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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THE GENERAL ASSOCIATION OF BAPTISTS IN KENTUCKY WILL BE AT THE STATE CAPITOL FOR ‘OPERATION GOOD FRIDAY’

(Frankfort, Kentucky) On Friday, March 29th from 9:00 am to 10:30am (EDT) the General Association of Baptists in Kentucky (GABKY) will gather to voice their concern about bills that will ‘crucify’ our communities across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 

This is a call to action for all GABKY clergy and our constituents.  We are calling March 29th Operation Good Friday.  That is the day we chose to signify the importance of having our voices heard as voters of this state.  Operation Good Friday will be held in the Capitol Rotunda, 700 Capital Avenue, Frankfort, Ky. 

There are several bills that GABKY have sincere concern that could hurt, hinder and/or isolate groups of people and/or counties all across the state.  Clergy will converge on the capitol to speak for those who are unable to speak for themselves.  GABKY leadership will be on site to give additional information and to conduct media interviews. 

We represent approximately five hundred Baptists churches across the state of Kentucky, and we want our voices to be heard to lawmakers we put in office.  This is not the time to be ignored but the time for us to give input on bills that affect Kentuckians who attend our churches. 

To setup an interview via phone and/or zoom after Operation Good Friday, contact at VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com

To learn more about the General Association of Baptists on Kentucky go to https://www.gabky.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 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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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.

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Smoketown Community Land Trust announces Congressman Morgan McGarvey will attend and speak at the launch along with Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg

UPDATED: November 30, 2023 (added speaker to program in bold font)

Immediate Release

November 29, 2023

(Louisville, KY) The Smoketown Community Land Trust, (SCLT) invites you to its launch and official introduction to the community on Saturday, December 2nd at 1:00 p.m. at the Camp Edwards Community Center located at 701 S. Hancock Street. 

Congressman Morgan McGarvey, Kentucky 3rd District, Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg, SCLT board members, dignitaries and community leaders will be in attendance and will speak during the program. 

SCLT was developed to empower Smoketown residents and to preserve the rich heritage of the historical Smoketown community when Blacks moved into the community.  In the 1800s post-civil war, freed African Americans migrated to the area seeking economic opportunities, housing, building churches and schools. The community thrived for many years and the Smoketown Community Land Trust will centralize services to better serve the community.  

The SCLT board was created to work with residents and give them space to make direct contributions to plan, design and build sustainable affordable housing ensuring the longevity of the community, creating pathways to homeownership, revitalize community pride and its rich history. 

We would like to thank our partners: Louisville Metro Government, REBOUND, Bates Community Development Corporation, River City Housing, Community Foundation of Louisville, Center for Neighborhoods and Grounded Solutions Network. Representatives from each organization will be present for the launch. 

The program will begin around 1:30 p.m. With the introduction of Congressman McGarvey followed by Mayor Greenberg. Also, during the program the official logo will be unveiled. There will be opportunities to see how people can get involved, learn about its mission. The celebration is free to the public with food, fun, raffles, and entertainment. 

If you would like to setup an interview prior to the event, please contact Theresa Boyd with River City Housing at 502-587-6763 or VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com

MEDIA NOTE:  We know that you have a lot of events and/or games to cover on December 2nd.  If you need our team to pull representatives when you arrive for interviews, we will be happy to accommodate your requests.  We feel this is an important initiative that the community needs to be made aware of and its benefits to help the community. 

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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”

Follow us on social media and take photos using the following hashtags so we
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