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



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”.

Logo_no_TxtAdmission is $15 and you can purchase tickets at KCAAH, Eventbrite and Better Days West, (Lyles Mall).

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.


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


The VIPP Report: Jazz fans can sit under the “twin spires” and listen to some great music this weekend


This weekend jazz will fill the air under the historic “twin spires” at Churchill Downs.  The 2nd Annual Derby City Jazz Festival will delight jazz enthusiast and novice alike because of the buffet of talent headed to the city.

This year’s lineup is stellar with some very familiar names in the jazz industry. Saxophonist and contemporary jazz artist Marion Meadows is on the schedule to perform Friday night. He’s worked with artists like The Temptations, Michael Bolton, the late Eartha Kitt and Brook Benton just to name a few.

Also, performing this weekend is Kayla Waters.  She’s considered a smooth jazz artist whose a pianist and sings during her performances. She’s opened for artists like Patrice Rushen, Stevie Wonder and Maysa.

Maysa is on the Derby City Jazz Festival schedule.  She will be in concert on Saturday.  If you’ve never heard of the artist.  She was originally with the British group Incognito.  This jazz-influenced R & B singer has dynamic vocals and she’s one of the must see artists when attending the festival.

So, see just with the several artists I’ve mentioned all of them have a different vibe.  You should find someone over the two days that you will simply love.  So, go out and experience the flavor of the Derby City Jazz Festival.  Gates will open at 2:00 pm. Entertainment begins on both days at 4:00 pm and will end around 12:00 am.  The concert will be held in the Paddock Area on the Plaza Stage which organizers says creates the perfect back drop.  Don’t forget to bring your own seating for the summer sun and then evening moonlight with fantastic music.

Here’s Friday’s lineup:

  • Benny J and Friends with special guest Bamm Davis
  • Urban Jazz Coalition featuring Adria Shahid
  • Lad Tizer and Karen Briggs
  • Althea Rene’ featuring Ariel O’Neal
  • Marion Meadows
  • Marcus Johnson
  • Jam Session: Chris Miskel Band


Saturday’s lineup:

  • Benny J and Friends with special guest Bamm Davis
  • Kayla Waters
  • Matt Marshak
  • Bob Baldwin with Urban Jazz Coalition
  • Maysa
  • Mike Phillips
  • Nick Colionne


Tickets start at $50 for general admission.  To purchase tickets go to  Follow Sherlene Shanklin on Twitter @sherlenemediapr and Facebook at @SherleneShanklinMediaPRPro for event announcements, ticket giveaways and breaking news.




The VIPP Report: Entrepreneur & Television personality adds author to his title with the release of his new book



(Louisville, KY) Have you even seen the Louisville entrepreneur and owner of one of the most notable restaurants in Louisville do anything on a small scale?  Your answer is likely “no” because he does everything in a big way or should we say “supersized”?  Darnell “Super Chef” Ferguson releases his new book entitled “Knowing is half the fight…Cooking is the other”.  It’s the brainchild of Super Chef when he was in culinary school.  Fast-forward several years later with a successful business and frequent appearances on several national cooking shows this was the perfect time to finish the project.

Ferguson says “When you read my book, it will give you healthy cooking tips, smart serving sizes to assist with portion control and mental food tips.  When customers come into my restaurant they always stop me and ask general questions about food, preparation and dieting so I put many of the answers in the book.  Knowing is half the fight. I hope when you read it that you will have several “I didn’t know that moments.”

You can pick up an autographed copy of the book at Super Chefs located at 1702 Bardstown Road.  You can also purchase your books online at and/or

If you would like to setup an interview and/or a cooking segment with Darnell “Super Chef” Ferguson, please contact VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at



The VIPP Report: Veterans from all over the Bluegrass gather in Lexington



 (LEXINGTON, KY) The 2nd Annual Kentucky Women Veterans State Conference will be held in Lexington, Kentucky on Saturday, August 5th at the Marriott Griffin Gate, 1800 Newton Pike.  The conference will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Admission is free but would like for guests to register.  (see link below)

Veterans will be able to network, share their experiences through workshops and speakers plus enjoy lunch, door prizes and vendors.  There will also be a fashion show for everyone to enjoy.  Speakers, Workshops, Networking, Lunch, Door Prizes, Vendors, and a Fashion Show. Complimentary Admission.

This year’s guest speaker for the conference will be American Legion Executive Director Verna Jones. She directs The American Legion’s DC Divisions headquartered in Washington.  Working tirelessly on issues such as policy and field operations. She’s the Legion’s direct liaison with the White House.  She goes above and beyond the call of duty by overseeing relationships at each level of the federal administration.

To register go to:  Register here:

For more information, call or email Kentucky Women Veterans Coordinator LuWanda Knuckles, 502-545-4193, here:

For more information, call or email Kentucky Women Veterans Coordinator LuWanda Knuckles, 502-545-4193,

If you would like to setup an interview with Verna Jones on site, please contact Sherlene Shanklin, VIPP Communications at

Register here:

For more information, call or email Kentucky Women Veterans Coordinator LuWanda Knuckles, 502-545-4193,

KY Women Veterans


The VIPP Report: The “Classic Man” performs at the Mercury Ballroom in Louisville, KY


In 2015, the song “Classic Man” by rapper/singer Jidenna gave him the nod for a Grammy Award. Now, the artist that has sharp eye for fashion announces his Louisville show.   His new album “The Chief” was released in February. Fans will get to hear his new songs on Tuesday, August 8th.  Roman Gianathur will open for Jidenna at the Mercury Ballroom show.

Tickets are on sale for the artist who’s on the cutting edge of contemporary culture. They are $29.00.  The show is scheduled for 8:00 pm. Don’t forget this is a general admission standing room only venue that holds approximately 900 people.

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


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

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

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

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


(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

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 or by calling 502-295-0435.


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.