HIP-HOP ARTIST R. PROPHET IS FINALLY READY TO SHARE HIS ENCOUNTER WITH POLICE THAT LEFT HIM CHARGED, HOSPITALIZED AND UNKNOWN FATE

It’s a story of survival when he felt like he was in a fight for his life

(Atlanta, GA) We’re hearing their stories of racism and police brutality leaving many horrified that they never noticed before now. Today, you hear the names George Floyd and Breonna Taylor plus countless others.  Many lost their life and we will never be able to hear their stories but there’s some survivors.  Let me take you back to April 2013 where, two-time Grammy nominated hip-hop/rap artist Ryan “R. Prophet” encountered law enforcement on a Kentucky road.  He shares his story and the things he’s been dealing with since that night.

In Prophet’s new book, “Grams to Grammy”, it takes you back to that early morning safety checkpoint where things escalated leaving Ryan in the hospital, arrested, charged with third-degree assault, resisting arrest, and menacing among other the charges for the former member of Nappy Roots.  He also gets candid about what happens when these traumatic incidents take place.  Prophet can explain first-hand the affects it causes.  From expressing anger, to depression followed by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Currently, the book is charted as #1 new best seller on Amazon as part of the #sfirmcelebrityseries. It’s filled with issues that many in the African American community face but often times rarely discussed from mental illness to living in impoverished neighborhoods where people feel like there’s a target on their back.

Prophet shared his experience with several media outlets shortly after the incident but has rarely spoken publicly until now.  Prophet, an advocate against police brutality feels like he needs to take a stance and talk about his experience of being tased some 15 times at the hands of Kentucky State Police.  His case did not go through the judicial process, but it was reported but not confirmed by involved parties that he was awarded a one million-dollar judgment.

To setup an interview with R. Prophet and/or any other media inquiries please contact Sherlene Shanklin with VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com.

Be sure to stay connected with R. Prophet on all social media platforms. Facebook.com/rprophetofficial and Instagram.com/rprophetofficial

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About R. Prophet:

Prophet is an American Rapper, Actor and TV personality. Known by most as the former lead of Grammy Nominated Group, Nappy Roots, R. Prophet has been changing the music scene since the early 2000s. Currently R. Prophet is developing hip hop educational tools for children. He has also been acting and recording his solo album with hopes to raise awareness of police brutality. One of R. Prophet’s biggest honors, in addition to being nominated for two Grammys, is the appointment to the Board & Advisory Council of the Muhammad Ali Center where he serves as the youngest member alongside Diddy, Denzel Washington and more. Stay tuned for more to come with Rap Artist and Actor R. Prophet.

 

 

 

FORMER NBA STAR, ENTREPRENEUR AND COMMUNITY ACTIVIST DEREK ANDERSON ANNOUNCES HIS AOK ALL-STAR WEEKEND

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May 24, 2019

The Kentucky Derby is not the only time you can see some of the most recognizable faces in sports and entertainment

(Louisville, KY) Louisville native former NCAA & NBA Champion Derek Anderson is taking his Acts of Kindness, (AOK) to another level with his inaugural AOK All-Star Weekend.

Save the dates of July 20th and 21st for a weekend of fun, celebration and of course acts of kindness as the star continues to perform off the court just like he did on it with a slam dunk of opportunities for the entire community to enjoy.

It all takes place in Anderson’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky as he celebrates his birthday with family and friends.  On Saturday, July 20th it’s the AOK Gala and then on Sunday, July 21st there’s a free picnic and back to school supply giveaway.  Both events will be held at the Majestic Arts Center located at 1535 Lytle Street.

Anderson will welcome friends: actor/singer Tyrese and music mogul Master P as his guests.  Additional names will be announced prior to the celebration.

Derek Anderson says, “The weekend’s events will help support the launch of “Program You,” a program designed to enhance the mindset and support the future of tomorrow’s leaders by teaching life skills and providing scholarships through the Stamina Foundation.  The AOK All-Star Weekend is a celebration of life and compassion for the city I hold dear to my heart.  There’s nothing like home. Come out have fun and know that you are helping youth reach their ultimate potential.”

Individual tickets are $50 and couples $75.  You can purchase them at www.StaminaFD.com.  To be a sponsor and/or purchase a table contact us at AOK@staminafd.com.

If you would like to setup an interview Anderson, please contact Sherlene Shanklin at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com or by phone at 502-295-0435.

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THE GREEN HOUSE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER PLANTS A NEW SEED OF HOPE ON GROWING, SUPPORTING AND SUSTAINING FAMILIES

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July 24, 2019

Grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at their new headquarters just a block away from courts system

(Louisville, KY) So many have expressed their concern that they have to travel all over the city to handle their social service needs.  We introduce to the community, The Green House.  The family resource center provides supervised visitation and facilitated exchanges, individual, co-parenting and group therapy, and psychiatric services all under one roof for the convenience of their clients.

On Friday, August 9th at 717 W. Market Street, Suite 1 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm city officials, community leaders, clients and prospective clients will tour the facility and interact with staff.  During the open house, a ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 4:00 pm.

The Green House’s founder Jessica Green understands and is appreciative of the one stop shop convenience.  Green, a family law practitioner, healthy family advocate and adoptive mother of three children says “In honor and loving memory of her parents, James and Dr. Judith Green, who adopted 11 children, and fostered over 100 children during their lifetimes, The Green House, was birthed, furthering their legacy of creating a better community, one family and one child at a time. I too understand the importance as a mother the difficulty that many families have in going to multiple service providers to make sure that their family’s needs are met in a timely fashion. Our focus is to strengthen and support families”

At The Green House, each family is required to do an in-person intake interview with one of our service clinicians, and to complete an intake form to ensure that we understand the unique needs and concerns of each family.  It is also important that each family understands how our program works.  Case workers and judges are also able to refer cases directly to The Green House.  Intake forms and Court referral forms can be found on our website at GreenHouseFamilies.com.

The Green House accepts all insurances for therapeutic services and offer competitive and affordable rates for our visitation and exchange services.

In addition to offering supervised visitation (both monitored and sight and sound), facilitated child exchanges, we are pleased to also offer individual and group therapy, co-parenting therapy, reunification therapy, parenting classes, provide documentation for Court and CHFS services, and have a board-certified psychiatrist on our staff.  Certain clients may also qualify for case management services.

For additional information on The Green House Resource Center visit their website at www.greenhousefamilies.com.

During the ribbon cutting ceremony, we will have remarks from a member of Mayor Greg Fischer’s office as well as Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith because The Green House is in her district.

School-aged youth in attendance will receive some school supplies to assist them with a fresh start to a new school year.  We will also have vouchers for free haircuts and school physicals for qualifying students.

If you would like to setup an interview with Green prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony, please contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com or by calling 502-295-0435.

If you plan to attend the open house and ceremony, please let us know so we can accommodate your story needs.  We will send a list of confirmed guests prior to August 9th.

An Extraordinary Evening featuring Dr. Lonnie Bunch

KCAAH’s Grand Re-Introduction Event Featuring Dr. Lonnie Bunch

 Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY

 LOUISVILLE, Ky. September 25 –The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage  (Heritage Center)  is embracing the change of season with a rebirth on Wednesday, September 25th from 5 – 8:30 pm. The evening will launch the Inaugural Quarterly Membership Event with “An Extraordinary Evening” honoring esteemed guest Dr. Lonnie Bunch, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and Founding Director, National Museum of African American History.  In June 2019, Dr. Bunch assumed the helm as the 14th Secretary – and first African American – of the 19 museums of the Smithsonian Institution; its nine research centers, and the National Zoo.

The evening will begin with Louisville’s first bourbon tasting west of 9th Street, featuring 12 top tier, exclusive brands. Katie Farley, Woodford Reserve’s Master Taster will be sharing her craft in this “Bourbon Alley”. Sample Uncle Nearest, the small batch whiskey distilled to honor the first African American master distiller on record in the U.S, and Brough Brothers spirits crafted by our neighbors in the West End. These and other featured brands pay homage to the center’s drive for inclusivity.

Dr. Neeli Bendapudi will emcee our program of comments from Dr. Bunch and Aukram Burton, Heritage Center Executive Director, special presentations by elected officials, and a tour of Heritage Center new exhibits, cocktails, southern savory food pairings, and networking opportunities will all follow.

Doors will open at 5pm on September 25th at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. Obtain entry with the purchase of a “Circle of Friends” membership to the Heritage Center for $125 per person.  In addition to admission to the Extraordinary Evening, membership benefits include admittance to three additional quarterly Heritage Center events; JB&B Holiday Celebration – Dec 2019; Miss Ida B. Wells – March 2020; Juneteenth Film Festival – June 2020.

RISING R&B ARTIST RELEASES LATEST SINGLE AT A RELEASE PARTY THIS SUNDAY

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October 31, 2019

(Louisville, KY) Louisville native singer/songwriter Junior “Junior J” Jackson invites you to his I’m Selfish, A Day with Junior J on Sunday, November 3rd at the Mellwood Arts Center, 1860 Mellwood Avenue.  The party is from 5:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Junior J’s single release party featuring TEO will be hosted by Louisville natives Black and Smoke E. Digglera.  The two R&B stars are members of Playa formed in the Derby City and now they are the two newest members of Dru Hill.

DJ Lifesaver will control the vibe throughout the evening with R & B and Soul music fans in mind.

Junior J says “This is a surreal moment for me.  It’s been a long time coming and now I have an opportunity to share my music with the world thanks to J Rock Entertainment.  I’m honored and grateful for the support of my city that’s why I wanted them to get a sneak preview of what’s ahead.  To have Smoke E. Digglera and Black host this event is monumental.  To have these two talented artists support me is a big deal and when I get the opportunity to return the favor to an up and coming artist, I will do the same.”

After Junior J’s party he begins to prepare for Saturday, November 9th at the KFC Yum! Center where he will open for the Louisville Soul Music Festival featuring Keith Sweat, Anthony Hamilton, Joe and Angie Stone.

To setup an interview and/or request additional information on Junior “Junior J” Jackson contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com or by calling out office at 502-582-7716.

To book Junior J for your concert and/or event contact J Rock Entertainment at jrock216@gmail.com.

 THE SEAFOOD LADY WILL OPEN A RESTAURANT IN NULU

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November 15, 2019

 THE SEAFOOD LADY WILL OPEN A RESTAURANT IN NULU

Closing the Oak Street location to move to a larger venue to give seafood lovers the ultimate dining experience

(Louisville, KY) While many companies in the fourth quarter of the year, begin to wrap up business ties and prepare for 2020, The Seafood Lady is expanding due to an overwhelming increase in customer support.  They are moving to NuLu, New Louisville.

Their 107 W. Oak Street restaurant will close and be relocated to 601 E. Jefferson Street, right in the heart of the East Market District.  Seafood lovers have until Saturday November 23rd to visit the Oak Street location.

With the new location comes new features that customers will love and have requested that owners include on their menu.  They will have a liquor, beer, daiquiri and wine bar.   The 120-seat restaurant will have patio space, a private dining area and greeters who will seat patrons and take their orders giving them the full dining experience.

The Seafood Lady will have their specialty dishes on the menu, plus they are adding new healthy options to accommodate and cater to a new target audience so that everyone can find something on the menu they can enjoy.

Nichelle Thurston, owner of Seafood Lady Restaurants and Bar would like to thank the City of Louisville for all their support.  Thurston says “We are sad to say farewell to Old Louisville you have been great to us, and we are thankful but were excited about joining our new NuLu neighborhood.  To be apart of a community named one of the 18 Best Food Neighborhoods in America is something special.  I’m excited to be alongside other up and coming restaurants like Feast BBQ and Louisville Cream.”

Lee Weyland, Director of Business Development for Weyland Ventures, “Weyland Ventures and First Hospitality are thrilled to welcome The Seafood Lady to the Hancock House project, working with a well-established restaurant to enhance the neighborhood and offer an unmatched experience to our guests and visitors to the area.  We believe Nichelle has the experience and past success to grow her business in the NuLu area.  Our company revitalizes neighborhoods partnering with locally owned restaurants and businesses as a critical component in creating a strong and welcoming sense of place.”

The Seafood Lady Restaurants and Bar has two locations, 3201 Fern Valley Road and 601 E. Jefferson Street.  The Fern Valley restaurant currently offers delivery.  Catering and private event opportunities are available upon request.

To setup an interview and/or request additional information on Nichelle Thurston contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com.

Follow the Seafood Lady on their social media platforms at @seafoodlady on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  You can see construction updates as they work on their NuLu restaurant.  For their busy clientele, who love their food truck.  You can now get updates and a schedule also on their social platforms.

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The Dynamic Duo Takes On Guy’s Grocery Games

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June 22, 2020

(Santa Rosa, California) Two Louisville chefs get a one-way ticket to Flavortown.  On Wednesday night, Chefs Davonte’ Bolden and Randy Pasch team up to take on other chefs in Guy’s Grocery Games hosted by Chef Guy Fieri.

Chef Pasch, a native of Yellow Springs, Ohio who currently lives in Louisville says “As a chef I let the food speak to me.   When my creative juices flow, I can turn simple dishes into masterpieces.”  The Sullivan University culinary graduate goes on to say, “It’s about teaching the new generation of chefs that it not only takes skill but passion it can be seen through from every dish that comes out of my kitchen.”

Chef Bolden, a native of St. Louis, Missouri who also lives in Louisville found his passion for food at an early age but never getting the break he needed to extend his career.  The Sullivan University culinary graduate followed his dream and kept his faith even through the hard times.  The tough times brought him to this moment. He says “He wants to live a life that shows all others that the best blessings are when we become one to others.  Food is my therapy and its healing to soul and the stomach.  My time is now, I’m getting the opportunity to showcase my skills.”

Darnell “Superchef” Ferguson, owner of Super Hero Chefs says “I couldn’t be more proud of these two men.  It proves that their hard work and dedication is being rewarded.  To be in the national spotlight and to represent Super Hero Chefs lets everyone know that my team is strong and love food.  They are innovative and can take on any challenge Guy gives them.”

Bolden and Pasch will scramble through Flavortown Market to make something sweet and savory.  How did they do?   You need to watch the Food Network on Wednesday at 9:00 pm (ET) and 8:00 (CT).

To setup an interview contact Sherlene Shanklin at VIPP Communications at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.

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Faith & Finance During The Coronavirus

Retired Clergy Commentary

April 26, 2020

Did you ever wonder what it takes to keep a place of worship open?  From services, events to meetings from both its members and the community.

In times of uncertainty many depend on their faith to get them through difficult times.   It’s the one place we were taught in this generation that the church is the one institution you could depend to be open.

Many understand that extreme measures were needed to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, but many religious organizations will need to turn to more than their faith but now finances or should I say the lack of finances.

Congregations across Kentucky were already struggling with the increase in expenses and the decline in membership and visitors. Now, in these times will many survive the shutdown?

Without the constant of tithes, offering and donations many across the Commonwealth must seek funding just to keep their doors open.

With so much on everyone’s plate churches are missing the collection plate being passed. I’m sure anything you can give will help them in ways you have no idea.  Many are still trying to assist members and many of the church’s leadership are reaching into their own pockets to keep some programs going.

Whether you go to your place of worship once a week, once a month and/or once a year bills still need to be paid.

Rev. Alex C. Shanklin, retired pastor as pastor of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church located in the Smoketown neighborhood in Louisville, KY.  Prior to retiring Shanklin and members of the congregation paid off their mortgage and held a mortgage burning ceremony on February 28, 2016.   Shanklin served as pastor for 35 years.

For interviews contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com

METRO DISABILITY COALITION THANK THEIR UNSUNG HEROES AT AN AWARDS CEREMONY

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March 11, 2020

By honoring community leaders, teachers and students who are “Breaking Barriers”  

(Louisville, KY) The Metro Disability Coalition invites you to attend their 21st Annual Breaking Barriers Spotlight Awards on Monday, March 16th from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the Rudd Heart & Lung Center located at 201 Abraham Flexner Way.

There will be a reception prior to the ceremony for special guests, honorees and those participating in the program.   This year’s theme is Working Toward a Fully Accessible Community for All Disabled Individuals.

The awards ceremony will honor community unsung heroes and community leaders in their various fields from service workers, educators to youth who go above and beyond the call of duty to assist those in need. Several Jefferson County Public Schools, (JCPS) students and faculty will be honored.

Here’s a list of this year’s Breaking Barriers Spotlight Award honorees:

Ms. BJ Levis

Lifetime Achievement Award

Nina Mosely

Merit Award

Dia Erpenbeck

Cedric Jones

Jenny Tyree

Sonora Crosby

Jodi Grajek

Cheikh El Moustapha

Certificate of Merit

United Auto Workers Ramp Building Program

Community Honoree

Breaking Barriers Spotlight Student & Teacher Awards recipients: 

 Students

Ava Baker

Goldsmith Elementary

Makenzie Harman

Georia Chaffie Tapp

Gabrielle Runyon

duPont Manual High School

Teachers

Pamela St. John

ECE Teacher

Lincoln Elementary

Performing Arts School

Eileen Foote

Implementation Coach

Crosby Middle School

Christina Delk

Itinerant Teacher

Marion C. Moore High School

Our guest speaker will be Rev. Corrie Shull, Senior Pastor of the Burnett Avenue Baptist Church.  He also serves as the sixth district board member for the Jefferson County Public Schools Board of Education.  Under his leadership at Burnett Ave, the congregation has experienced tremendous growth through the addition of hundreds of families into church membership, creating relevant ministries, implementing twenty-first century technology and embracing new and dynamic ways of engaging people from all walks of life for the purpose of life transformation.

A proponent of education, Rev. Shull holds degrees from Fisk University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and works as an adjunct professor for Louisville area colleges.

Some our special guests will be Michelle Dillard, Assistant Superintendent, JCPS; Metro Council President David James and Metro Councilwoman Barbara Sexton-Smith.

We would like to thank the following that support the Metro Disability Coalition not only for this event but support us throughout the year: University of Louisville Health, Bates Memorial Disability Ministry.

Bridgehaven, The Center for Accessible Living, Council on Developmental Disabilities, Dayspring, God’s Gatekeepers St Stephen Youth Ushers, Independence Seekers, Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare. KIPDA, Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission. NAMI, Paralyzed Veterans of America and Superior Van & Mobility.

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 for the 21st Annual Breaking Barriers Spotlight Awards held on Monday, March 16th at the Rudd Heart & Lung Center please contact VIPP Communications at 502-627-0478 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com.

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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.

Metro Disability Coalition Board Members

Marcellus Mayes, Bobbie James, Cheryl Medley, Ronel McCombs, Chuck Rogers, Beverly Peterson, Elaine Weisbard, Ira Grupper, Ronnie White, Teddy Young, Antonio Wickliffe, Manetta Lemkheitir, Charlie Sims, Grace Smith, Bill Wright and Goldina Lofton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WE’RE AT THE POST WITH THE STALLION AND THE KING OF THE SOUTH PERFORMING AT DERBY SOUNDSTAGE 2020

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March 3, 2020

When hip hop meets Derby two of its hottest stars T.I. and Megan Thee Stallion will be in concert

(Louisville, KY) The Twins Spires at Churchill Downs are always a main attraction when travelling to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby, but this year another duo will also be demanding the attention of Derby-goers. Multi-Grammy award winner T.I. and rising hip-hop superstar Megan Thee Stallion will gallop their way to the Bluegrass State to co-headline Derby Soundstage 2020.  The concert will be held on Thursday, April 30th in Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center located at 937 Phillips Lane at 8:00 p.m.

T.I. is an actor and entrepreneur known for his southern rap and ‘Trap Music’ with masterful lyrics. He has a lengthy catalog, which includes Billboard #1 hits like ‘Whatever You Like,’ ‘My Love,’ and ‘Live Your Life,’ just to name a few.

Megan Thee Stallion has skyrocketed to stardom amid the 2019 releases of her first full-length mixed-tape ‘Fever’ and hit song ‘Hot Girl Summer.’ These projects earned her a 2019 BET Hip Hop Award and an MTV Video Music Award. Megan has stamped her reputation as a hit-maker with songs like ‘Simone Says,’ ‘Diamonds,’ and ‘Realer.’

Derby Soundstage is produced by The Livsuite. Tickets start at $50 and go on sale Friday, March 6th at 10am at ticketmaster.com.

To obtain media credentials you must be an accredited media outlet and will need to fill-out a form to enter the concert and be staged in the media section.  To receive consideration contact info@vippcommunications.com.