The VIPP Report: It’s a Triple Crown lineup during Kentucky Derby events


Special from Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television, an ABC Affiliate Louisville

(Louisville, KY) Down the Stretch we come…We are just 119 days and counting away from the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby and there’s already a race to get events on the calendar.  We’ll I have my first announcement and it’s a good one for rap and hip-hop fans. Let’s add a concert to the many events you can enjoy while experiencing the greatest two minutes in sports.  I have a feeling a few of our guests will arrive in town a little earlier for this show.

This artist released Dedication 6 on Christmas Day….now I can announce Lil Wayne will be in Louisville for a concert on Thursday, May 3rd.  The Grammy Award winning hip hop star is no stranger to Louisville.. He won a Grammy with late artist/producer and Louisville native Stephen “Static Major” Garrett for Lollipop.  Wayne was in Louisville in April of 2017 and performed before a sold out audience.  He decided not to come alone.

He’s bringing a young artist that’s making her name known in the hip hop game. You’ve seen her on Love and Hip Hop New York and now she has this smash hit, Bodak Yellow, which is excelling her music career. Cardi  B will join Lil Wayne in Broadbent Arena.  She recently worked with Bruno Mars on the remix of his hit song Finesse.

And let me add just one more artist to the lineup. R and B singer K. Michelle will also travel to Louisville to be a part of the show after releasing her latest album “The People I Used to Know”.  If you look at your calendar that’s the same day as the Pegasus Parade…the official kickoff to Derby weekend.

So, its Lil Wayne. Cardi B and K. Michelle in concert on Thursday, May 3rd in Broadbent Area.  Tickets for this Derby concert will sellout.  They officially go on sale Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 15th.  As I get additional information on this concert and other Kentucky Derby events I will pass them along.

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Sherlene Shanklin is a media veteran with more than 25 years of experience.  The EMMY nominated journalist currently works for WHAS11 Television, ABC Affiliate in Louisville, KY.  She also owns a PR firm, VIPP Communications and an accessory business VIPP Style (IG: vipp_style).    


The VIPP Report: Celebrating the legacy of Black Louisville linking the past to the present

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From workshops to live entertainment and it takes place along the Old Walnut Street strip

(Louisville, KY) Legacies Unlimited in partnership with the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) & the University of Louisville Archives & Special Collections presents Celebrating the Legacy of Black Louisville on Friday, January 26th and 27th at KCAAH located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd formerly known as Old Walnut Street.  This year’s theme is “Linking the past to the present.” 
On Friday, January 26th from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm there will be a reception and the opening of exhibits. There will be five works on exhibit: Two Centuries of Black Louisville…the Exhibit; The Expressionism of Victor Sweatt; Louisville Entertainers & Musicians Exhibit Part 1; The textile designs of “Bag Lady: Zephra May Miller and The Folk Art of Louisville’s Marvin Finn. 
From 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm KCAAH will transform into the most prominent club housed on Old Walnut Street known today as Muhammad Ali Blvd.  In the 1940’s and 50’s everyone would dress up and head down to the Top Hat Club.  Jazz would be bellowing out into the streets from some of the greatest jazz artists of their time.  So, by linking the past to the present, it’s Jazz at the Top Hall featuring vocalist/musician Gayle King and Hammond B-3 along with Kendall Carter and his quintet.  General admission is $30.00 per person. 
 On Saturday, January 27th starting at 9:00 am there will be workshops discussing the historic 2nd Baptist Church in New Albany, IN entitled Pathway to Freedom.  The free workshop takes you back in time when the church was a beacon of hope and served as a pathway to the Underground Railroad.  Following that workshop will be a jug band music session.  German & Irish immigrants along with slaves created this unique sound that left a lasting impression on music’s culture. 
At 12:00 pm, guests will get to enjoy The Listening Room.  Music from the 1950’s, 60’s & 70’s recordings from Louisville’s African American entertainers and musicians provided by the Soulful Sounds of Derbytown. 
To close out the weekend, it’s The Walnut Street Revue featuring Louisville native Vic Frierson.  It’s A Song for You: A Tribute to the Life & Music of Luther Vandross. Frierson will celebrate the life and music of Luther Vandross. The event begins at 7:30 pm with Tony Fish & Band. Hosted by WLKY-TV’s Ann Bowdan. General admission tickets are $40 per person.  You can purchase them online at, Better Days Records in Lyles Mall and 1765 Bardstown Road.  Workshops and exhibits are free to the public.
The event is made possible due to the support of the following: The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, Christy Brown & the Owsley Brown II Family Foundation, George & Mary Lee Fischer and WLKY-TV. 
If you would like to setup an interview with Ken Clay and/or to have one of the artist(s) to perform on your show please contact Sherlene Shanklin with VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at


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The VIPP Report: I.M.A.G.I.N.E. PEACE NOW at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage


(Louisville, KY)  As a direct reaction to the violence overwhelming our communities, The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage in collaboration with ArtSeed presents I.M.A.G.I.N.E. PEACE NOW (Innovative Merger of Art and Guns to Inspire New Expressions of Peace Now).

Approximately 50 works from I.M.A.G.I.N.E. PEACE NOW, will be exhibited at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage in Louisville, Kentucky. The opening reception will be on Saturday, January 20, 2018 3-6 pm and will be on display until March 17, 2018 at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 1701 West Muhammad Ali Blvd., Louisville, Kentucky 40203 (Free & Open to the Public).

I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Peace Now is organized by renowned metal smith artist Boris Bally, featuring decommissioned guns transformed into art objects by artists from the United States and five other countries. Bally brings together like-minded artists from around the world to make a powerful statement about gun violence in America and artistic expressions of peace.   C-Belles-3637 copy copy

I.M.A.G.I.N.E. PEACE NOW constructs a theoretical portrait of violence — calling on themes of greed, machismo, death, systematic oppression, irony, and beauty. Each artist’s interpretation of the gun as an object is insightful. The exhibitions will serve as an artistic catalyst for not only critical discussion, but ongoing action.

The bulk of the I.M.A.G.I.N.E. PEACE NOW exhibit will be shown at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. In addition, ArtSeed will host a small exhibition at their gallery, 1931 East Spring Street, New Albany, Indiana, from January 12 thru March 16, 2018. The exhibition will include six works from the I.M.A.G.I.N.E. PEACE NOW exhibit in conjunction with the works of Louisville artist, Kenneth Hayden. Hayden, is a native Kentuckian whose work has been exhibited internationally and is included in public and private collections. Hayden’s use of gun and lotus imagery is inspired by the 1960’s antiwar movement.


The VIPP Report: Mystery author Sue Grafton dies after a two year battle with cancer


Special Report by Sherlene Shanklin, The411 on WHAS11 TV, ABC Affiliate, Louisville

(Louisville, KY)  The author known for her masterful books of mystery starting each with a letter of the alphabet has died.  Sue Grafton died on Thursday after a two year battle with cancer.  WHAS11 spoke to the author in August in Hopkinsville at the solar eclipse.

Grafton’s Hometown Hero Banner was dedicated in 2016.  The 27′ x 40′ banner is facing the east wall of the Springhill Suites/Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott at 132 E. Jefferson Street.

The Louisville native went to Atherton High School and later went on to graduate from the University of Louisville.

Grafton’s novels have been published in twenty-eight countries and in twenty-six languages.

The author’s family just posted a statement on her public figure page on social media.  Here’s their statement:  

“Hello Dear Readers. This is Sue’s daughter, Jamie. I am sorry to tell you all that Sue passed away last night after a two year battle with cancer. She was surrounded by family, including her devoted and adoring husband Steve. Although we knew this was coming, it was unexpected and fast. She had been fine up until just a few days ago, and then things moved quickly. Sue always said that she would continue writing as long as she had the juice. Many of you also know that she was adamant that her books would never be turned into movies or TV shows, and in that same vein, she would never allow a ghost writer to write in her name. Because of all of those things, and out of the deep abiding love and respect for our dear sweet Sue, as far as we in the family are concerned, the alphabet now ends at Y.” 

So, now we know that there will be no “Z” in Grafton’s series.  It will end with “Y”.  

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer just posted this statement on his social media page:

The world has lost a great talent and prolific author in Sue Grafton — and in Louisville we have lost a citizen, friend, neighbor, a master gardener and hometown hero. Her legacy will live on through her words, which will entertain and thrill readers for generations to come.”

Sue Grafton was 77 years old.  Stay with Sherlene Shanklin and WHAS11 Television in Louisville for the latest information.  

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The VIPP Report: Ring in the New Year in a “SUPER” Way


Let your “last supper” of the year be at Superchefs

(Louisville, KY) We’re in countdown mode to see 2017 to come an end.  As part of Superchef’s New Year’s Eve Celebration we invite you to Superchef’s Final Dinner Service. You get to enjoy a five-course meal, “Chef’s Whim”, alcohol pairings and then a champagne toast at midnight for $100 per person.

The celebration begins at 9:00 pm and ends shortly after the ball drops at 12:30 am. You can come alone or bring a date.  We guarantee you will have a good time and end your year with great food, fellowship and fun atmosphere.

If you are interested in attending the “Last Supper”, please call and make reservations because seating is limited and you don’t want to miss this unique opportunity to eat a variety of delectable dishes from one of the industry’s top chefs, Darnell “Superchef” Ferguson and his dynamic team.

Darnell says “I’m really excited about our final dinner service.  It signifies the ending of one endeavor but it’s also represents the beginning of something new.  We all need a fresh start, so why not bring in 2018 around friends while enjoying the “Super Chef” experience.”

The author of “Knowing is half the fight…Cooking is the other” will share with his guests what’s ahead for the restaurant and opportunities that will give him more visibility not only in Louisville but nationally.

Super Chefs located at 1702 Bardstown Road in the heart of the Highlands.  To reserve your seat you can call 502-409-8103 or by going to

We would love the opportunity to have Darnell “Super Chef” Ferguson on your show.  He can discuss the “Last Supper”, Superchef’s new lunch delivery service and/or his book while preparing one of his famous dishes in studio or by doing a live shot from his kitchen please contact VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at


The VIPP Report: Superchefs add a new service and it caters to their busy customers


(Louisville, KY) Have you ever got so busy that you didn’t have time to stop for lunch? You are not alone. Also, many have good intentions of eating leftovers but once you get them to work you just can’t bring yourself to eat them.  So, after many requests and inquiries, Darnell “SuperChef” Ferguson has decided to add a lunch delivery service.  All you have to do is call in your order and/or go to their website to place your order.  While you continue to work, Superchefs will prepare your order from their specialized menu created by Superchef and bring it to your office.

The food will be made fresh daily with a protein, starch and vegetable. There’s also a dietary menu with no sodium, sugar, carbs or gluten free.  As well as offering vegetarian meals.   You don’t have to stand in line nor sit in a drive thru to eat fast food.  The lunch delivery service is affordable and there’s no delivery fee.

Just think about it.  For five-days you can eat a healthy meal for only $60.  For that price, there’s a minimum of three days.  If a group of 15 choses this healthy alternative their cost is only $50 with a minimum of three days. Darnell “SuperChef” Ferguson also says “You will never eat the same thing more than twice a month.  This is an enhanced version of food prep service. We make it daily. Let me help you stick to your resolutions when it comes to eating healthier and dietary/weight loss goals. It’s like having your own private chef.”

Super Chefs located at 1702 Bardstown Road.  To reserve your lunch delivery service, you can call 502-409-8103 or by going to

To setup an interview with Darnell “Super Chef” Ferguson please contact VIPP Communications by email at

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The VIPP Report: Holiday Fleur de Flea Vintage Urban Market


(Louisville, KY) Tis the Season to be Jolly and Shop local!  We are in countdown mode for Christmas and many have not purchased one gift and now you’re thinking to yourself “How will I get it all done in time?”  We have the perfect one-stop shop with over 100 vendors under one roof.  It’s the Holiday Fleur de Flea Vintage Urban Market on Saturday, December 9th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

The Holiday Fleur de Flea will have vendors from all over Kentucky and Southern Indiana selling everything from handmade items, vintage holiday, collectibles, repurposed, to recycled plus so much more.  There will be gift ideas for even the hardest to shop for loved one.

There will also be plenty of food for you to enjoy. Food trucks will be on site plus a holiday bar with festive drinks.  If you’ve never visited KCAAH, this is a wonderful time to learn more about their history and see their displays along with shopping.  There’s also plenty of parking in the rear of the venue for your convenience.

Admission for the Holiday Fleur de Flea is only $3.00.  In turn, the proceeds will go to KCAAH’s new January 2018 exhibit “Imagine Peace Now.”  Artists from all over the world constructed this exhibit by taking nearly 80 guns off the streets used in violence and recycled them into art.  KCAAH will release additional information about the exhibit in the coming weeks.

Avoid the malls and shop local to support area business by attending the Holiday Fleur de Flea Vintage Urban Market on Saturday, December 9th at KCAAH from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  If you would like to set up an interview and/or to cover the event please contact Sherlene Shanklin at sshanklin@vippcommunications.comVintagdeUrbanMarket