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/

 

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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.

 

*VIPP Communications is your one-stop multi-media firm that handles public relations, branding, marketing, advertising, event management, video and audio production.  The firm has over 25 years of industry experience with a powerhouse public relations team that represent community leaders, prominent organizations, celebrity artist in arts and entertainment plus some of the nation’s most elite current and retired athletes in sports.  We’re one of the best when it comes to crisis management.  If you would like to have VIPP Communications on your team contact us at info@vippcommunications.com 

 

 

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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