The VIPP Report: Bumble, An International Social Media Platform to Honor #FirstMovers in Kentucky Through #BlackWomenBuilt Event


On Saturday, March 16th, eight African American women from Kentucky will be honored by Bumble through Bumble Bizz and Freedom of Priss (FOP) at Flavour lounge at a private dinner. Dinner will be followed by a celebration open to the public that will start at 9 pm. These women are being celebrated for being business owners or leaders in their fields, which include fashion, media, marketing, psychology, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Founders of Freedom of Priss, LaPrecious Brewer and Joelle Robinson want to acknowledge these business heroes and shed light on the impact that they have made in their communities. FOP will also use their unique stories to serve as empowering examples for younger minority women through a series of social media campaigns that will be ongoing.

Among the women being honored are Aryea Kolubah, fashion designer who recently had her gown featured on HBO and Vogue, Sherlene Shanklin, multimedia editor for WHAS11 and owner of VIPP Communications and Braea Tilford, former Miss Kentucky USA and founder of Grow Lead Inspire; a conference that enriches young women. Councilwoman Jessica Green will also be in attendance to honor these women for their myriad accomplishments. (Full list of honorees below.)

Bumble is a social app that lets women make the “first move” in dating, friendships and their careers. Bumble was founded by Whitney Wolfe Herd (co-founder of Tinder) to challenge the antiquated rules of dating. Now Bumble empowers users to connect with confidence whether dating, networking or meeting friends online. Bumble Bizz and Bumble BFF are components of Bumble.

The Freedom of Priss is a platform created by LaPrecious Brewer and Joelle Robinson that enriches and empowers women to be their most authentic and bold self, to achieve their ideal of success in relationships, careers and in the community.  For years, society has placed great emphasis on HIStory and there is no finer time than the present to invite women from diverse backgrounds to share her story.  This platform seeks to energize women to move into their purpose while gaining knowledge and insight from one another through personal discussions on the highs and lows of being our true selves and achieving our goals. FOP will begin hosting a series of events, printed materials and online content to foster a sisterhood of authentic women and help them to achieve their personal goals that they seek to meet.

  1. Aryea Kolubah – Founder of Aryea Kolubah & Co.
  2. Braea Tilford – Founder of Grow, Lead, Inspire and Miss KY USA 2018
  3. Chelsea Ellis – Owner of MAF Café and president of Jim Reynolds Asphalt.
  4. Faith Fountain – Ms. Ashland County (Kentucky United States Organization) and addiction/prevention educator
  5. Jade Spaulding – Ms. Downtown Louisville (Kentucky United States Organization) Home of the Innocents resident counselor and founder of the Home of the Innocents Pageant
  6. Nicole Dean – Life Coach, public speaker and founder of YMCA Woman Up Teen Outreach Program
  7. Samiyyah Sledge – Doctoral candidate at a prominent institution
  8. Sherlene Shanklin – Owner of VIPP Communications and multimedia editor for WHAS11



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


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

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.

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