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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LEGACIES UNLIMITED PRESENTS RAMBLING AT CLUB MOROCCO

(Louisville, KY) Legacies Unlimited Inc. presents The Walnut Street Revue ‘Rambling at Club Morocco’ featuring the Unlimited Show Band and The VilleEffect Band,

The show will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd at 7:30pm.

Reserved tickets are $65 per person and $45 for general admission. You can purchase them on www.redpintix.com or you can also purchase them at Better Days Records. (both locations).

Ken Clay, Founder of Legacies Unlimited, says “Louisville has a rich history when it comes to music.  Each year, I try and introduce to the younger generation music from my time period. It’s an opportunity to experience the soulful sounds while giving those who lived it a walk down memory lane. Hearing the songs they grew up on.  It is an evening of great music and I invite you to come out and enjoy Walnut Street Revue experience.”  

Tickets for The Walnut Street Revue are $65 for general admission and $45 for cabaret seating. (limited space)

Rambling at Club Morocco is presented by Legacies Unlimited Inc. and is made possible through the support of the Owsley Brown II Foundation, Hardscuffle Inc., WLKY-TV and Radio Station WLOU.

Please announce and/or post on your community calendars.  If you have any questions or would like to setup an interview with Ken Clay, please contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com or by calling 502-341-7306.

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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”

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The West Louisville Performing Arts Academy is giving “hope” during the holiday season

Celebrating 34 years with a dinner concert at the University Club

(Louisville, KY) The West Louisville Performing Arts Academy (WLPAA) will host its 34th Hope Awards Dinner Concert at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 2nd at the University Club located at 200 E. Brandeis Street.

This year’s McDaniel Bluitt Hope Award recipient and keynote speaker will be Dr. Kelly McCants, Cardiologist for Norton Medical Group.
Additional awards will be presented during the program to recognize the supporters of WLPAA.

McDaniel Bluitt, Executive Director says “Every year we add youth to the choirs, so this annual gala gives them concert experience, opportunity for family and friends to support them and to highlight leaders and businesses that support us. This year’s speaker, Dr. McCants is a true leader in his field and I want to introduce my students that with hard work and determination anything is possible in whatever field, you chose to be in. We invite you to come out and celebrate our 34th anniversary. Enjoy good music, food, and a motivational speech by Dr. McCants.”

Tickets are $100.00 for adults and $50.00 for students. Tickets are available on Eventbrite and/or by contacting Mamie Bluitt, WLPAA by calling 502-418-7236 or by email at mamiegr@gmail.com.

We would like to thank all our supporters over the last 34 years. This year’s Hope Awards Dinner Concert was funded in part by the Fund for the Arts.

To arrange an interview with McDaniel Bluitt, founder of the West Louisville Performing Arts Academy, contact: info@vippcommunications.com.

To learn more about the West Louisville Performing Arts Academy visit our website at http://www.westlouisvilleperformjngarts.org.

MELANnaire Marketplace holiday marketplace preparing for ‘Black Friday’ and ‘Small Business Saturday’

(Louisville, KY) As we prepare for Thanksgiving, the MELANnaire Marketplace Holiday Market team is working to get ready for one of the busiest days for consumers and that’s ‘Black Friday’ and the following day dedicated for small business which we refer to as ‘Black-owned Saturday’. 

The MELANnaire Marketplace Holiday Market is in third week at Mall St. Matthews and have welcomed so many friends, family, neighbors, and supporters into the storefront where dozens of Black-owned businesses sell and promote their products and/or services. 

“Now with two of the busiest shopping days ahead of us, vendors are stocking up with the anticipation and excited that they have an opportunity to participate at this level.  In a mall, a storefront, and the assistance of the MELANnaire team.  We are inviting shoppers to stop by our retail space to see the wonderful and unique gift ideas.  You will find yourself with an arm full of merchandise.  It’s basically a mall within a mall because except few feet a new business is represented says Nachand Trabue, founder of MELANnaire Marketplace

The holiday market displays dozens of local minority businesses all in one space so holiday shoppers can get an opportunity to support multiple small businesses at one large retail space. Featuring products- clothing apparel, handcrafted jewelry, signature cotton candy, popcorn books, toys, candles plus
much more.

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 Napal 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”

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can share your experience #MELANnairesLou, #BLACKbusinessesMatterLOU
#MELANnaireMarketplace.

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The new Miss Black Kentucky USA is crowned this evening in Louisville

The new Miss Black Kentucky USA is crowned this evening in Louisville

This afternoon, family friends and supporters gathered at the Women’s Club of Louisville to see Sophia Crowder of Louisville be crowned Miss Black Kentucky USA.  In the Talented Teen division Helena Gordon of Louisville competed and won and Ciara Johnson of Louisville won in the Ms. Division.  All three winners will represent Kentucky in the Miss Black USA in 2024.

The Queen Mother Foundation will oversee their various appearances and opportunities over the next year so the community will get to know Miss Crowder, Ms. Ciara Johnson, and Talented Teen Helena Gordon. 

Also, this evening we currents queens got an opportunity to thank everyone for the opportunities they received over the past year. 

This afternoon we had a lot to celebrate.  Last year’s winner in the Miss division, Miss Ariel Thompson went on to win Miss Black USA in Washington, DC and will reign for the next 12 months.

Dr. Ashley Anderson, Executive Director of Miss Black Kentucky USA says “Contestants had a great opportunity to showcase their talents and be their authentic selves.  I found twenty wonderful ladies who worked hard to get to this point. When they walked across the stage I, along with family and friends felt a sense of pride.  It’s more than winning a crown and a title but it begins a service of volunteerism, scholarship, and pride of who you are.  This was a special evening for us all and I can’t wait to see what the royal court will do today and beyond.”

To set up an interview to meet the new Miss, Ms., and Talented Teen Miss Black Kentucky USA and/or Dr. Anderson to see how you can be a part of Miss Black Kentucky USA 2024, please contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com.

Here’s this year’s participants:

Talented Teens

  1. Sanaia Rae’Patterson
  2. Bria Byrd
  3. Aliyah Parker
  4. Kelyse Greer
  5. Helena Gordon-WINNER

Miss

  • Sophia Crowder-WINNER
  • Seryn Bentley
  • JayLa Hudson
  • Jade Spaulding
  • Aya Tennyson
  • Jada Turley

Ms.

  1. Princess K Cureton
  2. Shikira Tunstill
  3. Ciara Johnson-WINNER
  4. Kenisha Watkins
  5. Chanson Calhoun
  6. LaShandra Logan
  7. Sherae Thompson
  8. Deara Porter
  9. Crissa Candler

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Twenty ladies will compete for the titles of Miss, Ms., and Talented Teen Miss Black Kentucky USA this weekend in Louisville

Queen Mother Foundation is excited to announce the date of Miss Black Kentucky USA. On Sunday, October 29th, at 3:00 pm at The Women’s Club of Louisville, 1320 South Fourth Street our community will witness the crowning of three women who will represent Kentucky in Miss Black USA 2024.

After a successful restart in 2022, Kentucky will have five (5) in the talented teen division, six (6) in the Miss. division and nine (9) in the Ms. division competing for the crown. Each looking forward to the experience along with the activities leading up to the October 15th event.

Tickets are now on sale, and you can purchase them on Eventbrite. We have provided a link for promotion. Miss Black Kentucky 2023.

Last year’s winner in the Miss division, Miss Ariel Thompson went on to win Miss Black USA in Washington, DC and will reign for the next 12 months.

Dr. Ashley Anderson, Executive Director of Miss Black Kentucky USA says “I am so happy to give women of color the opportunity. It is more than just a pageant but a chance for these young ladies to showcase themselves. This is something the community can be proud of because we are helping prepare our future leaders. The contestants are free to be who they are as they embrace their heritage. I invite you to come out and support them as they compete for scholarships which will help with their future career goals.” 

To be a sponsor and/or if you would like to set up an interview with Dr. Anderson and/or last year’s winners please contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com.

Here’s this year’s participants:

Talented Teens

  1. Sanaia Rae’Patterson
  2. Bria Byrd
  3. Aliyah Parker
  4. Kelyse Greer
  5. Helena Gordon

Miss

  • Sophia Crowder
  • Seryn Bentley
  • JayLa Hudson
  • Jade Spaulding
  • Aya Tennyson
  • Jada Turley

Ms.

  1. Princess K Cureton
  2. Shikira Tunstill
  3. Ciara Johnson
  4. Kenisha Watkins
  5. Chanson Calhoun
  6. LaShandra Logan
  7. Sherae Thompson
  8. Deara Porter
  9. Crissa Candler