The VIPP Report: Annual Hope Awards Showcase Members of the West Louisville Boys and Girls Choirs

 

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(Louisville, KY) The West Louisville Performing Arts Academy (WLPAA) d.b.a. West Louisville Boys and West Louisville Girls Choirs, (WLBC/WLGC) announces their 18th Annual Hope Awards Dinner Concert on Saturday, December 9th at the University Club on the University of Louisville’s Belknap Campus.  The dinner concert will begin at 6:00 p.m.

This year’s McDaniel Bluitt Hope Award recipient is Kentucky Senator for 33rd District Gerald A. Neal.  “He works tirelessly in the community.  Many see him on television but the things you don’t see that got the attention of my organization.  Sen. Neal has made several visits to talk to members of both choirs.  He was candid with them and helped them understand what it takes to be a leader in the community.  His knowledge was invaluable and he demonstrates all the characteristics to be this year’s honoree,” says McDaniel Bluitt, Boys Choir Director.

Senator Neal did highlight his honor but the accomplishments of the choirs by saying “I congratulate the students and leadership of the West Louisville Performing Arts Academy, members of the West Louisville Boys and Girls Choir for their dedication, educational obtainment, and for making a difference in the world. It is through the pursuit of excellence that they plan, prepare, and ultimately perform at a high level.”

We invite you to come out and support the youth but one of our greatest community leaders Sen. Neal.  Tickets for the 18th Annual Hope Awards are $100 for adults and $50 for students.  They can be purchased at 323 West Broadway, Artspace, 4th floor.  For more information, please contact McDaniel Bluitt at 502-376-7840

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

If you would like to set up an interview with Bluitt, Founder/Director of the West Louisville Performing Arts Academy and/or Sen. Gerald Neal contact us at info@vippcommunications.com

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

History

West Louisville Boys Choir began in November 1990. The choir is directed by McDaniel Bluitt, a retired vocal music teacher with twenty-nine (29) years of experience. He received his B. M. ED. from the University of Louisville School Of Music and a Masters in Counseling from Western Kentucky University. The Boys Choir has performed throughout the commonwealth, for mayors, governors other national dignitaries. The Boys Choir’s first European Tour established international prominence in Paris, France and London, England. They received a superior rating during their first international music competition in the Bahamas. They were also awarded first place in the Music Festival at Sea.

The West Louisville Girls Choir made its debut in November 2002. The choir is directed by Mrs. Mamie Bluitt who received her B.M.ED. from the University of Louisville School of Music. The Girls Choir is also a performing choir.   Some of its more notable performances are: Governor Patton’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in Frankfort, Kentucky, ECHO, Women for Women Conference and at Cincinnati’s National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Their first Southwestern Tour to Texas was held in 2010.

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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: Bringing awareness and the services of the Metro Disability Coalition

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METRO DISABILITY COALITION CONTINUES TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS TO ASSIST PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

The Metro Disability Coalition works tirelessly in the community to help move toward a fully accessible community for all disabled individuals.

From developing confidence to independence the Metro disability Coalition is an organization of individuals and agencies in Louisville, KY who assist those with disabilities a better quality of life.  The 501c(3) organization was established in 2001.

In March of each year, we host the Breaking Barriers Spotlight Awards.  The ceremony gives us a chance to say thank you people for their commitment, recognize educators, healthcare, service, community and youth organizations for their desire to enrich the lives of gifted and talented students.

In 2017, at the 17th annual awards ceremony former University of Louisville basketball star Marques Maybin was our keynote speaker.  He played for the Cardinals from 1997 to 2001.  In 2003, he was in a motorcycle accident in his hometown of Clarksville, TN.  Maybin was paralyzed from the waist down.  He passionately spoke to the audience about his setback but also how he was able to achieve and get back to his day to day routine while adjusting to being in a wheelchair. Now, he’s one of the top on-air radio personalities for ESPN Louisville.

If you would like to support Metro Disability Coalition and/or be a sponsor for the 18th Annual Breaking Barriers Spotlight Awards please contact Marcellus Mayes by calling 502-774-8993 or Ronel McCombs at 502-836-1245.

If you would like to setup an interview, call VIPP Communications at 502-582-7716 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com.

 

 

The VIPP Report: Halloween Costume Party Hosted By Teen Hip Hop Sensation Brooklyn Queen

 

 

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(Louisville, KY) The Brooklyn Queen is only 12 years old and she’s already creating a buzz in the entertainment industry. After signing with B.M.B. Records the Detroit native released her first studio album on August 4th and its garnering popularity at a rapid pace on social media platforms.  On Sunday, October 29th, the Brooklyn Queen will travel to Louisville to host a Halloween party.

It’s the Brooklyn Queen’s Halloween Costume Party. It will be held at Diamond Pub located at 630 Barret Ave.  She will perform live her first two hits, “Keke Taught Me”, and “Emoji”.  The party starts at 5:00 pm and ends at 9:00 pm. The first 100 kids receive a gift bag of candy.  The person with the “Best Costume” will win $300. There’s also a dance contest and the winner gets $200.

Parents this is an age appropriate event.  The artist and her management team take pride that Brooklyn Queen’s music has no suggestive lyrics. She also takes pride in her no bullying campaign with an act of kindness initiative.   By challenging her peers to say it’s okay and cool to be kind. She says “It’s not hard to do at least three things a day. You can open the door for someone, give a compliment, carry someone’s groceries or even just saying hello to someone in passing.  Kindness can be contagious so catch it. I’m excited to spread this message in Louisville at the costume party. I can’t wait to meet everyone.”

General admission tickets for Brooklyn Queen’s Halloween Costume Party at Diamond Pub are $15. For $25, you can attend the VIP artist meet and greet after the show.  For additional information go to www.brookylnqueen03.com.  To be a part of her kindness campaign use the hashtags #BrooklynQueenKindnessChallenge #3ActsOfKindness #3Acts

If you would like to set up an interview and/or have Brooklyn Queen speak to a group of teens while in Louisville contact Sherlene Shanklin at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com with your requests.  If you would like to book the Brooklyn Queen for a performance contact Dorian Washington at Dorian@BMBEmpie.com.

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

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THE TWO-WOMAN PLAY IS SET DURING THE TURN OF THE CENTURY BUT IRONICALLY RESEMBLES TODAY’S SOCIETUIAL ISSUES

(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 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.

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The VIPP Report: Tribute concert announced remembering music legend Stephen “Static Major” Garrett in his hometown of Louisville, KY

A TRIBUTE CONCERT IS ANNOUNCED REMEMBERING LOUISVILLE NATIVE STATIC MAJOR, THE MAN WHO PENNED HITS FOR MUSIC’S BIGGEST STARS

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FANS WILL HEAR FOR FIRST-TIME NEVER RELEASED MUSIC

(Louisville, KY) Stephen Garrett also known in the entertainment world as “Static Major” made a lot of hits for artists like Lil Wayne, Aaliyah, Jamie Foxx, Diddy, Pretty Ricky, Ginuwine, Nicole Wray and Playa in which he was a member.  The Grammy Award winning artist, producer and songwriter died on February 25, 2008 at the age of 33, leaving an unimaginable legacy and a catalog of never heard music.

On Saturday, November 25, 2017 in Static Major’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky family, friends and fans will come together to be a part of the Louisville Legend’s tribute concert. It will be held at The Gramercy, 620 S. 3rd Street.  There will be some surprise special guests attending the event.

The tribute event was created after Static’s untimely death due to a medical error bringing his life and passion for music to a stand-still. His widow, Avonti Garrett is determined to keep his legacy and passion for music and the arts alive.  She fondly remembers her husband and works just as hard as he did to keep his memory and music alive.

“Music is like breathing” a common phrase Static would say according to Avonti Garrett.  “He was so talented that he could bring someone else’s vision to life.  He was before his time and truly gifted. When you attend on November 25th, you will receive a special treat.  I will debut some of Static’s music never heard by the public.  You will be blown away because he was truly ahead of his time and I’m excited for everyone to hear it.”

The red carpet will begin at 8:30 p.m. and the tribute will start at 9:30 p.m.  The hosts for the event will be fellow member of Playa, Ben “Black” Bush, Spoken Word Artist Robin G and DJ D. Mawl.

Tickets for VIP are $85 (includes reserved seating and buffet from 7:30p-9p) and general admission is $60.  All Proceeds will go towards the Hometown Hero Banner of Stephen “Static Major” Garrett.  You can purchase them by going Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-tribute-to-a-louisville-legend-staticmajor-tickets-37619784789. You can purchase general admission at the door on the day of the event but price is subject to increase.

If you would like to set up an interview with Avonti Garrett of Majors Styles Entertainment and/or to request media credentials for the red-carpet contact Sherlene Shanklin at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.

The VIPP Report: Jazz artists begin to arrive in Louisville to pay tribute to Lionel Hampton for his contributions in music

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LOUISVILLE, KY – The Lincoln Foundation in partnership with Dick Sisto, Ken Clay, Owsley Brown III, Louisville Public Media, Owsley Brown II Family Foundation, The Kentucky Center, Mike Balter Mallets and Vandoren Saxophone Reeds proudly announces the inaugural Lionel Hampton Tribute Concert Showcase. The event will take place in the Bomhard Theater of the Kentucky Center on Saturday October 7th at 7:30 p.m.  The concert will be a live-recording.

 Dick Sisto, on vibraphone, is the artistic and music director who will lead a group of featured jazz artists who will pay tribute to jazz greats past and present.  They include Barry Ries, trumpet; Bobby Broom, guitar; Bobby Floyd, keyboards; Jim Anderson, bass; Art Gore, drums and special guest Harry Skoler, clarinet (Berklee College of Music). These experienced artists have played with jazz greats such as Lionel Hampton, Sonny Rollins, Count Basie, Benny Golson, and George Benson.

            Louisville native Lionel Hampton was born on April 20, 1908. He popularized the vibraphone and played with the Benny Goodman Quartet before becoming a successful bandleader. Hampton received honors from Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He performed well into his 90s before passing away in 2002.

           Mayor Greg Fischer and the city of Louisville have embraced this event and hope to honor this hometown jazz great and innovator with an official Lionel Hampton dedication day. The event will also feature a showcase of young percussion students on the vibraphone and drums.  A music scholarship will be considered for one of the participating youth.

           Tickets start at $30.00 and they are still available at the Kentucky Center Box Office.  Proceeds from the event will benefit Lincoln Foundation’s signature Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program®.  During the concert, a representative from Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky will make a special announcement that will impact the youth in the scholars program.

           Lincoln Foundation has empowered disadvantaged youth to overcome adversity through education since its inception by Berea College over 100 years ago. The mission of the organization is to provide educational enrichment programs that develop and support youth in overcoming barriers to achievement. Lincoln Foundation outcomes demonstrate that students can break the cycle of poverty in their families through higher education. Students are holistically developed in an educational culture that stresses academic achievement and graduation from college.  Lincoln Foundation annually serves approximately 600 students from two years of age through college with its year-round, nontraditional educational enrichment programs.

For additional information, please contact Paula Campbell at 502.585.4733 ext. 203 or Sherlene Shanklin at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com or visit our website at www.lincolnfdn.org.

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