LESLIE PRYOR PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS ‘MURDER AT THE DISCO LOUNGE’

(Louisville, Ky) In celebration of Juneteenth, Leslie Pryor Productions announces “Murder at the Disco Lounge” on Sunday, June 30th at the Mellwood Arts Center, located at 1860 Mellwood Ave.  There will be two shows.  The first show is from 3:00pm-5:00pm and the second show is from 6:30pm-8:30pm. 

The production takes you to the scene of an incident where the audience helps to solve the mystery. Step into the dazzling world of 1970s nightlife with “Murder at the Disco Lounge,” a gripping mystery set in a bustling disco lounge. Amidst the glitz and glamour, jealousy, ambition, and betrayal unfold in a tale that will keep theatergoers on the edge of their seats The show was created by Leslie Pryor of Leslie Pryor Productions. 

Pryor, who wrote and directed “Murder at the Disco Lounge” says, “It is an incredibly unique, thrilling murder mystery. I encourage audience participation.  It is designed to captivate and thrill the audience. I also invite guests to dress in 70’s attire.” The event will incorporate Black culture through music, dance, and food, creating a truly immersive experience.

Both shows will be hosted by BET’s Sunday Best finalist and Gospel recording artist Johnathan “Jon-John” Johnson. Each show will feature a DJ, a best-dresses contest, plus a three-course dinner and a cash bar.

Pryor says, “I’m excited to announce the talented cast we have put together for this production.” The cast of six talented local African Americans features renowned actors and actresses Gwendolyn Evans, Delane Bracken, Marquita Howerton, Gwen Jeffrey,  Theo Mackey and Hy Zaya.  Having the show in June gives our talented professionals a chance to showcase the rich Black Art of Louisville.
Tickets range from $49-$100. VIP and premium tickets offer exclusive benefits for those seeking an elevated experience. Group rates are also available.  There will be no refunds for any ticket purchases.  Guest must be at least 18 years old to attend this event.  Do not miss this extraordinary event! Reserve your spot today!

We would like to thank Chef Aaron Williams of Chicago’s Comfort Catering, a 2023 AMPED RTBI Graduate for catering the events. 
For tickets and more information: Visit www.lesliepryorproductions.com

Please post our event on your community and church announcement calendars.  To setup an interview, contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com.

About Leslie Pryor Productions: Leslie Pryor Productions is renowned for delivering captivating performances that leave audiences spellbound. Committed to highlighting diverse talent and creating immersive experiences, Leslie Pryor Productions continues to push the boundaries of theatrical entertainment.

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Kentucky native Ericka Nicole Malone announces a scholarship for those living in the Bluegrass state

Scholarship Announcement

April 23, 2024

KENTUCKY NATIVE GIVING BACK BY ANNOUNCING A SCHOLARSHIP FOR THOSE WHO LIVE IN THE BLUEGRASS STATE

ERICKA NICOLE MALONE ENTERTAINMENT WILL AWARD FOUR SCHOLARSHIPS TO KENTUCKY STUDENTS

(Los Angeles, California) Louisville, native who won the 54th Annual NAACP Image Award for Breakthrough Creative in a Motion Picture, Ericka Nicole Malone of Ericka Nicole Malone Entertainment, LLC, announces the creation of the Ericka Nicole Malone Entertainment Scholarship, which includes four scholarships ranging from $250 to $5000. The scholarships are for high school seniors and current college level students attending a Kentucky accredited school.

Ericka Nicole Malone says “I am excited to announce this opportunity. It is important that I give back to my hometown and the first people to believe in my writing ability which has given me so many chances to create produce and direct films you can see today.  Kentucky has a lot of hidden gems and I honestly believe that there are so many young people in the community that just need a chance.  With these scholarships, someone wanting to follow their dreams will now have a chance to fulfill them and I’m honored to assist them along their educational journey.” 

The Ericka Nicole Malone Scholarship can be used for tuition, school fees, books, housing, and food. To be eligible for the scholarship individuals must reside in Kentucky, have at least a 2.5 grade point average, (GPA), on a 4.0 grading scale.

As part of the consideration process. You need to submit an essay, (up to one thousand words) on what you want to pursue as a career and why this scholarship is important in fulfilling that goal. We also need proof of enrollment and current grade point average. Submit your essay to info@vippcommunications.com. Your deadline is July12, 2024. Recipients will be announced on July 29, 2024.

Malone attended the Youth Performing Arts School, (YPAS), graduate of Manual High, a JCPS school is a successful writer, director, and executive producer. Her latest award-winning project is “Remember ME: The Mahalia Jackson Story” starring Ledisi, Columbus Short, Janet Hubert, Keith David, Wendy Raquel Robinson, and Keith Robinson.

ERICKA NICOLE MALONE ENTERTAINMENT is a production company focused on the development, production/co-production and distribution of film, television, and animated projects nationwide. 

Media inquiries: To setup an interview via phone and/or zoom, contact Sherlene Shanklin at VIPP Communications at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com or by calling 502.341-7306.  To read learn more on the Ericka Nicole Malone Entertainment go to www.erickanicolemalone.com.      

Derby City Gospel Explosion Kicks Off Derby Week

Leading By Faith And Not By Sight Featuring Louisville Native Son D’Corey “DC” Johnson And Gospel Legend Hezekiah Walker

(Louisville, Ky) DC Entertainment Presents Derby City Gospel Explosion Workshop and Concert.  It takes place in Louisville April 25th through the 27th.

There will be a workshop rehearsal from 6:00pm to 8:30pm on April 25th and 26th with early registration beginning at 5:00pm.  This will take place at Kingdom Land Baptist Church, 1822 South 11th Street.  The workshop is $30.00 per person.  It includes a folder with lyrics to all the songs being performed during the concert.  You must participate in the workshop to be included in the concert.  For information about how you can be a part of the workshop, contact Dionte Colbert at 502-650-6309. 

Then on Saturday, April 27th at St. Stephen Baptist Church, 1018 South 15th Street at 6:00pm with doors opening at 5:00pm you will get to witness the anointed voices of Grammy Award winning Gospel music legend Hezekiah Walker as the special guest for the evening.  America’s Got Talent, Season 18 Finalist and Louisville native D’Corey Johnson will be the host for the event and will perform during the concert.  Also, a part of the evening, Grammy nominated song writer Jason Clayborn will serve as the Clinician and Louisville’s own Daria Raymore will co-host with Johnson. 

Hezekiah Walker is excited to come to the Derby City to worship and spread God’s love and mercy by saying “I’m still here, I’m still alive, I’m still blessed, on my way to destiny because the favor of God is on my life.”

D’Corey Johnson is a talent blessed by God and he wants to show his gratitude to the city that supported him from the beginning of his young career by sharing his growth as an artist by saying “Stop trying to live everybody’s lifestyle. Live your own, and don’t let anyone tell you different.”

The three-day weekend of praise will be a blessing that you do not want to miss.  Signup to be apart of the workshop and then perform during the concert on the final evening.  Come be blessed and be a blessing to others.  Early bird concert tickets are $20 on Eventbrite and $30 at the door. 

Please post our event on your community and church announcement calendars.  To setup an interview, contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com.

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Breaking the Color Barrier in basketball at the University of Louisville

Art exhibit opens this Friday at Roots 101

(Louisville, KY) On Friday, March 15th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Guests will get the first look at the exhibit recognizing the three men who broke the color barrier in basketball at the University of Louisville. 

Roots 101 African American Museum and Mixed Nation will unveil the “Louisville Legends Art Exhibit” recognizing and honoring Wade Houston, the late Sam Smith and Eddie Whitehead. 

In 1962, Houston, Smith and Whitehead played a vital role as trailblazers for the University of Louisville’s Men’s Basketball program by having the opportunity to play for the university.  These three men stuck together, looked out for one another, and created a brotherhood on and off the court. Because of their resiliency the culture of basketball and the world we live in today have changed for the better.  Their actions forever changed the sport and race relations. 

The event will feature art by Charles Rice, a performance by the Sankofa Experience and tour of the museum.  There will also be light refreshments served. 

If you would like to attend, please email to RSVP to info@mixednations.com Seating is limited. 

Please announce and/or post on your community calendars.  We hope you will be able to attend.  If you have any questions, please contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com.  We will try to accommodate your requests.

Roots 101 is located at 124 N. 1st Street in downtown Louisville, KY. 

MELANnaire Marketplace holiday market celebrates the history and culture of Kwanzaa

(Louisville, KY) The MELANnaire Marketplace holiday market celebrates Kwanzaa.  Starting December 26th Kwanzaa is a time to celebrate the African American culture.  The holiday market welcomes guests into the storefront to celebrate, educate and recognize the rich history and highlight the seven principles.   

In support of their recent crowdfunding campaign presented by Fund Black Founders and sponsored by Metro United Way, their campaign ends on January 2nd or when the $25,000 goal is met.

Nachand Trabue, founder of MELANnaire Marketplace says, “We have had a great holiday season at the mall.  So, many people have visited and purchased products from our businesses, and we cannot thank you enough for your support.  It only makes sense to end our time at the mall as well close out the year and by celebrating Kwanzaa. We anticipate a big year ahead and we want you to please continue to support us.” 

The MELANnaire Marketplace Holiday Market will be open until January 2, 2024.  Our store hours are open on the same schedule as Mall St. Matthews. The MELANnaire marketplace will be hosting post-holiday sales on 100’s of items.

The marketplace is located near the entrance of El Nopal and Women’s Dillards on the backside of the mall. 

If you would like to be a vendor and/or be a sponsor, please contact MELANnaire Marketplace at www.melannaire.com.   

Please announce and/or post on your community calendars.  If you have any questions or would like to interview Nachand Trabue, please contact VIPP Communications at 502-341-7306. Please note that you need to contact the Mall PR team to notify them that you will be on the property for security purposes. 

“Where Black Businesses Matter”

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MELANnaire Marketplace holiday market now open each day leading up to Christmas Day

(Louisville, KY) The MELANnaire Marketplace holiday market extends operations so that holiday shoppers can have additional opportunities to visit the storefront at Mall St, Matthews. 

Starting Monday, December 18th we will be open daily leading up to Christmas Day.  The holiday market will follow the schedule of the mall.  Each week, entrepreneurs restock their inventory and add products and merchandise so that holiday shoppers can have a variety of options.   

The MELANnaire Marketplace holiday market showcases businesses in a storefront setting where their products are on display.  When you visit the holiday market customers will find apparel, handcrafted jewelry, signature cotton candy, popcorn books, toys, accessories, candles plus much more.

Nachand Trabue founder of MELANnaire Marketplace says “We are in countdown mode for the holidays and our MELANnaires are preparing for your visit.  We have so many wonderful Black-owned businesses all in one location.  This has been a great experience and eye opening for our entrepreneurs who want to pursue store fronts.  Our dedicated team has stepped in to help make their business become full-time.  To see the fruits of their labor come to life has been so rewarding for all of us involved.  We hope you stop by to support them.”

The MELANnaire Marketplace Holiday Market will be open daily until Christmas Day then we will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday until January 2, 2024.  Our store hours are open on the same schedule as Mall St. Matthews.

The marketplace is located near the entrance of El Nopal and Women’s Dillards on the backside of the mall. 

If you would like to be a vendor and/or be a sponsor, please contact MELANnaire Marketplace at www.melannaire.com.   

Please announce and/or post on your community calendars.  If you have any questions or would like to interview Nachand Trabue, please contact VIPP Communications at 502-341-7306. Please note that you need to contact the Mall PR team to notify them that you will be on the property for security purposes. 

“Where Black Businesses Matter”

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THE DEION BRANCH FOUNDATION TAKE LOUISVILLE YOUTH SHOPPING FOR CHRISTMAS

(Louisville, KY) Last night (Friday, Dec 15th) in Louisville the Deion Branch Foundation founded by two-time Superbowl champion and current staff member of the University of Louisville Football team Deion Branch took 30 children shopping for the holidays.  Branch along with current members of the UofL Football team helped local youth from the Louisville Central Community Center, Portland Neighborhood House and Sowing Seeds with Faith shop for clothes and toys.  They were at the Target Store located at 3600 Mall Road, 40218. A special thank you to Dr. Adora Hicks for coordinating the players to make sure they shared in the experience. 

Branch says “Me and my family have been truly blessed and we want to help those in need.  Since working for the university, in the past two years I’ve gained a better understanding of the importance of giving back, especially to the fans. Families have been through so much over the past few years and if we can help in any way to lighten the load, especially during the holidays, we want to do that.  I’ve excited to bring some of the players from the team to help me spread some holiday cheer as they prepare for the Holiday Bowl.”

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 http://www.deionbranchfoundation.org.

If you have any questions, please contact VIPP Communications at 502-341-7306 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com

*Photos attached courtesy VIPP Communications.  You can also go to our social pages as well as the university’s IG page

MELANnaire Marketplace holiday market will host a story and craft time that shoppers can enjoy

(Louisville, KY) As shoppers continue to enjoy the MELANnaire Marketplace holiday market.  Guests will have an opportunity to participate in a story & craft time on Sunday, December 17th from 2:00 pm to 3:00pm.  Gye Nyame Books & More will read Ariel Young’s “Does Santa Look Like Me?”.  Shoppers will also get a chance during that time to make a bookmark during the craft session. 

If you are still looking for that unique gift idea, stop by the holiday market to see what our Black owned business owners have to offer.  When you visit the MELANnaire Marketplace holiday market customers will find apparel, handcrafted jewelry, signature cotton candy, popcorn books, toys, accessories, candles plus much more.

Starting Monday, December 18th we will be open daily leading up to Christmas Day.  The holiday market will follow the schedule of the mall. 

Traffic is picking up at the mall and our MELANnaires are ready. We are excited to help you find that perfect gift.  We have two dozen businesses all in one storefront.  It’s like a mall within a mall. Every few feet we introduce you to a different business.  Plus, on the weekends we try and offer some type of entertainment for our shoppers.  I know even our youngest of shoppers will love the story time and craft making project we have planned.  So, bring the whole family this weekend. I can’t wait to thank you in person for supporting us.” says Nachand Trabue founder of MELANnaire Marketplace.

The MELANnaire Marketplace Holiday Market will be open daily until Christmas Day then we will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday until January 2, 2024.  Our store hours are open on the same schedule as Mall St. Matthews.

The marketplace is located near the entrance of El Nopal and Women’s Dillards on the backside of the mall. 

If you would like to be a vendor and/or be a sponsor, please contact MELANnaire Marketplace at www.melannaire.com.   

Please announce and/or post on your community calendars.  If you have any questions or would like to interview Nachand Trabue, please contact VIPP Communications at 502-341-7306. Please note that you need to contact the Mall PR team to notify them that you will be on the property for security purposes. 

“Where Black Businesses Matter”

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MELANnaire Marketplace holiday market in Mall St. Matthews in Louisville

Special performances scheduled for Sunday as guest shop  

(Louisville, KY) The MELANnaire Marketplace holiday market welcomes the Young Stars Performance Academy and the Elderserve Choir this Sunday, (Dec. 10th) from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. They will perform as shoppers choose their holiday purchases.

The MELANnaire Marketplace holiday market showcases businesses in a storefront setting where their products are on display.  When you visit the holiday market customers will find apparel, handcrafted jewelry, signature cotton candy, popcorn books, toys, accessories, candles plus much more.

Nachand Trabue founder of MELANnaire Marketplace says “We are in full swing with lots of Santa helpers working to help you find your special gift(s), great customer service and such a large variety of gift ideas.  After church/faith-based services on Sunday we anticipate a big crowd to support the two groups performing.  It’s really starting to feel like the holidays.  Great entertainment and great Black-owned businesses.  It’s a win-win as you mark off items on your Christmas list.”

The MELANnaire Marketplace Holiday Market will be open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until January 2, 2024.  Our store hours are open on the same schedule as Mall St. Matthews.

The marketplace is located near the entrance of El Nopal and Women’s Dillards on the backside of the mall. 

If you would like to be a vendor and/or be a sponsor, please contact MELANnaire Marketplace at www.melannaire.com.   

Please announce and/or post on your community calendars.  If you have any questions or would like to interview Nachand Trabue, please contact VIPP Communications at 502-341-7306.

“Where Black Businesses Matter”

Follow us on social media and take photos using the following hashtags so we can share your experience #MELANnairesLou, #BLACKbusinessesMatterLOU & #MELANnaireMarketplace. Instagram:  @melannairemarketplace

Countdown to the holidays with great gift ideas at the MELANnaire Marketplace holiday market

Special performance by the troupe from Rush Trowel’s “The Soul of Christmas”

(Louisville, KY) The MELANnaire Marketplace holiday market is in full swing welcoming shoppers to their storefront in Mall St. Matthews.  Black-owned businesses update their inventory weekly so guests can visit multiple times as we prepare for Christmas and Kwanzaa.    

The MELANnaire Marketplace holiday market showcases businesses who do not have a storefront and/or a large team.  They assist the entrepreneurs in promoting and selling their products and services. When you visit the holiday market shoppers will find apparel, handcrafted jewelry, signature cotton candy, popcorn books, toys, accessories, candles plus much more.

This weekend, the cast of ‘The Soul of Christmas”, a production of Rush Trowel will be in the marketplace performing.  We invite you to come out shop and enjoy some great entertainment by one of Louisville’s premiere entertainment producers. 

We will also have youth from our future MELANnaire Mentor Program job shadowing as greeters.  Trabue says “We train and help develop job skills at a young age to instill in them the importance of work ethic and how to make money which in turn decreases violence in the community.  We are keeping them busy and showing them opportunities and introducing them to positive role models exceling right here in our community.”

Nachand Trabue founder of MELANnaire Marketplace says “We are happy to be able to organize a group of businesses who want exposure and an opportunity to sell their products in a mall setting.  Every week, we try and do something unique to give our shoppers a great MELANnaire experience and we are excited to have some of the cast members from ‘Soul of Christmas’ joining us.  They will definitely put you in the holiday spirit.” 

The MELANnaire Marketplace Holiday Market will be open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until January 2, 2024.  Our store hours are open on the same schedule as Mall St. Matthews.

The marketplace is located near the entrance of El Nopal and Women’s Dillards on the backside of the mall. 

If you would like to be a vendor and/or be a sponsor, please contact MELANnaire Marketplace at www.melannaire.com.   

Please announce and/or post on your community calendars.  If you have any questions or would like to interview Nachand Trabue, please contact VIPP Communications at 502-341-7306.

“Where Black Businesses Matter”

Follow us on social media and take photos using the following hashtags so we can share your experience #MELANnairesLou, #BLACKbusinessesMatterLOU & #MELANnaireMarketplace.

Instagram:  @melannairemarketplace