Child Abuse Prevention Month brings awareness to the community about abuse and/or neglect

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month; it gives Family & Children’s Place an opportunity to bring awareness to a very serious problem in which Kentucky and Indiana both face. 

Kentucky ranks 6th and in Indiana they rank 11th when it comes to child abuse and/or neglect. 

Pam Darnall, President/CEO for Family & Children’s Place is available for interviews to discuss the latest Child Fatality & Near Fatality Report, services provided by the organization and how the community can identify signs of child abuse and neglect. 

Darnall can also share information on our upcoming event, Champions for Children Breakfast.  It will take place on Thursday, April 20th at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage at 8:00 am. 

To setup an interview, contact VIPP Communications at 502-341-7306 or by emailing us at  We would be happy to arrange your request. 

To learn more about Family & Children’s Place by visiting their website  You can also follow on our social media platforms @famchilplace. 


 For more than 140 years, Family & Children’s Place has been a critical presence in Louisville, helping our most vulnerable citizens — children, that have experience physical and sexual abuse and neglect. We believe that every child deserves a happy, healthy childhood free from abuse and that every family should have the tools and resources to maintain self-sufficiency.

 Our Mission: We protect and heal children and families.

The VIPP Report makes its television debut on The LENS in Louisville

By Sherlene M. Shanklin


My first segment for The Lens, a weekly program focusing  and celebrating urban lifestyle and their unique perspective on issues took place in the historic Smoketown neighborhood. It’s the oldest African-American neighborhood in Louisville, KY.

“Behind me you see the Ali gloves. Fun fact did you know they were made by Louisville native Ed Hamilton?  Now, this week’s The VIPP Report.”

20190628_131320Here’s some of the events I profiled in the inaugural show:

*It’s Bring It Live, The Dance Battle.  The show takes place on Monday, July 22nd at 7:30 p.m.

*The Juneteenth Jubilee at Waterfront Park had to be rescheduled due to rain.  So they moved it to Sunday, July 28th.  The new date signifies the adoption of the 14th amendment to the U-S constitution was certified.  The amendment granted citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States which included slaves.

*Boys 2 Men will be at the Indiana State Fair on Wednesday, August 14th.

*The Kentucky State Fair announces Sheila E and the GAP Experience on Friday, August 16th.  The concert is free with paid gate admission.  The KY State Fair runs August 15th through the 25th.

*The NAACP Hardin County Branch will host their 28th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, September 21st.  Their special guest speaker will be Roland Martin.

*It’s Wu-Tang Clan’s 36th Chambers 25th Anniversary Tour on Friday, October 18th at Paristown Hall on Brent Street.  Tickets are $115.  You can purchase them at

I’m excited to announce that i’m one of the producers of a new show.  I will also have the wonderful opportunity to present The VIPP Report.

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The VIPP Report: Bringing awareness and the services of the Metro Disability Coalition



The Metro Disability Coalition works tirelessly in the community to help move toward a fully accessible community for all disabled individuals.

From developing confidence to independence the Metro disability Coalition is an organization of individuals and agencies in Louisville, KY who assist those with disabilities a better quality of life.  The 501c(3) organization was established in 2001.

In March of each year, we host the Breaking Barriers Spotlight Awards.  The ceremony gives us a chance to say thank you people for their commitment, recognize educators, healthcare, service, community and youth organizations for their desire to enrich the lives of gifted and talented students.

In 2017, at the 17th annual awards ceremony former University of Louisville basketball star Marques Maybin was our keynote speaker.  He played for the Cardinals from 1997 to 2001.  In 2003, he was in a motorcycle accident in his hometown of Clarksville, TN.  Maybin was paralyzed from the waist down.  He passionately spoke to the audience about his setback but also how he was able to achieve and get back to his day to day routine while adjusting to being in a wheelchair. Now, he’s one of the top on-air radio personalities for ESPN Louisville.

If you would like to support Metro Disability Coalition and/or be a sponsor for the 18th Annual Breaking Barriers Spotlight Awards please contact Marcellus Mayes by calling 502-774-8993 or Ronel McCombs at 502-836-1245.

If you would like to setup an interview, call VIPP Communications at 502-582-7716 or by email at



The VIPP Report: Hit stage play “My War Wounds”announces encore performance



Lexington, KY— In the hit stage play, My War Wounds, playwright and visionary, Leslie Pryor highlights the warning signs, symptoms and struggles of individuals with brain tumors, as well as the struggles and symptoms of a disease many families know all too well—breast cancer. After so much open dialogue the stage play became a resource tool for some 1200 people.

There will be an encore presentation of My War Wounds on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center, 300 E Third St, Lexington KY 40508. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.  We are excited to announce that comedian Laronda Clay will be our show’s host and saxophonist Benny J will perform during the evening. There will be vendors, plenty of food, a photographer to capture special moments, door prizes and plenty of information about breast cancer for organizations on location in case our guests have any questions.

Headaches, nausea, blurred or double vision, dizziness, trouble walking all could be something minor or symptoms to something so much bigger. So, when 13-year-old Alijah Owens started experiencing migraines and falling down at school without warning, he knew something was wrong. Soon, his eyes turned red and glossy, his face became disfigured and his hearing declined.

Initially, doctors misdiagnosed it as an allergy or vertigo but unfortunately Alijah had a massive brain tumor.  Parents at this point, normally have more questions than answers when they get the diagnosis.  For Alijah and his family, it resulted in more than 30 hours of surgery, months of therapy and having to learn to walk all over again. He was literally in a fight—a war—for his life.

According to the American Brain Tumor Association, brain tumors are the most common form of tumors among children under the age of 25 and represent 20% of all childhood cancers.  Many have no idea of these statistics until after the diagnosis is given.

My War Wounds, is a true testament of never knowing what a person is dealing with when they are not at school, church and/or work.  Many suffer in silence and have no outlet to relieve their stress and anxiety which many times can be misdirected.  This inspirational story of courage and fear, love and hate is sure to take audience members on an emotional roller coaster they’ll never forget. When a mother, who is facing her own share of health challenges, is confronted with a life-threatening sickness of her daughter, will she keep the faith or let her family be ripped to shreds?

A portion of the proceeds will support the American Cancer Society; General admission tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. VIP tickets $35 with preferred seating in advance. Group rates for 15 or more people. To purchase tickets, visit online.  Processing fees not included.  For more information or media interviews, email or call 502.414.4104.

The encore presentation was made possible due to the support of the Arts Council of Louisville and House of Prayer Church.

To setup an interview with Ms. Leslie Pryor and cast members please contact Sherlene Shanklin at 502-295-0435 or by emailing

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 Established in 2012, Leslie Pryor Productions was formed as a result of a layoff and a prayer. As a faith-based company, Leslie Pryor Productions believes in giving back to the community at large while educating and entertaining through life-changing productions. Productions to date include, Struggles I Have Been Through, Twists and Turns of Faith and the hit stage play, My War Wounds.