The VIPP Report: Celebrating the Legacy of Black Louisville with entertainment memories from the past

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(Louisville, KY) Music is healing to the soul and jazz is the essence of the heart and when you combine the two, you celebrate music and its legacy.  Legacies Unlimited Inc. presents Jazz At The Top Hat Club featuring the jazz renderings of saxophonist Rick DeBow and The Palm Room Crew on Friday, January 24th at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd formerly known as Old Walnut Street at 7:30pm.

Although members of the group CRISIS have not played as a unit for a number of years, they will come together as The Palm Room Crew for this Jazz At The Top Hat event.

We invite you to The Top Hat Club, it’s the place to be and to be seen as we celebrate the legacy of Black Louisville. Tickets are $35 for general admission.

On Saturday, January 25th, it’s “Ladies Night Out” with The Walnut Street Revue.  We take you back to the 1930’s, 40’s and 50s.  Louisville legends song stylist Tanita Gaines and showstopper Sheryl Rouse will perform.

Ken Clay, founder of Legacies Unlimited says “Its two evenings full of great music and memories.  We take you down memory lane as we remember our music legends from Louisville in particular Old Walnut with music powerhouses of today.  We will also honor an entertainer on that Saturday with the Helen Humes Jazz Legend Award.  We’ve only given the award to a handful of people over the years, but we feel the particular artist we will honor is so deserving.  We invite you both evenings as we party Old Walnut Street style.”

The award is named in honor of Helen Humes. A jazz and blues singer from Louisville, KY who was a vocalist with Count Basie’s band.  Enthusiasts and historians have documented that Humes was a vital voice in the swing-era.  Helping them shape and define the sound of vocal swing music.  The only child of a school teacher and her father was the first black attorney in the city.  In 1937, Basie asked Humes to join his band, replacing Billie Holiday. The Louisville music icon  recorded her last album in 1980 and died from cancer in 1981 at the age of 68 years old.

Tickets for The Walnut Street Revue are $50 for general admission and $60 for cabaret seating. (limited space)

Celebrating the Legacy of Black Louisville is presented by Legacies Unlimited in partnership with the KCAAH.  It is made possible through support from Christy Brown, the Owsley Brown II Family Foundation, Hardscuffle Inc., WLKY-TV and George & Mary Lee Fischer.

Tickets for the both JAZZ AT THE TOP HAT and WALNUT STREET REVUE are available at Better Days Records in Lyles Mall or at 1765 Bardstown Road. You can also purchase them online at redpintix.com.

Please announce and/or post our event to your entertainment/event calendar.  To set-up an interview, please contact VIPP Communications at  info@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: The first African American secretary for the Smithsonian visits KCAAH in Louisville

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By Sherlene M. Shanklin

On September 25th at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage they hosted An Extraordinary Evening with Dr. Lonnie Bunch.

Dr. Bunch is the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institute.  That consists of 19 museums, nine research centers and the National Zoo.  He was previously the founding director of the National Museum of African American History.

The Heritage Center is located a 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Boulevard in Louisville, Ky.

See link for my WHAS11.com photo gallery Dr. Lonnie Bunch in Louisville, Ky

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The VIPP Report: KCAAH will host a grand re-introduction event featuring the first secretary the Smithsonian

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Special Report by Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 an ABC affiliate, Louisville

Louisville, KY,  When you think of re-introduction you think about how you are going to embrace change.  The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (Heritage Center) will turn a page to history by starting a new chapter with the launch of their Inaugural Quarterly Membership event that they are calling “An Extraordinary Evening” honoring Dr. Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution on Wednesday, September 25th at the Heritage Center from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

I’ve had several people ask me who is Dr. Bunch?  He’s the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian and the first African American to hold the position.  He assumed the position on June 16, 2019 where he now oversees 19 museums, 21 libraries, the National Zoo, along with numerous research centers and several education units and centers.

His past position was the director of Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The re-introduction event will hold it’s first bourbon tasting west of 9th Street which will feature 12 top tier exclusive brands which they call the “Bourbon Alley”.  Woodford Reserve’s Master Taster Katie Farley will be sharing her craft with the guests. At this event, they will also honor the first African American master distiller on record Uncle Nearest.

Did you know that Brough Brothers Distillery has a micro-distillery in West Louisville?  They will also be apart of the event.

Dr. Neeli Bendapudi, President of UofL will serve as the emcee for the event as Mayor Greg Fischer, and other elected officials and dignitaries will be in attendance as guests enjoy a tour of new exhibits, cocktails, food pairings and of course networking opportunities.

For additional information visit the Heritage Center’s site at www.kcaah.org.

If you have a story idea, send it to me at The411@whas11.com.  You can follow me on social for the real-time news and announcements at Twitter @sherlenemediapr & FB @SherleneShanklin.

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Sherlene Shanklin: KCAAH welcomes Dr. Lonnie Bunch of the Smithsonian

The VIPP Report: KCAAH’s Grand Re-Introduction Event Featuring Dr. Lonnie Bunch

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KCAAH’s Grand Re-Introduction Event Featuring Dr. Lonnie Bunch

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Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY

 LOUISVILLE, Ky. September 25 –The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage  (Heritage Center)  is embracing the change of season with a rebirth on Wednesday, September 25th from 5 – 8:30 pm. The evening will launch the Inaugural Quarterly Membership Event with “An Extraordinary Evening” honoring esteemed guest Dr. Lonnie Bunch, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and Founding Director, National Museum of African American History.  In June 2019, Dr. Bunch assumed the helm as the 14th Secretary – and first African American – of the 19 museums of the Smithsonian Institution; its nine research centers, and the National Zoo.

The evening will begin with Louisville’s first bourbon tasting west of 9th Street, featuring 12 top tier, exclusive brands. Katie Farley, Woodford Reserve’s Master Taster will be sharing her craft in this “Bourbon Alley”. Sample Uncle Nearest, the small batch whiskey distilled to honor the first African American master distiller on record in the U.S, and Brough Brothers spirits crafted by our neighbors in the West End. These and other featured brands pay homage to the center’s drive for inclusivity.

Dr. Neeli Bendapudi will emcee our program of comments from Dr. Bunch and Aukram Burton, Heritage Center Executive Director, special presentations by elected officials, and a tour of Heritage Center new exhibits, cocktails, southern savory food pairings, and networking opportunities will all follow.

Doors will open at 5pm on September 25th at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. Obtain entry with the purchase of a “Circle of Friends” membership to the Heritage Center for $125 per person.  In addition to admission to the Extraordinary Evening, membership benefits include admittance to three additional quarterly Heritage Center events; JB&B Holiday Celebration – Dec 2019; Miss Ida B. Wells – March 2020; Juneteenth Film Festival – June 2020.
Purchase online via Eventbrite link. Or call Kelly Dettor at 502 – 894 – 9768.

About Kentucky Center for African American Heritage
KCAAH is situated in the heart of the historic Russell Neighborhood, located in Louisville’s West End Corridor, an area undergoing revitalization and slated to become an arts and cultural district.
Located at 18th and Muhammad Ali Boulevard, the Heritage center occupies a 55,000 sq. foot campus and overlooks the area that once was Old Walnut Street. This area holds special significance for Kentuckiana’s African American community.
The Heritage Center is the result of a collection of African American educators, artists, and historians who have collaborated to give the long-dormant history of African American’s in their region the voice and platform it deserves.  This group evolved from the Louisville and Jefferson County African American Heritage Committee into its current mold, with a single unifying goal of promoting the Kentuckiana region’s black heritage.
The Center is a vital contemporary institution, providing space for performances of all types giving the rich heritage of African Americans the platform they deserve. The Center’s long-term goals include various spaces for career specific learning for students such as music, recording, trade industries and theater. 
1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., Louisville, KY  40203

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Sponsors for the Grand Re-Introduction event include:

Presenting Sponsor, Brown-Forman;

Platinum Sponsors, Humana; University of Louisville, Office of Research and Innovation

Reception Sponsor, Strothman and Company

Supporting Table Sponsors: AARP KY, ACTORS Theatre, HJI Supply Chain Solutions, Louisville Healthcare CEO Council, Louisville Tourism, Republic Bank, Signature HealthCARE, TOPS Magazine, York Management, Inc.

The VIPP Report: KCAAH will host a family fun day to commemorate Juneteenth

Juneteenth Family Fun Day will take place this weekend just before Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.

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The Juneteenth Family Fun Day is where community is invited to come and explore the solar system in UofL’s Rauch Portable Planetarium, participate in puppet-making workshop with puppet master Troy Johnson, and Nana Yaa Asantewaa will perform her “Weaving Webs of Wisdom” in her storytelling circle. This year, they will feature Maker13 and the Maker Mobile.  There will also be other fun things for children to enjoy from face painting, snapping it up at the photo booth, Planet Mogul to a bouncy for youth to enjoy.  In addition, you can get your competitive spirit on with cards, checkers, chess, cornhole and more!

The Juneteenth Family Fun Day is FREE and open to the public.

The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage is located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd in West Louisville.

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The VIPP Report: KCAAH announces plans to develop a Media Arts Center named to honor Kentucky native Colonel Charles Young

The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage announce plans to develop a Media Arts Center named to honor the Legendary Colonel Charles Young

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Logo_no_TxtThe Kentucky Center for African American Heritage (Heritage Center) is embarking on the expansion of a new Media Arts Center in a vacant 14,000 square foot wing on the campus. The proposed media arts center will be a state-of-the-art facility serving as the communication arm of one of the primary heritage centers in the state of Kentucky. The Media Arts Center will house a 40′ x 50′ “black-box” with a maximum seating capacity of 200, providing a unique and versatile space where artists of all disciplines showcase their creative work. The center’s layout will also include a lower and upper level. The lower level will include a dressing room with sink and toilets, green rooms, options for loading in and out, public restrooms, office and storage spaces. The upper level will include editing suites, sound booths, meeting rooms and access to the control room and lighting grid over-looking the “black-box” theatre. This venue will offer local artist and media producers a platform to produce video, theatre, music, dance, literary, public lectures, community forums and more.

The new Media Arts Center will offer a professional learning environment where media and the arts are used to promote and preserve Kentucky’s African American heritage and the shared heritage with the African Diaspora by hosting and producing programs, performances, exhibits, and a repository of video programs that will be broadcasted and/or distributed throughout Kentucky and the nation. The fund-raising goal for the project is 3.5 million dollars.

To initiate this capital campaign, the Heritage Center has retained the services of Charles Blatcher III, as the Project Fundraising Director for the construction and development of the new Colonel Charles Young Media Arts Center located on the 68,000 square foot campus in Louisville, Kentucky.

Mr. Blatcher brings a wealth of experience working as a principal organizer for the National Coalition of Black Veteran Organizations (NCOBVO). The coalition came together in unity of purpose to promote a greater understanding of the important role Black service men and service women perform in the defense of the nation. As chairman, Mr. Blatcher has led the coalition as the chief advocate for Black Military History and Colonel Charles Young.  Under his leadership, the call for the posthumous honorary promotion for Colonel Charles Young to the rank of Brigadier General has gained prominence. He is not a stranger to Kentucky. He has played a major role in promoting educational tourism in the Kentucky/Ohio region. The Coalition dubbed the route connecting the Colonel’s birth cabin in Mays Lick, Kentucky to the national monument and archives in Wilberforce, Ohio as “the Colonel Charles Young Corridor.” We have seen some things move in a positive direction under his leadership.  We look forward to the expertise and dedication he brings to the Media project.  Mr. Blatcher recounts why naming the Media Arts Center in honor of Colonel Charles Young:

I welcome the opportunity to be a part of developing the Media Arts Center. Especially in the name of the legendary Colonel Charles Young. It’s an honor he deserves. In his period of history, he was more than an outstanding Soldier, he was a great communicator as a visual artist, musician, and poet, who spoke several languages. Colonel Young stood with

intellectuals of the times, such as W.E.B. DuBois, Booker T. Washington, and poet, novelist, and playwright Paul Laurence Dunbar who were among his close friends.

Colonel Young has a presence in African-American art and literature. One of the most notable instances of this is Countée Cullen’s 1925 poem “In Memory of Colonel Charles Young.” Another case of Young’s legacy in literature is from his close friend, W.E.B. Du Bois, who spoke at Young’s eulogy. DuBois claimed that “The life of Charles Young was a triumph of tragedy.” Charles Young is also represented in paintings and other art. Notably, a painting by J.W. Shannon titled “Portrait of Cadet Charles Young,” which currently belongs to The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, Ohio.

He was a creative man who left behind a treasure of musical scores, poetry, and writings. The thought of him one day having his name above a Media Arts Center would have pleased him. What is pleasing for me is to think one day some of his work may be presented in a theater in a building named in his honor. I welcome being a part of making it happen. I am optimistic in the pride this effort will bring to the Community, City of Louisville and the State of Kentucky.

KCAAH is working in tandem with the Black Media Collaborative (BMC). BMC is a network of media professionals including directors, producers, writers and specialist working in the film, television, radio, animation, theatre, literature, journalism and Internet industries. BMC is dedicated to developing media literacy and skilled people in the production of media to provide significant economic, employment and cultural benefits in our community.   BMC will provide the human resource capacity to develop an onsite media production facility which will be dedicated to radio, film, video and theatre productions, which will provide both training and performing venue.

The center will also collaborate with the African American Theatre Program (AATP) at the University of Louisville. AATP produces theatrical productions about Black life in Kentucky and throughout the African Diaspora. Founded in 1993, the African American Theatre Program is committed to staging works by new and established African American dramatists, developing a broad audience for African American theatre, and offering an in-depth curriculum that focuses on the theory and craft of acting, directing, and designing for Black Theatre.

To setup and interview please contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com.

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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 first African American to reach the rank of colonel in the U.S. will be honored during a flag and plaque ceremony

A plaque ceremony and flag installation will be held the FIRST African American to hold the rank of “Colonel” in the U.S. Army and Buffalo Soldier from Kentucky

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The ceremony will be held at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage in West Louisville

 On Sunday, February 24, 2019, the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) in partnership with The National Coalition of Black Veteran Organizations presents Colonel Charles Young the Epitome of Leadership.  As we near the end of Black History Month, we invite you to attend the installation of the 9th Calvary Regiment Flag and plaque ceremony for Colonel Charles Young.

Charles YCol. Young was born a slave in 1864 in Mason County, Kentucky.  He was one of the first African Americans to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point and the first black colonel in the U.S. Army.  He also served as a member of the 9th Calvary also known as the Buffalo Soldiers.  Young died in Liberia in 1922.

The ceremony will be from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at KCAAH which is located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.  During the program Brian Shellum, author of three books about the life of Colonel Charles Young will speak during the program.  His focus will be Col. Young’s challenging missions during his 30 years on active duty.  Also, a part of the ceremony will be Charles Blatcher III, chairman for the National Coalition of Black Veteran Organizations, (NCBVO).  His angle will be NCBVO advocacy on behalf of Colonel Young and his importance to Black Military History and Black History Month.

If you are unable to attend but would like to have photos of the event send your request to info@vippcommunications.com and we will give you a summary of the event and photos.

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The VIPP Report: Celebrating the Legacy of Black Louisville and the influences that still resonate in the consciousness of the community

It’s a tradition that many automatically put on their calendars from year to year because when you attend the celebration hosted by Legacies Unlimited Inc. you walk away realizing that so many that grew up in this community made history in so many ways especially in the entertainment industry.  On January 25th & 26th, they will be remembered and celebrated for their outstanding accomplishments. It’s all about Celebrating the Legacy of Black LouisvilleIt will be held at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) located at 1701 West Muhammad Ali Blvd.

This event pays tribute to the achievements and contributions that Louisville’s African American citizens have made to Louisville, the nation and the world.

The program will consist of exhibits, workshops and two performance events.  It’s the JAZZ AT THE TOP HAT. A re-imagined night out at the Top Hat Club, Black Louisville’s most famous entertainment spot during the glory days of the 1940’s and 50’s.  This event will present jazz vocalist, Bobby J and will feature International flutist and Jazz historian Galen Abdur Razzo.                                                                                        

 The second event is The Walnut Street Revue, a live stage show reminiscent of the “chitlin circuit” performances that played in venues on Walnut Street, now Muhammad Ali Blvd., in the 1940’s & 50’ when Walnut Street was in vogue.  The revue will be hosted by WLKY’s Ann Bowdan. The evening will be filled with great music presented The Jerry Tolson Jazz Group with vocalists Alisia and Karen Chavez.

A special tribute will be paid to the late Foree Wells, a Louisville musician who played with some of the greatest blues performers in the business, which included —music legend the late B.B. King.  Wells, also founded the Walnut Street Blues Band which included his two sons and a daughter in law. The Walnut Street Rhythm & Blues Band will be in attendance that evening and will perform a special tribute in memory of their beloved father, Foree Wells.

The Opening Ceremony will take place from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm on Friday, January 25th followed by an unveiling of the exhibits.  The exhibits included in this year’s program include the following:   Two Centuries of Black Louisville …the Exhibit – A permanent exhibit of photographs from the book Two Centuries of Black Louisville —A Photographic History; Textile Designs by Louisville’s “Bag Lady” – Zephyr May Miller; and The Works of Louisville Folk Artist, Marvin Finn plus much more. 

There will be two workshops held on Saturday, January 26th.  The first one, The Legacy of Central High School from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. It’s an investigative look at the historical significance and impact that Central had on its students and the community as well. Come learn about the legacy that this educational institution created over the years through the lens of Dr. Larry Wilkins Doyle, a 1968 CHS graduate whose did his doctoral studies on the historic school.  The second workshop will be The Listening Room Workshop. It will present recordings of Louisville’s African American entertainers & musicians of the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s. These selections will be provided by the Soulful Sounds of Derbytown and presented by Ron Lewis of Mr. Wonderful Productions.

Celebrating the Legacy of Black Louisville is presented by Legacies Unlimited in partnership with the KCAAH and the University of Louisville Archives & Special Collections. It is made possible through support from the Owsley Brown II Family Foundation, WLKY-TV and George & Mary Lee Fischer.

Tickets for the both JAZZ AT THE TOP HAT and WALNUT STREET REVUE are available at Better Days Records in Lyles Mall or at 1765 Bardstown Road AND JAMBUSTERS BALLOONS & MORE at Popular Level Road. For ticket information call (502) 456-2394.

To set-up an interview, please contact Sherlene Shanklin with VIPP Communications at info at vippcommunications dot com.  If you have an entertainment/community calendar, we are requesting that you post and/or announce. 

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The VIPP Report: On Veterans Day the FIRST African American to hold the rank of “Colonel” in the U.S. Army will receive a permanent memorial in Louisville

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The memorial will be at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

Today, (Sunday 11th), veterans , officials and community leaders will gather at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage Center, (KCAAH) located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd for the official unveiling of the Charles Young Veterans Memorial. This is the first project of the Freedom Flag Initiative. It works through Public-Private Partnerships to install American Flags throughout communities and states across the nation and build memorials to honor our nation’s veterans. The public is invited to attend the Veteran Flag Memorial Project ceremony which takes place at 2:00 pm.

The memorial will be named in honor of Colonel Charles Young.  Col. Young was born a slave in 1864 in Mason County, Kentucky.  He was one of the first African Americans to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point and the first black colonel in the U.S. Army.   He also served as a member of the 9th Calvary also known as the Buffalo Soldiers.  Young died in Liberia in 1922. Charles.Young.1919

The Veteran Flag Memorial Project was created by the Region VI Commanders of the National Association for Black Veterans as an opportunity to unify people and communities by providing beautiful spaces to reflect on a symbol that can unify us all.

If you are unable to attend but would like to have photos of the event send your request to info@vippcommunications.com and we will give you a summary of the event and photos of the groundbreaking.

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The VIPP Report: Kin Killin’ Kin Travelling Art Exhibition in Louisville at KCAAH

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(Louisville, KY) The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage is exhibiting James Pate’s KKK Series Kin Killin’ Kin Traveling Art Exhibition September 14 – November 12, 2018. The artist James Pate’s exhibit features scenes of young African-American men donned in Ku Klux Klan hoods committing acts of violence, creating an overt comparison between gang violence and the terrorism of the KKK. Pate says, “the numbers of Blacks killed by other Blacks since reconstruction far exceeds those lynched by “Whites”. Sadly, this pattern continued year after year, up to the present day”. The Center for Disease Control cites homicide as the leading cause of death for Black males between the age of 15 and 34.

Pate’s Kin Killin’ Kin is designed to shock and stop the viewer. Pate says “mainly, I want kids to pause and reflect”.

To close out the exhibition, a Youth Voices Against Violence Forum will held at the Heritage Center on Saturday, November 3, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. During this forum, District 15 Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton will facilitate a panel of youth from our community who will discuss the themes of gun violence and other forms of violence occurring in our society today. This panel of youth will examine the themes of gun violence within the context of public health, bystander action, healing through arts, and mobilizing for change through community dialogues.

Kin Killin’ Kin curator Willis Bing Davis says, “art holds the power to promote change”. For Davis, that’s partly because art is a language that everyone understands. “It is the universal connection of the art,” he said. “Art is one of the things that touches all of us.” Art is also a liberating language, he says. “Sometimes the art can say something that we can’t say in words.”

The Heritage Center views this exhibition as a powerful tool to promote community dialogue and community action by delving deeper into the themes of the exhibit, highlighting current efforts in violence prevention in Metro Louisville and cultivating the youth voice in the community. The Heritage Center recognizes the increase in gun violence and its impact on the communities it serves and presents Kin Killin’ Kin for the community to take action.

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The VIPP Report: Kin Killin’ Kin Artist James Pate Visits Louisville

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(Louisville, KY) The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage is exhibiting James Pate’s KKK Series Kin Killin’ Kin Traveling Art Exhibition September 14 – November 12, 2018. The artist James Pate will give a gallery talk during the opening reception on Friday, September 21, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Pate will discuss what motivated him to create Kin Killin’ Kin featuring scenes of young African-American men donned in Ku Klux Klan hoods committing acts of violence, creating an overt comparison between gang violence and the terrorism of the KKK. Pate says, “the numbers of Blacks killed by other Blacks since reconstruction far exceeds those lynched by “Whites”. Sadly, this pattern continued year after year, up to the present day”. The Center for Disease Control cites homicide as the leading cause of death for Black males between the age of 15 and 34.

Pate’s Kin Killin’ Kin is designed to shock and stop the viewer. Pate says “mainly, I want kids to pause and reflect”.

To close out the exhibition, a Youth Voices Against Violence Forum will held at the Heritage Center on Saturday, November 3, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. During this forum, District 15 Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton will facilitate a panel of youth from our community who will discuss the themes of gun violence and other forms of violence occurring in our society today. This panel of youth will examine the themes of gun violence within the context of public health, bystander action, healing through arts, and mobilizing for change through community dialogues.

Kin Killin’ Kin curator Willis Bing Davis says, “art holds the power to promote change”. For Davis, that’s partly because art is a language that everyone understands. “It is the universal connection of the art,” he said. “Art is one of the things that touches all of us.” Art is also a liberating language, he says. “Sometimes the art can say something that we can’t say in words.”

The Heritage Center views this exhibition as a powerful tool to promote community dialogue and community action by delving deeper into the themes of the exhibit, highlighting current efforts in violence prevention in Metro Louisville and cultivating the youth voice in the community. The Heritage Center recognizes the increase in gun violence and its impact on the communities it serves and presents Kin Killin’ Kin for the community to take action.

If you would like to setup an interview and/or tour the exhibit, contact Sherlene Shanklin with VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email info@vippcommunications.com.  We hope you are able to post on your calendars so your viewers and/or listeners get an opportunity to see the exhibit while in Louisville.

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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: The Soul of Russell Arts & Cultural Festival will be held at the Heritage Center in the heart of the Russell Neighborhood

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(Louisville, KY) The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) in collaboration with the Kentucky Music Heritage Foundation presents the Soul of Russell Arts & Cultural Festival August 24th & 25th.  The Soul of Russell Arts and Cultural Festival will be two amazing nights celebrating the blues and jazz tradition in Kentucky at the Heritage Center in Louisville.

On Friday, August 24th, 2018 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm local blues and jazz artists will perform Saluting Past Blues and Jazz Giants from Kentucky, showcasing artists: Tanita Gaines, Karan Chavis, Carla Reisert and the Midwest Creole Ensemble, will perform music remembering Mary Anne Fisher, Helen Humes, Sara Martin, Barrington “Boogie” Martin, William “Roach” Cochram, and special tribute to Bluesman Steve Ferguson.

On Saturday, August 25th from 1:00 pm to 4:00pm, the festival will take you back in history with Kentucky Music from 1840s through the 1920s.  At 1:00 pm it’s Gallery Talk: Doug Van Buren About the Exhibition by the Kentucky Music Heritage Foundation currently on display at KCAAH.  This conversation is scheduled to conclude around 2:15 pm (approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes).

From 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm its From Jug Band to Blues and Jazz.  Michael L. Jones and Keith S. Clements will facilitate a presentation and discussion about the rich history of Jug Band Music the origin of Blues and Jazz in Kentucky. These two presentations are free and open to the public.

Also, on Saturday evening, August 25th from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm it’s the Soulful Sounds of Derby Town.  The evening will showcase some of Louisville’s rich talent featuring Robbie Bartlett, Marjorie Marshall, Paula Yarbrough, Ron Lewis “Mr. Wonderful” and The Villeffect Band.

This year’s mistress of ceremony for both evenings will be The Glamour Girl of Comedy Kimberly Vaughn.  The Heritage Center is located in the heart of the Russell Neighborhood at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.  Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and/or $35 for both nights

 If you would like to setup an interview and/or covering this year’s Soul of Russell Arts & Cultural Festival contact VIPP Communications at 502-582-7216 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com.

For additional information visit the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage at http://www.kcaah.org  Follow us on our social media platforms: Twitter @kygriot/FB @kygriot.

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The VIPP Report: KCAAH will break ground on a memorial named in honor of a Kentucky native and the first African American colonel in the U.S. Army

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You are invited to attend on Tuesday, July 31st at 10:00 am, the ceremonial ground breaking of the Veteran Flag Memorial Project at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

The Charles Young Veterans Memorial is the first project of the Freedom Flag Initiative. It works through Public-Private Partnerships to install American Flags throughout communities and states across the nation, and build memorials to honor our nation’s veterans.

The memorial will be named in honor of Colonel Charles Young.  Col. Young was born a slave in 1864 in Mason County, Kentucky.  He was one of the first African Americans to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point and actually the very first black colonel in the U.S. Army.   He also served as a member of the 9th Calvary also known as the Buffalo Soldiers.  Young died in Liberia in 1922.

This project will officially announce the Veteran Flag Memorial Project created by the Region VI Commanders of the National Association for Black Veterans as an opportunity to unify people and communities by providing beautiful spaces to reflect on a symbol that can unify us all.  Some of the speakers participating in the program will be Scott Matheny, President, Semper Tek, Inc. Shedrick Jones, Sr., NABVETS Region VI Commander, Hosea Mitchell, COO, KCAAH, Daniel Ware, EOP Architects John Carman, CEO, CARMAN Landscape Architects.

The unveiling of the Charles Young Veterans Memorial will be held on Veterans Day, November 11, 2018 at KCAAH.

If you are unable to attend but would like to have photos of the event send your request to info@vippcommunications.com and we will give you a summary of the event and photos of the groundbreaking.

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The VIPP Report: Roses are for the winners and Amber Rose is a sure bet when she comes to Louisville to host the biggest after-party on Derby night

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(Louisville, KY) After the Run for the Roses and the Kentucky Derby celebrates the winner of the first leg of the triple crown. The celebration is far from over for the 144th Kentucky Derby. The party heads to the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) for The Run for the Roses and Rose’ hosted by none other than model, actress and talk show host Amber Rose.

The Season 23 Dancing with the Stars contestant will keep the party moving along with R&B singer-songwriter, dancer and actor Lloyd. His latest project is “Tru” based on experiences in life over the past few years. Lloyd is known for hits like “BedRock”, “You”, “Lay it Down” and “Cupid” just to name a few of hits.

This event will not be short on entertainment. There will be three rooms of entertainment. The heavy hitter DJ EFeezy will return to Louisville to DJ the experience. He’s recently made an appearance on the latest VH1 Love and Hip-Hop Miami, which is the latest reality show in franchise. Louisville’s own dj of the year DJ Lil Jerry will open for EFeezy. We are also happy to announce that Louisville’s DJ Slikk will spin in one of the specialty rooms within KCAAH.

When you walk into KCAAH it will be transformed, giving Kentucky Derby fans a luxury experience while in the Bluegrass. From the VIP Champagne Room sponsored by Hip-hop mogul Rick Ross’ label Luc Belaire Rare Rose’ with the distinguishable black bottle.

Amber Rose is known for taking some of the best selfies as well as Lloyd. The two combined have 17 million followers so we want all of our guests to have the selfie experience. There will be a “Selfie Room” to capture your greatest Derby moments throughout the evening sponsored by Samsung.

The Run for the Roses and Rose’ will be held on Saturday, May 5th at KCAAH is hosted by Anthony Easley, Bryan Henry, Kevin Mason and Marlon Whitfield.

Doors open at 11 p.m. with a red-carpet entrance. So, come dress to impress. There’s an Ultra VIP admission for $175, VIP Admission is only $110 and General admission is $65. You can purchase them at the following locations: Better Days, West Hairlaflare, LA Vie Est Studios and Dba Couture. You can also purchase them online at runfortheroses2018.eventbrite.com.

A portion of the proceeds will go to programs at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. For additional information go to www.Thederby2018.com.

If you would like to be a sponsor, request media credentials and/or request interviews, please contact us at please contact VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: Celebrating the legacy of Black Louisville linking the past to the present

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From workshops to live entertainment and it takes place along the Old Walnut Street strip

(Louisville, KY) Legacies Unlimited in partnership with the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) & the University of Louisville Archives & Special Collections presents Celebrating the Legacy of Black Louisville on Friday, January 26th and 27th at KCAAH located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd formerly known as Old Walnut Street.  This year’s theme is “Linking the past to the present.” 
On Friday, January 26th from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm there will be a reception and the opening of exhibits. There will be five works on exhibit: Two Centuries of Black Louisville…the Exhibit; The Expressionism of Victor Sweatt; Louisville Entertainers & Musicians Exhibit Part 1; The textile designs of “Bag Lady: Zephra May Miller and The Folk Art of Louisville’s Marvin Finn. 
From 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm KCAAH will transform into the most prominent club housed on Old Walnut Street known today as Muhammad Ali Blvd.  In the 1940’s and 50’s everyone would dress up and head down to the Top Hat Club.  Jazz would be bellowing out into the streets from some of the greatest jazz artists of their time.  So, by linking the past to the present, it’s Jazz at the Top Hall featuring vocalist/musician Gayle King and Hammond B-3 along with Kendall Carter and his quintet.  General admission is $30.00 per person. 
 On Saturday, January 27th starting at 9:00 am there will be workshops discussing the historic 2nd Baptist Church in New Albany, IN entitled Pathway to Freedom.  The free workshop takes you back in time when the church was a beacon of hope and served as a pathway to the Underground Railroad.  Following that workshop will be a jug band music session.  German & Irish immigrants along with slaves created this unique sound that left a lasting impression on music’s culture. 
At 12:00 pm, guests will get to enjoy The Listening Room.  Music from the 1950’s, 60’s & 70’s recordings from Louisville’s African American entertainers and musicians provided by the Soulful Sounds of Derbytown. 
To close out the weekend, it’s 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. The event begins at 7:30 pm with Tony Fish & Band. Hosted by WLKY-TV’s Ann Bowdan. General admission tickets are $40 per person.  You can purchase them online at http://www.louisville.com, Better Days Records in Lyles Mall and 1765 Bardstown Road.  Workshops and exhibits are free to the public.
The event is made possible due to the support of the following: The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, Christy Brown & the Owsley Brown II Family Foundation, George & Mary Lee Fischer and WLKY-TV. 
If you would like to setup an interview with Ken Clay and/or to have one of the artist(s) to perform on your show please contact Sherlene Shanklin with VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The VIPP Report: Holiday Fleur de Flea Vintage Urban Market

THE FLEUR DE FLEA VINTAGE AND HANDMADE HOLIDAY MARKET PARTNERS UP WITH THE KENTUCKY CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE ON DECEMBER 9TH WITH OVER 100 LOCAL VENDORS NESTLED AMNONGST SOME OF LOUISVILLE’S GREATEST HISTORY

(Louisville, KY) Tis the Season to be Jolly and Shop local!  We are in countdown mode for Christmas and many have not purchased one gift and now you’re thinking to yourself “How will I get it all done in time?”  We have the perfect one-stop shop with over 100 vendors under one roof.  It’s the Holiday Fleur de Flea Vintage Urban Market on Saturday, December 9th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

The Holiday Fleur de Flea will have vendors from all over Kentucky and Southern Indiana selling everything from handmade items, vintage holiday, collectibles, repurposed, to recycled plus so much more.  There will be gift ideas for even the hardest to shop for loved one.

There will also be plenty of food for you to enjoy. Food trucks will be on site plus a holiday bar with festive drinks.  If you’ve never visited KCAAH, this is a wonderful time to learn more about their history and see their displays along with shopping.  There’s also plenty of parking in the rear of the venue for your convenience.

Admission for the Holiday Fleur de Flea is only $3.00.  In turn, the proceeds will go to KCAAH’s new January 2018 exhibit “Imagine Peace Now.”  Artists from all over the world constructed this exhibit by taking nearly 80 guns off the streets used in violence and recycled them into art.  KCAAH will release additional information about the exhibit in the coming weeks.

Avoid the malls and shop local to support area business by attending the Holiday Fleur de Flea Vintage Urban Market on Saturday, December 9th at KCAAH from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  If you would like to set up an interview and/or to cover the event please contact Sherlene Shanklin at sshanklin@vippcommunications.comVintagdeUrbanMarket

The VIPP Report: Louisville, KY played an integral part in the success of journalist & civil rights leader Ida B. Wells

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(LOUISVILLE, KY) The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) in collaboration with Simmons College of Kentucky presents: Miss Ida B. Wells, a play by Endesha Ida Mae B. Wells and directed by Nefertiti Burton. There will be two performances on Sunday, October 22nd at the KCAAH located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. The afternoon matinee begins at 3:30 p.m. and the evening show will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Ida B. Wells was a civil rights pioneer and one of the founding members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, (NAACP), and journalist.  She was very influential because she had the gift of writing but she never received money for craft. That untold story brings you to Louisville. Rev. Dr. William J. Simmons, born a slave became the publisher of the American Baptist Newspaper, President of the National Press Association and the second president of the college we know today as Simmons College of Kentucky, a HBCU. Rev. Simmons paid Wells for her stories and made her a correspondent for the paper.  Wells went on to be known as the “Princess of the Press” and traveled to write for the American Baptist.

Tickets for Ida B. Wells are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. You can purchase at KCAAH or Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/miss-ida-b-wells-tickets-38476552404.

To setup an interview and/or short performance contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com. 

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The VIPP Report: Sankofa Dance Theater will perform during the African Heritage Festival in Louisville

 

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The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH), presents the Sankofa Dance Theater on Sunday, August 27th at 2:30pm at the center which is located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

The theater group will perform Invoke … called by the Ancestors.  The name of the group “Sankofa” means you need to learn about the past, so you can build for the future. The Baltimore based dance company presents world-class, authentic African art in the form of dance, music, and folkways for national and international audiences. The theater’s work is rooted in healing and bringing intercultural understanding to the global village while staying true to their mission.

There will also be a special performance by Hannah Drake and Tytianna Wells Smith.  They will perform “A Mother’s Tears”.

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We would like to thank our supporters: the Brown-Forman Foundation, Louisville Metro Government, Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau and 93.1 The Beat.

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.

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The VIPP Report: Summer Wedding Show being held today in West Louisville

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(Louisville, KY) The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) is excited to have the Summer Wedding Show hosted by the Louisville Wedding Network at the center on Sunday, July 9th.  Brides-to-be will get the opportunity from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm to meet vendors involved in weddings from dresses, floral to cakes and décor.  It’s the A thru Z all under one roof in West Louisville.

The Louisville Wedding Network wants to make your wedding planning experience as simple and enjoyable as possible.  They anticipate several hundred people will visit KCAAH over the three hours showcase.  The free event gives guests a chance to see the latest trends when it comes to your big day.

To pre-register today: http://bit.ly/LWN070917

KCAAH is located 1701 West Muhammad Ali Blvd. We have convenient parking and we are centrally located.  We invite you to attend this free event which is open to the public.

If you are planning a wedding and/or reception and you are looking for a venue call KCAAH please call 502-583-4100 to schedule a private tour.

Follow KCAAH on Twitter @kygriot for events and announcements.

VIPP Communications is the publicist for the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage.  If you have any questions, please contact our office by emailing us at info@vippcommunications.com.  Follow us on Twitter @vippcomm. 

 

The VIPP Report: KCAAH Family Fun Day

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Kentucky Center for African American Heritage Presents:
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Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, The Kentucky Center for African
American Heritage (KCAAH), will host “Family Fun Day” — kicking off a creative cultural
series of free hands on activities, workshops, and performances led by community and state presenters.
The day will be filled with interactive and meaningful workshops surrounding the themes of: Storytelling and Spoken Word, Exploring Space and Dimensions, Genealogy, Let’s Move, and Money Matters. Special guest, UofL Rauch planetarium will also be on site with a portable planetarium!

Family members of all generations will engage in various activities such as: “Praise Poetry”, “Drumming It Up”, “Freedom of Entrepreneurship”, “Scrapbooking”, “Quilting”, “Big Roots in My Family Tree”, “Build your own Bird House”, plus many more! This is a day dedicated to reconnecting, recharging, and renewing family bonds in our community.

Who can come? All families are welcome to come and share a space where they can rekindle their rich heritage while generating self-pride, creativity, and self-worth.
The Heritage Center is proud to have Metro Louisville as a sponsor, and is committed to
providing a place where traditions of African American history, heritage, and culture can be cultivated among countless generations.

For more information, contact Sara Muhammad, Exhibitions and Programming Coordinator, at sara@kcaah.org or by phone at (502)583-4100
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The VIPP Report: Film screening will profile a journey of peace and connection

 

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(Louisville, KY) The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) in collaboration with the African American Theatre Program at the University of Louisville and the Black Media Collaborative presents Welcome Home-A Journey Into Afro-Costa Rica as part of their 2017 GriotFilm series on Sunday, February 12th at 3:00 pm at the KCAAH, 1701 West Muhammad Ali Blvd.

Filmmaker Brandon Hill documents his journey to discover peace and connection with the greater African Diaspora.  Hill initially wanted to travel to Costa-Rico to film a wedding but after visiting and experiencing their rich culture, discovering a community of African descendants who had a very rich narrative he decided to document THEIR story which is really HIS story.  It became more of a homecoming for Brandon.  He decided that their story would provide an opportunity to understand the commonalities shared throughout the African Diaspora.

Welcome Home-A Journey Into Afro-Costa Rica will air at 3:00 pm followed by a question and answer session.  There’s a $5.00 suggested donation to view the film and discussion.

For additional information on this event and/or future events being held at KCAAH please call 502-583-4100.

Follow KCAAH on Twitter @kygriot for events and announcements.

Media Inquiries: To setup an interview (via phone or in-person) please contact VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435/583-4100 or my email at info@vippcommuncations.com.

 

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The VIPP Report: Following African American Ancestry lines to track the plight of literacy

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U OF L ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR USES HER FAMILY TREE TO EXPLAIN THE JOURNEY

(Louisville, KY) The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) in collaboration with the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities & Society, (CCHS) will host a discussion led by CCHS Faculty Fellow Kiki Petosino entitled Writing the Ancestors: Literacy, Family, & the Creative Process.

The community conversation will be held on Saturday, February 11th at 3:00 pm at the KCAAH, 1701 West Muhammad Ali Blvd.

Petrosino will also introduce poems from her latest book-in-progress.  The discussion will be based on how researching her African American family’s multi-generational journey to literacy and how it’s shaped her artistic practice.

We invite you to attend this free event which is open to the public.

For additional information on this event and/or future events being held at KCAAH please call 502-583-4100.

Follow KCAAH on Twitter @kygriot for events and announcements.

Media Inquiries: To setup an interview (via phone or in-person) please contact VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435/583-4100 or my email at info@vippcommuncations.com.

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The VIPP Report: Staged reading about a father’s grief over senseless violence and the murder of his young daughter

 

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(Louisville, KY) The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) in collaboration with the University of Louisville Theatre Program and the Black Media Collaborative, (BMC) presents Zooman and the Sign.

The GRIOT Theatre Series will also hold a community conversation immediately following the reading.  It will take place on Friday, December 9th at 7:00 p.m. at the KCAAH, 1701 West Muhammad Ali Blvd.

Zooman and the Sign is based on a teen in Philadelphia who literally terrorized his community.  The play focuses on Zooman’s senseless murder of a 12-year old African American girl in front of her house with a street filled with witnesses all whom are afraid to talk.  The grieving father posted a sign accusing the entire community of cowardice in the face of the ever escalating violence and the family’s attempts for justice.

The play was written over three decades ago but unfortunately many communities across the United States still face the “Zooman” mentality.

In an attempt to facilitate a community conversation about violence the persists in our community there will be a conversation where Dr. Eddie Wood of the LIFE Hope Center Inc. and Rashaad Abdur-Rahman of the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods will moderate a panel discussion after the reading of Zooman and the Sign.

For additional information on how you can be a part of the Black Media Collaborative, please call 502-583-4100.

The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage is located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY 40203. Follow KCAAH on Twitter @kygriot for events and announcements.

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The VIPP Report: Film screening at KCAAH will highlight African descendants and their culture

 

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(Louisville, KY) The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) in collaboration with the University of Louisville Theatre Program and the Black Media Collaborative, (BMC) presents African Heritage in Columbia:  A film screening and discussion.  It will take place on Sunday, November 20th at KCAAH, 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.  Admission is free but donations will be accepted.

Manuel Francisco Viveros, director and actor for the African Columbian Theater will be present for the screening and discussion.

The film documents the villagers of San Basillo de Palenque, who are descendants of enslaved African rebels, who preserved and maintained the culture of their African forebears in the music, dance and other aspects of their social lives.

We are also happy to announce that John Chenault, lecturer in the Pan African Studies Department at U of L will introduce Viveros and lead the discussion.

November 20th is also known as Black Consciousness Day in Brazil.  It’s also called Zumbi dos Palmares Day.  It’s a symbol of enduring freedom and justice.  We invite you to come out and pay homage to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

For additional information on how you can be a part of the Black Media Collaborative, please call 502-583-4100.

The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage is located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY 40203. Follow KCAAH on Twitter @kygriot for events and announcements.

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The VIPP Report: Griot Author Series welcomes “The Wire’s” Kia Corthorn

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(Louisville, KY) On Sunday, August 28th at 3:00 p.m. the Griot Author Series at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) in collaboration with the Black Media Collaborative presents Kia Corthorn. The author and playwright will read from The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter and will be in conversation with Nefertiti Burton, professor and chair of the Department of Theatre, University of Louisville.

The event is free to the community followed by a book signing. The publication is getting rave reviews. Civil rights activist Angela Davis says Corthorn’s novel is a riveting saga of two twentieth-century American families trapped inside the quotidian contradictions and compulsions of race, disability, and sexuality. Davis goes on to say “The untidiness of history is conveyed through experiences, dreams, and inevitable eruptions of violence, yet also unexpected patterns of escape and possible orbits of justice.”

Aukram Burton, Executive Director for KCAAH says “We are honored to have Kia Corthorn discussing her latest project but giving insight to future writers how she was able to garner experience and work on successful projects like HBO’s The Wire. We are excited to have her speak at the center. This is just the beginning. We are working hard to secure more authors in the future.”

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

To setup an interview with Kia Corthorn and/or a member of the KCAAH executive staff, please contact Sherlene Shanklin, VIPP Communications at  info at vippcommuncations dot com.

 

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About KCAAH

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

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The VIPP Report: Remembering Muhammad Ali

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

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

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

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

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

To do a story and/or obtain quotes from member of the KCAAH executive staff, please contact Sherlene Shanklin, VIPP Communications at info@vippcommuncations.com.

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About KCAAH

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

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

SliceA KENTUCKY DERBY EVENT THAT GIVES GUESTS A LITTLE SLICE-SPICE, STYLE & SOUL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The VIPP Report: The Life and Time of Jimmy Winkfield International Horseman

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The VIPP Report: It’s the kick-off to the Black Media Collaborative

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IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE KENTUCKY CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE

On Friday, March 4, 2016, the Black Media Collaborative, (BMC) will introduce their initiative to the public at 7:00 p.m. at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH).  BMC in partnership with the center will feature those dedicated to developing, producing and distributing innovative media for underserved populations in our community.

To kick-off the program, Tia Brown, Founder of The Coming Woman; Troy Johnson, Executive Producer of Louisville Finest: A Showcase; and Dave Christopher, Executive Director for the Academy of Music Production Education and Development will be the featured speakers.

The event will be held in partnership with KCAAH, WeCU Productions, Louisville’s Finest Showcase, RamImages, Level Seven Recording Studio, and The Coming Women.

For additional information on how you can be a part of the Black Media Collaborative, please call 502-583-4100.

The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage is located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY 40203. Follow KCAAH on Twitter @kygriot for events and announcements.

 Black Media Collaborative is dedicated to developing media literacy and skilled people in production and distribution of innovative media.

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The VIPP Report: It’s “The Meeting” between Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X

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As we celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans during Black History Month, the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage will stage a play about a meeting of the minds between two of the most prominent names in the Civil Rights Movement.  They had two totally different approaches but their ultimate goal for racial equality was the same.

On Sunday, February 28th at 3:00 p.m. the Griot Players Series at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) presents “The Meeting”.  The play is by Jeff Stetson and directed by Baron Kelly.  Admission is only $5 per person.

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

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

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

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

To have a cast member on your program and/or a member of the KCAAH executive staff, please contact VIPP Communications.