The VIPP Report: Hip-Hop/Rap Superstar Lil Wayne will travel to Louisville during Kentucky Derby week to headline Derby Soundstage 2018


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(Louisville, KY) Kentucky Derby weekend draws a lot of stars to Louisville to enjoy not only the greatest two minutes in sports at the iconic home of the twin spires but the events surrounding the horse race.  Derby Soundstage 2018 one of the biggest Derby events happening, will take place Thursday, May 3rd in Broadbent Arena.

Derby Soundstage 2018 will be hosted by DJ Envy, and will include performances from Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, K. Michelle. Cardi B was previously slated to perform, but has been removed from the lineup due to booking and scheduling conflicts with her Spring/Summer Festival Tour.

Derby Soundstage 2018 welcomes to the Derby City, Lil Wayne as the headliner.  Everything the rapper, songwriter, record executive and entrepreneur touches turns platinum.  The New Orleans native is the CEO of Young Money Entertainment.  With artists like Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Christina Milian on the roster, Wayne is no stranger to selling out venues across the U.S. and Louisville will be no different.

He will share the stage that night with an artist that won a Grammy with him in 2017 for Best Rap Performance for “No Problem”.  The Atlanta, Georgia rap star 2 Chainz will also be a part of the show. The rapper, executive, and song writer currently released “Pretty Girls Love Trap Music”, which is certified platinum.

Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz have released a multi-platinum joint album entitled “Collegrove”.

R & B sensation and reality show star K. Michelle will open the show.  The Memphis native currently has a new album “The People I Used to Know” with hits like “Birthday” and “No Not You”.

The concert will be hosted by a member of the World’s Most Dangerous Morning Show, The Breakfast Club. DJ Envy will serve as the host and DJ of the concert. Envy is the co-host of the nationally syndicated four and half hour morning show along with Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God.

So, it’s Derby Soundstage 2018 featuring Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz and K. Michelle hosted by DJ Envy on Thursday, May 3rd in Broadbent Arena in Louisville, Kentucky.

Tickets are on sale and they start at $70.  You can purchase them through  Doors open at 6:00 pm and the show will begin at 7:00 pm. Refunds will be offered for those who no longer wish to attend the concert due to the change in the lineup.



The VIPP Report: Metro Disability Coalition continues to “Break Barriers” in the community


In their annual celebration they will recognize supporters & “shine” a spotlight on some unsung heroes

 (Louisville, KY) The Metro Disability Coalition invites you to attend their 18th Annual Breaking Barriers Spotlight Awards on Monday, March 19th from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the Rudd Heart and Lung Center, 201 Abraham Flexner Way. There will be a reception at 5:00 pm to meet honorees and special guests.

The awards ceremony will honor community service workers, educators and youth who go above and beyond the call of duty to assist those in need. The Jefferson County Public Schools, (JCPS) student and teacher award winners are:

Elementary School Student: Paul Clark       Elementary School Teacher: Ms. Deanna LeFan

Middle School Student: Zackary Estridge    Middle School Teacher: Ms. Joan Allen

High School Student: Katherine Teston        High School Teacher: Ms. Melanie Guillerman

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Billy Wright and the Merit Award will be presented to Josiah Johnson.

There will also be a presentation for Certificate of Merit and Image Award Certificate winners.

The Certificate of Merit winners are:  Linda Irvin, Ed Price, Michael White

Image Award Certificate winners are:  Eric French, Vitalis Lanshima, Tracey Thompson

This year’s keynote speaker will be Herb Henry.  The owner of Competitors Edge Enterprise, a sports apparel company and current member of the Louisville Spokes & Spires, a local wheelchair basketball team.  The former University of Louisville football player was shot twice in 1992 at the age of 18 at a party. One bullet hit near his lung and the other near his spine, paralyzing Henry.  It took Henry many years to adjust and find his next calling.  He put the football down and picked up a basketball and started to play wheelchair basketball.  Motivating himself to move forward while inspiring many who still wanted to compete and had that competitor’s edge.

The Metro Disability Coalition is an organization of individuals and agencies in Louisville, KY who advocate for those with disabilities to have a better quality of life.  The 501c (3) organization was established in 2001.

In 2017, at the 17th annual awards ceremony Marques Maybin, ESPN Louisville radio show host and former University of Louisville basketball star was their keynote speaker.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Marcellus Mayes by calling 502-774-8993 or Ronel McCombs at 502-836-1245

If you would like to setup an interview with a member of the Metro Disability Coalition and/or our keynote speaker for the 18th Annual Breaking Barriers Spotlight Awards held on Monday, March 19th at the Rudd Heart and Lung Center please contact VIPP Communications at 502-582-7716 or by email at

The VIPP Report: LA Rams Right Guard Jamon Brown tees off in Louisville for a golf scramble benefiting the Coalition for the Homeless


(Louisville, KY) NFL star and Louisville native Jamon Brown, announces that he will create several signature events during his off-season, to support his hometown through his non-profit J.Brown Foundation. First on the calendar, is the inaugural Jamon Brown Foundation Celebrity Golf Scramble, in partnership with the Coalition for the Homeless.

The scramble will take place Monday, April 9th at Lake Forest Country Club. Registration will begin at 10:30 am sharp, and at 11:00 am Mayor Greg Fischer will kick-off the event with a welcome. Shortly after, those in attendance will have the unique opportunity to meet and greet former U of L and UK Legends, and other notable celebrities. There will be a 1:00 pm shotgun start.

We are receiving local and national Celebrity confirmations daily, and are happy to announce the following special guests joining Brown in attendance: Hall of Fame and former UofL Head Coach Denny Crum; 2000 Super Bowl Champion and former UofL star quarterback Chris Redman; 2013 NCAA Champions Russ Smith and Luke Hancock; UK basketball legend Jack “Goose” Givens; and NFL Super Bowl Champion and UK football star Jared Lorenzen, to name a few. Additional names will be released in the coming weeks.

One of the highlights of this event, is that celebrity guests will be auctioned off to golf with the highest bidding team! Those that are interested, will have an opportunity to golf with their favorite sports legend.

Jamon Brown says “Anytime that I can get home and help my community that’s what I’m going to do. When you look at the statistics of homelessness in Louisville, many are my age or a little younger, and it causes me to stop and think that we all could be in that situation. So, if I can help just one person get back on track, we have accomplished our goal.”

Brown attended Fern Creek High School in Louisville, KY. He received a scholarship to the University of Louisville, and played football from 2011 to the 2014 season, under Coaches Charlie Strong and Bobby Petrino respectively. He was an offensive line starter on the 2013 Sugar Bowl Champion Team. Brown was then picked in the third round of the 2015 NFL draft by the St. Louis and now Los Angeles Rams. This past season, he started all 16 games as their right guard, helping to lead the way for 2017 NFL Offensive MVP, Todd Gurley.

To Register your team of four ($600), or to register individually ($150), please visit

For sponsorship opportunities please contact Danny Mosby at or Sherlene Shanklin at This event is planned and organized by Rising Tide Events, and is one that you do not want to miss! Expertise provided by Jason Kemelgor and J Brown Foundation partner.



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  Follow us on Facebook JBrown Foundation, Twitter: JB_The_GREAT_68 and Instagram: JB_The_GREAT_68. “Setting our Foundation one block at a time.”

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, call (502) 636-9550, or find The Coalition for the Homeless on Facebook at or on Twitter @louhomeless

#JBrownFoundation #JamonBrown #CoaltionfortheHomeless #LARAMS #LakeForestCountryClub #PRMI #RisingTideEvents


VIPP Communications is a full service public relations, event management and production firm headquartered in Louisville, KY with clients and/or projects all over the U.S. We can create, maintain and sustain your brand.  Our clientele ranges from small businesses, non-profits, corporate leaders, entertainment to current and retired professional athletes.  Contact one of our team members to see if we can assist you at info at vippcommunications dot com. 

The VIPP Report: An associate at a Kroger Store in Louisville diagnosed with Hepatitis A virus


By Sherlene Shanklin

Tonight, Kroger Stores released that one of their employees has the Hepatitis A virus.  The store in question is located at 4915 Dixie Hwy in Louisville? This is what i know.  An associate at that store has been diagnosed with the Hepatitis A virus. While infected, this associate worked at the store in February in the produce department. As a result, some customers who visited the store and shopped the produce section from February 4 to February 28 may be at risk of exposure to the Hepatitis A virus. 

Any produce purchased during that time from that Kroger should be discarded. Customers and others who may have consumed that produce should be familiar with the symptoms of Hepatitis A and seek medical attention, if needed. Kroger is cooperating fully with local and state health officials to identify associates and customers who may be at risk for infection.

Kroger released the following:

Kroger is committed to the health and well-being of all of our associates and customers.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable, communicable disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). It is usually transmitted person-to-person through the fecal-oral route or consumption of contaminated food or water. Hepatitis A is a self-limited disease that does not result in chronic infection. Most adults with hepatitis A have symptoms, including fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, and jaundice, that usually resolve within 2 months of infection; most children less than 6 years of age do not have symptoms or have an unrecognized infection. Antibodies produced in response to hepatitis A infection last for life and protect against reinfection. The best way to prevent hepatitis A infection is to get vaccinated.” Customers who may have been exposed are encouraged to visit for more information.

I pulled up the CDC link for you and this is what you need to watch out for in regards to symptoms.

  • Hepatitis A can have an abrupt onset of symptoms that can include:
    • fever
    • fatigue
    • loss of appetite
    • nausea
    • abdominal discomfort
    • dark urine
    • yellowing of the skin and eyes
    • pale colored stools
    • and joint pain
  • People with hepatitis A virus infection may not have any signs or symptoms of the disease.
  • Older people are more likely to have symptoms than children.
  • About 70 percent of children younger than 6 who are infected have no symptoms.
  • In adults and older children, most infections are accompanied by symptoms and more than 70 percent of those cases include yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice).
  • Signs and symptoms usually last fewer than 2 months, although some people have prolonged or relapsing disease lasting as long as 6 months.  Relapsing disease is usually less severe.
  • There is no chronic form of hepatitis A.

Note-some of them sound like flu-like symptoms so watch them closely if you have them.

According to the CDC-A blood test is needed to diagnose Hepatitis A.  Talk to your doctor of someone from your local health department if you suspect that you have been exposed.


The VIPP Report: 2018 Spring Fest announce artist lineup for Easter Weekend in Louisville



(Louisville, KY) Three artists that’s worked together in the studio to collaborate on one another’s hits will now all be a part of the same show giving fans a unique experience. Each artist respectful also are known for being hit singer/songwriter and/or rap artists. From dropping bars to dropping lyrics.

On Saturday, March 31st, (Easter Weekend) Southside Hot Rod Entertainment presents 2018 Spring Fest featuring Jacquees, Dreezy, Dej Loaf, and DJ Luke Nasty in concert at the Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main Street in downtown Louisville.  The show will be hosted by actress/singer B. Simone. She’s also known for her edgy, quick wit on Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out as a cast member of the hit television program.

Doors open at 8:30 pm and the show will begin at 9:00 pm.  DJ Empty Beats will be in the mix and keeping the show moving into between artists.  Tickets are start at $68.50.  You can purchase them at the Kentucky Center Box Office,, or by calling 502-584-7777 or 800-775-7779.

So, its Jacquees, Dreezy, Dej Loaf an DJ Luke Nasty all performing at 2018 Spring Fest in Louisville at the Kentucky Center on Saturday, March 31st.

Please announce and/or post our event on your shows and calendars.  For interviews and/or request additional information contact VIPP Communications at


The VIPP Report: Food trucks participating in “Foodie Flea” will use their day off for community service



(Louisville, KY) THE FLEUR DE FLEA, one of Louisville’s largest outdoor flea markets announces a new event where you can enjoy great food that will tickle your palette with a southern flair along with some great local entertainment. You are invited to come down to Waterfront Park in downtown Louisville for the inaugural FOODIE FLEA.  The event will be held on Saturday, April 14th from 11:00 am-5:00 pm and admission is FREE.

Then on Sunday, April 15th from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm many of the food trucks that participated in the FOODIE FLEA will park at various shelters throughout the city to feed the homeless as part of Mayor Greg Fischer’s “Give A Week”, a Week of Service where the community keeps a tally of their acts of compassion

The FOODIE FLEA, with over 25 of Louisville’s Finest Food trucks will be held in conjunction with THE FLEUR DE FLEA.

Three local craft breweries: Great Flood, Apocalypse and Country Boy will be sponsoring the event and serving their local beer all day.

For more information please contact VIPP Communications to setup interviews at or call the show promoters, Lisa Porter at 502-533-2688 or Dave Levine at 502-819-5405.


VIPP Communications is a full service public relations, event management and production firm headquartered in Louisville, KY with clients and/or projects all over the U.S. We can create, maintain and sustain your brand.  Our clientele ranges from small businesses, non-profits, corporate leaders, entertainment to current and retired professional athletes.  Contact one of our team members to see if we can assist you at info at vippcommunications dot com. 

The VIPP Report: VIPP Style Accessories adds an additional statement pieces to their collection


Time to freshen up your jewelry. VIPP Style Accessories just received a few new statement pieces that we know you are going to love.  forecasting some of the colors you will see in the coming months, olive, gold, purple (all shades) and cream.  So, we went and found these beautiful bold pieces.


You can purchase them online at  To see online specials, popup shop and special event opportunities.  Follow us us on Facebook @vippstyle and Instagram @vipp_style.  Make a statement with our beautiful, bold and stylish pieces.

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“Make A Statement” with VIPP Style Accessories

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VIPP Style Accessories is your new online shopping experience. Finding unique, bold and vibrant statement pieces can be difficult. So, our stylists work hard to locate great pieces from all over the U.S. and we will showcase them on our site.  “Make An Impression “