The VIPP Report: The story Emilio and Gloria Estefan opens tonight in Louisville


By Sherlene Shanklin

The phrase “On Your Feet” is symbolic for both Emilio and Gloria Estefan. One would automatically think it’s an eruption into a standing ovation which they receive during performances.

It’s goes a little deeper than that.

On March 20, 1990, Gloria’s tour bus crashed while in a snowstorm where she fractured her spine and required extensive rehab.  Doctors at one point thought she would never walk again but Estefan’s determination proved everyone wrong.

In fact, in less than a year, she was walking again and resumed her tour, performing one of her hits “On Your Feet”.

Fast-forward to 2019, now there’s a Broadway musical created by the Estefans with the same name.

Starting tonight through March 17, “On Your Feet” will be at the Kentucky Center in Louisville.  Coincidentally, it ends in Louisville just three days from the anniversary of that crash that changed Gloria and Emilio’s life.

The musical takes you behind the scenes, giving an intimate look at leaving their lives in Cuba, moving to Miami with nothing and their rise to international acclaim. The Estefans hit it big on both Spanish and mainstream charts.

The dynamic couple and business partners describe their journey of resilience by saying in the face of adversity, they found a way to end up on their feet earning a combined 26 Grammy Awards.

Tickets start at $37.00.  You need to check their website for available show times.


The VIPP Report: I.M.A.G.I.N.E. PEACE NOW at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage


(Louisville, KY)  As a direct reaction to the violence overwhelming our communities, The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage in collaboration with ArtSeed presents I.M.A.G.I.N.E. PEACE NOW (Innovative Merger of Art and Guns to Inspire New Expressions of Peace Now).

Approximately 50 works from I.M.A.G.I.N.E. PEACE NOW, will be exhibited at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage in Louisville, Kentucky. The opening reception will be on Saturday, January 20, 2018 3-6 pm and will be on display until March 17, 2018 at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 1701 West Muhammad Ali Blvd., Louisville, Kentucky 40203 (Free & Open to the Public).

I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Peace Now is organized by renowned metal smith artist Boris Bally, featuring decommissioned guns transformed into art objects by artists from the United States and five other countries. Bally brings together like-minded artists from around the world to make a powerful statement about gun violence in America and artistic expressions of peace.   C-Belles-3637 copy copy

I.M.A.G.I.N.E. PEACE NOW constructs a theoretical portrait of violence — calling on themes of greed, machismo, death, systematic oppression, irony, and beauty. Each artist’s interpretation of the gun as an object is insightful. The exhibitions will serve as an artistic catalyst for not only critical discussion, but ongoing action.

The bulk of the I.M.A.G.I.N.E. PEACE NOW exhibit will be shown at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. In addition, ArtSeed will host a small exhibition at their gallery, 1931 East Spring Street, New Albany, Indiana, from January 12 thru March 16, 2018. The exhibition will include six works from the I.M.A.G.I.N.E. PEACE NOW exhibit in conjunction with the works of Louisville artist, Kenneth Hayden. Hayden, is a native Kentuckian whose work has been exhibited internationally and is included in public and private collections. Hayden’s use of gun and lotus imagery is inspired by the 1960’s antiwar movement.