Miss Black Kentucky USA: Twenty-seven ladies will compete for the titles of Miss, Ms., and Talented Teen

Photo Credit: Terrence Humphrey

United Crown Productions is excited to announce the date of Miss Black Kentucky USA. On
Sunday, October 15th, at 3:00 pm at Memorial Auditorium 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 six (6) in the talented teen division, eight (8) in the Miss. division and thirteen (13) 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.
Stay tuned for additional information and the names of the contestants and the counties and/or cities they represent.

Breaking Barriers Spotlight Awards Ceremony Returns Post Pandemic

The in-person ceremony will celebrate those who assist to make the equable for people with disabilities

(Louisville, KY) The Metro Disability Coalition cordially invites you to attend their 21st Annual Breaking Barriers Spotlight Awards on Friday, March 31st 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. We will also honor our 2020 recipients. Due to the pandemic, we were unable to celebrate them previously. 

This year’s guest speaker is April Bridgeman Morrow.  Currently, she is a substitute teacher for Jefferson County Public Schools as she completes her doctorate degree in K-12 leadership.  The former ‘Outstanding Teacher of the Year’ by the East Chicago, Indiana Public School District. Morrow is a graduate of Valparaiso University. Her career spans over 30 years in education. She even founded a private Christian school with grades K though 6th in Merrillville, Indiana that quickly grew to 12th grade.  As a music teacher, Morrow’s students have performed all over the U.S. from contests in the Midwest to Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida.  

The awards ceremony is for the community’s 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. We are excited to announce this year’s honorees several of which are from Jefferson County Public Schools, (JCPS).    

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

 Leslie Jones

Lifetime Achievement Award

Theo Hamilton

Merit Award

Mary Payton

George McEwing

Teri Kiper

Cathy Spalding

Joann Orr

Certificate of Merit

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity

Community Honoree

Breaking Barriers Spotlight Student & Teacher Awards recipients: 


Jayden Hernandez Mendoza

Hazelwood Elementary

De’Von Jones

Kammerer Middle School

Michael Washington-Cox

Waggener High School


Deedra Njuguna

Special Education Teacher

Binet School (Elementary)

Julie Fox

MSD Teacher

Lassiter Middle School

Tara Conner

MSD Teacher

Doss High School

Please post announce and/or post our event on your media platforms. If you would like to setup an interview, please contact VIPP Communications at booking@vippcommunications.com.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will make a stop by Roots 101 this weekend to have cookies and coco with some of their biggest fans

Roots 101 African American Museum

Roots 101 African American Museum invites you to “Cookies & Coco with The Clauses”.  Starting Friday, November 4th through Sunday, November 6th. 

Santa and Mrs. Claus will take your holiday 5×7 printed photo for $25.00.  Parents get in free if the child they are accompanying is taking photos.  To make sure each family is satisfied with their photo. Each session is scheduled up to 45 minutes if it is needed. 

There will be even be a special appearance by the Grinch and Black Panther. There will also be three drawing for gifts. 

To schedule your session call 812-207-3433. 

WHO: Roots 101 African American Museum

WHAT: Hosting along with Santa George Smithers “Cookies & Coco with The Clauses”

WHEN: November 4th-6th (Friday through Sunday)

WHERE: Roots 101, 124 N. 1st Street, Louisville

TIME:  Friday and Saturday 1:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.

For additional information on “Cookies & Coco with The Clauses” or to reserve a date for your holiday events, call Lamont Collins at Roots 101 at 502-384-1949.  To learn more about Roots 101 African American Museum visit our website www.roots-=101.org.