davis have come together as Co-Founders of a new global women’s movement called ShoulderUp.

Around the world, women who represent economic power and voices of influence, have come together to launch what many believe to be the most impactful and important movement of our time. These are women dedicated to connecting and supporting other women on their journey, in an effort to bring about change where and when it is needed the most.

Phyllis and Viola will launch the ShoulderUP Movement during a 2 hour simulcast, called Journey to Legacy. The simulcast on Sunday, August 26, 2018 will offer candid conversation, laughter, lessons, and inspiration, as they teach us that connection begins with understanding the power of your own story. They will share how they each used their pasts to create a new story for themselves, how you can do the same and -in turn- use this as your foundation for building significance and legacy. By tuning in, you will learn the true purpose of the movement, and see how connecting with these women can help you on your individual journey to legacy.

To experience the ShoulderUp launch and learn from these two incredible women, individual and group Simulcast Passes can be purchased at legendsandleaders.com.

Women of all backgrounds and from around the world are being invited to experience Journey to Legacy and the debut of the ShoulderUP movement.

Phyllis Newhouse  After spending 22 years in the Army developing computer technologies for homeland security, Phyllis started her own business from scratch, as a mother who is single. 16 years later, she won the 2017 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, for Technology, and her company, Xtreme Solutions, Inc., has been recognized as being one of the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned Companies in the U.S. consecutively for the past six years. She is also member of the Women Presidents Organization, the Belizean Grove, and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), as well as a Partner in the Legend52 Fund.

Viola Davis  Named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2012 and 2017, Viola is a critically revered actress of film, television, and theater. She was Oscar nominated for her performance in The Help, won an Academy Award for Fences, and received a Prime Time Emmy Award for her work in ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder. Viola is the only black person to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting (an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Tony). She and her husband, Julius Tennon, are the founders of the production company JuVee Productions.

For additional information on the Journey to Legacy simulcast and the ShoulderUp movement, please call: Emma Pitts emma@PullSpark.com Cell: 404-432-6014.

For media inquiries and to obtain media credentials for the white carpet, contact Sherlene Shanklin at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: VIPP Communications, one of the top PR firms in the Midwest explains why they are considered media pros in business

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Welcome to VIPP Communications.  We are your one-stop Public Relations, Marketing, Branding and Event Management firm.

Our company was founded in 1998, after an overwhelming demand for our freelance services. We cater to every realm of business from professional athletes, entertainers to community and business leaders in their industry.

VIPP stand for “Visualizing into People’s Personality” and it’s pronounced V-I-P because our clients always get the V.I.P. treatment when we work on their project.  Our dedication, experience, hard work and innovation is why clients enjoy our services.

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Sherlene Shanklin started this firm with giving back in mind.  VIPP helps groups needing assistance with planning and receiving media coverage.  Many had no idea where to begin and Shanklin came in and helped develop a plan which many today still use her services and techniques she taught them.

The symbol we use is a circle meaning that that its never ending, continuous, and everlasting.  We are what you call a timeless team of communication professionals working to shape your business to have longevity and prosperity. vippstyle

If you would like to speak to one of the members of “Team VIPP” contact us at mail at vippcommunications dot com.

Follow us on Twitter @VIPPComm and Instagram @VIPPCommunications

 

 

 

The VIPP Report: Mystery author Sue Grafton dies after a two year battle with cancer

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Special Report by Sherlene Shanklin, The411 on WHAS11 TV, ABC Affiliate, Louisville

(Louisville, KY)  The author known for her masterful books of mystery starting each with a letter of the alphabet has died.  Sue Grafton died on Thursday after a two year battle with cancer.  WHAS11 spoke to the author in August in Hopkinsville at the solar eclipse.

Grafton’s Hometown Hero Banner was dedicated in 2016.  The 27′ x 40′ banner is facing the east wall of the Springhill Suites/Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott at 132 E. Jefferson Street.

The Louisville native went to Atherton High School and later went on to graduate from the University of Louisville.

Grafton’s novels have been published in twenty-eight countries and in twenty-six languages.

The author’s family just posted a statement on her public figure page on social media.  Here’s their statement:  

“Hello Dear Readers. This is Sue’s daughter, Jamie. I am sorry to tell you all that Sue passed away last night after a two year battle with cancer. She was surrounded by family, including her devoted and adoring husband Steve. Although we knew this was coming, it was unexpected and fast. She had been fine up until just a few days ago, and then things moved quickly. Sue always said that she would continue writing as long as she had the juice. Many of you also know that she was adamant that her books would never be turned into movies or TV shows, and in that same vein, she would never allow a ghost writer to write in her name. Because of all of those things, and out of the deep abiding love and respect for our dear sweet Sue, as far as we in the family are concerned, the alphabet now ends at Y.” 

So, now we know that there will be no “Z” in Grafton’s series.  It will end with “Y”.  

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer just posted this statement on his social media page:

The world has lost a great talent and prolific author in Sue Grafton — and in Louisville we have lost a citizen, friend, neighbor, a master gardener and hometown hero. Her legacy will live on through her words, which will entertain and thrill readers for generations to come.”

Sue Grafton was 77 years old.  Stay with Sherlene Shanklin and WHAS11 Television in Louisville for the latest information.  

If you have a story idea, send it to me at The411@whas11.com or thevippreport@vippcommunications.com.  

Twitter: @sherlenemediapr #thevippreport 

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

 

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

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

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

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

Follow KCAAH on Twitter @kygriot for events and announcements.

Media Inquiries: To setup an interview (via phone or in-person) please contact VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435/583-4100 or my email at info@vippcommuncations.com.

 

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The VIPP Report: Film screening at KCAAH will highlight African descendants and their culture

 

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(Louisville, KY) The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) in collaboration with the University of Louisville Theatre Program and the Black Media Collaborative, (BMC) presents African Heritage in Columbia:  A film screening and discussion.  It will take place on Sunday, November 20th at KCAAH, 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.  Admission is free but donations will be accepted.

Manuel Francisco Viveros, director and actor for the African Columbian Theater will be present for the screening and discussion.

The film documents the villagers of San Basillo de Palenque, who are descendants of enslaved African rebels, who preserved and maintained the culture of their African forebears in the music, dance and other aspects of their social lives.

We are also happy to announce that John Chenault, lecturer in the Pan African Studies Department at U of L will introduce Viveros and lead the discussion.

November 20th is also known as Black Consciousness Day in Brazil.  It’s also called Zumbi dos Palmares Day.  It’s a symbol of enduring freedom and justice.  We invite you to come out and pay homage to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

For additional information on how you can be a part of the Black Media Collaborative, please call 502-583-4100.

The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage is located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY 40203. Follow KCAAH on Twitter @kygriot for events and announcements.

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

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

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

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

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

To setup an interview with Kia Corthorn and/or a member of the KCAAH executive staff, please contact Sherlene Shanklin, VIPP Communications at  info at vippcommuncations dot com.

 

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About KCAAH

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

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VIPP Communications is your one-stop public relations, marketing, branding, event management, consulting and video production firm headquartered in Louisville, KY.  For inquiries info at vippcommunications dot com.   

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The VIPP Report: Celebrities begin to R.S.V.P for 50 Cent Derby Takeover in Louisville

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The Effen Vodka presents 50 Cent Derby Takeover is happy to announce that R & B recording artist producer and VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Hollywood star Ray J will be attending this year’s event. His fiancee’ and co-star on the reality show Princess will also be a guest. Ray J will be giving away the hottest new form of transportation ‘’Scoot-E- Bike’’.   The custom bike was designed for 50 Cent’s Pre-Derby Bash held on Friday, May 6th.

The Oaks Night party is from 11 pm to 6 am at Club Liv Louisville located at 133 W. Liberty Street.

The Grammy Award winning rap artist, actor and entrepreneur also welcomes DJ E-Feezy, The Wolf of South Beach.

Young Buck, DJ Fresh, (Rich Homie Quan’s DJ) and DJ Slikk will be a part of what promoters are calling the “Main Event”.

This dress to impress event will do an Effen Vodka Toast at 3:30 am to bring in Derby weekend and to welcome celebrity guests and visitors into the city. A list of celebrity guest will be released in coming weeks.

There will be a “Taste Room” with some of Louisville’s top chefs. The Seafood Lady will be at the event from 12:30 am to 3:00 am. Instead of rushing to an area restaurant before they close.   Keys2KY and BHen Entertainment have thought of everything. Latricia Soul Food will cook breakfast for guests from 4:00 am to 6:00 am.

This is an event you have to put on your itinerary when you are looking for a great time in the “Ville”. Tickets are available online at Eventbrite or you can stop by Rebellious Kourture, 230 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd; Better Days West, 2600 W. Broadway; JT’s Variety Club, 8021 Preston Hwy; and Exclusive Wear, 630 E. Broadway.

If you would like to reserve a table contact 731-444-2480. Purchase tickets by going to 50centderby.eventbrite.com.

The event was made possible by Effen Vodka, Southern Wine and Spirits, Keys2KY and BHen Entertainment.

You still have time if you would like to be a sponsor by calling 502-614-0429.

To setup an interview and/or request media credentials for 50 Cent’s Derby Takeover contact VIPP Communications at 502-582-7716 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com.

If you have a story idea, send it to The VIPP Report, a division of VIPP Communications at thevippreport at vippcommunications dot com.  Follow us on Twitter @thevippreport @vippcomm.

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The VIPP Report: It’s the kick-off to the Black Media Collaborative

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IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE KENTUCKY CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE

On Friday, March 4, 2016, the Black Media Collaborative, (BMC) will introduce their initiative to the public at 7:00 p.m. at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH).  BMC in partnership with the center will feature those dedicated to developing, producing and distributing innovative media for underserved populations in our community.

To kick-off the program, Tia Brown, Founder of The Coming Woman; Troy Johnson, Executive Producer of Louisville Finest: A Showcase; and Dave Christopher, Executive Director for the Academy of Music Production Education and Development will be the featured speakers.

The event will be held in partnership with KCAAH, WeCU Productions, Louisville’s Finest Showcase, RamImages, Level Seven Recording Studio, and The Coming Women.

For additional information on how you can be a part of the Black Media Collaborative, please call 502-583-4100.

The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage is located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY 40203. Follow KCAAH on Twitter @kygriot for events and announcements.

 Black Media Collaborative is dedicated to developing media literacy and skilled people in production and distribution of innovative media.

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The VIPP Report: T.C. Stallings guest speaker for Christian Academy’s annual gala

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Christian Academy’s annual gala welcomes T.C. Stallings as keynote speaker   (Note-photo was apart of news release)

Tonight, the Christian Academy School System will be hosting its annual Gala at the Louisville Marriott Downtown.  This year’s keynote speaker made Louisville his home after college but decided to move his wife and children to Los Angeles to follow his acting career.

If you are familiar the name T.C. Stallings you probably know the former University of Louisville football star’s story.  The star of the film. “War Room” grew up in Cleveland, Ohio with five siblings and a hardworking single mother.  Stallings also known to his fans as Tony played for the Cardinals from 1998 to 2001.   Stallings is also the author of “The Pursuit,” which is a guide to finding purpose in your life.

If you have a story idea, send it to thevippreport@vippcommunications.com.  You can follow us on Twitter @vippcomm or Sherlene Shanklin at @sherlenemediapr.

 

The VIPP Report: Music legend Natalie Cole dies at the age of 65

Natalie Cole GettyWith just hours into the new year, I receive sad news. The woman that had the “Unforgettable” voice and beautiful duet that set the technology bar high for other artists trying to do the same thing has died.  Natalie Cole died on New Year’s Eve at the age of 65.  She just cancelled her concert in Louisville, Kentucky for Saturday, February 13th at the Kentucky Center due to illness.

Here’s my story that I posted on WHAS11.com.  http://www.whas11.com/story/homepage/2016/01/01/the411-with-sherlene-shanklin-natalie-cole-dies-at-the-age-of-65/78177338/

Natalie Cole, the Grammy-winning daughter of Nat “King” Cole” who carried on her late father’s musical legacy and, through technology, shared a duet with him on “Unforgettable,” has died. She was 65.

According to ABC News, Natalie died Thursday evening at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles due to compilations from ongoing health issues, her family said in a statement.

“Natalie fought a fierce, courageous battle, dying how she lived … with dignity, strength and honor. Our beloved Mother and sister will be greatly missed and remain UNFORGETTABLE in our hearts forever,” read the statement from her son Robert Yancy and sisters Timolin and Casey Cole.

Cole’s greatest success came with her 1991 album, “Unforgettable … With Love,” which paid tribute to her father with reworked versions of some of his best-known songs, including “That Sunday That Summer,” ”Too Young” and “Mona Lisa.”

Her voice was spliced with her dad’s in the title cut, offering a delicate duet a quarter-century after his death.

The album sold some 14 million copies and won six Grammys, including album of the year as well record and song of the year for the title track duet.

Cole was scheduled to be in Louisvile on Saturday, February 13th but just a couple of weeks ago the Louisville Orchestra had to adjust their lineup by including Kristin Chenoweth in place of Cole due to illness.

If you have a story about Natalie Cole you would like to share send it to me at The411@whas11.com.  You can follow me on Twitter @Sherlenemediapro and Instagram at Sherlenemediapro.

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The VIPP Report: The kickoff of IBFF 2015 brings filmmakers from all over the world to Nashville

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The International Black Film Festival of Nashville (IBFF) is underway and kicks off in grand way with a red carpet entrance into the beautiful Medical Medical College in the Cal Turner Event Center.   The founder of IBFF Hazel Joyner-Smith says “What a great way to open the festival with the marquee film, “Chapter & Verse”. Producer Cheryl Hill took questions from the audience followed by an Opening Night Reception.

On Friday, Grammy-nominated artist and actress Antonique Smith will attend this year’s festival for the screening the World Premiere of “Stock Option” starring Amin Joseph, Tasha Smith and Smith. “Stock Option” tells the story of a stock broker down on his luck becomes homeless and rescues a famous model, (Smith) from a robbery attempt when the writers say “sparks fly”. The screening takes place on Friday, October 2nd at 7:00 pm. on the campus of Meharry Medical College at the Cal Turner Event Center.

Smith recently performed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for Pope Francis during the Moral Action on Climate Justice Rally. She will discuss that experience and her career as an actress and R&B Artist (with a new hit single “High” which is currently available on Tunes) in a panel discussion on Friday, October 2nd from 11:00 am- 12:15 pm with the Power & Influence of Music in Film & TV.

For a complete schedule, go to ibffevents.com.

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The VIPP Report: The 3rd Annual International Day of the Girl will be held at the Muhammad Ali Center

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I’m heading to Nashville later this week to attend the International Black Film Festival but I will return to Louisville just in time for the United Nations’ 3rd Annual International Day of the Girl.  I just RSVP’d for the Sunday, October 11th event at the Muhammad Ali Center.  There will be several film and documentary screenings.  You can see films like Somewhere Between, Skin, The Sapphires and Little White Lie.

There will be a panel discussion over lunch as well.  The discussion will focus on the films and the impact of identity within a culture or for an individual; either assigned or proclaimed.  The topic, How is identity determined? Who decides? How do you fill in your, “I AM? “

The discussion will take place at 11 am.  Ambassador Shabazz will be the moderator.  Dr. Theresa Rajack-Talley, Associate Dean of A&S Pan African Studies; Lacey Schwartz, Documentary Filmmaker; Paula Madison, Philanthropist, Author & Filmmaker and Rachel Anne, Social & Cultural Activist.

You may not recognize the name but you definitely know Rachel Anne.  She made headlines in Spokane, Washington as Rachel Dolezal.  She resigned as president of the Spokane NAACP chapter following questions concerning her race.

Dolezal is now going by Rachel Anne and she is scheduled to be in Louisville.  This is one of the first public appearances since her parents, Larry and Ruthanne Dolezal said their daughter has always identified with the African-American culture but she is Caucasian.

That firestorm caused a lot of people to question Rachel Anne and now she will speak out in Louisville on the topic.

The discussion on Sunday, October 11th will give her an opportunity to explain her stance.  If you would like to hear the panel discussion, you need to RSVP by October 2nd at http://unidotg3.eventbrite.com.

If you have a story idea, send it to me at sshanklin@whas11.com or TheVIPP Report@vippcommunications.com.  You can follow me @Sherlenemediapr @VIPPComm.

The VIPP Report: Grammy nominated artist Antonique Smith performs for Pope Francis, Next Stop IBFF 2015

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The International Black Film Festival of Nashville (IBFF) announces that Grammy-nominated artist and actress Antonique Smith will attend this year’s festival for the screening the World Premiere of “Stock Option” say “sparks fly”.  The screening takes place on Friday, October 2nd at 7:00 pm. on the campus of Meharry Medical College at the Cal Turner Event Center.

Smith recently performed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for Pope Francis during the Moral Action on Climate Justice Rally.  She will discuss that experience and her career as an actress and R&B Artist (with a new hit single “High” which is currently available on Tunes) in a panel discussion on Friday, October 2nd from 11:00 am- 12:15 pm with the Power & Influence of Music in Film & TV.

IBFF will take place over 3½ days October 1-4, 2015 in Nashville, TN.  It will be hosted at the on the campus of Meharry Medical College in the new Cal Turner  Center for Student Education.  IBFF is also honored to welcome the esteemed Meharry Medical College as an official sponsor for this year’s event.

Throughout the day event, the festival will serve the full spectrum of the industry by providing a venue to showcase the work of filmmakers from around the globe. Patrons will have the opportunity to view “unreleased,” independent and studio films, participate in awesome industry level workshops, master classes, industry parties, and high profile red carpet events with celebrity appearances.

If you would like to setup an interview, obtain media credentials, synopsis, please email us at press@ibffnashville or contact Sherlene Shanklin  at 502-295-0435.  You may also email us at info@ibffnashville.com or call the festival office at (615) 278-9537. Please visit our website at http://www.ibffevents.com for event details.

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About International Black Film Festival of Nashville

Through the art of film, the International Black Film Festival of Nashville (IBFFN) celebrates rich, diverse and creative storytelling for the cultural enrichment, progress and education of communities worldwide. Established in 2006, IBFFN is a collaboration of dedicated professionals who support the need for a community effort to bring African-American and other communities together to showcase their work as emerging and skilled independent filmmakers, actors, composers, screenwriters, directors and other film industry professionals. With “Defining Our Stories, Transforming the Image” as its organizational theme, IBFFN strives to ensure culturally accurate depictions in film with special emphasis on providing a forum for unheard, unseen and unknown viewpoints, and showcasing the multitude of experiences presented in local, national and international communities of color.

With the support of our sponsors, corporate partners, the community, the International Black Film Festival maintains its relevance to the creative, educational, and socially conscious communities around the globe.

About Meharry Medical College

Meharry Medical College, founded in 1876, is the nation’s largest private, independent historically black academic health sciences center dedicated to educating minority and other health professionals. True to its heritage, it is a United Methodist Church affiliated institution. The College is particularly well known for its uniquely nurturing, highly effective educational programs; emerging preeminence in health disparities research; culturally sensitive, evidence-based health services and significant contribution to the diversity of the nation’s health professions workforce. Meharry is a leading national educator of African Americans with M.D. and D.D.S. degrees and Ph.D. degrees in the biomedical sciences.