The VIPP Report: Porsha Williams walking out of Louisville Metro Corrections after being arrested in a Breonna Taylor protest

By Sherlene Shanklin

After a long night, reality star and activist Porsha Williams exits Louisville Metro Corrections around 3:30 am.

She along nearly 90 others were arrested Tuesday afternoon for demonstrating in front of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s home.

I just received this photo of Williams as she walks out of jail. There was a crowd of people on the exterior of the jail waiting for Williams and other protesters.

The Bravo star is in Louisville seeking justice for Breonna Taylor.

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Credit: Louisville Metro Corrections

The VIPP Report: The Kingdom Choir will perform in Kentucky

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They were introduced to the world when they performed “Stand By Me” at the 2018 Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

Now, The Kingdom Choir announces their North American tour.  On Wednesday, October 16th they will travel to Louisville  and perform at Brown Theatre.

Founded in 1994. The choir draws their inspiration from various Christian traditions and is dedicated to creating a sound that reflects the community.

Tickets start at $25.00 for the two hour show.

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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: 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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Travis Scott’s Astroworld Tour is announced

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

The411 with Sherlene Shanklin:  It’s been a busy day when it comes to concert announcements.  Hip hop star Travis Scott announces his “Astroworld: Wish You Were Here” Tour.  The show is slated as a show unlike anything done before and unlikely to be topped with the artist’s explosive and wild performances.  The tour will kick off in Baltimore, Maryland on November 8th.  Several days later he will make a stop in Louisville, KY at the KFC Yum! Center on Monday, November 19th.

The tour is the same name of his third album, ASTROWORLD.  Scott;s album earned the second highest debut of the year on the Billboard Top 200.

Tickets go on sale Friday, August 24th at 10 am for the Louisville show.

Also, did you know that he was giving away $100,000 to fans? Travis uses his platform to give back to fans and he actually handed out $100,000 on his Cash App. He calls it transferring his blessing to others.

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Here’s Travis Scott’s AstroWorld Tour schedule:

Thursday, November 8, 2018 – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena

Friday, November 9, 2018 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena

Sunday, November 11, 2018 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena

Monday, November 12, 2018 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena

Thursday, November 15, 2018 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center

Monday, November 19, 2018 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena

Saturday, November 24, 2018 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center

Sunday, November 25, 2018 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden

Thursday, November 29, 2018 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena

Friday, November 30, 2018 – Hartford, CT @ XL Center

Saturday, December 1, 2018 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center

Sunday, December 2, 2018 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena

Thursday, December 6, 2018 – Chicago, IL @ United Center

Saturday, December 8, 2018 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center

Sunday, December 9, 2018 – Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum

Monday, December 10, 2018 – Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center Omaha

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center

Saturday, December 15, 2018 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum

 

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: Legendary radio personality Bill Price purchases two broadcast stations in Kentucky

 

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BILL PRICE BROADCASTING ACQUIRIES 104.7 WLOU AND 1240 WLLV

(Louisville, KY) Bill Price Broadcasting announces the acquisition of two radio stations in Louisville. As of January 1,2018, they have acquired WLOU and WLLV.  The deal was completed in December 2017, and the acquisition became official the first day of the new year. WLOU is a dual AM & FM station simulcasting on the historic 1350 AM and 104.7 FM, programming rhythm and gospel.  WLLV 1240 AM is the only gospel talk outlet in the area.

“This is a big day for our community” says Bill Price.  “It enables these stations to be under local ownership for the first time in 13 years.  This acquisition could not have been completed without the support of the community and several area ministries that played a vital role.”

Price intends to keep both formats of WLOU and WLLV the same while improving both formats and their signals. Currently both stations will service listeners in Metro Louisville and Southern Indiana.

Bill Price Broadcasting will be an owner-operated broadcast outlet which makes them belong to an elite group within the region.  Most local radio stations are owned by large companies with multiple outlets that they own, but they do not manage the day-to-day operations.

Price, an iconic figure in the broadcast business, has spent over 40 years developing programming and local radio talent. “It’s an honor to follow in the footsteps of my mentor, William E. Summers, III who once owned and managed WLOU,” says Price.  Reverend Summers become the first black person to manage a radio station in the United States, and in 1971 became the first black person in Kentucky to own a radio station.

Price’s legendary career includes stints at Clear Channel, Cox Broadcasting, Blue Chip Radio, Johnson Communications and Anchor Radio.

WLOU is a historic station, and I have been blessed to be part of the most significant occasions, such as achieving number one ranking in the market; switching from a day-time to a 24-hour broadcast; launching WLOU on FM; winning the Stellar Award for National Mid-Market Station of the Year in 2012; the return of Summerfest, and the launch of the Tom Joyner Morning Show in 2015.  Owning these stations is a lifelong dream that has come to reality.  Never stop chasing your dream,” stated Price.

WLOU and WLLV is located at 2001 W. Broadway, Louisville, KY 40203.  For additional information go to http://www.wlouonline.com.

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The VIPP Report: Former NBA star and Kentucky Wildcat Derek Anderson will recognize individuals who give selflessly through Acts of Kindness

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(Louisville, KY) The Stamina Foundation cordially invites you to their inaugural Acts of Kindness (A.O.K.) Gala on Friday, October 14th at the Muhammad Ali Center located at 144 N. 6th Street in the heart of downtown Louisville, KY.  The black tie optional event will begin with a “Meet and Greet” reception at 7:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 8:00 p.m. During the reception guests will have an opportunity to take a tour of the center and its new exhibits named in memory of legendary boxer, humanitarian and Louisville native Muhammad Ali, who died on June 3rd of this year at the age of 74.  Former UK players and other NBA players and coaches will be in attendance for the “Meet and Greet”.

Fellow Louisville native Derek L. Anderson and founder of the Stamina Foundation and A.O.K. understands the importance of giving back to the community.  The NBA and NCAA champion was a great individual basketball player but also knows that working as a team both on and off the court creates positive results. His goal and aspiration is to empower youth and give confidence to pursue their dreams.  The A.O.K. was created to show our youth that being kind is the ONLY way we can be great!

During the gala, Anderson and his Stamina team will recognize a community leader with the Muhammad Ali Award and the Derek L. Anderson Acts of Kindness Award.  Anderson says “Random acts of kindness are not enough, we must begin to create a new culture, where being kind to others is a way of life and expected.  Since launching this initiative it’s taken on a life of its own.  I’m getting calls from all over the world asking how they can help. Very soon we will be able to announce a few programs that will benefit not only the City of Louisville but the state and the region. I want to create a model to be developed all over the world.”

There’s a limited amount of individual tickets still available as well as corporate sponsorships. Go to www.StaminaFD.com to secure your table.  Proceeds benefit the Stamina Foundation which will go to programs and events to benefit youth and the development of Stamina Academy.

Please post and/or announce our event on your community calendars.  If you would like to setup an interview with Derek L. Anderson, please contact VIPP Communications at r by email at sshanklin at vippcommunications dot com.

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The VIPP Report: Remembering Louisville’s own Muhammad Ali

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Special Report by Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television, ABC Louisville

On Friday, June3,  the “Greatest Of All Time” has passed away.  Muhammad Ali died surrounded by family and loved ones in Arizona.  The Louisville, Ky. native born Cassius Marcellus Clay to Cassius Sr. and Odessa Clay on January 17, 1942.  Ali was the father of nine children, seven daughters and two sons.

To date Ali remains the only three-time lineal World Heavyweight Champion.  He won the title in 1964, 1974, and 1978.

Growing up as a young girl in the same city, I would see Ali on various occasions but when I close my eyes I can vividly see him running down Broadway with his brother by his side.  Muhammad and Rahman would run and shadowbox. He would be showing off and many times slowing and/or stopping traffic.  As a young girl, I used to say “What in the world is he doing?”  Not knowing he was preparing himself to be one of the most influential people in the world.  I was familiar with boxing because it was extremely popular then. I even had Greg Page and one of his trainers Leroy Edmerson as members of my church.

In hindsight, we take those moments for granted.

Another special moment is when I ran into Ali on Fourth Street in 1986. He was sitting in the back of a box truck signing autographs in front of the Galleria which is known today as Fourth Street Live.  He gave me and my mom an “Introduction to Islam” book.  I remembered he laughed about our names because they were so similar (Shirley and Sherlene).  He turned to me and said ‘how you spell that’ in his larger than life voice.

I’ve been following the household name pretty much all of my adult life.  It was only an added bonus when I had the ability to cover events and stories involving the man who had no problem telling you “I’m so pretty,” “I’m the greatest,” and “The champ is here.”  He gave hope to those that saw no hope and a voice to many who couldn’t speak for themselves.

To Louisville who has a street named in his honor, he was hometown, but to the world he was the man who floated like a butterfly and could sting like a bee. He was “The Greatest”.

Muhammad Ali died at the age of 74 leaving his wife Lonnie Ali of almost 30 years and nine children and grandchildren.

If you have a story and/or photo you would like to share send it to me atsshanklin@whas11.com.  You can follow me on Twitter @Sherlenemediapr and Instagram @Sherlenemediapro for additional information and stories I gather in the coming days.

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Muhammad Ali and Sherlene Shanklin at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, KY.

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The VIPP Report: The SUMMER tour featuring Maxwell will perform in Louisville

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Grammy Award winning R & B star Maxwell announced his SUMMER tour fresh off the release of his new single “Lake By The Ocean” and highly anticipated new album blackSUMMERS’night which will be released on July 1st.

Maxwell will be at the Louisville Palace on Thursday, July 14th.  Doors open at 7:00 pm and a hour later the show will begin at 8:00 pm.

Tickets are already on sale and they range from $45.50 to $105.50. They may be purchased at http://www.louisvillepalace.com/ or at The Louisville Palace Box Office, 625 South Fourth Street.

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The VIPP Report: Comedian Lavell Crawford returns to Louisville

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Comedian and actor Lavell Crawford will be at the Brown Theatre on Friday, June 24th.  Currently, he has an one-hour special on Netflix entitled LAVELL CRAWFORD: CAN A BROTHER GET SOME LOVE.  Comedienne Dominique will open the show.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, May 20 at 10:00 am at Kentuckycenter.org, The Kentucky Center box office, or by calling 800-584-7777.

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The VIPP Report: Students receive medals and prizes for the participation in eLearn Olympics

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Louisville, Kentucky (May 13, 2016)—Louisville Central Community Centers (LCCC) will host their Spring eLearn Olympics celebration at 11am on Saturday, May 14, 2016 to recognize nearly 80 medalists and their supporters. Students will be presented with gold, silver or bronze medals and other prizes for their achievements using Study Island, a technology-based system that supports the local school district’s Every 1 Learns initiative. Schools and community organizations who support student achievement will also be recognized. Currently, there’s 1,400 participants in the eLearn Olympics program.

eLearn Olympics was created in 2013 by LCCC as an initiative to celebrate academic achievements of students grades K-12. LCCC’s Senior Vice President, Kevin Fields, says as we approach the 2016 Olympics in Reno we want to motivate our youth not only in athletics but in academics. As we cheer on Olympian Angel McCoughtry who is a great supporter of our initiative we want to motivate our scholars to achieve at their ultimate potential and to use Study Island throughout their summer break.”

In eLearn Olympics, students win prizes and gain public distinction for completing online, skill-building lessons in Study Island. This program is geared toward helping students achieve proficiency in their common-core academic skill areas that are part of Kentucky Department of Education curriculum standards. eLearn Olympics offers annual recognition for participation and achievement in extracurricular academic programs.

You can see a complete list of our event’s honorees below. JCPS Director of Volunteer Talent Center Dr. Allene Gold, JCPS Board Member Diane Porter, Gheens Foundation CEO Barry Allen and representatives of the Angel McCoughtry Dream Foundation will join LCCC in honoring these students and their families. The public is invited to attend the celebration on May 14, from 11:00-12:00 am at Old Walnut Street, 1300 W Muhammad Ali Blvd (40203), in the Atrium Room.

We will also recognize the top three schools that had the most medalists during the Spring competition.   Price Elementary with 11 medalists, Western Middle School with 10 medalists and there’s a four-way tie with Johnson Traditional, Myers Middle, Meyzeek Middle and Newburg Middle Schools all having five medalists.

There will be three community centers acknowledged during the program. That’s Lighthouse Promise with 20 Spring medalists, Big Brothers Big Sisters with four medalists and Louisville Central Community Centers with a total of three medalists.

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About Louisville Central Community Centers

LCCC is headquartered in Louisville, KY, at 13th Street and West Muhammad Ali Boulevard, in the Russell neighborhood. LCCC is a 501c(3), private, non-profit community-based organization that is governed by an independent, volunteer Board of Directors. LCCC offers 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 home ownership are just some of the services provided. Sam Watkins, Jr. is the president and CEO of LCCC.

About eLearn Olympics

Founded by LCCC with support from the Gheens Foundation, JCPS and other sponsors, eLearn Olympics is a set of academic competition events that incentivize and reward student achievement in areas of reading, mathematics, science & social studies. Now with over 1400 enrolled members, eLearn Olympic sparks a spirit of pride among students, parents, schools and community-based learning places by providing opportunities for educational competition, academic skill development and public recognition. Students can earn public distinction as gold, silver or bronze medalists in a variety of academic performance categories. For more information visit http://www.elearnolympics.com or call (502) 583-8821.

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Reading medalists

Gold medalists

Ashton Tunstull (Eisenhower Elementary)

Asia Tunstull (Eisenhower Elementary)

Treasure Wales (Johnson Traditional Middle)

Ezell Everett (Johnson Traditional Middle)

Marcus Griffin (Johnson Traditional Middle)

Silver medalists

LaMichael Arnold (King Elementary)

Jaelyn Pruitt (Crums Lane Elementary)

Gabrielle McDonald (Price Elementary)

Stephan Smith (Crums Lane Elementary)

Jacobi Jones (Crums Lane Elementary)

Perrion Hughes (Wheatley Elementary)

Jose Ortiz (Myers Middle)

Gavin Sams (Meyzeek Middle)

Bronze medalists

Ariyauna Ridgeway (Western Middle)

Ndeye Cisse (Noe Middle)

Warren King (Meyzeek Middle)

Hawa Simagan (Price Elementary)

Ameena Shareef (King Elementary)

Hugo Ramosleon (Myers Middle)

Tyquan Starks (Western Middle)

Deasia Dennis (Carter Elementary)

Philippine Simagan (Price Elementary)

Elean Meridaperez (Myers Middle)

Thomas Bryant (Myers Middle)

Andrea Trejo (Myers Middle)

Detrick Dyer (Meyzeek Middle)

Malachi Tilford (Meyzeek Middle)

Joseph Noah (Western Middle)

Ciara Higgins (Auburndale Elementary)

Joseph Foster (Noe Middle)

Skyla Todd (Price Elementary)

Mackayla Andrews (Noe Middle)

Ameera Delouvpre (Farmer Elementary)

Daquan Williams (Western Middle)

Joyceonna Grant (Newburg Middle)

Khia Briscoe (Crosby Middle)

Jaalyne Everett (Western Middle)

Kieron McMurry (Moore Traditional)

 

Math medalists

Gold medalists

Natalya Pitts (Price Elementary)

Ameera Delouvpre (Farmer Elementary)

Jayla Miles (Young Elementary)

Silver medalists

Seannae Williams (Field Elementary)

Breanna Carson (Western Middle)

Chloe Cary (Price Elementary)

Dominiquic Martin (Newburg Middle)

Donnavon Grant (Luhr Elementary)

Philippine Simagan (Price Elementary)

Elijah Todd (Newburg Middle)

Jayla Todd (Price Elementary)

Ibrahim Delouvpre (Newburg Middle)

Bronze medalists

Jayden   Harris (Wilkerson Elementary)

Jayden   Todd (Price Elementary)

Amari    Smith (Newburg Middle)

Treasure Murray (Western Middle)

Jordyn Pennebaker (Johnson Traditional)

Alexis Bryant (Western Middle)

Ashton Tunstull (Eisenhower Elementary)

MaKiya  West (Price Elementary)

Asia Tunstull (Eisenhower Elementary)

Derica Johnson (Johnson Traditional)

Ryane Holmes (Chancey Elementary)

Zechariah Mimms (Hartstern Elementary)

Aniya Lawhorn (Conway Middle)

Alisia Crawford (Robert Frost Six Grade Academy)

Brooklyn Guy (Western Middle)

Davione Campbell (Sanders Elementary)

Kaleah Sheffield (Meyzeek Middle)

Kieron McMurry (Moore Traditional)

Timari Young (Western Middle)

Fanta Simagan (Price Elementary)

 

 

The VIPP Report: The Mercury Ballroom welcomes Lupe Fiasco

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Grammy-nominated artist Lupe Fiasco will be in Louisville Tuesday, April 26th.  “The Show Must Go On” artist will perform in the Mercury Ballroom at 8:00 pm.

Fiasco’s career started while raping in junior high school.  Thanks to the support of Jay-Z, was signed as a solo artist to Arista and eventually landed at Atlantic Records.

You can see him live in Louisville tomorrow night and tickets are only $25 at the box office with Student ID OR online with code KICKPUSH.

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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.

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The VIPP Report: Prince had a giving heart for a historic Louisville library

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Special Report by Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television/ABC

I saw several people on my social media pages talking about Prince Rogers Nelson donating money to a Louisville library.  I have spoken with the spokesman with the Louisville Public Library and they confirm that Prince’s charity “Love 4 One Another Charities” donated $12,000 to the Louisville Free Public Library.  It was earmarked for the Western Branch Library.   In 1905, the Western Colored Library opened at 1125 West Chestnut Street, the first free public library in the nation for African-Americans staffed entirely by African-Americans. On October 28, 1908, the newly constructed Carnegie Library opened at its current location. The branch was led by pioneering African-American librarian, Reverend Thomas F. Blue.

I have obtained the check that Prince sent to the charity.

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(Exclusive Coverage) Prince performs onstage during the “HitnRun” tour opener at The Louisville Palace on March 14, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

 

 

The VIPP Report: Jack Honey’s Art, Beats & Lyrics comes to Louisville

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WHAT:   Art, Beats and Lyrics, the traveling art and music tour presented by Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, is coming to Louisville. What began as a small art show in Atlanta, has grown to be one of the world’s largest tours of its kind. In its 11th year, the multi-city tour showcases some of today’s best upcoming artists, along with seasoned veterans in art and music under one roof.

Visual masterpieces will be on display from featured artists Dubelyoo, Kazilla and Diana Contreras, among many other notable names recognized globally. The event will also include appearances from national hip-hop artist Twista along with Rich Medina, DJ Wally Sparks, DJ Larmarrous and DJ Hi-Definition. Previous featured acts have included Kendrick Lamar, 8Ball and MJG, Pastor Troy and Master P. Additional details are available at www.JackHoneyABL.com.

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WHO:                          Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Art, Beats & Lyrics

WHEN:                        Saturday, May 7th  2016     8 p.m.

WHERE:                      The Icehouse 226 E Washington St.

MEDIA CONTACT:   VIPP Communications     Sshanklin@vippcommunications.com

MEDIA                        Visual artists, Dubelyoo, Kazilla and Diana Contreras are available for                                               media interviews upon request.

DETAILS:                   Be Fly. Drink Responsibly.  Visit us at wwwJackHoneyABL.com

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The VIPP Report: Unbreakable Tour Update

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Special report from Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television, ABC Louisville 

I have new information in regards to Janet Jackson’s Unbreakable Tour.  According to Jackson’s team and Live Nation the tour will resume in 2017.  There’s no specific date at this time but 2017 is the target date.  That also includes the KFC Yum Center show originally scheduled for June 8th.

New dates will be announced at a later time and I’m being told that tickets will be honored for the re-scheduled dates.  If you do not wish to attend the 2017 date refunds are available at the point of purchase.

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

Link to the original story:  http://www.whas11.com/entertainment/music/janet-jackson-will-resume-unbreakable-tour-in-2017/126473277

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The VIPP Report: Muhammad Ali’s childhood home broken into before the first tour even takes place

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The surveillance camera at the childhood home of Muhammad Ali in Louisville, KY captures this person entering the home and stealing the air conditioner.

Special report from Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television ABC, Louisville

The childhood home of Louisville native Muhammad Ali is near completion but now its missing an air conditioner unit thanks to a theft.  The home on Grand Ave in West Louisville was renovated to resemble of the home in which the Clay family lived in prior to Ali’s successful boxing career and humanitarian efforts throughout the world.

The owners of the Muhammad Ali Home Museum tell me that they are offering a $500 reward and released some photos and video of the theft.

If you have any information you are asked to call 574-LMPD.

The home is scheduled for public tours in May 2016.

If you have a Muhammad Ali story and/or photos you would lie to share send it to sshanklin@whas11.com.  You can also follow me on Twitter @Sherlenemediapr and Instagram @Sherlenemediapro for real-time news.

Here’s the link to the WHAS11 news story:  http://www.whas11.com/news/local/someone-breaks-in-the-childhood-home-of-muhammad-ali/123330505
If you have a story idea send it to TheVIPPReport@vippcommunications.com.  You can follow us on Twitter @thevippreport @vippcomm.  

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This is the childhood home of Muhammad Ali in Louisville, KY in its original state prior to the major renovation. Courtesy: Sherlene Shanklin

 

The VIPP Report: It’s the Derby Takeover Part Two featuring Lil Boosie & Kevin Gates

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Featuring Lil Boosie and Kevin Gates in concert

Kentucky Derby Special Report by Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television, ABC Louisville 

Down the Stretch with Sherlene Shanklin: There’s something to do for everyone when you come to the “Derby City” especially around the Running of the 142nd Kentucky Derby.  It appears that I will be busy announcing celebrities this year.  I’m getting a lot of calls and emails.  This event, I65 Nation is calling “Derby Takeover Part Two”.  It’s Lil Boosie and Kevin Gates in concert Friday, May 6th at the KY Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane. The Derby party and concert is from 10 pm to 3 am.

Tickets are available and general admission is $50.  If you are going to do Derby “VIP” style your ticket is $80 and if you want to be a part of the “All Access” club you can get backstage for the Meet & Greet for $200.  To purchase them go to BoosieAndGates.Com.

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

Down the Stretch with Sherlene Shanklin is a blog that announces and post Kentucky Derby events.  Stay tuned for additional announcements.  I will announce them on WHAS11 Noon Show on Thursdays, WLOU/104.7FM at 11:30 am each Thursday, WHAS11 GMK Saturday mornings with Tabnie Dozier, whas11.com and on my social media pages.   

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The VIPP Report: R. Kelly announces his “The Buffet” tour

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By Sherlene Shanklin

Updated 5-2-16: R. Kelly postpones Louisville concert sighting production adjustments.  So, the new date is Saturday, September 10th at the KFC Yum! Center. 

(Louisville, KY)  He was in Louisville a couple of months ago for an appearance but now he returns for a show.  Should I say this goes out to all of the “Mothers”! On Sunday, May 8th,  (Mother’s Day) it’s The Buffet Tour featuring R. Kelly at the KFC Yum! Center.  The tour is named after his new album “The Buffet” .

If you look at the calendar even closer, that’s Derby weekend too.

There will be additional information released in the coming days.

Below is the tour’s schedule.

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The VIPP Report: When two great civil rights leaders “Meet”

 

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Due to a medical emergency, the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage did not get to debut the stage play “The Meeting”.  It’s about the meeting of the minds between two of the most prominent names in the Civil Rights Movement.  They had two totally different approaches but their ultimate goal for racial equality was the same.  While it was timely to do during Black History Month the story is timeless.

So on Sunday, April 24th at 3:00 p.m. the Griot Players Series at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) presents “The Meeting”.  The play is by Jeff Stetson and directed by Baron Kelly.  Admission is only $5 per person.

If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X had met for an hour or so, what would they have found to say to each other?  Jeff Stetson undertook to answer that question in this one-act play.  The play sets the clock back to the year 1965, when a fictionalized meeting between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and Malcolm X took place at the Hotel Theresa in Harlem, New York. One who believed in non-violence while the other believed in self-defense, the scenes in the play reveal the shared pain behind their very different philosophies to address racial inequality are very compelling.

Aukram Burton, Executive Director for KCAAH says “The playwright provides a fascinating premise in the “The Meeting.” The play imagines Martin Luther King visiting Malcolm X at the latter’s invitation in his Harlem hotel room in 1965, just days before Malcolm X’s murder and three years before an assassin’s bullet would kill Dr. King’s life. “The Meeting” is an important play that will provide an engrossing story about two great Black freedom fighters that remains relevant to audiences today. I encourage families and youth groups to see a piece of history”.

This program will be produced by the Kentucky Center African American Heritage in collaboration with the African American Theatre Program at the University of Louisville.

For additional information on “The Meeting” contact 502-583-4100.

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The VIPP Report: Travel delays cause Bone Thugs n Harmony to postpone Louisville show with fans standing in line

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TONIGHT’S CONCERT POSTPONED 

Due to a travel delay, two members of the group were unable to make it to Louisville tonight.

The show will now take place on Saturday, March 26th. Hold onto your tickets they will be honored at next week’s show. If you are unable to make it on the 26th, refunds are available at point of purchase.

In a statement sent to me says “Both Bone Thugs-N-Harmony & The Mercury Ballroom apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. We sincerely hope everyone can make it make back next Saturday. Thank you.”

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The VIPP Report: Bone Thugs n Harmony perform in Louisville

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Tonight, it’s the meeting at the Crossroads as Bone Thugs n Harmony celebrate their 20th anniversary of their Grammy Award winning song. 

They are known for their fast –pace rapping style. The Ohio natives don’t have too far to travel to entertain their Louisville fan-base.

On Thursday, March 17th, it’s Bone Thugs-N-Harmony at the Mercury Ballroom.  Formed in 1990, the group have collaborated with hip-hop/rap legends like Eazy –E, 2 Pac, Notorius B.I.G. and Big Pun.

Tickets are $27.50 in advance.  Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show will start at 8 p.m.

You can purchase tickets by going online at www.mercuryballroom.com or at the Louisville Palace Box Office.

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The VIPP Report: Creating opportunities for youth to learn about Science, Technolgy, Engineering and Math in a FREE 5-day camp

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The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage will host the Youth for Technology Foundation’s 3D Printing Academy for Girls Spring Break Camp, from April 4th-8th from 9:00 am-3:00 pm at KCAAH located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

Participants will get the opportunity to see how 3D images are made in movie production to understanding how 3D printing meets the neighborhoods health needs.

The five-day camp is free but registration is required with limited space so that each camper receives the creative instruction they need to explore the world of Science, Technology, and Engineering & Math (STEM).

All your child needs to bring is a sack lunch and their creativity so they can freely think out of the box.

The Youth for Technology Foundation has been teaching 3D printing technologies to inspire youth to develop a passion for science, technology, engineering and math to spark inventive imagination, and solve community problems in a fun and interactive way.

The camp was made possible by the generous support of the following: PPG, 3DSystems, HP, SolidWorks and the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage.

For additional information and to sign up for the camp please contact Njideka Harry, Project Director at (502) 410-5523 or by email at njideka@youthfortechnology.org.

Kentucky Center for African American Heritage is located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.  To learn more about KCAAH and the rental space opportunities call 502-583-4100.

For additional information go to http://www.kcaah.org.

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The VIPP Report: Independent Powerhouse Tour 2016 featuring Tech N9ne

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He earned the name Tech N9ne for his rapid fire rap lyrics at a young age.  Now, fans in Louisville and surrounding cities will see him for the first time in the Mercury Ballroom on Saturday, April 9th.  The Independent Powerhouse Tour will also bring Krizz Kaliko, Rittz, Mayday!, Stevie Stone and Ces Cru to Louisville.

Tech N9ne has worked with Kendrick Lamar, B.O.B, T-Pain, Cee Lo Green and Wiz Khalifa.

If you purchase the tickets in advance you can purchase the for $28.  Doors open at 7 p.m. and showtime is at 8 p.m.

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The VIPP Report:Enrollment is now underway for the West Louisville Boys and Girls Choirs

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The West Louisville Performing Arts Academy (WLPAA) d.b.a. West Louisville Boys and the West Louisville Girls Choirs, (WLBC/WLGC) is holding its annual Open Enrollment for new students, boys and girls, ages of 8 to 18. Auditions will be held at the Artspace, 323 West Broadway, 4th floor next door to the Brown Theater. Open Enrollment begins March 3, 2016.

Members of the Boys & Girls Choirs rehearse twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Choir members average one performance per month.   But, the Choirs are more than singing. The WLPAA offers college scholarships, After School Tutorials, and private Acoustic Guitar lessons and performance opportunities

If you are interested in enrolling your child in the West Louisville Boys or West Louisville Girls Choirs contact:

McDaniel Bluitt   Boys Choir Director 502-376-7840

Mamie Bluitt       Girls Choir Director 502-418-7236 or

E-mail:   wlbc_wlgc@yahoo.com to schedule your audition time.

 If you would like to set up an interview with McDaniel Bluitt, Founder/Director of the West Louisville Performing Arts Academy contact us at 502-582-7716 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com. If you are unable to do an interview, we request that you post the information for us.

For additional information go to http://www.westlouisvilleperformingarts.org.

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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: 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: Pageant Raises Awareness And Funds To End Youth Homelessness

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The Sixth Annual Miss Kentucky and Ohio River Valley Plus America Pageant is Sunday, May 29. 2016, at 6:00 PM, at the Sanctuary Event Center, 417 E. 6th St., Newport, KY.  Proceeds will benefit the Center Against Teen and Child Homelessness (CATCH), an initiative to end youth homelessness and to support youth who are aging out of foster care. Donations and sponsorships are welcome.

The Miss Plus America Pageant system is for  community-oriented plus-size women, who are dedicated to charitable causes e.g., Excellence in Education, Education in the Arts, Louisville’s #BEEXTRA, Autism Speaks and Postpartum Depression. This year’s pageant includes an online voting feature.

You can cast votes on the Miss Kentucky and Ohio Plus America Facebook pages.
Your vote will help your favorite delegate in her quest to represent Ohio or Kentucky at the national Miss Plus America Pageant in Dallas, Texas, June 29-July 2, 2016.

Your 2016 semi-finalists are Sydney Rhodes of Louisville, Christina Turner and Ocipare McKinley of Columbus, Kristan Levy of Dayton and Donna Hahn of Norton, Ohio

For more information about the pageant, please call Cynthia Elliott at 859-221-8010 or email at kyplusamerica@hotmail.com, visit the Miss Kentucky Plus America or Ohio Plus America Facebook pages. Sign up for the pageant at http://www.missplusamerica.com.

Elliott and/or any of the contestants are available to make appearances. For more information, please contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com or call 502-295-0435.

The VIPP Report: Breaking Barriers Spotlight Awards

 

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RECOGNIZING THOSE WITH “ABILITIES” RATHER THAN DISABILITIES

The Metro Disability Coalition will honor community service workers, educators and youth in their 16th annual Breaking Barriers Spotlight Awards on Monday, March 21st from 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at Rudd Heart and Lung Center, 201 Abraham Flexner Way.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Allene White Gold.  She’s currently the Director of the Jefferson County Public Schools Volunteer Talent Center.

Marcellus Mayes, President for Metro Disability Coalition says “This event is near and dear to my heart because it’s so important to recognize individuals for their unique abilities despite their challenges.  This will be the evening where we salute unsung heroes in our community diversity service programs.”

The Metro Disability Coalition is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization comprised of individuals and agencies in the Louisville Metro area.  The purpose is to give a better quality of life for people with disabilities.

This year’s Breaking Barriers Spotlight Awards was made possible because of the following sponsors; Kentucky One, Metro United Way, the Center for Accessible Living and Metro Councilwoman Jessica Green.

For additional information please contact Marcellus Mayes at 502-774-8993.

 

 

 

The VIPP Report: Kentucky based DB Bourbon Candy goes “Hollywood”

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DB Bourbon Candy returns to the Academy Awards for the third year

DB Bourbon Candy must have found a four leaf clover because everything owner Robyn Stuart touches literally turns to gold.  While celebrating their new success of being in area Kroger Stores across Kentucky.  Stuart gets a call from the Oscar Gifting Lounge inviting back DB Bourbon Candy for a third year.  Stuart and her Bourbon Country team accepted the invitation and now they will prepare to head to back to Hollywood.

Academy Award nominees, guests and the who’s who of L.A. will get a chance to sample some of DB Bourbon Candy, Four Roses and then walk away with a special gift bag.

Stuart says “Everyone has been so supportive of my vision.  When I notified Four Roses they immediately jumped onboard and said they would help out anyway that they could.  The last five years of my life has been dedicated into making my candy a household name.  I feel like I ‘m on my way with the many opportunities I have been blessed with from Liquor Barn to Kroger and now the Oscars for a third time.  Everywhere I go I’m proud to say I’m from Kentucky where champions are made.  I’m definitely winning! I know my mother and grandmother would be so proud that what they did as a family tradition is now a model for DB Bourbon’s success.”

In the last week, DB Bourbon Candy delivered their first shipment of chocolates to the Kroger Company.  You can find them in participating stores.  You can also purchase them at your local Liquor Barn in various stores in Kentucky.  You can always visit their site at http://www.dbbourboncandy.com.

DB Bourbon Candy has participated in some of the biggest events across the U.S. from the Academy Awards, Emmys, Breeder’s Cup Taste of the World at Winstar, Chris Tucker Celebrity Golf Tournament, Barbara Streisand Fundraiser, Chris Everett Charity event, Soul Train Awards, Kentucky NFL Hall of Fame and many Kentucky Derby events like Barnstable-Brown Gala, Grand Gala and 100 Black Men of Louisville.

In 2002, Stuart started her business after the passing of her mother.   During the holidays, her mother would create the delicious treat as a family tradition. Robyn wanted to honor her mother in some way so she decided to start the business and make the original candy recipe apart of her business. With the support of Four Roses and Bourbon Country as well as the many events and activities she participates in everyone loves to see the wonderful creation that she produces.  From initially starting with candy the business has grown into developing other products such as chocolate covered fruit, cheesecakes to chocolate covered popcorn.

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The VIPP Report: It’s Love, Lust & Lyrics

It’s all about taking poetry to the next level.  It’s “An Erotic Poetry Showcase” hosted by Truth B. Told on Saturday, January 16th at Manhattan on Broadway located at 716 E. Broadway in downtown Louisville.
Poets from around the region will be apart of what they call “Love, Lust & Lyrics”.  Here’s just a few on the lineup: Lip Service, Rheonna Nicole, Robin G, Gwen Cee, Crystal Carpenter, Franklin Bob and Hannah Drake just to name a few of the talented poets participating.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and they are asking you to dress to impress.  General admission tickets according to Eventbrite are $27.37.
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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.
 
If you have a story idea, send it to me at The411@whas11.com.  You can follow me on Twitter @Sherlenemediapr and Instagram @Sherlenemediapro.

The VIPP Report: Top shows in 2015

 
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I’m trying to gauge which Louisville concerts did you like the best in 2015.  Give me your top five concerts.  Mine would have to be: #1 PRINCE, #2 Jill Scott, #3 (tie) Marvin Sapp & Yolanda Adams, #4 Babyface & Toni Braxton and #5 (tie) Tank & Mike Epps 
I didn’t get to attend Kevin Hart, Dave Chappell, Cedric The Entertainer’s and tons of other shows due to work.  I’m sure you will have them on your list. 
 
My biggest announcement of 2015: Hands down was Prince! I even received an invitation from his team to do his concert review because I was able to break the announcement.  Everyone is still talking about how I did that.  After that one, I didn’t mind if I didn’t get anymore. When you are asked to cover the best…everything else was a bonus. 
 
I wrote over 130 stories and announcements throughout the year.  Some of my biggest media hits:  Prince with over 194,000 views, 986 likes and 663 shares in just a few hours of me saying Louisville will be his FIRST stop.  Impractical Jokers had 115,008 views, 781 likes and 634 shares.  My Diane Sawyer and Jennifer Lawrence preview of ABC interview was viewed 115,000 times with more than 1600 likes and 222 shares in five hours.  Kevin Hart’s announcement was viewed 105,152 times with 830 likes and 519 shares. My Kenny Chesney and Janet Jackson announcements were also big. I had about 100,000 views in the first few hours of their announcements.  Finally, New Kids on the Block with Nelly and TLC announcement had 130,560 views, 466 shares and 873 likes. 
This does not include any of my Louisville native Muhammad Ali stories which have created a lot of attention and followers for me.  I cover the “Greatest” on a regular basis.

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(Exclusive Coverage) Prince performs onstage during the “HitnRun” tour opener at The Louisville Palace on March 14, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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The VIPP Report: Biz Markie in concert at the Mercury Ballroom in Louisville, KY

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On Friday, January 15th , the Mercury Ballroom will take you back in time where hip hop and rap was in the infant stages and aspiring artists in the genre were trying to make a name for themselves.  Fast forward to 2016 and these artists are considered legends like the one who will return to Louisville.  Biz Markie will be apart of the 80s vs. 90s Mashup Bash.
Tickets are only $15 to see this infamous dj and legend in the hip hop game.  Biz Markie has performed on the turntables for exclusive events such as Super Bowl, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Show, Grammy after parties of our course the some of the biggest Kentucky Derby events.
This will also be The411 with Sherlene Shanklin thank you for your support event.  I’m going to send at least 100 people to this event.  All you have to do is like my public figure page to be eligible and then look for the announcements.  I’ve even attached the link for you below.
If you have a concert announcement that you would like for me to announce send it to The411@whas11.com.  You can follow me on Twitter @Sherlenemediapr and Instagram at Sherlenemediapro.
The VIPP Report will also give away tickets for this concert. So, follow us on Twitter @VIPPComm.

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: Kyle Kuric sends a video message to Louisville Cardinal fans

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Birdgang Brand Clothing has entered into an exclusive deal with Fan Outfitters, one of the premier retail outlets for collegiate merchandise to sell t-shirts in support of Kyle Kuric. The limited edition t-shirt was created for University of Louisville fans to show their support for Kuric. The basketball star is currently recovering from a brain tumor that was discovered last month.

A portion of the proceeds from the Kyle Kuric design will benefit Kids Cancer Alliance.

For those that do not shop online, or maybe need the shirt faster, you can go into Fan Outfitters stores located at The Paddock formally the Summit on Brownsboro Rd, or their other location at 4600 Shelbyville Rd.  Shirts will arrive by December 5 for your Christmas shopping. Pre-orders are still being taken as well at wearebirdgang.com.

If you would just like to donate rather than buy a shirt we have provided a link directly to Sponsor4Sports at http://www.sponsor4sports.com/campaigns/kyle-kuric-birdgang-brand-clothing-kids-cancer-alliance.

Kuric sent a message to Cardinal fans earlier today.  To see what the former Cardinal has to says go to wearebirdgang.com to see his video message. For our social media followers you can also see the video on Facebook page at Birdgang Brand Clothing. 

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The VIPP Report: Heart and Soul Tour 2.0

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Not one but two critically-acclaimed multi-Grammy Awards winning and legendary artists will be at the KFC Yum! Center on Tuesday, March 29th.  I’m referring to Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago just announced 15 additional U.S. dates for their Heart and Soul Tour 2.0.

Tickets for the Louisville show go on sale to the public beginning at 10:00am on Saturday, November 21 at www.Livenation.com, www.Ticketmaster.com, the KFC Yum! Center box office and all Ticketmaster outlets.

Both groups are very happy about the tour and being on the road performing for their fans. “There’s a saying that goes, ‘if it’s not broken there is no need to change it,” Indeed,” says Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire. “The powerful magic of Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire works for both bands and fans alike. Here we go again!”

“I’m excited to be starting another leg of the Heart and Soul tour,” said Lee Loughnane of Chicago. “Both bands are playing great and when we play together, the show rises to another level. Come see the concert. You won’t be disappointed.”

Here’s an unbelievable fact for fans, between the two groups they have than 200 million albums sold and 20 GRAMMY® nominations.

 

The VIPP Report: West Louisville Boys Choir Celebrates Silver Anniversary

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The West Louisville Performing Arts Academy, (WLPAA) will celebrate their 25th Anniversary with a concert and dinner on Saturday, December 19th at the Galt House in the Grand Ballroom at 6:00 pm. .

They will be celebrating in grand style with performances by The West Louisville Boys Choir and the West Louisville Girls Choir, (WLBC/WLGC) and a special performance by Jerry Tolson and his Big Band. Just before the holidays come out and celebrate with youth who are doing positive things in our community. They are achieving at a high level both in and out of the classroom and that’s something to celebrate.

This year’s McDaniel Bluitt Hope Award recipient will be Mr. Larry McDonald, President of the Lincoln Foundation. McDonald works tirelessly in the community and at the Lincoln Foundation making sure area youth are academically successful in high school and post-secondary education.   McDonald prepares youth to be future leaders not only in Louisville but cities across the U.S.

West Louisville Boys Choir began in November 1990. The choir is directed by McDaniel Bluitt, a retired vocal music teacher with twenty eight (28) years of experience. He received his B. M. ED. from the University Of Louisville School Of Music and a Masters in Counseling from Western Kentucky University. The Boys Choir has performed throughout the commonwealth, for mayors, governors other national dignitaries. The Boys Choir’s first European Tour established international prominence in Paris, France and London, England. They received a superior rating during their first international music competition in the Bahamas. They were also awarded first place in the Music Festival at Sea.

The West Louisville Girls Choir made its debut in November 2002. The choir is directed by Mrs. Mamie Bluitt who received her B.M.ED. from the University of Louisville School of Music. The Girls Choir is also a performing choir. Some of its more notable performances are: Governor Patton’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in Frankfort, Kentucky, ECHO, Women for Women Conference and at Cincinnati’s National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Their first Southwestern Tour to Texas was held in 2010.

Adult tickets are $100.00 and students tickets (ages 12 & under) are $50.00. Sponsorships are still available. For additional information about WLPAA 25th Anniversary Concert & Dinner go to http://www.westlouisvilleperformingarts.org.

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The VIPP Report: It’s Love, Peace & “Soul”child

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Save the Date of Saturday, February 20th, for multiplatinum artist and nine-time Grammy-nominated artist Musiq Soulchild. Fans will hear songs like “Sobeautiful”, “Halfcrazy” and “Teachme” just to name a few of his hits. The singer/songwriter will at in Louisville at the Kentucky Center for a great night of music.

Musiq is not coming alone. He will share the stage with Donell Jones.    This platinum-selling artist will perform hits like “Where I Wanna Be”, “U Know What’s Up”, and “My Apology”.

This concert is scheduled for two hours and 45 minutes with an intermission at the Kentucky Center.  Tickets start at $48 for the 8 pm show.

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The VIPP Report: Doin’ Time tour at the KFC Yum! Center

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Actor/comedian Martin Lawrence returns to Louisville for his Doin’ Time tour.  The star of  Bad Boys, Wild Hogs, Death at a Funeral, Big Momma’s House and Big Momma’s House 2 will be at the KFC Yum! Center on Saturday, February 13, 2016.

Martin is no stranger to Louisville.  He attended the Kentucky Derby this year and he also had a comedy show at the Yum! Center in May 2011.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 4th at 10AM.  You can purchase them at  the KFC Yum! Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com.

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The VIPP Report: Birdgang Brand partners with major retailer Fan Outfitters

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Birdgang Brand Clothing has entered into an exclusive deal with Fan Outfitters, one of the premier retail outlets for collegiate merchandise to sell t-shirts in support of Kyle Kuric. The limited edition t-shirt was created for University of Louisville fans to show their support for Kuric. The basketball star is currently recovering from a brain tumor that was discovered earlier this month.

A portion of the proceeds from the Kyle Kuric design will benefit Kids Cancer Alliance.

For those that do not shop online, or maybe need the shirt faster, you can go into Fan Outfitters stores located at The Paddock formally the Summit on Brownsboro Rd, or their other location at 4600 Shelbyville Rd.  Shirts will arrive by December 5 for your Christmas shopping. Pre-orders are still being taken as well at wearebirdgang.com.

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

The VIPP Report: Grace at The Race 2016, A Kentucky Derby event in Louisville

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By Sherlene Shanklin

I officially have my first 2016 Kentucky Derby announcement.  It’s Grace at The Race featuring 2015 Dove Artist of The Year LeCRAE.  The Christian rapper is taking the gospel industry by storm.  I remember seeing him at the very beginning of his career at Gospel Superfest.  He will not be performing alone.  Contemporary Christian and three-time Grammy award winning artist Michael W. Smith will also perform.  If that’s not enough the Gospel music duo with sisters, Erica and Tina Campbell, Mary Mary will  also be at the pre-Derby event.

Save the date of Friday, April 29, 2016 at Southeast Christian Church.  Additional information plus ticket availability information will be available soon.  You can visit www.graceattherace.com.  Stay tuned for Down the Stretch with Sherlene Shanklin for additional information and other 2016 Kentucky Derby events.

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The VIPP Report: President Barack Obama gives the euglogy in Charleston, SC. Watch what happens at the end of the program

What a busy day for President Barack Obama.  He arrived in Charleston, SC to give the eulogy.  President Obama caught everyone off guard.  See what happened.  I’ve attached the White House link below.

An ABC analyst says President Obama gave one of the best speeches ever given by a U.S. President.

The VIPP Report: Urban Expo Music Fest at the KFC Yum! Center

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We are just a week away from the Urban Expo Music Festival in Louisville.  It’s hard to believe they are only in their second year with their lineup.  On Saturday, June 13th, R & B/Soul fans will pack the KFC Yum! Center with Ron Isley and the Isley Brothers, Johnny Gill, Kelly Price and Tom Browne.    The evening will be hosted by artist, entrepreneur and reality show star Tameka “Tiny” Harris.
Tickets start at $69.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the show begins at 7:00 p.m.  You can purchase tickets at ticketmaster.com and/or KFC Yum! Center Box Office.
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