The VIPP Report: A retired pastor talks about two things many places of worship are dealing with during COVID-19 which are ‘faith’ and ‘finance’

Did you ever wonder what it takes to keep a place of worship open?  From services, events to meetings from both its members and the community.

In times of uncertainty many depend on their faith to get them through difficult times.   It’s the one place we were taught in this generation that the church is the one institution you could depend to be open.

Many understand that extreme measures were needed to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, but many religious organizations will need to turn to more than their faith but now finances or should I say the lack of finances.

Congregations across Kentucky were already struggling with the increase in expenses and the decline in membership and visitors. Now, in these times will many survive the shutdown?

Without the constant of tithes, offering and donations many across the Commonwealth they must seek funding just to keep their doors open.

With so much on everyone’s plate churches are missing the collection plate being passed. I’m sure anything you can give will help them in ways you have no idea.  Many are still trying to assist members and many of the church’s leadership are reaching into their own pockets to keep some programs going.

Whether you go to your place of worship once a week, once a month and/or once a year bills still need to be paid.

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The VIPP Report: Louisville church surpasses the silver and gold anniversaries and now Mount Olive hits a historic number of 119 years

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(Louisville, KY) There’s only been three pastors who’ve served at the helm of Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church.  On Sunday, February 24, 2019 the church will celebrate it’s 119th anniversary.

The anniversary will begin at 9:30 a.m. for Sunday School, followed by morning worship at 11:00 a.m. featuring the Anniversary Reunion Choir and Rev. Chris Hagan, pastor of Second Baptist Church of Owenton, Ky.

Dinner will be served. Following dinner, members and guests will return to the sanctuary at 3:00 p.m. for a special tribute for our retiring pastor Rev. Shanklin.

Shanklin, only the third pastor after 119 years has served 35 years as pastor and on Easter Sunday he will preach his last sermon at Mt. Olive.

The church along with our family life center is located on several acres on East Kentucky Street.

Please post and/or announce Mount Olive’s 119th Church Anniversary.  We also invite you to come worship and fellowship with us on Sunday, February 24th.

We will also update you closer to Easter Sunday plans for Rev. Alex Shanklin’s retirement.  If you would like to setup an interview with Rev. Shanklin and/or some of their members, please contact Sis. Barbara Leavell and/or Sherlene Shanklin at VIPP Communications by email at info@vippcommunications.com.

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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!

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The VIPP Report: A Louisville church with a rich history celebrates their pastor’s 34th anniversary

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By Sherlene Shanklin

(Louisville, KY) The Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church made the decision some 34 years ago that Rev. Alex Shanklin would serve as the pastor of the congregation.  On Sunday, October 14, 2018 we are requesting your presence as we celebrate during our 11:00 am service.

It’s been a good year for Mt. Olive, from their humble beginnings, as the founders of the church wanted to worship together gathered in a small house to presently in 2018, Mt. Olive is located on several acres on East Kentucky Street. They built the church and family life center.  Then doing the impossible during difficult economic times, this congregation burned their mortgage when the loan was paid off.  Mt. Olive has proven to be a leader in the growth of the community under the guidance of Rev. Shanklin.

There will be a mid-week service if you are unable to attend Sunday’s service.  It will be held on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Please post and/or announce Mount Olive’s 34th Pastor’s Anniversary celebrating service not only for the church but the community, especially the Smoketown neighborhood where the church is located.  If you would like to setup an interview with Rev. Shanklin and/or some of their members, please contact Sherlene Shanklin at VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com.  We will try and accommodate your requests.

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The VIPP Report: 2nd Annual Sports & Motivation Youth Camp Series will be a part of Summerfest this weekend in Chickasaw Park

(Louisville, KY) On Saturday, June 23rd in historic Chickasaw Park in West Louisville the community will gather for the 2nd Annual Sports & Motivation Youth Camp Series.  The camp begins at 9:00 am for youth ages 6 through 13.  They must be accompanied by an adult to participate.

Youth will have a chance to meet legends in the sports realm as well as community leaders who will share their wisdom and skills. Professional trainers and instructors will be on hand to give youth an opportunity to learn proper techniques.

Members of the Louisville Bats will be on hand inspiring youth, doing a baseball clinic and giving away home game tickets so youth can take in one of their games. Youth in attendance will also get to hear from members of the West End Golf Tee Program.  Wilbur Hackett Sr. and his son Wilbur Hackett Jr. will be in attendance talking about his historic journey as one of the first African American to play football in the SEC and the University of Kentucky.  Jerry Ellis will be on hand to talk about his career as well as his late brother former Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jerry Ellis.  During the camp Alice Houston and Shively Sporting Goods will be honored for their support to the camp and the community.

The Sports & Motivation Youth Camp Series is FREE but a parent and/or guardian needs to be present.  You can register by texting 502-919-0757 or 502-776-1240.  There will also be onsite registration.  For the adults in attendance, Walmart will provide a $10 gift card for bringing your child to the event.

This year’s event was made possible by the support of the following: WLOU.104.7fm, Summerfest, Black Sports Hall of Fame, Buffalo Foundation, Walmart, Ford, UAW, HJI, Harmon Construction, Dynamic Healthcare, Shively Sporting Goods, Minuteman Press, The Greatest Wash & Laundromat, Anabel’s Oriental Rugs and countless volunteers.

Please announce and/or post on your website and social media platforms.  To setup an interview contact VIPP Communications at mail@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: Rev. Jesse Jackson is expected to attend Rev. C. Mackey Daniels funeral in Louisville

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Special Report by Sherlene Shanklin

(Louisville, KY) Later today, Rev. Dr. C. Mackey Daniels will be laid to rest after being sick for the last few months according to a family spokesman. He peacefully passed away on Mother’s Day, May 13th.

The pastor for more than 40 years of the West Chestnut Street Baptist Church leaves behind a daughter, four sons and three grandchildren. Rev. Daniels was the first black arbitrator to the courts of Jefferson County Kentucky Bar Association among many positions held throughout his life as a community and civil rights leader.

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I understand his good friend and fellow civil right activist, Rev. Jesse Jackson of the Rainbow Coalition will travel to Louisville to be apart of the service. I do know that Rev. Jackson was arrested Monday, (May 21, 2018) just two days before Daniels funeral on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

Jackson said on his social media page after the arrest, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”- #DrMLKingJr.

So, I hope he’s able to get to Louisville in time for the funeral service.

Rev. Daniels’ funeral is at 11:00 am at the church followed by the burial at Cave Hill Cemetery. Rev. Dr. C. Mackey Daniels was 81.

Just days after his passing, 17th and Chestnut where the church is located was renamed Rev. C Mackey Daniels Way.

If you have a story idea, send it to me at thevippreport at VIPPCommunications.com. You can follow me on social, Twitter: @sherlenemediapr, @thevippreport & @vippcomm.

*Rev. Jackson was arrested in Washington, D.C. for protesting the #poorpeoplescampaign.   Jackson along with Rabbi @JonahPesner, @RevDrBarber,  & @liztheo refused to be removed in the US Capitol building.  Jackson said, together we will awaken our nation’s consciousness to the plight of the poor in our country! #PoorPeoplesCampaign 

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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.

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The VIPP Report: Louisville leaders step up to help keep youth safe this summer

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May 24, 2017

With the recent acts of violence in the community and today being the last day of school for Jefferson County Public School students, parents and guardians are scrambling to find events and activities for youth to attend.

On Thursday, May 25th at 10:00 am at Old Male High School, 911 S. Brook Street community and faith-based leaders will announce an event taking place this weekend. Leaders are buying up tickets to give to organizations and church groups to make sure youth have something safe to do on Memorial Day weekend.

The chaperoned event will be fun safe and will applaud the youth who are doing what their families, schools and community ask of them.

In conjunction with the announcement WLOU/104.7FM will do a marathon giveaway Thursday and Friday to make sure youth who want to attend that do not have the money will get to enjoy their first weekend on summer break.

Please join us for details of the event, the former University of Kentucky and University of Louisville players who’ve agreed to be a part of Saturday’s event and the community leaders who are stepping up to make sure our children have a place where they can be kids and not worry about their safety.

Representatives from WLOU, 104.7FM, church leaders and various community leaders will all be on hand for the media briefing to show their support. (Please see attached-All participating organizations involved in Saturday’s event)

If you have any questions, please contact Barry Tilford at 502-650-3660.
A full press release will be distributed at the conclusion of the announcement. For media inquiries please contact VIPP Communications at 502-582-7716 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com.

PRESS CONFERENCE DETAILS:  Thursday, May 25th 10:00 am Old Male High School, 911 S. Brook Street Contact: Barry Tilford, 502-650-3660

 

The VIPP Report: Faith, Hope & Love…The Greatest of these is LOVE

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(Louisville, KY) With so much going on in our community from violence to economic disparity, people are looking for a ray of hope and inspiration.  On Saturday, May 20th at 6:00 pm, GAB Productions and WLOU 104.7 FM present “An Evening with Kirk Franklin Live”.

Instead of being behind four walls, Franklin and the planning committee decided they wanted to take the message to streets by holding the concert in an open lot behind St. Stephen Church located at 1018 S. 15th Street.

The theme for the concert: “Peace in the Streets”.  Franklin, a multi-Grammy, Dove, and Stellar Award winner will motivate, inspire, and have you encouraged to be more and do more for yourself, family and community.  That’s the mission for this concert.

We are also excited to have Louisville natives, Dove Award winner, Stellar and Grammy Award nominees Jay and The Team open for Franklin.

Bill Price, General Manager for WLOU, WLLV & 104.7FM says “We want to impact the entire community but right now we see a real need to assist the residents west of 9th Street.  This is the first time, that the number #1 Gospel artist in the world has agreed to perform in a major concert format.  He’s coming to support the Peace in the Streets initiative. This will be a treat that all ages, socio-economics, races and faiths can come together as one to promote peace.”

Tickets are still available but are going fast. You can purchase them at Better Days Records East & West.  For reserved seating please call 513-324-4025 or by email at gabproinc@aol.com.

If you would like to setup an interview with Kirk Franklin, Jay and The Team, and/or Bill Price, please contact Sherlene Shanklin, VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com.

 

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: Founding member of Vanity6 dies at 57

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Matthews’ book cover “Blame it on Vanity”

Special from Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television/ABC Louisville

Singer, songwriter, actress and model Denise Matthews has died.  To many you will know her as Vanity from Vanity 6.  The lead singer of the R&B/funk group that made the song “Nasty Girl” a chart topping hit in 1982.  It’s said that Prince coined the name “Vanity”, because after looking into a mirror she was the female version of him.

Matthews walked away from her music and acting career to concentrate her time to her faith as a Christian.

Denise “Vanity” Matthews died today at the age of 57.

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The VIPP Report: Gospel superstar Kirk Franklin returns to Louisville

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The last time contemporary gospel artist Kirk Franklin was in Louisville he was rocking a ladies Kentucky Derby hat while performing to a sold out crowd at Junior Bridgeman’s Grace at The Race, an annual gospel celebration during Kentucky Derby weekend.  I had the pleasure to produce that unforgettable show.  Now, the nine-time Grammy Award winning star returns to Louisville on Thursday, March 31st.
 
The host of BET’s Sunday Best will minister in his unique way to his large fan base at the Louisville Palace.  You will get to hear some of his biggest hits plus new songs from his latest album, Losing My Religion.  Franklin refers to this concert as 20 years in one night.  If that says one thing, it would have to be that they are going to have a very hard time getting him off stage like I did.  He has so many songs in his catalog that he tried his best to sing as many of the favorites that at the one hour mark he was still going strong.  At one point, in the show he yelled can I keep going? I turned to Bridgeman and he said “Yes, let him go”.  I gave the thumbs up and I promise I think he went into second gear.
 
If you are looking for a concert where your coat will occupy your seat because you will likely not sit for this concert go see Kirk Franklin at the Louisville Palace.
I’ve already asked the question on who will open for the artist and that’s still to be determined.
Tickets start at $25 and you can purchase them at the Louisville Palace Box Office, ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster locations.
 
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The VIPP Report: Marriage conference hopes to rejuvenate couples this Saturday

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It’s the New Birth Unbreakable Marriage Ministry 2015 Conference entitled Insight: Seeing Marriage through God’s Eye’s on Saturday, November 7th. The conference will be hosted by Pastors Mike & Ruth Ward.  Their special guest speakers will be Pastor Montell & Kristin Jordan and Winston & Peggy Bennett.  The conference will be held at New Birth Church, 3301 Linda Lane from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm.  For Additional information go to www.newbirthchurch.org.

 

The VIPP Report: Marvin Sapp, Brian Courtney Wilson and Earnest Pugh come to the Kentucky Center

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Louisville continues to bring top artists to the city from all genres.  Now, if you love Gospel there’s an event you don’t want to miss.  It’s the Rejoice In Concert with Bishop Marvin Sapp, Brian Courtney Wilson and Earnest Pugh.  They will have a special guest, the Sensational Singing Bentley’s.  It all takes place on Sunday, November 1st at 6:00 pm in Whitney Hall at the Kentucky Center.

The promoters of the event also wanted to remember in loving memory Asia Ludlow aka Nikki Love a Louisville radio and television personality who died from cancer a year ago.

The emcee for the evening will be Miss Krystal Goodner from WLOU Radio.

Tickets start at $35 and you can purchase them at www.kentuckycenter.org, by phone 584-7777 or at the Kentucky Center box office.  I will also be giving away tickets so watch my social pages for details.  Twitter @Sherlenemediapr Instagram Sherlenemediapro and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Sherlene-Shanklin-879349238779773/timeline/?ref=hl .

If you have a story idea or would like for us to cover your event send your request to TheVIPPReport@vippcommunications.com.  You can follow us on Twitter @VIPPComm.

The VIPP Report: A gospel musical was created to honor a Louisville civil rights leader

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Special from Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television, ABC Affiliate

I used to use the number 445-2509 religiously.  It belonged to the late Rev. Louis Coleman.  To his close friends they used to call him “Buster”.  I called him “Revy Rev”.  If you knew him personally, you knew he was passionate about others especially when it came to civil rights.  He had no problem telling you like it is.

I was his producer for his radio show “Coleman Speaks”.  We both were new to the positions but we worked hard to make it a successful show.  Coleman was so unpredictable that he kept me sharp and on my toes.  Our show would start at 9 am on Saturdays and most days he got there just minutes before the show started.  Some days he would cut it so close, I would say to myself “You better go grab a newspaper and get ready to talk about hot topics because he’s not going to make it.” He never let me down, it was actually comical looking back on it.

On several occasions, Coleman would hand me his phone and tell me “If it rings, answer it”.  I found myself in disbelief some days when I answered his phone.  I’ve spoken to  Martin Luther King III, son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr;  Rev. Jesse Jackson sitting on the airport tarmac holding up the departure so he could talk to Coleman on the show and activist Dick Gregory.

If “Rev” was  still alive, he would be travelling to other cities that’s made national headlines in in his purple van supporting other leaders like they supported him.

Former Courier Journal journalist Larry Muhammad decided to create a tribute for the civil rights leader.  It’s fondly named Buster! A Gospel Musical.  Gregory Rahming has some big shoes to fill.  He will be Coleman.  Sheryl Rouse will be Mattie Earl Mathis, Samina Raza is Anne Braden, Chauncey Arnold will be Willie Gray, Shane Dickerson as Rev. Bobby Burks and Ernie Adams will play Rev. George Edwards.

If you had to be around Coleman you would always see him with a clipboard, cell phone and his bull horn.

Muhammad will use that bull horn as a symbol of compassion and power by one of the most outspoken leaders of our time.

You can see Buster! At the Henry Clay Theatre at 604 S. Third Street.  Opening night is Thursday, July 16th and it runs through the 26th.  Tickets are $20 at the door and show time is at 7:30 pm.  For additional information you can call 502-727-7972.

If you have a story idea, send it to me at The411@whas11.com.  You can follow me on Twitter @Sherlenemediapr and Instagram Sherlenemediapro.

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The VIPP Report: Lexington, KY church continues to be a community leader after 225 years

LEXINGTON CONGREGATION ENDURES THE TEST OF TIME NOW THEY CELEBRATE A MAJOR LANDMARK

225TH CHURCH ANNIVERSARY & HOMECOMING

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The First African Baptist Church in Lexington is planning a celebration as part of the 225th Church Anniversary & Homecoming.  From 1790 to 2015, the church has been a staple in the community meeting spiritual and social needs. Now, the members would like to reflect on their rich history and how resilient their congregation has become.  From the humble beginnings in 1790, First African Baptist Church has moved from Old Captain’s “Territory” in a log cabin to purchasing the old Douglas School property on Price Road from the Fayette County Board of Education in 1981. With the purchase of the Douglas School property under the pastorate of Rev. Dr. L. H. McIntyre, on April 14, 2002, the church held its Debt Free Mortgage Burning service after paying off a $1.2 million dollar mortgage.

To kick-off the weekend of celebration, we will hold an anniversary banquet at the Campbell House, 1375 S. Broadway on Friday, July 10th at 7:00 p.m.  Dr. Henry Wise Jones of the Mt. Zion 2nd Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA will be our Guest Preacher.

On Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. all are invited to First African Baptist Church for opening of The Legacy Room. On display will be memorabilia of the church’s storied history.

On Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. come out and celebrate with the members of First African Baptist Church.  We are located at 465 Price Road.  This year’s theme is “Remembering The Former Glory”, “Rejoicing In His Glory”, “Reaching For Future Glory”.  Dr. L.H. McIntyre will be the guest minister.

With all of the rich history within the four walls of the church, this landmark commemoration will undoubtedly be a staple in Kentucky and African American history.  The church has only had a total of 14 pastors to date.  Current pastor, Rev. N.L. Moore has been with the church since 2009 and couldn’t be happier to be a part of the congregation and this weekend’s celebration and homecoming. Pastor Moore says “We are the inheritors of a spiritual heritage filled with many achievements and accomplishments. As such we bask in the glory of God praising Him for all His wondrous favor toward us. Without a shadow of doubt, He has done great things for us and we are convinced He is not finished just yet.”

To learn more about our rich history, please visit our website www.fabclex.org.

If you have a story idea, send it to us at TheVIPPReport@vippcommunications.com.  You can also follow us on Twitter @vippcomm.

The VIPP Report: Nine dead from a shooting inside a Charleston, South Carolina church

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The nation holds their breathe as the residents of Charleston, SC try to understand what happened late Wednesday evening.  Around 9 p.m. a gunman walked into Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and opened fire on the members as they were holding their weekly prayer meeting. Some churches also call it bible study.  Eight were pronounced dead and the scene.  One person was transported to the hospital but they did not survive.  During a news conference authorities would only confirm the deaths but not the injured.
Prominent civil rights leaders are beginning to send their condolences to the pastor of the church whose also a state senator.
The FBI has joined in the investigation as authorities continue to search for the suspect.  The mayor of Charleston called the shooting a hate-crime.
Ministers from the AME church and other leaders will gather at Morris Brown at 12:00 p.m. for a vigil.
There’s still a lot of unanswered questions in this case but the main goal of the city it to apprehend the suspect.
If you have a story idea, send it to thevippreport@vippcommunications.com.  You can follow us on Twitter @vippcomm or @sherlenemediapr.

The VIPP Report: Blues legend B.B. King has died at the age of 89

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Special from Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television/ABC Louisville

Late tonight, the attorney for music legend B.B. King says he has passed away.  The King of Blues died in Las Vegas.  The Mississippi native leaves behind three children. King was considered one of the greatest guitarist of our time.  He will be fondly remembered for naming his guitar “Lucille”.

Stay with WHAS11 & The411 with Sherlene Shanklin with more on King’s death.  B.B. King was 89 year old.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist performed several times in Louisville.  If you have a story and/or photos you would like to share about King, send it to me at the411@whas11.com. You can also send it to TheVIPPReport@vippcommmunications.com.  Follow Shanklin on Twitter @Sherlenemediapr or @VIPPComm.

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The VIPP Report: Joyce Meyer Ministries will be at the KFC Yum! Center in April

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Joyce Meyer Ministries will be in Louisville April 23rd through the 25th at the KFC Yum! Center. Meyer along with Christian music artist Israel Houghton will be hold four sessions that will give guests a powerful message from Joyce as well as worship with Israel.

There’s a total of four sessions

·         Thursday, April 23, 7 pm

·         Friday, April 24, 10 am & 7 pm

·         Saturday, April 25, 10 am

Admission is free for all sessions.  No registration is required but seating is on a first come, first serve basis.  The doors of the KFC Yum! Center will open approximately two hours prior to each session.

If you have a story idea, send it to TheVIPPReport@vippcommunications.com.  You can also follow us on Twitter @vippcomm.

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The VIPP Report: Donnie McClurkin, Dorina Clark Cole and Anita Wilson perform at the kick-off of the 64th Annual Women’s International Convention

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The VIPP Report: As part of the 64th Annual Women’s International Convention/Crusade there will be a gospel explosion tonight at the KFC Yum! Center. The pre-convention concert welcomes Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Dorinda Clark Cole and Anita Wilson. The concert is $20 for adults and $10 for children. The event is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

The Church of God in Christ, Inc (COGIC) will hold their convention May 26-30 in Louisville at two venues, The Galt House and the KFC Yum! Center. Some 10,000 people will be town over the next five days.

If you have a story idea send it to TheVIPPReport@vippcommunications.com.  You can also follow us on Twitter @VIPPComm.

 

The VIPP Report: Gospel artist Marvin Sapp on tour to help promote school choice in urban communities

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The VIPP Report: Dove & BET award winning gospel artist Marvin Sapp is currently on his “School of Choice Tour”. The 11-city free tour is in Louisville, KY tonight. Sapp along with Sunday Best season two contestant and RCA Inspiration label mate Latice Crawford and the Doctor of Comedy Henn Sapp will be at Christ Temple Christian Life Center.

Sapp will share his inspirational story of his late wife Dr. Malinda Sapp who had a vision to take inner city children from great to greater through education. Sapp says he’s excited about partnering with the Black Alliance for Educational Options Partner (BAEO) again, helping to promote school choice to urban communities. Their hope during the tour is to make parents aware of their options when it comes to public education.

After Louisville’s show, The “Marvin Sap School of Choice Tour” heads to Nashville, TN on the 12th, followed by Chattanooga, TN on the 13th and Atlanta, GA on Friday night, February 14th.

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