The VIPP Report: Former U of L Cardinal and current Minnesota Viking is injured in practice

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Special Report by Sherlene Shanklin

Updated at 4:05pm 9/1/2016: Teddy Bridgewater releases a statement on his season-ending injury. Bridgewater says

“I want to thank the Wilf Family and the entire Vikings organization, all of my teammates, friends, Eric Sugarman and the amazing Vikings athletic training staff and the fans who have sent me messages and wished me well. Your thoughts and prayers mean a lot to me and have helped me in this difficult time. There are great players and great leaders in our locker room who are going to fight to the end to reach the goals we set for 2016. I will be there mentally, physically and in spirit to support them accomplish those goals.

In order to have a testimony, you have to have a test. I come from amazing DNA, I watched my mom fight and win against breast cancer. We will, as a team, attack my rehab with the same vigor and energy. My faith is strong, my faith is unwavering and my vision is clear. My purpose will not be denied.”

Updated at 6:21pm 8/30/2016: The Minnesota Vikings held a news conference and they say Teddy Bridgewater has a “significant” knee injury.  He’s undergoing a MRI and that will tell them more.  Follow us for real-time news @thevippreport @vippcomm @sherlenemediapr.

The Minnesota Vikings’ Tuesday practice came to an abrupt end when quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered an apparent left knee injury.

The former University of Louisville QB clutched his knee on the ground. An ambulance arrived for him and the remainder of practice was called off.
No details on the exact nature or severity of Bridgewater’s injury but multiple sources say it looks bad. We will have to wait and see.
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The VIPP Report: Louisville Music Festival will feature some of R & B’s greatest artists

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Keith Sweat scheduled to perform at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY Courtesy: KFC Yum! Center

Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 26th for the Louisville Music Festival.  Save the date of Saturday, November 12th for Keith Sweat, Mint Condition and Ki-Ci & JoJo.  We understand additional artists will be announced for the KFC Yum! Center concert which may include Ginuwine.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show will begin at 8:00 p.m. Tickets range from $52 to $103.  More information will be released in the coming days.

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Mint Condition will be apart of the Louisville Music Festival in November

 

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: It’s the Evening of Jazz hosted by the Lincoln Foundation

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Lincoln Foundation invites you to attend one of the premiere jazz events in the city, the 21st Annual Evening of Jazz, Friday, August 19th at the KCD Theater, 4100 Springdale Road.  The pre-concert reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a pre-concert reception followed by the program and benefit concert at 7:00 p.m. Derrick Rose, WHAS11 Television Anchor/Reporter, will be this year’s emcee.

The featured entertainment will be The Dick Sisto/Steve Allee Quartet with Jeremy Allen and Jason Tiemann performing original music from their recent CD entitled “Earth Tones”.  The CD which has received rave reviews from Jazz Times and All About Jazz will be available for purchase with part of the proceeds benefiting the Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program®.

The annual fundraiser’s theme is “A Toast to Education”. The Spirit of Excellence Award will be presented to Ms. Diane Porter a community leader and retired educator. She currently serves as the Vice-Chairperson of the Jefferson County Board of Education.  Past recipients include Christina Lee Brown, Ed Hamilton, Mary Gwen Wheeler, Mayor Greg Fischer, Robert & Deborah Blair and Lonnie & the late Muhammad Ali.  The prestigious award is given annually to an individual in the community who exemplifies an active community commitment to education, human/community service, and leadership.

The Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program® was created in 1990 by Dr. Samuel Robinson, President Emeritus, to serve the educational needs of academically talented, socioeconomically disadvantaged youth in grades 7-12. YOUNG is an acronym for Youth Organized to Understand New Goals. The program was named for Dr. Whitney M. Young, Sr., graduate and first African American President of the Lincoln Institute, and his son Dr. Whitney M. Young, Jr., noted educator, statesman, and human rights advocate. The Scholars program serves 425 students annually preparing them for academic achievement and college graduation. Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program® has proven outcomes of success. Scholars annually achieve a 100% high school graduation rate and Scholars have earned 357 undergraduate and graduate college degrees since 2000. Today over 150 Scholars are enrolled at accredited colleges or universities.

Lincoln Foundation has empowered disadvantaged youth to overcome adversity through education since its inception by Berea College over 100 years ago.   The mission of Lincoln Foundation is to provide educational enrichment programs that develop and support youth in overcoming barriers to achievement.

This year’s Evening of Jazz was made possible due to the generous support of presenting sponsor LG&E and KU Energy, and other signature sponsors which include Brown-Forman, Business First, Louisville Defender, McCarthy Strategic Solutions, Stock Yards Bank & Trust and PNC Bank among others.

Tickets are available for purchase through the KCD Theater box office http://www.kcdtheater.org/.  For additional information about Lincoln Foundation or the 21st Annual Evening of Jazz, please contact Paula Campbell at 502.585.4733 ext. 203 or visit the Lincoln Foundation website at http://www.lincolnfdn.org.

To schedule an interview and/or have one of our artists perform during your television program, please contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: Lauryn Hill announces her Diaspora Calling! Concert Series

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Lauryn Hill announces her concert series and Louisville, KY is on the schedule

The last time Lauryn Hill performed in Louisville was at the Iroquois Amphitheater in July 2014.  Now, the multi-platinum-selling artist and former member of the Fugees returns to the city.  Hill will be at the Louisville Palace on Tuesday, September 13th.

When you think of this artist you think almost immediately of her 1998 solo release The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.  That album garnered 11 Grammy Award nominations in 1999 where she won five, including Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, and Best R&B Album.

Hill is staying busy.  Even though she does not have newly released music for herself.  She executive produced and recorded six songs for the 2015 release Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone, including interpretations of “Feeling Good” and “Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair.”

If you have not heard Lauryn Hill perform a set, you get an eclectic sound where she combines rap, , soul, and reggae. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 5th! They start at $39.50.  They can be purchased at www.louisvillepalace.com or at The Louisville Palace Box Office.  All ages are welcome to this show.

Presale Live on Thursday, August 4th 10am-10pm, code: ENCORE.

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The VIPP Report: LexC Love performs in front of industry professionals tonight at the Sol Venue

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A rising star in the entertainment industry receives another great opportunity to perform. Tonight, Ohio native LexC Love will be opening for Mila J.  The show will be at Sol Venue in Carson, CA.  The show is scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm. (PDT)

LexC says “They never see you coming, but when you hit them it’s by storm. No one expected this; not even myself. But I’m ready and grateful.”  She also goes on to say in our conversation that’s she’s excited to show the world, what’s been happening behind closed doors.

With the big opportunity before the artist she goes on to say “Knowing that top hitters in the game are taking the time out to find out Who is LexC Love is , it’s humbling. Opportunities don’t come often. So this my time July 29 I’m shutting it down!”

If you are interested in interviewing LexC Love and/or would like for her to be a part of your next show contact VIPP Communications at booking@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: Rich Homie Quan apology to hip hop legend Lil Kim

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If you watched VH1’s Hip Hop Honors you noticed something awkward when it came to hip hop legend and honoree Lil Kim.  I could not figure out what happened sitting at home but now Rich Homie Quan explains and sends his apologizes.  It appears that his nerves got to him.  Here’s his statement:

“I assure you that I never intended to disrespect the Memory of Biggie Smalls. I have long respected his work and his contribution to the rap game. I greatly apologize not only to Biggie Smalls, but also to all of my fans, Biggie Smalls fans and to New York. The city of New York has been nothing but good to me. I felt honored to stand on stage with artists I grew up listening to. Once on stage I had some technical difficulties and must admit I got nervous. I will forever be sorry New York, my fans, Biggie Smalls, Biggie Smalls Fans,  Lil Kim, and all the Hip Hop community for my performance. I hope you can accept my apology. To Lil Kim, Thank you for the opportunity.”

Last night, Queen Latifah, Lil Kim, Salt n Pepa and Missy Elliott were honored for their accomplishments in the entertainment industry.

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The VIPP Report: It’s the inaugural Flavor of Kentucky Food Festival

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S & T Promotions, LLC announced they will bring a unique food experience to the bluegrass.  It’s the 2016 Flavor of Kentucky Food Festival.  The inaugural festival will be held on Saturday, October 22nd at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage (KCAAH) Exhibit Hall located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd in Louisville, KY 40203 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Flavor of Kentucky Food Festival with presenting sponsor Four Roses Bourbon will bring hundreds of people to KCAAH to enjoy the best cuisine from Kentucky including food, beverage and culinary arts. We have created a vendor marketplace that will give guests a chance to taste farm to table food with various products produced by Kentucky farmers. There will be local and regional chef demonstrations, food and beverage pairings. You will also have the opportunity to add to your cookbook collection from our bookstore.   Cookbook authors will be on-hand for autograph signings and you can purchase their books to make the delicious recipes at home.

“We will showcase some of the top local chefs, vendors and dishes that make Kentucky a staple in the food industry. From bourbon dishes to country ham and hot browns we will have it all at the festival. The Flavor will also give restaurant industry professionals an opportunity to see some of the top state of the art equipment and products. We have created something to the whole family can come out and enjoy the day.” says Robyn Stuart, coordinator for the event.

Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased on our Eventbrite page. We’ve provided a link for your review https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flavor-of-kentucky-food-festival-tickets-25605537853. Youth under the age of ten (10) get in free with a paid adult admission.

Five dollars from each ticket will go to television anchor and on-air personality Dawne Gee’s celebrity cookbook “A Recipe to End Hunger”.   Proceeds will go to helping make sure no child in Kentucky and Southern Indiana go hungry.

If you would like to be a sponsor and/or be a vendor, please contact Robyn C. Stuart at 859-612-9550 or send an e-mail to stpromotions1@gmail.com.

To setup an interview and/or in-studio demonstrations with Stuart and/or co-coordinator Claudia Jackson call VIPP Communications at 502-582-7716 or by email at info at VIPPCommunications dot com.

To learn more about the inaugural Flavor of Kentucky Food Festival and to get updates about special guest announcements and vendors go to http://www.flavorofkentuckyfoodfestival.com.

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The VIPP Report: Derby City Jazz Festival

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Renowned artists like Marion Meadows, Tim Cunningham and the Urban Jazz Coalition will all perform in Louisville on July 1st and 2nd at Fourth Street Live, 411 South 4th Street.

The inaugural two-day festival will be added to the event calendar for years to come as they celebrate jazz and it’s rich history in Louisville by bringing in unforgettable performances and distinctive experiences.

Jazz was originated in New Orleans during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  The unique blend of African and slave folk songs received its influence from classical music.  It was their way of interpretation of American and European culture.  Jazz’s main influence came from hymns in the church. The harmonic style is known today by many as spirituals.

Max Maxwell, CEO of the Derby City Jazz Festival says “Louisville is a place filled with soul, culture and creativity, and we have a great legacy. Our Festival – what will be the areas signature smooth jazz festival – truly showcases what makes our city special.”  Maxwell goes on to say it’s exciting to see this idea flourish into a festival that everyone will be proud or for years to come.

Fourth Street Live is encouraging jazz lovers to come out and witness another great event that will give the Derby City a thumbs up as a destination for Smooth Jazz.

To be a part of the “Street Take Over” tickets range from $55 to $100.  You must be 21 and over to attend the festival.  There will be local and regional acts throughout the day along with food and retail vendors.  Concerts begin on both days at 6:00 p.m..   For additional information go to www.derbycityjazzfest.com.

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Friday, July 1st lineup: Tim Cunningham, Cindy Bradley, Chris Strandring, Marcus Johnson, Urban Jazz Coalition and Marion Meadows

Saturday, July 2nd lineup: Fo Mo Deep, Conya Ross, Jeff Lorber /Brian Bromberg, Jeff Bradshaw and Mike Phillips

 

 

 

The VIPP Report: Remembering Muhammad Ali

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(Louisville, KY) On June 3rd, Louisville native Muhammad Ali died at the age of 74 years of age in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Greatest of All Time, (GOAT) had a champion’s sendoff in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.  On Friday, June 10th, streets throughout the city were blocked off so his 17-car processional could take his final journey to his resting place at Cave Hill Cemetery.

The processional led by family owned A.D. Porter and Sons Funeral Home owned by African-Americans has served the community for more than 100 years.  They traveled down Old Walnut Street, known today as Muhammad Ali Blvd one last time.  Stopping by landmarks and things important to Ali and his family.

When they passed 17th and Muhammad Ali they approached the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage where Aukram Burton, Executive Director for KCAAH captured these breath-taking and historical photos as hundreds stood at that route to say goodbye to Ali.

We invite you to use the photo with the courtesy of Aukram Burton, KCAAH.  If you use the photos, please let us know so we can share with others.

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

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About KCAAH

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

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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.

Here’s the official link to the story.

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The VIPP Report: Two-time Super Bowl Champ Deion Branch will host his football camp in Louisville

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SUPER BOWL XXXIX MVP & FORMER U OF L CARDINAL DEION BRANCH RETURNS TO LOUISVILLE FOR HIS ANNUAL CAMP

(Louisville, KY)  Two-time Super Bowl champ and SB XXXIX MVP Deion Branch and his foundation returns to Louisville, Kentucky for their 7th Annual Skills & Drills Football Camp. It will be on Saturday, July 9th at D1 Louisville, 12101 Sycamore Station Place.  Registration begins at 8:00 am and the camp is from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

The camp is for youth ages 7 to 16.  The registration fee is only $50, which includes:  lunch, goodie bag, t-shirt and personal instruction from Branch and some of his University of Louisville teammates and friends.

Branch says “I really enjoy seeing youth learn how to go through some of the drills I went through.  We cover numerous drills to determine their potential skillset.  We show them proper techniques while having a good time.  The camp also promotes health, sportsmanship and even scholastic achievement to further a child’s education.”

If your child is interested in football this will be a good start for them.  If they are already participating in area leagues this camp will give them a leg up on their competition.

The proceeds raised during the camp will benefit the Deion Branch Foundation. The Deion Branch Charitable Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to offer support to children’s mental, physical, emotional well-being and for those who have been infected with meningitis.  The DBCF’s mission is to help with research and to find a cure to ease the struggle for children like Deion’s son. The foundation goal is to assist by providing programs and initiatives aimed at improving their quality of life. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  For more information on the foundation go to http://www.deionbranchfoundation.org.

f you would like to be a sponsor and/or donate items for goodie bags, please contact William Hicks at 334-507-3632 or Sherlene Shanklin at 502-295-0435.  To register your child for the 7th Annual Skills & Drills Camp go to  http://www.deionbranchfoundation.org and fill out the online registration form.

To setup an interview with Deion Branch about the camp held on Saturday, July 9th, please call Sherlene Shanklin, Branch’s publicist at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com or 502-295-0435.

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The VIPP Report: Prominent rap artist will perform in Louisville in support of the “Stop the Violence” message

 

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Jeezy will perform in Louisville, KY at Cole’s Place in June

(Louisville KY) On Friday, June 10th at 11:30 pm, Grammy-nominated and Def Jam artist Jeezy will perform at Cole’s Place, 2928 W. Kentucky Street.  The multi-platinum performing artist released his latest album, Church in the Streets in November 2015.  Two of the songs off the cd “Gold Bottles” and “Sweet Life” featuring Janelle Monae is Jeezy’s latest hits.

Jeezy has also worked with Jay-Z, Kanye West, Future, Usher and Ludacris to name a few.

Jeezy also known as “The Snowman” for his smooth and “cold” rap lyrics is hoping to help put a freeze on the recent violence in communities across the country as well as Louisville.  Crime is up in the City of Louisville at least 40 percentage and the sad number continues to increase.

Anthony “AT” Easley, one of the organizers of the concert says “Violence has no age, race, sex or economic status every community is affected in some way.  Instead of trying to ignore it many want to be a part of the positive solution and not the problem.  We need to learn to work together and become good role models for our youth”.

The Jeezy concert was made possible due to the support of Easley, Keys2Ky.com, Bryan G. Henry of BHen Entertainment, Cole’s Place, Mr. Cole and Lil Cole.

Tickets for the Friday, June 10th event is $40 for general admission and $60 for VIP.  You can purchase them on Eventbrite at Jeezyville.eventbrite.com or at Better Days West in Lyles Mall, 2600 W. Broadway. If you would like to be a sponsor contact Easley at 614-0429.

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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: Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick in Pre-Derby concert

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NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 1: Special guest rappers Slick Rick (left) and Doug E. Fresh performs on the “Best of Both Worlds” tour, November 1, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The tour was originally a collaboration featuring Jay-Z and R. Kelly, but Kelly was removed from the tour after an incident on Friday, October 29, 2004. R. Kelly filed a 75 million USD lawsuit on November 2, 2004 against Jay-Z for breach of contract accusing his fellow recording artist of threatening behaviour and sabotaging the tour out of spite and jealousy. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

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

We are just days away from the 142nd Run for the Roses and the sure bet tonight in entertainment is Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick.  The hip-hop legends will be a part of the Kentucky Derby Festival waterfront Jam.  The concert is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m.

This is “The Show” you don’t want to miss with the original human beatbox.  When Rick the Ruler takes the stage and the “Children’s Story” begins to the play the crowd will definitely sing along.

Ricky “Slick Rick” Martin Lloyd Walters  just announced his “Victory Tour” after he became an American citizen.  The English-born rapper took the oath during a ceremony in April after a .  Once he announced his tour he says “I’m celebrating a new beginning”.

Rick’s official DJ is Louisville’s own Dwight “DJ Kaos” Chatman.  It’s always good to see him on the stage with the hip-hop legends.

Did I mention the cost for the show? All you need is a 2016 Pegasus pins.  You can purchase in retail outlets throughout for the city for only $5.  If you purchase the pin at the gate it’s $7.

If you have a Kentucky Derby event you still have time to send it to me for my “Down the Stretch” blog  at The411@whas11.com. You can follow me on Twitter @Sherlenemediapr.

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The VIPP Report: Celebrating the “Rebirth” of the Russell Renaissance

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(Louisville, KY) One of the most anticipated community events held in West Louisville as part of the Kentucky Derby festivities. In an exciting new community development partnership, The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) and The Slice Charities of Louisville, Inc., will host TheSlice@KCAAH, West Louisville’s official Kentucky Derby Festival Event.

It’s TheSlice-Spice, Style & Soul this Saturday, April 30, 2016. The event will begin at 6:00 pm in the Brown Forman Great Hall on the campus of the KCAAH located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. TheSlice@KCAAH runs until 9:00PM, and this year’s theme is “A Salute to the Russell Renaissance”. Our Honorary Chair is Barbara Sexton Smith, former Chief Executive Officer at Fund for the Arts.

The Historic Russell neighborhood will come alive with hundreds of people wearing beautiful bright colored dresses and some of the biggest hats you will see symbolizing that the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby is exactly one week away.

From our humble beginnings some 13 years ago with a couple of chefs making an unbelievable spread that had guests asking for more in April of 2002. Now fast-forward to 2016, the festival welcomes dozens of chefs, caterers and bakers with fantastic food and great live entertainment and wine tastings to welcome in the Derby season and tons of fellowship from old friends and you can meet a few new ones along the way.

TheSlice@KCAAH not only helps Derby fans get in a festive mood but the evening serves as a fundraiser. The net proceeds from the annual event provides support to social service and educational organizations throughout West Louisville and Portland.

If you would like to purchase a ticket for TheSlice-Spice, Style & Soul they can be purchased for $65.00 in advance-$75.00 day of the event, at Better Days Records in The Lyles Mall, JAM BUSTERS at 4906 Popular Level Road in Newburg, the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, the Kentucky Derby Festival offices in Old Louisville or online http://www.thesliceoflouisville.org.

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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: The Life and Time of Jimmy Winkfield International Horseman

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A Natural from the Start: The Life and Time of Jimmy Winkfield, International Horseman

A Natural from the Start is an exhibition showcasing the rise and fall of African American jockeys in horse racing, primarily the Kentucky Derby. This exhibit explores the early years of horse racing in which African Americans dominated the sport, and how racism and segregation in the early 1900’s contributed to the decline of Black jockeys as they were vulnerable to hostility and injuries from White jockeys and owners at the time.

Did you know that Jimmy Winkfield, (Kentuckian, and Black jockey) was the last African American to date to win the Kentucky Derby? Did you know that Isaac Murphy was the winningest jockey of all time? In addition, was the 1st Jockey to be inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Or did you know that Willie Simms perfected a riding style that became the norm in Europe? This exhibition will feature these three jockeys, and a banner dedicated to other Black jockeys with notable dates and their impact on the sport of horse racing.

Exhibition: April 29, 2016 – January 19, 2017
Saturday, April 30, 2016 Opening During the Slice@KCAAH West Louisville’s only official Derby Festival Event For Ticket Information go to: http://www.thesliceoflouisville.org
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
For additional information:
Contact: Ciera Shields, Exhibition & Programming Coordinator
502-583-4100 – ciera@kacch.org

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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: The last venue Prince performed in Louisville releases a statement

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LOUISVILLE, KY – MARCH 14: (Exclusive Coverage) Prince performs onstage during the “HitnRun” tour opener at The Louisville Palace on March 14, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for NPG Records 2015)

Special Report from Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television/ABC Louisville

(Louisville, KY)  Today, Prince Roger Nelson died at the age of 57.  There’s been so many messages sent in regards to the music superstar.

The Louisville Palace was the venue chosen to kickoff the Hit and Run Tour in March 2015.  They sent a statement on his passing:

We are deeply saddened and in shock about the news of the passing of Prince. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends.

The Louisville Palace Theater was fortunate enough to host four incredible performances over the course of two days in March 2015. They were truly some of the most memorable concerts this venue has ever hosted. Each show was amazing in their own right, with an energy we have never felt inside our theater. Not only was it an amazing experience for the thousands of fans who attended, but for the entire team on the ground here in Louisville. It was two days that none of us will ever forget. All created by an amazing musician who had the ability create a community of music lovers as one.

Prince will be missed by all.

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The VIPP Report: Where in the world is Katt Williams? No show tonight in Louisville, KY

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By Sherlene Shanklin

Saturday, April 16, 2016

(Louisville, KY)  Loyal fans of the comedian/actor Katt Williams waited for hours in Louisville, KY at the KFC Yum! Center just to find out that he would not be doing his show.  Fans had hoped that “The Conspiracy Theory” tour would give them a little laughter on Saturday night but instead thousands of fans sat and waited patiently for Williams to take the stage which never happened.

Louisville had a lot of events going on tonight from Zeta Phi Beta conference with celebrity member Sheryl Underwood as a guest, Phi Beta Sigma conference, Motown the Musical and the University of Louisville Red-White football game as well as other events.  So, many guests to the city had decided to make Williams’ show apart of their visit.

Here’s the message the KFC Yum! Center sent in regards to Katt Williams’ show: 

“Due to circumstances beyond the KFC Yum! Center’s control, Katt Williams will be unable to perform at tonight’s KFC Yum! Center show as originally scheduled.  All guests may request a refund at the original point of purchase.”

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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.

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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
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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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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: The King of New York takes on Kentucky during Derby weekend

50centofficialTHE KING OF NEW YORK TAKES ON KENTUCKY WITH A BIG PRE-DERBY BASH

Oaks Night will be “Immortal” when Effen Vodka presents 50 Cent Derby Takeover Friday, May 6th.  Partygoers will need to get their rest because this event will go right into Derby morning.  11 pm to 6 am at Club Liv Louisville located at 133 W. Liberty Street.  Ticket specials available on Eventbrite. 

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.

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The VIPP Report is owned by Sherlene Shanklin, Owner/President of VIPP Communications headquartered in Louisville, KY.  The home of the “Greatest” Muhammad Ali and the “Greatest” two minutes of all sports the “Kentucky Derby”. 

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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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