Kin Killin’ Kin Travelling Art Exhibition in Louisville at KCAAH

(Louisville, KY) The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage is exhibiting James Pate’s KKK Series Kin Killin’ Kin Traveling Art Exhibition September 14 – November 12, 2018. The artist James Pate’s exhibit features scenes of young African-American men donned in Ku Klux Klan hoods committing acts of violence, creating an overt comparison between gang violence and the terrorism of the KKK. Pate says, “the numbers of Blacks killed by other Blacks since reconstruction far exceeds those lynched by “Whites”. Sadly, this pattern continued year after year, up to the present day”. The Center for Disease Control cites homicide as the leading cause of death for Black males between the age of 15 and 34.

Pate’s Kin Killin’ Kin is designed to shock and stop the viewer. Pate says “mainly, I want kids to pause and reflect”.

To close out the exhibition, a Youth Voices Against Violence Forum will held at the Heritage Center on Saturday, November 3, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. During this forum, District 15 Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton will facilitate a panel of youth from our community who will discuss the themes of gun violence and other forms of violence occurring in our society today. This panel of youth will examine the themes of gun violence within the context of public health, bystander action, healing through arts, and mobilizing for change through community dialogues.

Kin Killin’ Kin curator Willis Bing Davis says, “art holds the power to promote change”. For Davis, that’s partly because art is a language that everyone understands. “It is the universal connection of the art” he said. “Art is one of the things that touches all of us." Art is also a liberating language, he says. “Sometimes the art can say something that we can’t say in words.”

The Heritage Center views this exhibition as a powerful tool to promote community dialogue and community action by delving deeper into the themes of the exhibit, highlighting current efforts in violence prevention in Metro Louisville and cultivating the youth voice in the community. The Heritage Center recognizes the increase in gun violence and its impact on the communities it serves and presents Kin Killin’ Kin for the community to take action.

If you would like to setup an interview and/or tour the exhibit, contact Sherlene Shanklin with VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email We hope you are able to post on your community calendar so your viewers and/or listeners get an opportunity to see the exhibit while in Louisville.


(Louisville, KY) The music scene continues to grow in the Louisville bringing in all types of genres. Now, a rap music fest is coming to give you a diverse platform and several types of rap from southern to east coast rap. DRIPFEST will be held on Friday, October 19 th at the Louisville Water Tower Park, 3005 River Road.

This year’s headliner will be Tekashi 6ix9ine. The artist known for his unconventional appearance but contagious lyrics and explosive stage performance that you normally see at a rock music concert. Known for his 2018 hit “FeFe” featuring Nicki Manaj and Murda Beatz which debuted number #3 in the Hot 100. In 2017, his hit “GUMMO” also landed in the HOT 100 ranking. In April, he also released “Gotti” and created a music video in the Dominican Republic and donated money to people in need.

Also, performing at DRIPFEST on October 19 th will be artists Dusty Leigh, BSimm, INDY Cut and BBlasian To support area entrepreneurs, we will have a food trucks for you to purchase their specialty foods at an economical price. Gates open at 6:30 pm. The show will begin at 8:00 pm. General admission tickets are $75 and VIP tickets are $125 with a special meet and greet. You can purchase tickets at or stop by Michael JS in Mall St. Matthews, 5000 Shelbyville Road; HairLaFlair Boutique, 1859 Berry Blvd; DBA Couture, 5017 Poplar Level Road; Lil Pat’s Barbershop, 821 North Wilson Road in Radcliff, KY; Better Days Records East, 1765 Bardstown Road and Better Days Records West, 2600 W. Broadway #104.

Be sure to tune into 98.9 FM and 93.1 FM to win tickets to DRIPFEST 2018 at the Louisville Water Tower on Friday, October 19 th .

For additional information and/or to be a vendor, call 502-315-9443.

Please announce and/or post on your media platforms. If you would like to setup an interview with the organizers of DRIPFEST or local artists performing contact VIPP Communications at .

Miss Kentucky Katie Bouchard’s Appearance/Travel Schedule For the weekend of September 20-23, 2018

Thursday, September 20, 2018
Speaking at Franklin-Simpson Middle School
Franklin, KY 
10:00 am will participate in the Ford Motor and Hunt Ford Simpson FRYSC Event
Then at 11:00 am Katie will speak at Franklin-Simpson High School

Friday, September 21, 2018
Speaking at Jessie Clark Middle School
Lexington, KY
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm|
Participating in the Color Run festivities

Sunday, September 23, 2018
Participating at Churchill Downs
Louisville, KY 
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Family Day in the Mobile Science Activity Center, (MSAC) trailer developed by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture to introduce youth into high-tech instruments to learn more about agriculture.

Katie participated in the Miss America Pageant on Saturday, September 9th, from historic Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. Even though she did not win the crown she won the hearts of many across the U.S. for her character, poise and scholastic achievement. She represented the Commonwealth of Kentucky in a huge way on one of the biggest platforms to empower young women striving to achieve greatest in their particular community and field of study.

The Miss America Organization, a 501(c) (4), is one of the most recognizable household names in America working to empower young women through education and service. The Miss America Organization is comprised of 51 licensed state organizations, including all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Miss America candidates contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised over $17 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007. The Miss America Foundation, a 501(c) (3), provides academic, community service, and other scholarships to young women.

If you would like to set up a media interview with Miss Kentucky Katie Bouchard please contact VIPP Communications for availability by calling 502.295.0435 or email us at

For appearances and speaking engagements please send your request to

Follow Miss Kentucky on IG: @missamericaky

Louisville 502 Shutdown Weekend 2018


(Louisville, KY) The entertainment scene in Louisville is growing by leaps and bounds from concerts, celebrities after-parties, galas, Kentucky Derby to community events. With the growth in 2018, comes a sense of pride from entertainment promoters to outdo themselves every time to give their strong
support system of followers and guests a unique experience.

Imagine if all the promoters would come together to create and show a united front because they are the trendsetters in the community and they have the influence to set the standard. So, on September 15 th and 16 th ten Louisville-based promoters will team up for the “Louisville 502 Shutdown”. This is a major collaboration of Big Don MJ, The Gentlemen of Dream Team, Keys2KY, BHen Entertainment, Elite Society, Southside Entertainment, DJ Equip, FAO, Lil Wayne and JRock Entertainment, and B. Smith Entertainment.

The weekend kicks off at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd for their Louisville 502 Shutdown Day Party. Each promoter’s fanbase will start at KCAAH with three rooms to party from 5:00 pm to 10 :00 pm.

The DJ schedule is just as impressive. Promoters has assembled a dynamic roster of party starters. You can see them around the city in their particular club and/or major event. Many have garnered regional and national attention for their skills and five of them will work the day party to get the weekend started. DJ Samosa, DJ Butter, DJ Lil Jerry, DJ Kaos, and Rockstar Renegade will party until the sun goes down. Then your 502 Shutdown experience moves. Two different venues but both guaranteed to have you dancing late into the night.

Some will head to The Hideout at 934 Baxter Ave while others will go to Cole’s Place at Kentucky Street for their official after-parties. DJ Knitti, DJ Lil Jerry, and Hype man Face will be at Cole’s and DJ Cam and DJ Znyce will be at The Hideout.

To conclude their grand slam weekend, on Sunday, September 16 th at MVP Sports Bar, 5011 Poplar Level Road. DJ Phats, DJ Lil Jerry, Rockstar Renegade and DJ Eb will wrap up the collaboration as you enjoy their music, food and watch a few games.

The inaugural weekend is guaranteed to fill that void that party lovers have been missing. Ten promoters teaming up to give you’re the ultimate party experience. You can purchase tickets at various locations: Wing Station, 2119 Crums Lane; Better Days West, 2600 West Broadway; Hair La Flair, 1859 Berry Blvd; Michael JS, St. Matthews Mall; DBA Couture, 5017 Poplar Level Road and/or got to For additional information call the Louisville 502 Shutdown hotline at 502-472-2069.

Please consider announcing and/or posting our weekend of events. If you would like to setup an interview, contact VIPP Communications at


(Louisville, KY) Inside the Lines Training, Inc. (ITL) will host their inaugural Cards vs Cats Golf Scramble on Monday, July 2 nd at the Nevel Meade Golf Course, 3123 Nevel Meade Drive, Prospect, KY. The scramble will support programs to assist local youth athletes through education, leadership development and physical training. Their goal for the charity event is to raise $25K. Registration begins at 7:30 am and the teams will tee-off at 9:00 am. To participate in the golf scramble the registration fee is $100 per person or $300 for a team of four. Space is limited so if you would like to play register by emailing Anthony Richardson at The following players have agreed to participate and/or send memorabilia for a silent auction presenting their teams. For the Cards it will be: Michael Bush, Tony Williams, Jamon Brown, Earl Heyman and Mario Urrutia. The Cats who’ve agreed to participate are: Keenan Burton, Garry Williams, Alex Poythress, and John Wall (memorabilia). Additional names will be released in the coming weeks prior to the scramble. Others also confirmed to participate is Mohamed Sanu and Ben Simmons (memorabilia). Inside the Lines Training Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enrich student athletes with tools to excel academically, while enhancing characteristics of leadership, responsibility and work ethic. They seek to establish these principles while creating a strong athletic foundation through sports specific training. To learn more about Inside the Lines Training and the Cards vs Cats Golf Scramble go to We would love to have you cover our scramble. To set up an interview, please contact Sherlene Shanklin with VIPP Communications at or by calling 502-295-0435.



ShoulderUp News Release



Academy Award Winning Actress, Viola Davis and Entrepreneur of the Year, Phyllis Newhouse Launch ShoulderUp: A Women’s Movement 

ATLANTA, GA AUGUST 2018 – Phyllis Newhouse and Viola Davis have come 
together as Co-Founders of a new global women’s movement called ShoulderUp. Around the world, women who represent economic power and voices of influence, have come together to launch what many believe to be the most impactful and important movement of our time. These are women dedicated to connecting andsupporting other women on their journey, in an effort to bring about change where and when it is needed the most.

Phyllis and Viola will launch the ShoulderUP Movement during a 2 hour simulcast, called Journey to Legacy. The simulcast on Sunday, August 26, 2018 will offer candid conversation, laughter, lessons, and inspiration, as they teach us that connection begins with understanding the power of your own story. They will share how they each used their pasts to create a new story for themselves, how you can do the same and -in turn- use this as your foundation for building significance and legacy. By tuning in, you will learn the true purpose of the movement, and see how connecting with these women can help you on your individual journey to legacy.

To experience the ShoulderUp launch and learn from these two incredible women, individual and group Simulcast Passes can be purchased at

Women of all backgrounds and from around the world are being invited to experience Journey to Legacy and the debut of the ShoulderUP movement.

Phyllis Newhouse

After spending 22 years in the Army developing computer technologies for homeland security, Phyllis started her own business from scratch, as a mother who is single. 16 years later, she won the the 2017 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, for Technology, and her company, Xtreme Solutions, Inc., has been recognized as being one of the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned Companies in the U.S. consecutively for the past six years. She is also member of the Women Presidents Organization, the Belizean Grove, and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), as well as a Partner in the Legend52 Fund.

Viola Davis

Named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2012 and 2017, Viola is a critically revered actress of film, television, and theater. She was Oscar- nominated for her performance in The Help , won an Academy Award for Fences, and received a Prime Time Emmy Award for her work in ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder. Viola is the only black person to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting (an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Tony). She and her husband, Julius Tennon, are the founders of the production company JuVee Productions.

For additional information on the Journey to Legacy simulcast and the ShoulderUp movement, please call:

Emma Pitts

Cell: 404-432-6014


(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 29 th , it’s Rise Above with the 2013 Basketball Championship 5 th Year Reunion Celebration at Fourth Street Live, 400 S. 4 th 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 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 To setup an in-studio or phone interview and/or to confirm your attendance at the celebration contact Sherlene Shanklin, or 502-295-0435.

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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 9 th Annual Skills and Drills Camp in Louisville. Save the date of Saturday, July 21 st 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 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 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 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 or 502-295-0435.


(Louisville, KY) Back to school never sounded better when hip hop artist and Louisville native Dusty Leigh brings his vision to life. He asked a few friends to travel to Louisville to help collect school supplies for youth. With no hesitation the lineup was formed with some of the top names all performing on Dusty Leigh Day on Saturday, August 11 th at Diamonds Pub, 630 Barrett Ave starting at 8:00 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m.

The who’s who of hip-hop will perform. Here’s the lineup: Yung Joc, Bubba Sparxx, Murphy Lee, Nappy Roots and the Ying Yang Twins.

You won’t believe what the admission is for this packed lineup. It’s FREE with a school supply donation. If you don’t bring supplies, we are asking for a minimum donation of $10 so Leigh and his team of volunteers can go and purchase the items needed.

Dusty Leigh says “It’s an honor to have a day in my city but it was never all about me. It’s about giving back. I travel all over the world and open for some of the biggest artists but there’s no place like home. I see so many parents and guardians struggling to get the needed supplies for their child. I just want to do my part and I’m excited to have such a great support system and friends in the industry willing to take time out of their busy schedules to perform. This will be one of the top concerts of the summer. I hope you come out and support our efforts.”

So, come out and enjoy the show and help area youth at the same time. On August 11 th , Leigh will announce what organization(s) he will be partnering with to make sure the supplies get in the right hands.

If you would like to setup an interview with Dusty Leigh and/or request media credentials contact Sherlene Shanklin at VIPP Communications at


(Louisville, KY) Tonight, it’s the changing of the arms. A new queen is announced for the Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Pageant, (MKOTP) held at the Kentucky Center in downtown Louisville.

Twenty-two contestants representing the bluegrass being judged on talent, a private interview, lifestyle and fitness in sportswear, evening wear and on-stage question.

Tonight, Miss Wayne County Area Joanna Clark was crowned the winner. She will now go to the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant in Orlando, Florida to represent Kentucky at the end of July.

Here’s the official standing: 1 st Runner-up Savannah Cooper; 2 nd Runner-up Reagan Earlywine; 3 rd Runner-up Haven Wolfe and 4 th Runner-
up Claire Yates.

Dr. Ashley D. Anderson, Executive Director for the pageant and President of the Miss Kentucky board says “The judges had a very difficult time this year. There was so many talented ladies and all very deserving. Joanna Clark will represent Kentucky very well in the upcoming pageant. I hope everyone will rally around her as she prepares to compete in Orlando. The pageant is so much more than people know. This pageant empower young ladies to be the best they can be. We help develop leadership skills and confidence.”

The Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization is a celebration of the talent, scholastic achievement and commitment to service of Kentucky’s finest young women. This Organization is so much more than a crown…it is changing Kentucky, one young woman at a time!

After crowning, Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Joanna Clark and the 21 other contestants attended an awards reception at the downtown Marriott where we will award approximately $10k in additional scholarships.

To set up an interview, please call Sherlene Shanklin, at or by calling 502-295-0435.
For additional information on the pageant please visit
We have provided photos of this evening’s pageant. Please feel free to use. The photo credit is Ryan Kendall.


The Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Pageant is an official preliminary of the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Organization. This program is empowering young women through pageantry to develop leadership skills, confidence and achieve their biggest goals in life. MKYOT is
changing Kentucky, one young woman at a time!