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

An Extraordinary Evening

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

www.kcaah.org

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: 2013 University of Louisville Men’s Basketball Team reunites for their 5 year anniversary

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(Louisville, KY) They dominated the headlines as the underdog team with the hearts of champions. Eliminating team after team to reach the pinnacle in college basketball with a record of 31 wins and only six loses.  Now, the members of the Cardinal team will gather for their five-year reunion and the team wants to celebrate with you, their fans.

On Friday, June 29th, it’s Rise Above with the 2013 Basketball Championship 5th Year Reunion Celebration at Fourth Street Live, 400 S. 4th in downtown Louisville.  Doors open at 5:30 pm and the celebration will begin at 6:00 pm.  The evening will be filled with activities, giveaways and a meet and greet with the team.  Fans will get a special treat because you will get to relive the 2013 championship game with the team.  As you watch the game, you will get to ask players and staff in attendance what were they thinking and how surreal it was to win that championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on April 8, 2013.

Here’s the names of the University of Louisville 2013 team: Gorgui Dieng, Peyton Siva, Russ Smith, Luke Hancock, Kevin Ware, Montrezl Harrell, Mangok Mathiang, Logan Bauman, Tim Henderson, Wayne Blackshear, Chane Behanan, Zach Price, Michael Baffour, Mike Marra and Stephan Van Treese.  All of the players will be in attendance at the celebration except for Dieng who had prior obligations in his hometown of Senegal.

Tickets start at $20 for general admission.  Children 12 years old and under get in free with a paid adult admission.  You can purchase them at ticketfly.com.  You can also purchase them at the gate as you enter Fourth Street Live.

You still have an opportunity to be a sponsor and show your support by contacting Roger McClendon at riseabovereunion@gmail.com.

To setup an in-studio or phone interview and/or to confirm your attendance at the celebration contact Sherlene Shanklin, interviewrequest@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: Two-time Super Bowl Champ Deion Branch will host a free Skills & Drills Camp in Louisville

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(Louisville, KY) Former University of Louisville and two-time Super Bowl champ and SB XXXIX MVP Deion Branch announces the date of his upcoming 9th Annual Skills and Drills Camp in Louisville.  Save the date of Saturday, July 21st at the Baptist Health Performance Training Facility, 12101 Sycamore Station Place. Registration begins at 8:00 am and the camp is from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.   The camp is for youth ages 7 to 18.  The registration fee is waived thanks to the Deion Branch Foundation so the camp is FREE but you need to register online.  THE CAMP AND SPACE IS LIMITED SO SIGN UP ASAP.  Go to www.deionbranchfoundation.org to register.

Branch says “This year, I decided to change things up a little to help some youth in the community who’ve really wanted to participate but could not afford the registration fee. We will do some offensive and defensive drills and some NFL and college level conditioning to see what your child needs to work on if they want to play football. This camp gives them a chance to learn proper technique, health and wellness plus sportsmanship.”

The Deion Branch Charitable Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to offer support to children’s mental, physical, emotional wellbeing and for those who have been infected with meningitis.  The DBCF’s mission is to help with research and to find a cure to ease the struggle for children like Deion’s son. The foundation goal is to assist by providing programs and initiatives aimed at improving their quality of life. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  For more information on the foundation go to http://www.deionbranchfoundation.org.

If you would like to be a sponsor and/or donate items for goodie bags, please contact William Hicks at 334-507-3632 or Sherlene Shanklin at 502-295-0435.  To register your child for the 9th Annual Skills & Drills Camp go to http://www.deionbranchfoundation.org and fill out the online registration form.

To setup an interview with Deion Branch about the camp held on Saturday, July 21st, please call Sherlene Shanklin, Branch’s publicist at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: Trayvon Martin’s mother will speak in Louisville for their Black Family Conference

Conference named in honor of Dr. Joseph McMillan

The Dr. Joseph McMillan National Conference on the Black Family in America

By Sherlene Shanklin

February marks African American History Month. It’s a time to recognize those who worked tirelessly to break barriers when it was unacceptable and not well received to advance to achieve.

The Dr. Joseph McMillan National Conference on the Black Family in America will convene in Louisville on Feb. 23 and Feb. 24 to celebrate the achievements and to acknowledge, discuss and to put words into action that there are still disparities that people of color still need to overcome.

The conference will be held at the Louisville Central Community Center, (LCCC). This year’s theme, “Elevating the Health and Safety of the Black Family and Community”.  The mother of Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton will be the keynote speaker for the brunch.  Trayvon’s case sparked national conversation and protests with the concerns of racism, gun violence, stereotyping to profiling.

In February of 2012, 17-year-old Trayvon was walking back from a convenience store in Sanford, Florida after purchasing candy and something to drink.  He encountered George Zimmerman.  He said that he killed the teen in self-defense after a scuffle. Zimmerman saw Martin in the neighborhood and did not recognize him so he called police.

According to Zimmerman, the neighborhood had several robberies and he thought Martin was a suspect.  After, contacting police he got into an altercation with the teen and shot Trayvon in the chest.

Initially, Zimmerman was not charged because police said there was no evidence but due to the national media coverage Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter but later acquitted by a jury in 2013.

Trayvon Martin would have been 23 years old today, (Feb. 5th).

For additional information on the Dr. Joseph McMillan National Conference on the Black Family in America call 502-852-6656 or by email at efc@louisville.edu.  Also, here’s a link to their Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/45th-dr-mcmillan-national-conference-on-the-black-family-in-america-tickets-39782139450.

Promo video for the conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_j8EjXC2Aw&app=desktop

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The VIPP Report: Former UofL and Current Los Angeles Rams Star Jamon Brown Gives Back for the Holidays

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(Louisville, KY) NFL star Jamon Brown and his foundation (J. Brown Foundation) are teaming up with WHAS11 TV and the Homeless Coalition For The “#502StepUp” for the Holidays Fundraiser.

The goal of the telethon is to raise funds during the Holiday Season while bringing awareness to Youth and Young Adult Homelessness. It’s a trying time, especially during the winter months, for those that do not have a permanent place to call home.

The J. Brown Foundation is asking the City of Louisville to “Step Up” and be a part of the solution, and assist those who just need a little help during the holidays.  Currently, there is a spike in youth and young adult homelessness between the ages of 16-24 in Louisville, and Jamon is rolling up his sleeves to help shed light on this issue.

In Jefferson County alone, there’s over 800 new cases per year of youth that are considered homeless for various reasons. The statistics are staggering and agencies like the Homeless Coalition are overwhelmed with requests this time of year.

“The J. Brown Foundation is committed to assisting our community partners by investing time, energy and resources, while using our platform to bring awareness to issues such as Youth and Young Adult Homelessness. Even the smallest donations go a long way, and we need the city’s support to raise funds during the Holidays to propel the Homeless Coalition to their goal of eliminating Youth Homelessness by 2020,” says Jamon Brown.

On Wednesday, November 15th we are asking you to open your heart and donate during our telethon on WHAS11TV from 4 pm to 6:30 pm.

Even a small donation will go a long way.  Plus, you will never know who will be on the other line taking your pledge.

It’s the “502StepUp for the Holidays”.  Please call in from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm on Wednesday, November 15th to donate by calling 502-571-2345 or 1-866-885-1848.

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About the Coalition for the Homeless

The Coalition for the Homeless, located at 1300 S. 4th Street, Suite 250, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to prevent and eliminate homelessness in Louisville. The Coalition has a three-pronged approach to this mission: advocacy, education, and coordination of their 30+ member agencies who provide a variety of services to the homeless throughout the city. For more information, visit http://www.louhomeless.org, call (502) 636-9550, or find The Coalition for the Homeless on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/LouHomeless or on Twitter @louhomeless

About JBrown Foundation

Our mission is to impact the lives of those struggling with Poverty, Violence, and Youth Homelessness, and to improve upon the Education and Healthy Living issues that are typically prevalent in at risk areas, while influencing others to do the same. To donate go to JBrownFoundation.com.  Follow us on Facebook JBrown Foundation, Twitter @NFLRAM_JBROWN and Instagram @NFLRAM_jBrown. “Setting our Foundation one block at a time.”

About WHAS11 TV

WHAS11 is the ABC affiliate serving the Louisville, Kentucky television market.  Owned by TEGNA Inc., WHAS11 has been broadcasting in Kentucky and Southern Indiana since 1950.  WHAS11 is recognized for a rich history of journalistic excellence, award winning local programing, and a commitment to improve the communities it serves. For media inquiries, contact: Rob Thomas, Marketing Director WHAS11 502.582.7700

 

The VIPP Report: Birdgang Brand Apparel announces former Cardinal and LA Ram Jamon Brown to their Louisville Legends Series

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(Louisville, KY) The University of Louisville Football Team started their season with a win against former UofL star Jeff Brohm’s scrappy Purdue Boilermaker team. Consequently, we are now just days away from the kick off of the National Football League (NFL) season as well!  This time of year, and the excitement behind both football seasons, make it the perfect time for Louisville-based Birdgang Brand Clothing, to add to its “Louisville Legends” Series. This specific line of clothing, which Birdgang introduced with Super Bowl 39 MVP Deion Branch as its initial athlete, was created out of respect and love for former UofL greats, their contribution to the University, as well as for the fans of these particular past players. Added to this very prestigious list, is Louisville’s “Home Grown” Jamon Brown!

Jamon starred at Louisville’s Fern Creek High School, The University of Louisville, and is now the starting right guard for the Los Angeles Rams, clearing the way on the line of scrimmage for 2015 NFL Rookie of the Year Todd Gurley. “SACRIFICE” is the exclusive design that Jamon and Birdgang Brand brainstormed about, the one word that embodies the life and career of an offensive lineman! Or? Maybe it embodies the life of an at home mom, or an awesome front line employee that gets little recognition? Or? Maybe it embodies the life of our military men and women, that give their lives freely on a daily basis! Or? Maybe our first responders to situations like Hurricane Harvey-the men and women that run into disastrous situations, while others look or run away. Or? Maybe it’s our at-risk youth, of which Jamon is very active through his JBrown Foundation, and teaching them that SACRIFICE breeds success. Whichever it is, this design fits the mold of anyone that has given their time and energy, seeking very little in return.

“The sacrifice shirt really speaks for itself,” says Jamon. “Being an offensive lineman, you’re constantly making sacrifices! You are consistently the least recognized but are a part of the bigger goal, and take on some of the biggest responsibilities, in the process of building success. This design takes you into the perspective of an offensive lineman, and others making sacrifices! For me, it’s just the selfless attitude that I have, and I think many lineman like myself have as well. So, the words and phrases of this shirt, puts you in the shoes of an individual that puts the TEAM, before themselves. The ultimate Sacrifice!”

The exclusive “Sacrifice” Design will go on sale this Friday for a limited time only and is in high demand, as a portion of the proceeds will benefit The JBrown Foundation. The Foundation has a focus on our “At Risk” Youth in Louisville and abroad, and helping them to realize their fullest potential, with an end-goal of influencing them, and others to be givers. The link below is equipped with the pricing details of the shirt. There’s also a direct path (toward the middle of the page once the link is opened), to the JBrown Foundation for those that want to donate directly, and stay abreast with the happenings of the Foundation.  If you would like to purchase the “Sacrifice” design we’ve provided the following link: https://birdgangpledge.ignitecx.com/sacrifice.

To setup an interview with Jamon Brown and/or members of Birdgang Brand Clothing please contact Sherlene Shanklin at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.  To learn more about Birdgang Brand visit www.wearebirdgang.com.

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Please note-This Saturday, (September 9th) Birdgang Brand/Cardinal Phone Repair will be having its first “Game Watch Party” at their new store this Saturday, Kicking off at 1030am with Cornhole and other tailgating activities before the Noon game time vs UNC. 2948 Yorkshire Blvd at the Intersection of Taylorsville Rd and Breckinridge Lane in Hikes Point. Jamon Brown “Sacrifice” shirts can be Pre-ordered at the Game Watch Party as well. Event sponsored by The JBrown Foundation.

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The VIPP Report: Free backpack and supply giveaway announced just in time for back to school

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(Louisville, KY) Jefferson County Public Schools, (JCPS) are starting to prepare for the start of a new year.  It’s time to get students ready.  Do you need assistance with school supplies? Withers Academy of Music, (WAM!) will host a Back to School Drive on Saturday, August 12th in the 400 block of East Oak Street from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.

The back pack and school supply giveaway is free to area youth.  Come out and enjoy free food, a live DJ thanks to D. Mawl Vibes and interactive booths.  This year’s goal is to give away approximately 400 backpacks with supplies.

This will be a fun and safe environment for the family to enjoy.  WAM! organizers will block streets from Jackson to Preston so kids can just be kids, running around and having fun while parents work to make sure their child can compete with their peers by having the necessary supplies essential to be successful in the classroom.

Marcus Withers of WAM! says “We want to make sure that youth in our community start fresh, rejuvenated and prepared for the school year.  Without the proper supplies, some students fall behind very quickly, get discouraged and never seem to get caught up.  I believe if you give children a fish, you nourish them for a day.  You teach them to fish and you provide them with life skills that nourish them for life. On August 12th, the youth will begin to fish as we instill in them the importance of education, community pride and volunteerism.”

This event would not be possible without the support of the following:  Big Brothers Big Sisters, 400 Inc., D. Mawl Vibes, Nimbus, Savoy Fitness and the countless volunteers and supporters.  A special thank you to former University of Louisville Basketball star and current ESPN 93.9 on air personality Marques Maybin for serving as this year’s spokesman.

We want youth and their parents/guardians to walk away from our event feeling good about their backpacks and all of the supplies. If you would like to donate to WAM! please contact them by calling 502-414-4009.  To learn more about the Withers Academy of Music or how you can volunteer go to www.twame.org.

We would like for you to please announce and/or if you would like to setup an interview with a member of WAM please contact VIPP Communications at interviewrequest@vippcommunications.com or by calling 502-295-0435.

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WAM! is a nonprofit organization whose strategic focus is to develop self-actualized youth by improving access to quality out-of-school time programming for pre-teens and teenagers labeled as vulnerable, at-risk, or high-risk.   We seek to engage, empower and inspire youth ages 9-18 to enjoy, expand, experience and participate in the world of music.   Our evidenced based after school academy and summer cultural exploration camp activities include music appreciation, music production & entertainment, sound production, social media management, art & design and mix academy.

 

 

The VIPP Report: 2-time Super Bowl champ Deion Branch will host Skills & Drills Camp

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FOOTBALL SEASON IS JUST A FEW WEEKS AWAY GET YOUR CHILD READY BY PARTICIPATING IN DEION BRANCH’S SKILLS AND DRILLS CAMP

(Louisville, KY) Former University of Louisville and two-time Super Bowl champ and SB XXXIX MVP Deion Branch returns to Louisville to host his 8th Annual Skills & Drills Football Camp. It will be on Saturday, July 8th at Baptist Health Performance, 12101 Sycamore Station Place.  Registration begins at 8:00 am and the camp is from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

The camp is for youth ages 7 to 18.  The registration fee is only $50, which includes:  lunch, goodie bag, t-shirt and personal instruction from Branch and some of his U of L teammates and friends.

Branch says “The DB Foundation really enjoys this camp.  We get to watch young athletes develop their skills.  We’ve watched several players throughout their football season and they’ve excelled and we are excited to see them return to work on another part of their game.  If you’ve never brought your child to the camp, I encourage them to come. Former U of L players will take them through various drills. This camp gives them a chance to learn proper technique, health and wellness plus sportsmanship.”

The proceeds raised during the camp will benefit the Deion Branch Foundation. The Deion Branch Charitable Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to offer support to children’s mental, physical, emotional well-being and for those who have been infected with meningitis.  The DBCF’s mission is to help with research and to find a cure to ease the struggle for children like Deion’s son. The foundation goal is to assist by providing programs and initiatives aimed at improving their quality of life. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  For more information on the foundation go to http://www.deionbranchfoundation.org.

If you would like to be a sponsor and/or donate items for goodie bags, please contact William Hicks at 334-507-3632 or Sherlene Shanklin at 502-295-0435.  To register your child for the 8th Annual Skills & Drills Camp go to www.deionbranchfoundation.org and fill out the online registration form.  If you belong to a football league and multiple players would like to participate please have your coach call us so we can offer team discounts.

To setup an interview with Deion Branch about the camp held on Saturday, July 8th, please call Sherlene Shanklin, Branch’s publicist at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: Arts Council of Louisville will celebrate Women’s History Month

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Sherlene Shanklin with WHAS11 Television and the owner of VIPP Communications (The VIPP Report, VIPP Style and Ivy Promotions) will be one of the guest speakers.

You are cordially invited the HISTORIC program celebrating Women’s History Month. Workshops of great interest and issues with local leaders discussing “Where do we go from here?” The topics are: JOBS; SOCIAL JUSTICE; ARTS EDUCATION; YOUTH LEADERSHIP; BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP; BANKING & FINANCE; MEDIA; HEALTHY & WELLNESS.

KICKING OFF this exciting day of activities are arts presentations of “A Bus Ride with Mrs. Rosa Parks” and performers from Belize Dance Intermix.

At noon, there’s A MEMORIAL TRIBUTE TO THE LEGACY OF LOUISVILLE BLACK WOMEN & LUNCHEON opens with a traditional African Drum Call and dance with Harlina Churn Diallo. A tradition African Ceremony is done by as a Libation by Nana Akosua Bakeman Gyeaboa, LCSW, LCAD, CCTP, CNHP, ND in the Hotel Ballroom. Arts presented during the meal are “I AM ANGELA DAVIS” by Ayana Churn and a MIME by “Sunni.”

The distinguished Professor Dr. Joy Carew, Ph.D. of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville will be the keynote speaker.

RECOGNITION OF BLACK WOMEN: Ruth Bryant; Sarah Martin; Abby Fife; Mary Ann Fisher; Representative Mae-Street-Kidd; Harriett Porter; Dani Porter; Delores Baker; Anita Neil; Alderwoman Louise Reynolds; Zambia Nkrumah White; Alderwoman Lois Morris; Mary Alyce Sweeney; Senator Georgia Montgomery Davis Powers; Maude Brown Porter; Mildred Neal; Samiyra Shabazz; Judith E. Green; Juanita Burks; Dollye Cunningham; Zephra Mae Miller; Attorney Alberta Jones; Barbara Miller; Geneva Cooper Rich; Wilma Claybourne; Hilda Butler; Zephra Mae Miller; Mattie Coffield; Jewel K. McNari; Lucy Gantt Sheppard; Gladys Carter; Emma L. Minnis, Ida Louise King; Jimmy White; Milton Page; Lillian Cole-Singleton, Margaret Yeager, Lucille Madry; Anna L. Huddleston; Effie Mae Jewell, Georgia Eugene; Maude Benboe; Vera Dockery; Eleanor Hutchinson; Rebecca Shashu Tucker; Lillian D. Anthony; Grace James; Amy Hamilton; Rose Banks and to all our divine and benevolent African Ancestors who gave us the best of themselves. (A partial listing).

CLOSING PANEL DISCUSSION ~ Q & A with the community.

TOPIC -“WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?”
*ELECTED METRO LOUISVILLE COUNCILWOMEN & JCPS- Ms. Jessica Green; Dr. Barbara Shanklin; Ms. Mary Woolridge and Ms. Cheri Bryant Hamilton & Elected Jefferson County Public School Board Member Ms. Diane Porter.

ADJOURNMENT AFFIRMATION

MAKING MOVES: THE POWER OF BLACK WOMEN
EVENT DATE: Saturday = March ;18, 2017 – Open to the public
Place: Hotel Louisville,120 West Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Doors open at 8:30 AM
Contact: Nana Yaa Asantewaa (502) 567-2787
Email: louisvillearts@aol.com
Presented by Arts Council of Louisville, Inc. – Disability Accessible

TICKETS – ONLINE – www.Eventbrite.com <community>
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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: A lecture series named in honor of a Louisville civil rights leader welcomes Angela Davis

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Special from Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television, ABC affiliate Louisville  

The person who said “We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society” will be a part of the 10th annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture Series at the University of Louisville .  Angela Davis, one of the nation’s leading advocates for prison reform and abolition, gender equity, and racial and economic justice will be their guest.  The social justice activist’s topic will be “Freedom is a Constant Struggle”.

The free event will be held on Tuesday, November 15th in the Brown &  Williamson Club at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Floyd Street.  All seating is first come, first served basis for the 6:00 p.m. talk.

Davis is an accomplished author and lecturer with engagements all over the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and South America.  She’s published eight books including an anthology of her writings and speeches: “Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine and the Foundations of a Movement.”

Following the talk, there will be a book signing.

This educator and a vocal activist in the Civil Rights Movement draws upon her own experiences in the early seventies as a person who spent eighteen months in jail and on trial, after being placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List.

You may remember that Davis was a visiting professor with the University of Louisville in 2002.  She taught women’s and gender studies course.

Davis, a longtime friend of the late Anne and Carl Braden, wrote the foreword to the biography “Subversive Southerner: Anne Braden and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Cold War South,” written by institute director and UofL professor Cate Fosl.

This lecture series and institute are named for the Bradens who were active in the civil rights movement in Louisville

To learn more about the 10th annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture Series go to www.louisville.edu/braden.

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The VIPP Report: Michael Sam will be in Louisville to take part in UofL’s Pride Week

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The University of Louisville Michael Sam, the first openly gay man drafted by an NFL team, will deliver the UofL Pride Week keynote address on Nov. 3.

The event is at 7 p.m. , Swain Student Activities Center, Multipurpose Room.

This event is a collaboration between the Student Activities Board and the LGBT Center. The talk is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Register online via eventbrite.

Sam’s keynote will address his journey, triumphs over hardships, and lessons learned from key mentors in his life.

Sam ended his career at the University of Missouri as a consensus All-American and Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He made history in 2014 as the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team when he was drafted by the then St. Louis Rams. He is currently a free agent.

This event is part of a series of events planned for UofL Pride Week 2016, hosted by the LGBT center and made possible by more than 40 sponsors from across the campus and community.

For additional information, visit http://louisville.edu/lgbt/programs-1/pride-week-1.

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The VIPP Report: Former U of L Cardinal and current Minnesota Viking is injured in practice

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Special Report by Sherlene Shanklin

Updated at 4:05pm 9/1/2016: Teddy Bridgewater releases a statement on his season-ending injury. Bridgewater says

“I want to thank the Wilf Family and the entire Vikings organization, all of my teammates, friends, Eric Sugarman and the amazing Vikings athletic training staff and the fans who have sent me messages and wished me well. Your thoughts and prayers mean a lot to me and have helped me in this difficult time. There are great players and great leaders in our locker room who are going to fight to the end to reach the goals we set for 2016. I will be there mentally, physically and in spirit to support them accomplish those goals.

In order to have a testimony, you have to have a test. I come from amazing DNA, I watched my mom fight and win against breast cancer. We will, as a team, attack my rehab with the same vigor and energy. My faith is strong, my faith is unwavering and my vision is clear. My purpose will not be denied.”

Updated at 6:21pm 8/30/2016: The Minnesota Vikings held a news conference and they say Teddy Bridgewater has a “significant” knee injury.  He’s undergoing a MRI and that will tell them more.  Follow us for real-time news @thevippreport @vippcomm @sherlenemediapr.

The Minnesota Vikings’ Tuesday practice came to an abrupt end when quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered an apparent left knee injury.

The former University of Louisville QB clutched his knee on the ground. An ambulance arrived for him and the remainder of practice was called off.
No details on the exact nature or severity of Bridgewater’s injury but multiple sources say it looks bad. We will have to wait and see.
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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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VIPP Communications is your one-stop public relations, marketing, branding, event management, consulting and video production firm headquartered in Louisville, KY.  For inquiries info at vippcommunications dot com.   

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The VIPP Report: Former Louisville Cardinals return to host a series of events for “Cardinal Week”

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2013 NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPS RUSS SMITH, PEYTON SIVA, KEVIN WARE & LUKE HANCOCK WILL PARTICIPATE ALONG WITH FORMER CARD & CURRENT BOSTON CELTIC TERRY ROZIER

(Louisville KY) Tim Barnett Media presents Cardinal Week. The week is designed for loyal fans to come out and meet the former players and have a chance to interact with some of their local heroes while supporting them in their future endeavors.

Cardinal fans will get to see members of the 2013 National Championship team. They won the hearts of the world as they rallied game after game during the NCAA tournament to become the national champs. You will have several opportunities during Cardinal Week to see Russ Smith, Peyton Siva, Kevin Ware and Luke Hancock. Also, a part of the Cardinal family, Terry Rozier he will return to Louisville after playing in the NBA with the Boston Celtics.

On Monday, June 20th, it’s the Russdiculous Golf Scramble at Hunting Creek Country Club, 6807 Foxcroft Road in Prospect, KY.   Registration begins at 10 am. Its $800 for a team of four (4). Golfers take to the course at 11:30 am. From 5:30 pm-6:30 pm teams will return to the clubhouse for cocktails and hor d’oeuvres.

Participants will have an opportunity to drive a Porsche for the weekend. All you have to do is enter the “Close to the hole” challenge courtesy of Blue Grass Motorsports. You also have a chance to have Siva and Hancock on your golf team.

There will be a silent auction with items that the players will pull from their personal items. If you have an item you would like to donate, go to www.russdiculousgolfscramble.com.

Former Cards are beginning to confirm their attendance. Stay tuned for more player announcements.

From young at heart to our young Cardinal fans it’s the Camp of Champions Basketball Camp. It will be hosted by Siva, Smith, Ware and Rozier.   The camp is June 21st-23rd at Louisville Collegiate School, 2427 Glenmary Ave.

The camp will be divided into two sessions. The first session ages 6-10 years of age will hold the session from 9 am-1 pm. The second session is for youth 11-16 years of age.   They will be in session from 2 pm to 6 pm. The camp is $215 and space is limited.

Former and current U of L players will stop by and support the camp. Tim Henderson and Luke Hancock will be the camp’s special guests.

You can register at www.kycampofchampions.com. The deadline is June 1st to sign up.

On Friday, June 24th, there will be a Meet & Greet at Bluegrass Motor Sports, 4730 Bowling Ave from 7 pm to 9 pm. All five will be in attendance and available for autographs. They are only $20 per autographed item.

On Saturday, June 25th we will have a meet in Greet in Glasgow, KY at Caverna HS. The time is 12p-3p. Each autographed item is $20.

Russ Smith says “We are excited to comeback to Louisville and giveback by doing these things in the community. It will be good to see and talk to Cardinal fans and reunite with my brothers Peyton, Terry, Kevin and Luke. Come out and have a goodtime with us during Cardinal Week.”

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor contact Mr. Tim Barnett at coachbarnettfba@gmail.com or call 502.807.7152. For media availability please contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com.

If you can’t make it to any of the events but would like to support Smith’s efforts. You can make donations to his foundation at http://www.russdiculousgolfscramble.com.

The VIPP Report: Olympic Gold Medalist Angel McCoughtry’s foundation will honor Louisville youth and present medals and prizes

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Louisville Central Community Centers, Inc.’s (LCCC) will receive a $9,500 grant from the Angel McCoughtry Dream Foundation in support of LCCC’s Gheens eLearn Olympics at a presentation on Wednesday, March 9th, 10:00 a.m. at Old Walnut Street, 1300 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

Gheens eLearn Olympics seeks to spark a spirit of pride among students, parents, schools and community-based learning places through the incentive-based, educational program. School-age youth who attend Jefferson County Public Schools are encouraged to enhance their education by using on-line out-of-school-time tutorial software to improve reading and math. Kids who show levels of improvement are awarded gold, silver or bronze medals and many of these kids also receive educational prizes and gifts.

The initiative was created in response to the Jefferson County Public Schools’ call for more involvement of community stakeholders to address common core standards and academic achievement. LCCC has recognized over 500 youth for educational improvement using this on-line service over the last two years. “Angel saw a valuable connection with our Gheens eLearn Olympics initiative and her foundation. She has been very supportive of us from the beginning and we are grateful for her continued support,” said Kevin Fields of LCCC.

Angel is a former University of Louisville All-American basketball player who is now a franchise   player with Atlanta Dream in the Women’s National Basketball Association. She also plays professionally for the Turkish team Mersin BSB in the Turkish Women’s Basketball League. “I am pleased to be able to give while continuing to play professional basketball through my foundation. As an Olympian, eLearn Olympics really got my attention. Helping LCCC help young people succeed in school is important to my foundation and to me personally,” stated McCoughtry.

Angel was a member of the U.S. Olympic gold medal basketball team in 2012. She plans to try out for the 2016 U. S. Olympic Basketball Team this summer. The next Gheens eLearn Olympics celebration is scheduled for April 6, 2016 at Old Walnut Street. Over 100 participants are expected to be honored and recognized.

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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.

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The VIPP Report: Birdgang Brand partners with major retailer Fan Outfitters

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Birdgang Brand Clothing has entered into an exclusive deal with Fan Outfitters, one of the premier retail outlets for collegiate merchandise to sell t-shirts in support of Kyle Kuric. The limited edition t-shirt was created for University of Louisville fans to show their support for Kuric. The basketball star is currently recovering from a brain tumor that was discovered earlier this month.

A portion of the proceeds from the Kyle Kuric design will benefit Kids Cancer Alliance.

For those that do not shop online, or maybe need the shirt faster, you can go into Fan Outfitters stores located at The Paddock formally the Summit on Brownsboro Rd, or their other location at 4600 Shelbyville Rd.  Shirts will arrive by December 5 for your Christmas shopping. Pre-orders are still being taken as well at wearebirdgang.com.

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