The VIPP Report: Kentucky Woman Is Making Waves In The Entertainment Industry

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FROM STAGEPLAYS TO A DRAMA SERIES AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN

(Las Vegas, Nevada) Louisville native Ericka Nicole Malone, CEO of Ericka Nicole Malone Entertainment, LLC is making a name for herself in the film/television industry. Malone is the creative behind many projects you see from tv, the big screen to stage plays. Now, the screenwriter, playwriter, producer and director announce an animation project and several projects in the optioned phase. One we can discuss is a one-hour TV drama series entitled ‘Della’.  The scripted drama illustrates and puts a spotlight on corruption against women in an urban Kentucky town where a Black female vigilante unleashes her revenge. It will leave you at the edge of your seat.

Malone to date has produced more than nine stage plays which include “In Love with Tyrone”, starring actors Robin Givens, and Leon.

One of her most recent projects, she was the executive producer for “Ward of the State” sitcom pilot. It tells the story of a rich heiress accustomed to a certain lifestyle loss it all after her fourth husband suddenly dies leaving her broke forcing her to move in with her daughter into a middle-class neighborhood. The cast consist of Janet Hubert (Fresh Prince of Bel Air), Aloma Wright (Suits) and Vanessa Williams (Soul Food.)

Ericka Nicole Malone says “There’s so many things that I’m grateful for even during a pandemic we are still able to tell great stories.  I have first-hand knowledge of Louisville because its home to me.  I hate to see everything happening from protests to the Breonna Taylor case.  That’s a storyline that the world is watching unfold.  Even, with so much uncertainty, I still want young people in the community to know that you can achieve even with adversity.  I’m a testimony and I want to be a positive example not only for people who look like me but anyone trying to follow their dreams.  Every opportunity I get to go home I do.  There’s so many unsung heroes that need their story told and I hope someday I will get to tell them.”

To see read Ericka Nicole Malone’s bio and project list go to www.erickanicolemalone.com. To setup an interview contact Sherlene Shanklin at VIPP Communications at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: Two Louisville chefs make their debut on Guy’s Grocery Games on the Food Network

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THE DYNAMIC DUO TAKES ON GUY’S GROCERY GAMES

(Santa Rosa, California) Two Louisville chefs get a one-way ticket to Flavortown.  On Wednesday night, Chefs Davonte’ Bolden and Randy Pasch team up to take on other chefs in Guy’s Grocery Games hosted by Chef Guy Fieri.

Randy PaschChef Pasch, a native of Yellow Springs, Ohio who currently lives in Louisville says “As a chef I let the food speak to me.   When my creative juices flow, I can turn simple dishes into masterpieces.”  The Sullivan University culinary graduate goes on to say, “It’s about teaching the new generation of chefs that it not only takes skill but passion it can be seen through from every dish that comes out of my kitchen.”

Chef Bolden, a native of St. Louis, Missouri who also lives in Davonte BoldenLouisville found his passion for food at an early age but never getting the break he needed to extend his career.  The Sullivan University culinary graduate followed his dream and kept his faith even through the hard times.  The tough times brought him to this moment. He says “He wants to live a life that shows all others that the best blessings are when we become one to others.  Food is my therapy and its healing to soul and the stomach.  My time is now, I’m getting the opportunity to showcase my skills.”

Darnell “Superchef” Ferguson, owner of Super Hero Chefs says “I couldn’t be more proud of these two men.  It proves that their hard work and dedication is being rewarded.  To be in the national spotlight and to represent Super Hero Chefs lets everyone know that my team is strong and love food.  They are innovative and can take on any challenge Guy gives them.”

Bolden and Pasch will scramble through Flavortown Market to make something sweet and savory.  How did they do?   You need to watch the Food Network on Wednesday at 9:00 pm (ET) and 8:00 (CT).

To setup an interview contact sshanklin at vippcommunications dot com.

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The VIPP Report: Derby Soundstage 2020 announces concert lineup with T.I. and Megan Thee Stallion co-headlining KY Derby weekend

 

WE’RE AT THE POST WITH THE STALLION AND THE KING OF THE SOUTH PERFORMING AT DERBY SOUNDSTAGE 2020

When hip hop meets Derby two of its hottest stars T.I. and Megan Thee Stallion will be in concert

(Louisville, KY) The Twins Spires at Churchill Downs are always a main attraction when travelling to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby, but this year another duo will also be demanding the attention of Derby-goers. Multi-Grammy award winner T.I. and rising hip-hop superstar Megan Thee Stallion will gallop their way to the Bluegrass State to co-headline Derby Soundstage 2020.  The concert will be held on Thursday, April 30th in Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center located at 937 Phillips Lane at 8:00 p.m.

T.I. is an actor and entrepreneur known for his southern rap and ‘Trap Music’ with masterful lyrics. He has a lengthy catalog, which includes Billboard #1 hits like ‘Whatever You Like,’ ‘My Love,’ and ‘Live Your Life,’ just to name a few.

Megan Thee Stallion has skyrocketed to stardom amid the 2019 releases of her first full-length mixed-tape ‘Fever’ and hit song ‘Hot Girl Summer.’ These projects earned her a 2019 BET Hip Hop Award and an MTV Video Music Award. Megan has stamped her reputation as a hit-maker with songs like ‘Simone Says,’ ‘Diamonds,’ and ‘Realer.’

Derby Soundstage is produced by The Livsuite. Tickets start at $50 and go on sale Friday, March 6th at 10am at ticketmaster.com.

To obtain media credentials you must be an accredited media outlet and will need to fill-out a form to enter the concert and be staged in the media section.  To receive consideration contact info@vippcommunications.com

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The VIPP Report: Raphael Saadiq makes a stop at Paristown Hall

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Saadiq writes about real-life situations that no one wants to talk about but necessary for healing and you get a chance to hear him live at Paristown Hall

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It’s exciting to see how much the entertainment circuit has grown over the years in the Bluegrass market. All types of genres, all forms of art and of course the area has some top notch venues.

Grammy Award winning R & B musician, songwriter and the man artists go to for collaborations will be in Louisville for a concert.

Raphael Saadiq will be at the Old Forester Paristown Hall on Monday, February 17th. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show will begin at 8:00 p.m. with some new music off of his latest solo project, Jimmy Lee. It was released in August.

The former member of Tony! Toni! Tone! entitled the album after his late brother who died of a heroin overdose.  Through music, Saadiq will take you through the journey of addiction and later loss which many times causes confusion and sadness.

Over Saadiq’s 40 year career, he has many chart-topping hits from “Something Keeps Calling”, “Good Man” to “Ask of You”.  He’s produced songs for John Legend, Solange Knowles, TLC, En Vogue and the late Whitney Houston.

General admission tickets are $35.00 but if you feel like a V.I.P. experience that evening they have a premium ticket which will cost you a little more. Also, there’s a meet and greet ticket available.

The VIPP Report: Showcasing Kentucky Black Authors in Lexington at an Expo

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In celebration of Black History Month, it’s the Kentucky Black Authors Expo at the Lyric Theatre, 300 E. Third Street in Lexington on Saturday, February 22nd from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Some of the authors featured will be Rev. Dr. Jim Thurman, Frank “X” Walker, Rev. Dr.C.B. Akins, Rev. Herbert Owens, Vanessa Sanford, Ron Spriggs, Dr. Junior Greenlee, Rosetta Quisenberry. James “Chali” Jones, Shonda White plus many other talented writers.

The Kentucky Black Authors Expo is free and open to the public.

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The VIPP Report: Ball N’ Out is common for Rupp Arena but Wild N’ Out takes over in March

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There’s some shows that you just can’t turn away from. I’m surfing the channels and I always have to stop on MTV’s Wild N’ Out. I consider myself pretty knowledgeable when it comes to pop culture but I literally learn something new every time I watch that show.  It’s a rap and comedy battle on steroids, performances by top artists and the latest in trends. With its resurgence of the show Nick Cannon has decided to hit the road.

Save the date of Tuesday, March 24th for Wild N’ Out in Lexington, KY.  The show will be held in Rupp Arena.

Fans of the show can expect some standup as well as some music performances.  Some of the cast members you will get to see on tour, DC Young Fly, Karious Miller, Emmanuel Hudson, Justina Valentine and DJ D-Wreck.  The 27-city tour kicks off in March with the lineup changing up for each city along with some surprise guests.

Tickets start around $30.00.  You can purchase tickets at LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster.com and the Lexington Center Ticket Office.

If you have a story idea, send it to me at thevippreport@vippcommunications.com.  Follow us on Twitter @thevippreport @vippcomm.

The VIPP Report: It’s the countdown into the new year benefiting area youth

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The Stamina Foundation rings in 2020 with a clear vision for the year ahead

(Louisville, KY) The Stamina Foundation presents their inaugural New Year’s Eve Soiree hosted by Louisville native former NCAA & NBA Champion Derek Anderson and his wife Dr. Ashley Anderson at the Hyatt Regency Louisville at 9:00 p.m.

It will be an evening filled with great entertainment by The Unlimited Show Band featuring Sheryl Rouse and DJ Reggie Regg.  There will be a special performance by Hannah Drake that you don’t want to miss.  The emcee for the evening will be Oremeyi Kareem.

It’s a party with a purpose benefiting the Stamina Foundation Food Insecurity Endowment that will be used to support initiatives in the community combating hunger among our youth. General admission tickets are $75, and VIP is $125.  You can purchase them on Eventbrite.com.

Please post our announcement on your NYE event calendars and announce on your shows.  If you have any questions and/or would like to setup an interview, contact booking@vippcommunications.com.

The Stamina Foundation New Year’s Eve Soiree was made possible due to the support of the following community leaders who tirelessly give back to organizations who are trying to make a difference through compassion.  A special thank you to: Papa John’s, Pride Realty, Nail Talk, Citizens Union Bank, Republic Bank, LGE and KU Foundation, WellCare, Norton Healthcare, AFM Threads, VOME’, Simply Thai and Heine Brothers.  To be a sponsor and/or purchase a table contact us at AOK@staminafd.com.

To learn more about the Stamina Foundation visit www/staminafd.com.

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The VIPP Report: Tickets go on sale today for legendary ‘Supreme’ Diana Ross

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Ross will ease on down to the Palace in 2020.  The superstar will be in Louisville at the Louisville Palace on Sunday, February 23rd

Ross is one of the most successful recording artists of our time.  The Motown legend got her start as the lead singer for the Supremes and then went on to have an unbelievable solo career with hits like “I’m Coming Out”, “Endless Love”,” “Touch Me in the Morning” just to name a handful of her mega hits. 

The multi-Grammy Award winning performer will be backed up by a six-piece band during her show.  Her last performance in Louisville was April 26, 2012.

Tickets go on sale today at 10:00 am for the Louisville, Kentucky concert.

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The VIPP Report: Music industry professional gives back by hosting a free workshop in Louisville

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Learn the industry standard from the man who secretly shapes artists for major labels

(Louisville, KY) Have you ever wondered how some aspiring artist(s) get the record deal while others do not?  It’s all about the A, B, C’s of Music and being able to understand what the label expects from you.  On Sunday, October 13th in Louisville, KY by one of the best kept secrets in the music industry Dorian “King D” Washington will host a “Music 101” workshop at the Hardrock Café at Fourth Street Live from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The free music workshop will discuss publishing, radio, marketing, music plus much more.  This event is for anyone wanting to learn about the industry and how it works.

The question many artists ask, “Do I have to move?”  Washington says, “You can make it from anywhere no excuse.”  Where did he get that mentality?  You have to hear his story and road to success on the Sunday, October 13th.

“Music 101” Louisville was made possible due to the partnership of The Orchard, Sony Music, New Wave Distribution, South Coast Music Group, Hitmaker and D. Wash Management.

Space is limited so to sign up for the workshop and/or request additional information send your information to dorian at newwavedistro dot com.

If you would like to setup an interview Dorian Washington and/or to be a sponsor for future industry events, please contact VIPP Communications at sshanklin at vippcommunications dot com. 

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The Hardrock Café is located at 424 S. 4th Street in downtown Louisville, KY.

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The VIPP Report: Hip hop artists help their young fans with school supplies by donating their time and talents

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(Louisville, KY) This weekend music will fill the air for a great cause as area youth get the opportunity to fill their backpacks with school supplies thanks to some hip-hop artists.  Last year, Dusty Leigh and his team went above and beyond their expectations when it came to donating school supplies to area youth.

On Saturday, August 10th, they do it again thanks to last year’s response and need.  Dusty Leigh Day welcomes Bubba Sparxx, Nappy Roots, Ritz, Sean Paul of the Young Bloodz and Haystak to The Bourbon Hall, 116 W. Jefferson Street.  There will also be a special performance by Burden, Justin Time, Big Murph, Prime Suspects, Rocky Luciano, Japp Wayne and B Simm.

Doors open at 7:00 pm with the concert beginning at 8:00 pm.  You must be over 18 years old to enter the event.

The concert is FREE with a school supply donation.  If you don’t bring supplies, Leigh is asking for a minimum donation of $10.  Proceeds will benefit Shirley’s Way.  The non-profit organization assist families who have a loved one with cancer.  It gives them one less worry as they care for their loved one.

We would like to thank AT&T Fiber, Bluegrass Meds and volunteers and supporters for making Dusty Leigh Day possible.

If you would like to setup an interview with Dusty Leigh and/or request media credentials, contact at VIPP Communications at info@vippcomunications.com.

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

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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 kentuckycenter.org.

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.

If you have a story idea and/or if you would like to be a sponsor of the segment, contact The  VIPP Report by emailing  thevippreport@vippcommuications.com.

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The VIPP Report: Ambitions airs tonight and all eyes will be on Louisville native Kendrick Cross

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“The411” Entertainment Report by  Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television, ABC Affiliate in Louisville, KY

I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with actor Kendrick Cross not once but twice in the past year talking about his career but tonight all eyes will be on the Louisville native as the Will Packer drama series Ambitions debuts tonight on the OWN Network.

Kendrick made a special visit to Louisville a few weeks ago to surprise his mother for Mother’s Day.  He sat down with me and told me a little about the show.  I’ve also been in contact with the actor this evening and you can tell he’s excited about fans getting an opportunity to see the show.  He told me to make sure I was watching. I hope you tune in to watch as well and tell me what you think.

Here’s a link about Cross’ character and just a few hints of what you can expect when you watch the series co-starring Robin Givens, Essence Atkins and Brian White.

Also, did you know that Givens has a connection to Kentucky as well?  Her parents are from the Lexington area and her uncle is the former University of Kentucky basketball legend Jack “Goose” Givens.

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Sherlene’s Interview Clip of Actor Kendrick Cross

If you have a story idea, send it to the411@whas11.com or TheVIPPReport at vippcommunications.com.  Follow me on my social platforms FB: @SherleneShanklin Twitter: @Sherlenemediapr IG: @sherlenemediapro.

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Sherlene Shanklin, an multi-Emmy nominated, two-time 2018 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Winner for Sports Writing & For Best Use of Social Media and multiple AP Awards currently works for WHAS11 Television. She created a segment The411 and is a regular contributor to whas11.com.  You can hear her on Thursdays at 11:30 am on WLOU/104.7FM as well as WHAS11 Noon Show at 12:50 pm, Fridays at 4:25 pm and Saturday mornings on Good Morning Kentuckiana at 6:25 am and 9:25 am.  You can also read her stories on this site The VIPP Report.  She also has a  podcast entitled the same as her report, The411, Giving You The Vibe, (GUTV).

 

The VIPP Report: Your next Miss Kentucky and Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen for 2020 will be….

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Two young ladies crowned in Louisville will represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky for the next year

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(Louisville, KY) On Saturday, June 8th at the Brown Theatre in Louisville Miss Kentucky and Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen announced who would represent Kentucky in the Miss America and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competitions.

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Lexington native Alex Francke was crowned Miss Kentucky Saturday night in Louisville.  She will represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky at the Miss America competition. The official dates will be announced by the Miss America officials in the coming days.

Landry Feldmeier was crowned Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen. She will present Kentucky at the 2019 MAOTeen Competition in Orlando, Florida on July 23, 24, 25 & 27th at the Linda Chapin Theatre in the Orange County Convention Center.

 

MissKentuckyTeenPageantThe Miss Kentucky and Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen programs empower young women across Kentucky through pageantry.  The participants develop leadership skills and confidence as they work to achieve their biggest goals in life.  The Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization continues to develop role models for communities not only in Kentucky, but the world.

Dr. Ashley D. Anderson, Executive Director for the competition and President of the Miss Kentucky board says “We had an outstanding week from the “Kickoff to the Crown” where the community met the participants during an event at Fourth Street Live, to the crowning of the two ladies who will represent Kentucky for the next year.  Our judges had a very difficult task, but they chose two great young women that Kentucky will be proud of.  We have no doubt that on the national stage these two will make us proud.”

The Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization is a celebration of the talent, scholastic achievement and commitment to service of Kentucky’s finest young women. This Organization is so much more than a crown…it is changing Kentucky, one young woman at a time!

To set up an interview, please call Sherlene Shanklin, at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.

For additional information on the pageant please visit www.misskentucky.org.

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The VIPP Report: Hip-hop legends Wu-Tang Clan adds Louisville to their 36 Chambers 25th Anniversary Tour

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Special Report by Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Louisville (ABC Affiliate)

Since the 1970s, hip-hop was destined to become a force to be reckoned with. Slick lyrics meshed with edgy beats kept many emcees constantly evolving their craft.

Twenty-five years ago, a group of individuals from New York translated their street life to gritty lyrics, which many recognized as the harder side of the craft. They blended it with martial arts terminology while giving it a unique mythology known today as hardcore hip-hop.

The members of the Wu-Tang Clan will hit the road to celebrate their silver anniversary of their 1993 debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).

All nine members – RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa and Cappadonna are headed to Louisville for their “36th Chambers 25th Anniversary Tour on Friday, October 18 and the new Old Forester’s Paristown Hall at 8 p.m.

Wu-Tang is regarded as one of the most influential hip-hop groups of all time with conscious albums like Wu-Tang Forever, A Better Tomorrow, and The W just to name a few of their studio albums.   Some of the singles you might hear at the concert is Can it Be All So Simple, Method Man, Protect Ya Neck, Triumph and The Heart Gently Weeps.

The group has 7 gold and platinum studio albums to their credit. Selling more than 40 million albums.

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 4th at 10:00 am.  When I receive the price point I will update the story.

For additional information you can call the Kentucky Center for the Arts at 502-584-7777 or visit their site at www.kentuckycenter.org.

I you have a story idea, send it to mw at The411@whas11.com.  You can also follow me on Twitter @Sherlenemediapr for real-time community and entertainment news.

Paristown Hall is located at 724 Brent Street.

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Sherlene Shanklin, an multi-Emmy nominated, two-time 2018 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Winner for Sports Writing & For Best Use of Social Media and multiple AP Awards currently works for WHAS11 Television. She created a segment The411 and is a regular contributor to whas11.com.  You can hear her on Thursdays at 11:30 am on WLOU/104.7FM as well as WHAS11 Noon Show at 12:50 pm, Fridays at 4:25 pm and Saturday mornings on Good Morning Kentuckiana at 6:25 am and 9:25 am.  You can also read her stories on this site The VIPP Report.  She also has a  podcast entitled the same as her report, The411, Giving You The Vibe, (GUTV).  

 

The VIPP Report: Former NBA star, entrepreneur and community activist Derek Anderson announces his AOK All-star weekend

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The Kentucky Derby is not the only time you can see some of the most recognizable faces in sports and entertainment

(Louisville, KY) Louisville native former NCAA & NBA Champion Derek Anderson is taking his Acts of Kindness, (AOK) to another level with his inaugural AOK All-Star Weekend.

Save the dates of July 20th and 21st for a weekend of fun, celebration and of course acts of kindness as the star continues to perform off the court just like he did on it with a slam dunk of opportunities for the entire community to enjoy.

It all takes place in Anderson’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky as he celebrates his birthday with family and friends.  On Saturday, July 20th it’s the AOK Gala and then on Sunday, July 21st there’s a free picnic and back to school supply giveaway.  Both events will be held at the Majestic Arts Center located at 1535 Lytle Street.

Anderson will welcome friends: actor/singer Tyrese and music mogul Master P as his guests.  Additional names will be announced prior to the celebration.

Derek Anderson says, “The weekend’s events will help support the launch of “Program You,” a program designed to enhance the mindset and support the future of tomorrow’s leaders by teaching life skills and providing scholarships through the Stamina Foundation.  The AOK All-Star Weekend is a celebration of life and compassion for the city I hold dear to my heart.  There’s nothing like home. Come out have fun and know that you are helping youth reach their ultimate potential.”

Individual tickets are $50 and couples $75.  You can purchase them at www.StaminaFD.com.  To be a sponsor and/or purchase a table contact us at AOK@staminafd.com.

If you would like to setup an interview Anderson, please contact Sherlene Shanklin at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com or by phone at 502-295-0435.

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The VIPP Report: TheSlice: Spice, Style & Soul is just days away as the city prepares for Kentucky Derby 145

ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL DERBY FESTIVAL EVENTS HELD IN WEST LOUISVILLE WILL CELEBRATE DERBY BOHEMIAN STYLE

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(Louisville, KY) The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. At KCAAH and Griot Attraction Management & Events LLC (GAME) presents TheSlice: Spice, Style & Soul on Saturday, April 27th from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm.  We are delighted to announce that the James E. Pepper Distillery of Lexington, KY is our 2019 Presenting sponsor.

It’s a Salute to the Afro Bohemian Life from arts and culture, music, fashion to language.

The event has a great reputation for great food by bringing talented area chefs and caterers and their favorite dishes all under one roof.  And, new this year TheSlice will offer a cash bar to guests who would like to have more than complimentary wine.

This year, TheSlice will use their newly renovated buildings on campus to host various genres of music so guests will have an opportunity to enjoy the flavor of the evening.

Tickets are $70 in advance and $80 the day of the event.  The attire is upscale and after-five is suggested. As well as Bohemian meets Derby with bold and beautiful colors and styles.  The Ultimate Show Band will be the Main Stage Entertainment along with DJ Maverick.  There will also be a fashion show, so guests can see the latest Derby styles before Derby 145.

TheSlice: Spice, Style & Soul is an official Kentucky Derby Festival event.  Guests must be 21 years of age and up.

If you would like to setup an interview and/or a cooking demonstration contact VIPP Communications at  info at vippcommunications dot com.  

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The VIPP Report: The Courage World Tour is announced featuring Celine Dion

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Celine Dion announces her Courage World Tour.  It will kick off in the fall of this year.  The multiple award-winning artist made the announcement to a packed house of fans during a special live event at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. This will be her first U.S. tour in over 10 years.

The tour will kick-off September 18 in Quebec City and will make stops in over 50 cities including Louisville, Montreal, Chicago, Toronto, Boston, Miami, Dallas, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, and more.

Celine says, “I’m so grateful to all the fans who have come to see my show in Las Vegas for so many years, and now I get the chance to create a brand new show and bring it to them in North America, and around the world.  I’m very excited about this tour, and my new album…coming later this year.”

Tickets go on-sale to the public Friday, April 12th at 10 a.m.  They range from $49.50 to $199.50.  All online ticket orders come with one CD copy of Celine’s new English album, schedule for release this fall.

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The VIPP Report: VIPP Style Accessories preparing for spring collection

 

VIPP Style Accessories is gearing up for their spring/summer accessory collection.  Easter, prom, weddings and the Kentucky Derby are just weeks away and everyone know that’s a fantastic piece of jewelry can take your outfit to the next level.

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VIPP Style Accessories specializes in “statement pieces”. The define it as unique, bold, head turner and show stopper.  Their thought process is if they would wear it, they will stock it.

Checkout their available stock online at http://www.vippstyle.com where their customers always “make a statement.  They add new pieces  and restock bestsellers weekly.  If you need an item in bulk they can do custom orders.

Follow them on Facebook @vippstyle and Instagram @vipp_style.  VIPPStyle111

To join their online team contact a VIPP stylist at booking at vippstyle dot com.

Make an impression with VIPP Style Accessories.

VIPP is pronounced V-I-P.  It meaning is Visualizing into People’s Personalities.  You have to know the style of your client before you can “style” them.  VIPP Style Accessories is the fashion division of VIPP Communications.  

 

 

 

 

The VIPP Report: Hip hop artist R. Prophet announces new single and partnership to have his own label

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It’s the “RETURN” of R. Prophet dropping knowledge while delivering a conscious message on today’s current climate with his new single

(Atlanta, GA) Two-time Grammy nominated hip-hop/rap artist R. Prophet releases his new single “Jesse James”, that speaks the truth beyond all the fog of negativity when it comes to artists and the climate of the music industry.

The former member of the multi-platinum hip-hop group Nappy Roots has inked a deal.  Prophet will have his own label which he calls it VVS Music 1.  He’s partnered with Ray Hamilton, former CEO of Legion of Doom DJ’s of That Rabbit Distribution which is a joint venture with Sony Music Orchard. Many compare Prophet’s deal similar to the landmark deal made by Master P that changed the hip-hop game when it comes to business and artist music ownership.

With the powerhouse partnership, the highly anticipate album of Prophet, “THE VOICE” with the first single and anticipated smash hit “Jesse James” will rock the radio airwaves, YouTube channels and other media platforms worldwide.  Prophet has made a name for himself in the industry and this single will give his fans a sense of hip-hop doctrine speaking the truth, going against the grain with a rebel like vibe we used to hear when rap legends NWA wanted to make a statement.

Prophet says “I just want people to know my truth and how I’m really feeling. Some folks may think it’s a diss but it’s me speaking my truth. “Jesse James” was inspired by the police brutality R. Prophet came face to face with a few years back.” The single was written to give people the power, control love they deserve and to erase the hate.  R. Prophet is an advocate against police brutality after surviving being tased 15 times at the hands of Kentucky State Police.  It was reported but not confirmed by involved parties but he was later awarded a $1 million-dollar judgment.

With the current climate in society, people are looking for a lyrical voice that can take experiences and incidents ripped from headlines that rock neighborhood across the country.  (Atlanta, GA)

To learn more about “Jesse James” visit https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/jesse-james-single/1450856886 to make a purchase or head over to Spotify at https://open.spotify.com/album/2RdXcHKo0Ppc1RuPDuZrRc.

To setup an interview with R. Prophet and/or any other media inquiries please contact Sherlene Shanklin with VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com.

Be sure to stay connected with R. Prophet on all social media platforms. Facebook.com/rprophet and Instagram.com/rprophetofficial

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About R. Prophet:

Prophet is an American Rapper, Actor and TV personality. Known by most as the former lead of Grammy Nominated Group, Nappy Roots, R. Prophet has been changing the music scene since the early 2000s. Currently R. Prophet is developing hip hop educational tools for children. He has also been acting and recording his solo album with hopes to raise awareness of police brutality. One of R. Prophet’s biggest honors, in addition to being nominated for two Grammys, is the appointment to the Board & Advisory Council of the Muhammad Ali Center where he serves as the youngest member alongside Diddy, Denzel Washington and more. Stay tuned for more to come with Rap Artist and Actor R. Prophet.

VIPP Communications is a full service public relations, event management and production firm headquartered in Louisville, KY with clients and/or projects all over the U.S. We can create, maintain and sustain your brand.  Our clientele range from small businesses, non-profits, corporate leaders, entertainment to current and retired professional athletes.  Contact one of our team members to see if we can assist you at info at vippcommunications dot com.  http://vippcommunications.com/

 

 

 

The VIPP Report: Fab Fit Friday features hip hop with cardio

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Your workout will get you on beat with up tempo music and dance moves

 (Louisville, Ky) You have a little more than 100 days into your New Year’s Day resolution.  Are you meeting your goals?  Kick it up a notch and turn up the hits with the Stamina Foundation’s Fit Fab Friday.  A team of fitness and wellness experts will take you through various exercises/routines and give you eating, fitness and supplement advice as well as plenty of moral support and encouragement.

Fab Fit Friday will take place this month on March 29th from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Holiday Inn Louisville, 1325 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy 40222.

There will be a mini-boot camp starting at 7:00 p.m. followed by Piloxing with B Fitness at 7:30 p.m. with Krystal Kettler.  At 8:15 p.m. its Snatched Fitness Hip Hop with Cardio.  Regardless of your fitness level you will love the regime and you can work at your preferred pace.

There will be vendors on site. So, please be prepared to support in between classes.  We invite you to come out and take control of your resolution by keeping the momentum.  Team Stamina is assisting you with mind, body and spirit by getting you fit and fab in 2019.

To be a part of Fab Fit Friday at the Holiday Inn Louisville on Friday, March 29th.  Tickets are only $15.00.  To register, go to eventbrite.com and search Fab Fit Friday.

The Stamina Foundation would like to thank our sponsors and their generous support to keep the event’s expenses to a minimum while participates can garner the maximum experience.  A special thank you to: The Holiday Inn Louisville, B Fitness, Snatched Fitness, One & Only and Piloxing.

To setup an interview, please contact Sherlene Shanklin with VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com.  We also request that you include our event on your community calendars and announcements.

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VIPP Communications is a full-service public relations, event management and production headquartered in Louisville, KY with clients and/or projects all over the U.S. We can create, maintain and sustain your brand.  Our clientele range from small businesses, non-profits, corporate leaders, entertainment to current and retired professional athletes.  Contact one of our team members to see if we can assist you at info at vippcommunications dot com.  http://vippcommunications.com/

 

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

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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 kentuckycenter.org for available show times.

The VIPP Report: Wilson, LaBelle & Debarge scheduled to perform at the KFC Yum! Center

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By Sherlene Shanklin

Spring into love with an Evening of Soul with R & B superstars Charlie Wilson and Patti LaBelle along with special guest El DeBarge.

The trio will perform at the KFC Yum! Center on Saturday, April 6th. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the concert will begin at 7:00 pm.

The last time, I attended a concert of Wilson his stage performance was second to none. The high energy show moved with dancers and a band for over 50 minutes.

You would expect to pay a lot of money to see these artists are definitely getting a deal with it only costing you between $42 and $125 dollars.

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The VIPP Report: LCCC will raise the roof in a ceremony for a new theater

PREPARING AREA YOUTH TO BE THE GREATEST IN THE ARTS ARENA WITH A NEW THEATER ALONG THE MUHAMMAD ALI ARTS, CULTURE AND INNOVATION DISTRICT

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LCCC RAISES ROOF FOR GRAND LYRIC THEATER   

Louisville Central Community Centers, the developer of the Muhammad Ali Boulevard Arts, Culture and Innovation District, is constructing a performing arts facility to support its Kids Art Academy and the continued development of the district at its’ Old Walnut Street Development at 1300 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

On Friday, February 15, 2019 at 10:00 am there will be a roof raising ceremony with key stakeholders in the community, LCCC and advocators to bring Muhammad Ali Blvd back to life will be in attendance to lend their support.  Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith, an arts enthusiast, former Councilman David Tandy, Fund for the Arts’ CEO, Christen Boone, and representatives of the Norton Foundation and the Gheens Foundation all have confirmed their participation in the ceremony.  Representatives of the LCCC Kids Art Academy, the Tiny Tykes Theater Troupe and the Youth Repertory Theater Troupe of Louisville will perform to celebrate this achievement.

During the era between 1940-60’s, there was a theatre that was considered the hub where artists showcased their talents, which many went on to become professional entertainers performing alongside entertainment legends like Helen Hune, the jazz and blues singer with Count Basie’s band.  So, in 2019 we will revitalize the name The Grand Theater and Lyric Theater on historic Old Walnut Street in Louisville, KY in hopes of bringing life back into the arts and the community with a rich history in arts and entertainment.

The 300-seat Grand Lyric Theater will be home to LCCC’s Kids Art Academy (KAA), a youth arts education program with a focus on all facets of performing arts for over three decades.  KAA currently serves hundreds of school-age youth annually and has produced theater troupe sell-out productions of “Broadway-quality” musicals as “Beauty and The Beast”, “Black Nativity”, “A Christmas Carol”, “Once On This Island” and the nationally acclaimed show, “The Wiz.”. This state-of-the art facility will also serve as another venue for community groups to use for training, rehearsals and performances.

National experts from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) of Washington, DC endorsed LCCC’s economic revitalization vision by recommending to our community that Muhammad Ali Blvd. between 6th to 21st Streets be transformed into a cultural arts commercial district to help create a vibrant corridor that supports economic development and job creation west of Ninth Street.  This plan aligns itself with what used to be the historic Walnut Street (now known as Muhammad Ali Blvd.) between 6th to 15th Streets, an area once the commercial heart of the black community that contained thriving businesses, professional offices, restaurants and entertainment venues prior to the razing of the commercial district by an urban renewal plan in the 1960s. This plan has been included with support of Louisville Metro and Louisville Metro Housing Authority as an important part of the transformation of Russell.

Partial funding has been provided by U. S. Housing & Urban Development through its community development block grant to the city of Louisville and a number of private sources.  To complete the theater, additional sponsorship and naming opportunities are available to support:

  • lighting, sound and recording systems – $265,000
  • main stage, staging area and loading dock area – $140,000
  • rehearsal, restrooms and dressing rooms – $270,000
  • lobby, vestibule and restrooms – $250,000
  • seating, coat check and storage – $280,000

To setup an interview to discuss the Grand Lyric Theater and/or to setup a tour after the roof raising contact VIPP Communications at booking@vippcommunications.com.  We will see you on Friday, February 15th for the ceremony.  Please arrive at least 15 minutes in advance so you can be in position to get everything you need for your stories.

 Louisville Central Community Centers Inc. is celebrating its 70th year of service to residents of the Russell neighborhood and west Louisville community.  As an anchor institution, LCCC provides an array of services including early childhood education, youth development, workforce development training, small business and neighborhood development activities.

The VIPP Report: Preparing area youth to be the greatest in the arts arena

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A NEW THEATER ALONG THE MUHAMMAD ALI ARTS, CULTURE & INNOVATION DISTRICT
LCCC RAISES ROOF FOR GRAND LYRIC THEATER            

Louisville Central Community Centers, the developer of the Muhammad Ali Arts, Culture and Innovation District, is constructing a performing arts facility to support its Kids Art Academy and the continued development of the district at its’ Old Walnut Street Development at 1300 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

On Friday, February 15, 2019 at 10:00 am there will be a roof raising ceremony with key stakeholders in the community, LCCC and advocators to bring Muhammad Ali Blvd back to life will be in attendance to lend their support.  Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith, an arts enthusiast, former Councilman David Tandy, Fund for the Arts’ CEO, Christen Boone, and representatives of the Norton Foundation and the Gheens Foundation all have confirmed their participation in the ceremony.  Representatives of the LCCC Kids Art Academy, the Tiny Tykes Theater Troupe and the Youth Repertory Theater Troupe of Louisville will perform to celebrate this achievement.

During the era between 1940-60’s, there was a theatre that was considered the hub where artists showcased their talents, which many went on to become professional entertainers performing alongside entertainment legends.  So, in 2019 we will revitalize the name The Grand Theater and Lyric Theater on historic Old Walnut Street in Louisville, KY in hopes of bringing life back into the arts and the community with a rich history in arts and entertainment.

The Grand Lyric Theater will consist of 300 seats and will be home to LCCC’s Kids Art Academy, a youth arts education program with a focus on all facets of performing arts.  It currently serves hundreds of school-age youth annually and has produced theater troupe sell-out productions of “Broadway-quality” musicals as “Beauty and The Beast”, “Black Nativity”, “A Christmas Carol”, “Once On This Island” and the nationally acclaimed show, “The Wiz.”. This state-of-the art facility will also service as another venue that community groups will use the facility for training, rehearsals and performances.

National experts from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) of Washington, DC endorsed LCCC’s economic revitalization vision by recommending to our community that Muhammad Ali Blvd. between 6th to 21st Streets be transformed into a cultural arts commercial district to help create a vibrant corridor that supports economic development and job creation west of Ninth Street.  This plan aligns itself with what use to be the historic Walnut Street (now known as Muhammad Ali Blvd.) between 6th to 15th Streets, which was once the commercial heart of the black community that contained thriving businesses, professional offices, restaurants and entertainment venues prior to the razing of the commercial district by an urban renewal plan in the 1960s. This plan has been included with support of Louisville Metro and Louisville Metro Housing Authority as an important part of the transformation of Russell.

Partial funding has been provided by U. S. Housing & Urban Development through its community development block grant to the city of Louisville and a number of private sources.  To complete the theater, additional sponsors are needed to support:

  • lighting, sound and recording systems – $265,000
  • main stage, staging area and loading dock area – $140,000
  • rehearsal, restrooms and dressing rooms – $270,000
  • lobby, vestibule and restrooms – $250,000
  • seating, coat check and storage – $280,000

To setup an interview to discuss the Grand Lyric Theater and/or to setup a tour after the roof raising contact VIPP Communications at booking@vippcommunications.com.  We will see you on Friday, February 15th for the ceremony.  Please arrive at least 15 minutes in advance so you can be in position to get everything you need for your stories.

Louisville Central Community Centers Inc. is celebrating its 70th year of service to residents of the Russell neighborhood and west Louisville community.  As an anchor institution, It provides an array of services including early childhood education, youth development, workforce development training, small business and neighborhood development activities.

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The VIPP Report: Working out under the twin spires at Churchill Downs its Fab Fit Friday

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With Queen Teddy & area fitness experts as they show you their weight loss techniques

(Louisville, Ky) It’s time to kick your fitness into gear!  The Stamina Foundation presents Fab Fit Friday on Friday, January 25th at Churchill Downs from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  Multiple fitness and wellness experts take you through a series of classes to assist with weight loss and/or to spice up your normal routine.  

 The queen of dance, Queen Teddy will travel to Louisville to do a 90-minute Dance Fitness Class.  One of her mottos is “If you believe you can, you WILL”.  Queen Teddy has been sharing her weight loss journey with 230 thousand followers on Instagram and now you get a chance to experience how she did it.  

 There will also be a mini fitness and wellness classes hosted by Nika from N-Spire Fitness, Savoy Fitness and Erin Quinlan from Ben & Zen Yoga and Snatched Fitness.  

 We invite you to come out and jumpstart your fitness routine in a supportive, motivational and inspirational atmosphere where we can help you stay and/or get fit and fab in 2019.  

 While you cool down and/or wait for your class to begin.  There will be vendors on site for you to support.  

img_39301(1)To be a part of Fab Fit Friday at Churchill Downs on Friday, January 25th tickets are $30.00.  To register, go to http://www.ashleydanderson.com/events. 

The event is made possible due to the generous supporter of Churchill Downs, Republic Bank, N-Spire Fitness, Savoy Fitness, Ben & Zen Yoga, Snatched Fitness, Queen Teddy and the Stamina Foundation.   

To setup an interview, please contact Sherlene Shanklin with VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com.  We also request that you include our event on your community calendars and announcements.    

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The VIPP Report: West Louisville Boys and Girls Choirs will be in concert

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THE HOPE AWARDS GIVE YOUTH SOMETHING TO SING ABOUT WHERE EXCELLENCE HITS A HIGH NOTE

(Louisville, KY) The West Louisville Performing Arts Academy (WLPAA) d.b.a. West Louisville Boys and West Louisville Girls Choirs, (WLBC/WLGC) announces their 19th Annual Hope Christmas Awards Dinner Concert on Saturday, December 1st at the University Club on the University of Louisville’s Belknap Campus.  The dinner concert will begin at 6:00 p.m.

This year’s McDaniel Bluitt Hope Award recipient is Manfred Reid.  The current chairman for the West Louisville Performing Arts Academy.  The Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the Louisville Metro Housing Authority.  In 2017, Mr. Reid received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Award given by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.   This year’s emcees will be husband and wife team, Entrepreneur and community leader Lacy and Barbara Sexton Smith, Metro Councilwoman for District 4.

We invite you to come out and support the choirs, our honoree and other special guests.  Tickets for the 19th Annual Hope Awards are $100 for adults and $50 for students.  They can be purchased at 323 West Broadway, Artspace, 4th floor.  For more information, please contact McDaniel Bluitt at 502-376-7840.

Members of the Boys & Girls Choirs rehearse twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The WLPAA is more than just singing.  They offer college scholarships, After School Tutorials, private Acoustic Guitar lessons and performance opportunities locally and statewide.

If you would like to set up an interview with Bluitt, Founder/Director of the West Louisville Performing Arts Academy please contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com. For additional information go to http://www.westlouisvilleperformingarts.org.

History

West Louisville Boys Choir began in November 1990. The choir is directed by McDaniel Bluitt, a retired vocal music teacher with twenty-nine (29) 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.

 

The VIPP Report: Chef Darnell “Superchef” Ferguson advances to the second round of Food Network’s Thanksgiving Challenge

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By Sherlene Shanklin, VIPP Communications

(Louisville, KY) Chef Darnell “Superchef” Ferguson advances to the second round of the Food Network’s Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge.  There were five and now it’s been narrowed down to four top chefs from all over the U.S. hosted by Chef Giada De Laurentiis.

Darnell Superchef FergusonThis week’s challenge, (Episode 2) all about pies, sides and leftovers surprise.  What judges Alex Guarnaschelli, Christian Petroni and Carla Hall are looking for is who can take Thanksgiving classics to new heights.  After this show there will be three remaining chefs.  Will Darnell make the “cut”?

The show started with five top chefs facing off to create ultimate Thanksgiving dishes challenging them to think out of the box to create delicious dishes and desserts that the whole family can enjoy.  The winner of the Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge carves their name in the turkey day history books, bragging rights for a year and $25,000.  The chefs will need more than a wishbone to advance.  They must impress three renowned chefs.  will be the judges for the show.

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge airs on Sundays 9:00 pm (EST) and 8:00 pm (C).  So, how far will Darnell “Superchef” Ferguson go?  You will have to watch and see. For showtime changes and/or to follow Darnell as he competes in the Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge. You can follow him on his social media platforms.20181104_210137

For additional information and/or to setup an interview with Darnell “Super Chef” Ferguson, please direct all inquiries to VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com.

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Super Chefs located at 1702 Bardstown Road in Louisville, KY.  For additional information about Darnell “Superchef” Ferguson visit:  www.eatsuperchefs.com/.

Food Network link to the Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge: https://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/ultimate-thanksgiving-challenge.

VIPP Communications is a full service public relations, event management and production firm headquartered in Louisville, KY with clients and/or projects all over the U.S. We can create, maintain and sustain your brand.  Our clientele range from small businesses, non-profits, corporate leaders, entertainment to current and retired professional athletes.  Contact one of our team members to see if we can assist you at info at vippcommunications dot com. 

 

 

The VIPP Report: Dance Theatre of Harlem will perform at the Kentucky Center

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For more than 50 years the Dance Theatre of Harlem, (DTH) have been entertaining audiences all over the U.S.  The 17-member dance ensemble is dedicated to transforming lives thought the power of arts and the vision of inclusion and access for all.  DHT is in Louisville on tonight, (November 9) at 8:00 pm at the Kentucky Center in Whitney Hall.

If you have never seen them perform, it’s a variety of generational art of expression from treasured classics, neo-classical works to ballet and African-American culture.

It’s not only an anniversary for the Dance Theatre of Harlem but the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts 35th anniversary.

Tickets start at $25 and they can be purchased at the Kentucky Center box office, www.kentuckycenter.org and/or by calling 502-502-584-7777.

 

The VIPP Report: Inaugural DRIPFEST announces artist lineup

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INAUGURAL DRIPFEST ANNOUNCES OCTOBER 19TH LINEUP AT THE LOUISVILLE WATER TOWER PARK

(Louisville, KY) The music scene continues to grow in Louisville bringing in all types of genres.  Now, a rap music fest is coming to give you a diverse platform and several types of rap from southern to east coast rap.  DRIPFEST will be held on Friday, October 19th at the Louisville Water Tower Park, 3005 River Road.

This year’s headliner will be Tekashi 6ix9ine.  The artist known for his unconventional appearance but contagious lyrics and explosive stage performance that you normally see at a rock music concert.  Known for his 2018 hit “FeFe” featuring Nicki Manaj and Murda Beatz which debuted number #3 in the Hot 100. In 2017, his hit “GUMMO” also landed in the HOT 100 ranking. In April, he also released “Gotti” and created a music video in the Dominican Republic and donated money to people in need.

Also, performing at DRIPFEST on October 19th will be artists Dusty Leigh, BSimm, INDY Cut and BBlasian

To support area entrepreneurs, we will have a food trucks for you to purchase their specialty foods at an economical price.  Gates open at 6:30 pm. The show will begin at 8:00 pm. General admission tickets are $60 and VIP tickets are $75 with a special meet and greet. You can purchase tickets at Eventbrite.com or stop by Michael JS in Mall St. Matthews, 5000 Shelbyville Road; HairLaFlair Boutique, 1859 Berry Blvd; DBA Couture, 5017 Poplar Level Road; Lil Pat’s Barbershop, 821 North Wilson Road in Radcliff, KY; Better Days Records East, 1765 Bardstown Road and Better Days Records West, 2600 W. Broadway #104.

Be sure to tune into 98.9 FM and 93.1 FM to win tickets to DRIPFEST 2018 at the Louisville Water Tower on Friday, October 19th.

For additional information and/or to be a vendor, call 502-315-9443.

Please announce and/or post on your media platforms.  If you would like to setup an interview with the organizers of DRIPFEST or local artists performing contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: Area promoters unite to create the Louisville 502 Shutdown

SOME OF THE HOTTEST PROMOTERS IN LOUISVILLE HIT A HOME RUN BY TEAMING UP TO CREATE A WEEKEND TO SHOW UNITY AND THEIR POSITIVE INFLUENCE IN THE COMMUNITY

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(Louisville, KY) The entertainment scene in Louisville is growing by leaps and bounds from concerts, celebrities after-parties, galas, Kentucky Derby to community events.  With the growth in 2018, comes a sense of pride from entertainment promoters to outdo themselves every time to give their strong support system of followers and guests a unique experience.

Imagine if all the promoters would come together to create and show a united front because they are the trendsetters in the community and they have the influence to set the standard.  So, on September 15th and 16th ten Louisville-based promoters will team up for the “Louisville 502 Shutdown”. This is a major collaboration of Big Don MJ, The Gentlemen of Dream Team, Keys2KY, BHen Entertainment, Elite Society, Southside Entertainment, DJ Equip, FAO, Lil Wayne and JRock Entertainment, and B. Smith Entertainment. 

The weekend kicks off at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd for their Louisville 502 Shutdown Day Party.  Each promoter’s fanbase will start at KCAAH with three rooms to party from 5:00 pm to 10 :00 pm.

The DJ schedule is just as impressive.  Promoters has assembled a dynamic roster of party starters.  You can see them around the city in their particular club and/or major event.  Many have garnered regional and national attention for their skills and five of them will work the day party to get the weekend started.  DJ Samosa, DJ Butter, DJ Lil Jerry, DJ Kaos, and Rockstar Renegade will party until the sun goes down.  Then your 502 Shutdown experience moves.  Two different venues but both guaranteed to have you dancing late into the night.

Some will head to The Hideout at 934 Baxter Ave while others will go to Cole’s Place at Kentucky Street for their official after-parties. DJ Knitti, DJ Lil Jerry, and Hype man Face will be at Cole’s and DJ Cam and DJ Znyce will be at The Hideout.

To conclude their grand slam weekend, on Sunday, September 16th at MVP Sports Bar, 5011 Poplar Level Road. DJ Phats, DJ Lil Jerry, Rockstar Renegade and DJ Eb will wrap up the collaboration as you enjoy their music, food and watch a few games.

The inaugural weekend is guaranteed to fill that void that party lovers have been missing.  Ten promoters teaming up to give you’re the ultimate party experience.  You can purchase tickets at various locations: Wing Station, 2119 Crums Lane; Better Days West, 2600 West Broadway; Hair La Flair, 1859 Berry Blvd; Michael JS, St. Matthews Mall; DBA Couture, 5017 Poplar Level Road and/or got to Eventbrite.com.  For additional information call the Louisville 502 Shutdown hotline at 502-472-2069 or by email at 502shutdown@gmail.com.

Please consider announcing and/or posting our weekend of events.  If you would like to setup an interview, contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcomunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: Louisville native brings a host of hip hop artists together to celebrate Dusty Leigh Day & to help area youth with school supplies

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HIP HOP ARTISTS GIVING BACK BY PERFORMING IN LOUISVILLE TO ASSIST FAMILIES NEEDING ASSISTANCE WITH GETTING BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLIES

(Louisville, KY) Back to school never sounded better when hip hop artist and Louisville native Dusty Leigh brings his vision to life.  He asked a few friends to travel to Louisville to help collect school supplies for youth.  With no hesitation the lineup was formed with some of the top names all performing on Dusty Leigh Day on Saturday, August 11th at Diamonds Pub, 630 Barrett Ave starting at 8:00 p.m.  Doors will open at 7:00 p.m.

The who’s who of hip-hop will perform. Here’s the lineup: Yung Joc, Bubba Sparxx, Murphy Lee, Nappy Roots and the Ying Yang Twins.

You won’t believe what the admission is for this packed lineup.  It’s FREE with a school supply donation.  If you don’t bring supplies, we are asking for a minimum donation of $10 so Leigh and his team of volunteers can go and purchase the items needed.

Dusty Leigh says “It’s an honor to have a day in my city but it was never all about me. It’s about giving back.  I travel all over the world and open for some of the biggest artists but there’s no place like home.  I see so many parents and guardians struggling to get the needed supplies for their child.  I just want to do my part and I’m excited to have such a great support system and friends in the industry willing to take time out of their busy schedules to perform.  This will be one of the top concerts of the summer. I hope you come out and support our efforts.”

So, come out and enjoy the show and help area youth at the same time. On August 11th, Leigh will announce what organization(s) he will be partnering with to make sure the supplies get in the right hands.

If you would like to setup an interview with Dusty Leigh and/or request media credentials contact Sherlene Shanklin at VIPP Communications at info@vippcomunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: Former Cardinals and Wildcats tee it off to help youth wanting to excel in sports and in the classroom

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(Louisville, KY) Inside the Lines Training, Inc. (ITL) will host their inaugural Cards vs Cats Golf Scramble on Monday, July 2nd at the Nevel Meade Golf Course, 3123 Nevel Meade Drive, Prospect, KY.

The scramble will support programs to assist local youth athletes through education, leadership development and physical training. Their goal for the charity event is to raise $25K.

Registration begins at 7:30 am and the teams will tee-off at 9:00 am.  To participate in the golf scramble the registration fee is $100 per person or $300 for a team of four.  Space is limited so if you would like to play register by emailing Anthony Richardson at insidethelinestraining@gmail.com.

The following players have agreed to participate and/or send memorabilia for a silent auction presenting their teams.  For the Cards it will be:  Michael Bush, Tony Williams, Jamon Brown, Earl Heyman and Mario Urrutia.

The Cats who’ve agreed to participate are: Keenan Burton, Garry Williams, Alex Poythress, and John Wall (memorabilia).  Additional names will be released in the coming weeks prior to the scramble.

Others also confirmed to participate is Mohamed Sanu and Ben Simmons (memorabilia).

Inside the Lines Training Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enrich student athletes with tools to excel academically, while enhancing characteristics of leadership, responsibility and work ethic.  They seek to establish these principles while creating a strong athletic foundation through sports specific training.

To learn more about Inside the Lines Training and the Cards vs Cats Golf Scramble go to www.itltraining.org.

We would love to have you cover our scramble.  To set up an interview, please contact Sherlene Shanklin with VIPP Communications at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com or by calling 502-295-0435.

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VIPP Communications is a full service public relations, event management and production firm headquartered in Louisville, KY with clients and/or projects all over the U.S. We can create, maintain and sustain your brand.  Our clientele range from small businesses, non-profits, corporate leaders, entertainment to current and retired professional athletes.  Contact one of our team members to see if we can assist you at info at vippcommunications dot com. 

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The VIPP Report: Comedian Eddie Griffin announces date of Louisville show

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The actor/comedian will be in Louisville at the Brown Theatre on Saturday, July 21st.  In February, Showtime premiered his fifth stand-up special, Eddie Griffin: Undeniable and now fans can see him live on stage.

In 1990, Griffin took a dare to get up in front of an audience in a comedy club and do three minutes of stand up. Needless to say some 45 minutes later the choreographer for the Kansas City Chiefs half-time shows hung up his dance shoes and headed to Los Angeles with a one-way ticket to pursue his gift to make people laugh. Some 28 years later, Griffin continues to make people laugh on television and venues across the country.

Tickets for Eddie Griffin’s Louisville show at the Brown Theatre start at $45.  They go on sale at 10:00 am on Friday, May 18th.

If you have a story idea, send it to thevippreport@vippcommunications.com.  Follow us on Twitter @thevippreport @vippcomm.

 

The VIPP Report: Oaks Day is the start of a Kentucky “Holiday” and LCCC welcomes the artist with the same name to kickoff the celebration

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(Louisville, KY) Louisville Central Community Center, (LCCC) in collaboration with VIPP Communications announces their inaugural Kentucky Derby event.  On Friday, May 4th from 10 am to 2 pm at Old Walnut Street, 1300 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd, it’s the Oaks Day Derby Brunch. This year’s theme: Songs in the Key of Life, a Stevie Wonder Tribute starring R & B/Soul artist J. Holiday.

The Derby Brunch hosted by Sherlene Shanklin is from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm.  Some of Louisville’s top artists will open for Holiday.  Ade’, Sheryl Rouse and Junior J will perform some of Wonder’s 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 Stevie Wonder.  The youth studied the multi-Grammy Award winning artist and his long span career in the entertainment industry.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 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 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.

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 who made our inaugural event successful: JIGGA MCC Ent., Erica Denise, VIPP Communications, Passport Health Plan, 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 at vippcommunications dot com.

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The VIPP Report: Hip-Hop/Rap Superstar Lil Wayne will travel to Louisville during Kentucky Derby week to headline Derby Soundstage 2018

 

(Louisville, KY) Kentucky Derby weekend draws a lot of stars to Louisville to enjoy not only the greatest two minutes in sports at the iconic home of the twin spires but the events surrounding the horse race.  Derby Soundstage 2018 one of the biggest Derby events happening, will take place Thursday, May 3rd in Broadbent Arena.

Derby Soundstage 2018 will be hosted by DJ Envy, and will include performances from Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, K. Michelle. Cardi B was previously slated to perform, but has been removed from the lineup due to booking and scheduling conflicts with her Spring/Summer Festival Tour.

Derby Soundstage 2018 welcomes to the Derby City, Lil Wayne as the headliner.  Everything the rapper, songwriter, record executive and entrepreneur touches turns platinum.  The New Orleans native is the CEO of Young Money Entertainment.  With artists like Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Christina Milian on the roster, Wayne is no stranger to selling out venues across the U.S. and Louisville will be no different.

He will share the stage that night with an artist that won a Grammy with him in 2017 for Best Rap Performance for “No Problem”.  The Atlanta, Georgia rap star 2 Chainz will also be a part of the show. The rapper, executive, and song writer currently released “Pretty Girls Love Trap Music”, which is certified platinum.

Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz have released a multi-platinum joint album entitled “Collegrove”.

R & B sensation and reality show star K. Michelle will open the show.  The Memphis native currently has a new album “The People I Used to Know” with hits like “Birthday” and “No Not You”.

The concert will be hosted by a member of the World’s Most Dangerous Morning Show, The Breakfast Club. DJ Envy will serve as the host and DJ of the concert. Envy is the co-host of the nationally syndicated four and half hour morning show along with Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God.

So, it’s Derby Soundstage 2018 featuring Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz and K. Michelle hosted by DJ Envy on Thursday, May 3rd in Broadbent Arena in Louisville, Kentucky.

Tickets are on sale and they start at $70.  You can purchase them through ticketmaster.com.  Doors open at 6:00 pm and the show will begin at 7:00 pm. Refunds will be offered for those who no longer wish to attend the concert due to the change in the lineup.

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The VIPP Report: 2018 Spring Fest announce artist lineup for Easter Weekend in Louisville

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FEATURING JACQUEES, DREEZY, DEJ LOAF AND DJ LUKE NASTY

(Louisville, KY) Three artists that’s worked together in the studio to collaborate on one another’s hits will now all be a part of the same show giving fans a unique experience. Each artist respectful also are known for being hit singer/songwriter and/or rap artists. From dropping bars to dropping lyrics.

On Saturday, March 31st, (Easter Weekend) Southside Hot Rod Entertainment presents 2018 Spring Fest featuring Jacquees, Dreezy, Dej Loaf, and DJ Luke Nasty in concert at the Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main Street in downtown Louisville.  The show will be hosted by actress/singer B. Simone. She’s also known for her edgy, quick wit on Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out as a cast member of the hit television program.

Doors open at 8:30 pm and the show will begin at 9:00 pm.  DJ Empty Beats will be in the mix and keeping the show moving into between artists.  Tickets are start at $68.50.  You can purchase them at the Kentucky Center Box Office, kentuckycenter.org, or by calling 502-584-7777 or 800-775-7779.

So, its Jacquees, Dreezy, Dej Loaf an DJ Luke Nasty all performing at 2018 Spring Fest in Louisville at the Kentucky Center on Saturday, March 31st.

Please announce and/or post our event on your shows and calendars.  For interviews and/or request additional information contact VIPP Communications at

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The VIPP Report: Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds performs at the Louisville Palace on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day will never be the same if you give the gift love through music.  You have only a few hours before you give your sweetheart a surprise.  If you’re like many and time is not on your side consider taking them to a concert. Indiana native singer, songwriter and producer Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds will be performing at the Louisville Palace.  The 11-time Grammy Award winning artist is known for his love ballads and with his dozens of hits throughout his 30 plus years in the entertainment industry.  He’s known for working with stars like Toni Braxton , the late Whitney Houston, TLC and Midnight Star who started their group while attending Kentucky State University.

When you attend the show on February 14th, you will hear songs like “Whip Appeal”, “When Can I See You Again”, “I Care About You” to “Tender Love”.  He will take you down memory lane and he may sing some hits you had no idea he was affiliated with like “My, My, My” by Johnny Gill, “End of the Road” by Boyz II Men, or “Red Light Special” by TLC.  Babyface wrote and/or produced all of those songs plus countless others that your favorite artist sings.

Tickets are still available and they range from $30 to $99.50.  Doors open at 7:00 pm and the show is at 8:00 pm. You can purchase them at www.louisvillepalace.com, or at the Louisville Palace box office.

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The VIPP Report: The Breakfast Club’s DJ Envy will host Derby Soundstage 2018 in Louisville

By Sherlene Shanklin

With the Kentucky Derby just 86 days away, organizers are working hard behind the scenes planning some of the biggest events, galas and parties around the greatest two minutes in sports. I announced that Grammy Award winning hip-hop/rap artist Lil Wayne will be in concert along with Grammy-nominated newcomer Cardi B and R&B sensation K. Michelle will be in concert on Thursday, May 3rd at Broadbent Arena for Derby Soundstage 2018.

All three artists performing have new material from Lil Wayne with Dedication 6, Cardi B with the remix of Finesse featuring Bruno Mars and K. Michelle with her album “The People I Used to Know”.

So, its Lil Wayne. Cardi B and K. Michelle in concert hosted by DJ Envy on Thursday, May 3rd in Broadbent Area. Tickets are on sale and they start at $70. The show will begin at 7:00 pm.

Now, if you have a story idea, send it to me at thevippreport@vippcommunications.com.  You can follow me on Twitter @Sherlenemediapr @thevippreport or @vippcomm.

Sherlene Shanklin is a veteran in the broadcast industry.  With almost 30 years in the field,  the multi-EMMY nominated multi-media content editor and The411 with Sherlene Shanklin entertainment/community affairs producer works for WHAS11 Television, an ABC Affiliate located in Louisville, KY.  

 

The VIPP Report: Mystery author Sue Grafton dies after a two year battle with cancer

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Special Report by Sherlene Shanklin, The411 on WHAS11 TV, ABC Affiliate, Louisville

(Louisville, KY)  The author known for her masterful books of mystery starting each with a letter of the alphabet has died.  Sue Grafton died on Thursday after a two year battle with cancer.  WHAS11 spoke to the author in August in Hopkinsville at the solar eclipse.

Grafton’s Hometown Hero Banner was dedicated in 2016.  The 27′ x 40′ banner is facing the east wall of the Springhill Suites/Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott at 132 E. Jefferson Street.

The Louisville native went to Atherton High School and later went on to graduate from the University of Louisville.

Grafton’s novels have been published in twenty-eight countries and in twenty-six languages.

The author’s family just posted a statement on her public figure page on social media.  Here’s their statement:  

“Hello Dear Readers. This is Sue’s daughter, Jamie. I am sorry to tell you all that Sue passed away last night after a two year battle with cancer. She was surrounded by family, including her devoted and adoring husband Steve. Although we knew this was coming, it was unexpected and fast. She had been fine up until just a few days ago, and then things moved quickly. Sue always said that she would continue writing as long as she had the juice. Many of you also know that she was adamant that her books would never be turned into movies or TV shows, and in that same vein, she would never allow a ghost writer to write in her name. Because of all of those things, and out of the deep abiding love and respect for our dear sweet Sue, as far as we in the family are concerned, the alphabet now ends at Y.” 

So, now we know that there will be no “Z” in Grafton’s series.  It will end with “Y”.  

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer just posted this statement on his social media page:

The world has lost a great talent and prolific author in Sue Grafton — and in Louisville we have lost a citizen, friend, neighbor, a master gardener and hometown hero. Her legacy will live on through her words, which will entertain and thrill readers for generations to come.”

Sue Grafton was 77 years old.  Stay with Sherlene Shanklin and WHAS11 Television in Louisville for the latest information.  

If you have a story idea, send it to me at The411@whas11.com or thevippreport@vippcommunications.com.  

Twitter: @sherlenemediapr #thevippreport 

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The VIPP Report: Open enrollment underway for youth interested in the arts

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(Louisville, KY) The West Louisville Performing Arts Academy (WLPAA) d.b.a. West Louisville Boys and West Louisville Girls Choirs, (WLBC/WLGC) is holding its annual Open Enrollment for new students, boys and girls, ages 8 to 18.

Auditions will be held at the Artspace, 323 West Broadway, 4th floor next door to the Brown Theater. Open Enrollment has already begun and ends Friday October 13th.

Members of the Boys & Girls Choirs rehearse twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The WLPAA is more than just singing.  They offer college scholarships, After School Tutorials, private Acoustic Guitar lessons and performance opportunities locally and statewide.

If you are interested in enrolling your child in any of the WLPAA program offerings, contact information is below:

McDaniel Bluitt, Boys Choir Director, Cell: (502) 376-7840, E-mail: wlbc_wlgc@yahoo.com

Travis Schuster, Acoustical Guitar Instructor,Cell: (502) 909-5939, E-mail: travisschuster2@gmail.com

Mamie Bluitt, Girls Choir Director, Cell: (502) 418-7236, E-mail: mamiegr@gmail.com

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

We are also preparing for our annual Hope Awards. Please Save the Date of Saturday, December 9th at the University Club. Please consider purchasing a table and/or sponsoring a youth.

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

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West Louisville Boys Choir began in November 1990. The choir is directed by McDaniel Bluitt, a retired vocal music teacher with twenty-nine (29) 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.

 

The VIPP Report: The “Showdown” takes place on the basketball court bringing “All Stars” to the hardwood to support area youth and Hurricane Harvey victims

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(Louisville, KY) It’s all about the bragging rights in the All-Star Showdown 2017 on Sunday, September 3rd at Old Male High School Gym, 911 S. Brook Street (corner of Brook and Breckenridge). Tickets are $10 for adults and $3 for youth 12 and under.

At 3:00 p.m. there will be a championship league game.  So, the East End Team of Louisville, Lou-Ville Champs will go up against the Buffalo All Star Pro Team from Lexington coached by 1978 NCAA Champion and Kentucky Wildcat James Lee.  It’s the battle for bragging rights.  During halftime fans, will get to enjoy a dunk contest.  You need to be in attendance to see the unbelievable dunks that will be attempted.

You will get your money’s worth with this event.  A second game has been added.  It’s the All-Star Game featuring former NBA & NCAA champion for the Kentucky Wildcats Derek Anderson, former Louisville Cardinals stars BJ Flynn, Nate Johnson and Alvin Sims will participate in the game. We’ve also confirmed that two Louisville Metro Police Officers Joplin Johnson and Thomas Coleman will play in this game. Louisville native and NBA star D’Angelo Russell graciously sponsored the official All Star Showdown Nike uniforms for the 5pm game.

Two former University of Louisville athletes Tony Williams and Mario Urrutia along with their dynamic teams created this concept to give back to the youth in the community.  Williams played 10 years in the European professional basketball league and works tirelessly to assist the youth in the community.  After playing for the Cardinals, Urrutia played in the NFL and currently helps other youth seeking the same success by developing them at the Super Student Athletes, LIFE Center. They provide guidance both on and off the football field.    Throughout the day, you will see youth be showcased in various ways so they can be exposed to positive figures in the community.

You will also get to see Kentucky State University’s Marching Band. They will travel from Frankfort to be a part of the game. There will be a step show during the HBCU halftime explosion.

This event is for the sharp shooters because there will be a Montgomery Chevrolet 3 Point Contest. Former Harlem Globetrotter, Dirt Bowl legend and Louisville native Gerald Gray will participate in Beat the Pro Challenge.

There will even be a $1,000 Lawyer for the City Half Court Long Shot Challenge sponsored by Attorney Brandon Lawrence.

This family friendly event will not only recognize the youth in the community but due to Hurricane Harvey, organizers felt the need to assist with aid by holding a moment of silence at the start of the game and introducing Derek Anderson’s AOK Foundation for hurricane relief fund and explain how you can help throughout the event.  Organizers have family and friends affected and want to let them know they care.

The response has been overwhelming when it comes to giving back.  We would like to thank some 30 sponsors that made this event which include Denny & Susan Crum, Bias Tilford Jr., Beargrass Missionary Church & Iron Sharpens Men’s Church Group, UPS Store St. Matthews Woodlawn Plaza, Derby Oil-Man, Lawrence “Red” Herring, Parkland Laundry, Media-Pros, Wade Houston and Frank Minnifield and family.

All four of the urban radio outlets in the area have agreed to be a part of the event by hosting different hours throughout the day.  B96, 93.1 The Beat, WLOU/104.7 and 107.9 The Beat in Lexington will all broadcast from the event.  There will be on-site interviews with KySports.TV. They will also live stream the games. To keep the activities moving Mario Martin of “The Mario Show” will be the emcee for the day.

Members of the Aspire Academy, which features some of the top high school prospects in the country will be in attendance. Hoops for Christ Philip Morrison will do a dribble dance routine with youth on the court.  With all this fun, you will get hungry so we have the 502 Café food truck serving food just outside the door.

If you would like to setup an interview with Tony Williams and Mario Urrutia please contact Sherlene Shanklin, VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.

Crews will be setting up on Friday and Sunday if you would like to do a preview story.  We also invite you to do live shots during our games.  There will be plenty of things going on and we will have coordinators, supporters and players made available to you.

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The VIPP Report: 5th Annual African Heritage Festival kicks off in Louisville on August 25th

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A Celebration of Unity, Art, Culture, & History Across the African Diaspora

The 5th Annual African Heritage Festival will be held in various locations around the city of Louisville Friday, August 25th through Sunday August 27th.  The event celebrates unity, culture, art and history across the African Diaspora.

The festival is hosted by Bridge Kids International, the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage (KCAAH), the Kentucky Old School Sports Association (KOSSA), HoneyTree Publishing, and Moments to Remember.

The African Heritage Festival is organized by a dynamic team representing a variety of countries and backgrounds. The whole city is invited to this unifying event that will be fun, educational, and certainly full of flavor. Last year’s festival drew approximately 2000 participants, and with this year’s new additions, we only anticipate that the celebration will continue to grow.

Opening Ceremony — Friday, August 25th – Kentucky Center for African American Heritage:

Opening Ceremony will kick off the weekend with a reception and program honoring African heritage, culture, history and art.

Festival Day — Saturday, August 26th

The African Heritage Festival will be a joyous event for the whole family with great food, music, dance, sports, theater, fashion, cultural demonstrations, children’s activities, resources for healthy living and so much more. What a great way to honor African, African-American and Caribbean cultures in Louisville and add to the revitalization efforts in the historic Russell neighborhood. All activities are free and open to the public. Some highlights include:

  • 8:00am: Soccer Tournament Begins – Champions Park, 2050 River Road soccer tournament held at Champions Park, organized by KOSSA, featuring 10 teams from at least 5 states with players representing 20 countries of origin
  • 10:00am:  Parade Begins – a parade of marching bands, dance teams, bicycle groups, community organizations and more down Muhammad Ali Blvd. starting at 9th Street and ending at 18th Street where the festival will take place in front of the KCAAH
  • 10:00am – 12:00pm: the widely beloved Books & Breakfast!
  • 11:00am: Festival activities begin and will feature live entertainment, “Under the Story Tree” storytelling fest, and other children’s activities. Food, merchandise and informational vendors from across the city and the surrounding region will be in attendance.
  • 12:00pm: Basketball tournament begins – a street basketball tournament presented by KOSSA and the organizers of the Dirt Bowl
  • 12:00pm – 5:00pm: A how-to fair with community members teaching useful and fun things
  • 7:00pm: Festival ends

 Sunday, August 27th – Invoke… Called by the Ancestors (performance begins 2:30 pm)

This year, we are excited to announce that a third day will be incorporated into the festival! Please come out on Sunday, August 27th for “Invoke … Called by the Ancestors” performed by Sankofa Dance Theater. The Baltimore based dance company presents world-class, authentic African art in the form of dance, music, and folkways for national and international audiences. Sankofa Dance Theater’s work is rooted in healing and bringing intercultural understanding to the global village while staying true to the definition of the word “Sankofa” — which means to learn from the past in an effort to build for the future. The show will begin promptly at 2:30pm and will feature a special appearance by spoken word artists Hannah Drake and Tytianna Wells smith –performing A Mother’s Tears. Tickets for Sunday’s are available on Eventbrite and at Better Days Records West (Lyles Mall). Proceeds will go towards the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. We would like to thank The Brown Forman Foundation, The Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureaus, and Metro Louisville for sponsoring this event, and their dedication to making world renowned talent accessible to the larger community.

The African Heritage Festival was founded in 2013 when Bridge Kids International approached KCAAH about hosting the event at the Center as a way to build relationships among and celebrate Louisville’s African Diaspora. In four years, the event has grown from a mostly indoor event to a street festival and has more than doubled in size. Bridge Kids continues to coordinate the overall planning, but the African Heritage Festival has truly become the pride of all of the presenting organizations, planning committee, participants and volunteers.

Bridge Kids International is a Louisville, KY based global non-profit organization helping young people of Africa and the African Diaspora, aged 13-25, unleash their social entrepreneurial spirits to solve economic development, education, environmental, girls’ rights, and health challenges and build sustainable communities.  Bridge Kids operates from a belief that the interaction between culture, community, and connection leads to healing, restoration, and the evolution of individuals and communities.  BKI is rooted in African heritage culture, works to build communities that nurture young people, and seeks to strengthen relationships across Africa and the African Diaspora. Bridge Kids currently operates in 6 countries – Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda, Senegal and the USA.

The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage’s (KCAAH) mission is to enhance the public’s knowledge about the history, heritage and cultural contributions of African Americans in Kentucky. In addition to its commitment to preserving the traditions and accomplishments of the past, the Center is a vital, contemporary institution, providing space for cultural programs, exhibitions and performances of all types. KCAAH’s brand is “One More River to Cross,” a history examined through Kentucky stories about African American history from its African origins through the Freedom Struggle against slavery and Jim Crow laws, to the modern Civil and Human Rights Movements in the 20th century.

 

 

 

 

The VIPP Report: The sweet sounds of Tyrese comes to the Louisville Palace

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Actor and R&B star Tyrese is on a fast and furious pace.  From a successful movie franchise to a wedding and now his will come off the big screen to hit the big stage.  He along with Kelly Price and Dave Hollister will be in concert at the Louisville Palace hosted by Magic 101.3.

Save the date of Friday, September 1st to hear these soulful artists belt out some of their biggest hits from “Shame”, “Stay”, “Sweet Lady”, “Friend of Mine” “Secret Love”, “You Should’ve Told Me”, and “One Woman Man”.

Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at Ticket master locations, Ticketmaster.com and/or the Louisville Palace box office.

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

 

The VIPP Report: The Lincoln Foundation announces Evening of Jazz entertainment

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(Louisville, KY).  The 22nd Annual Evening of Jazz featuring the Ansyn Banks Quintet will be held on Friday, August 18, 2017 at the KCD Theater, 4100 Springdale Road. Proceeds from the event benefit the Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program®.  A pre-concert reception with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will begin at 5:30 p.m. The program and concert, which features the Ansyn Banks Quintet performing a tribute to jazz great Kenny Dorham, begins at 7:00 p.m.

As a jazz trumpeter, singer and composer, Kenny Dorham played with such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Billy Eckstine and Mercer Ellington. He was best known for his album entitled Afro-Cuban which showcased his interest in combining Latin music with jazz.

Ansyn Banks, an associate professor of jazz trumpet at the University of Louisville School of Music, teaches jazz styles and analysis, jazz improvisation and directs the university’s jazz combo program.  He has performed with jazz legends such as Dick Oatts, Harry Pickens, Chuck Marohnic, Hank Marr, Gene Walker and Melvin Rhyne as well as some of the biggest names in entertainment like the Mighty Dells, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin and the Four Tops.

Prior to the concert, Lincoln Foundation will present the prestigious Spirit of Excellence Award which is annually given to a local individual who exemplifies an active commitment to education, human/community service, and leadership.  This year’s recipient is Cathe Dykstra, Chief Possibility Officer and President & CEO of Family Scholar House, for her role in “changing lives, families and communities through education”.  Past recipients include Christina Lee Brown, Laura Douglas, Ed Hamilton, Mary Gwen Wheeler, Mayor Greg Fischer, Robert & Deborah Blair and Lonnie & the late Muhammad Ali.

Lincoln Foundation has empowered disadvantaged youth to overcome adversity through education since its inception by Berea College over 100 years ago. Lincoln Foundation believes that students can break the cycle of poverty in their families through higher education. The mission of the organization is to provide educational enrichment programs that develop and support youth in overcoming barriers to achievement.  The signature Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program® annually serves approximately 460 students in grades 7-12 and over a six-year period prepares them for high school and college graduation. The college-prep program has demonstrated successful outcomes with Scholars earning over 361 undergraduate and graduate degrees since 2000.  Today over 150 Scholars are enrolled at accredited colleges or universities.

The Evening of Jazz is made possible this year due to the generous support of LG&E and KU Energy, Brown-Forman, Business First, Louisville Defender, 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 22nd 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 Sherlene Shanklin at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com. 

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The VIPP Report: Vic Frierson returns to his hometown where he learned to love music will perform in a special show

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(Louisville, KY) Legacies Unlimited and Ken Clay & Associates presents The Walnut Street Revue featuring Louisville native Vic Frierson.  It’s A Song for You: A Tribute to the Life & Music of Luther Vandross. Frierson will celebrate the life and music of Luther Vandross. It will be held on Sunday, August 6th at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.  General admission tickets are $40 per person and if you would like to sit in the V.I.P. section on-stage it will be $45.

This is a homecoming for Vic who attended Male High School and the University of Louisville.  The singer/songwriter will perform his original show in front of people who inspired him to follow his dreams in the entertainment industry for nearly 50 years.

Tickets are available online at cliftoncenter.org.  You can also pick them up at the following locations: Better Days Records in Lyles Mall and 1765 Bardstown Road.

If you would like to setup an interview with Vic Frierson and/or Ken Clay, please contact Sherlene Shanklin with VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com.

*Please note-Vic Frierson will be in Louisville a week prior to the concert for in-studio interviews and performances.  

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

PRESS CONFERENCE ADVISORY

May 24, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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