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Brad Harrison (The Urban Reporter)

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Brad Harrison is a journalist/motivational speaker/entrepreneur and on-air personality. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communications with cum laude honors from the University of Louisville. In October 2015, he started UrbanMaxx Magazine to provide positive role models for Urban residents that reside in at-risk-communities and lack positive leadership in their lives. For booking or advertising - contact Brad Harrison at bradharrison@urbanmaxx.com

Keisha Allen Presents: The 3rd Annual “Taste of West Louisville”

Fun, Food and Community is the always the goal for Keisha Allen's "Taste of West Louisville." The annual event gathers over a dozen Louisville food vendors - under one roof - and allows event-goers to sample their unique cuisines. This year's event takes place on April 8, 2017, at the California Community Center from 6pm-8pm (1600 St. Catherine Street, Louisville,...

Brains & Brawn: Louisville High School Quarterback Scores 30 On His ACT’s While Playing Three Sports

We live in an era where negative media stories dominate our headlines - leading many to believe that positive actions rarely exist. This is particularly the case when  it comes to African-American males. However, in reality, more African-Americans are enrolled in college than in any previous time period. According to CNN Money, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in...

Louisville Man Kicks 10 Year Crack Habit – Now Owns A Multi Million Dollar Business

Addiction is a global epidemic – but particularly in the United States. According to the U.S. News & World Report, “40 million Americans, age 12 and over, meet the clinical criteria for addiction involving nicotine, alcohol or other drugs.” Micheal T. White of Louisville, KY – just so happens to be one of those 40 million addicts. I use the word “happens”...

Louisville Jail Humiliates Black Woman By Bringing Her To Court Without Pants On

Louisville, KY - A Louisville judge, Amber Wolf, becomes visibly and emotionally upset, once she discovers that a black female defendant was brought into her courtroom without wearing pants. On the courtroom video, the defendant is heard stating that she was arrested in Fayette County (metro-Lexington area) approximately 2-3 days prior. It is unclear whether she was wearing pants at the time...

Star-Studded Arts Summer Camp Debuts “The Wiz”

The Louisville Ballet, Actor’s Theater, Stage One Family Theater, the Kentucky Opera and the Louisville Orchestra make Louisville one of 12 cities in the country that has five major professional arts in residence.  And performance venues like the Kentucky Center for the Arts, the Brown Theater, and The Louisville Palace keep the Louisville arts community alive and well. And this...

The Kentucky Fillies – Kentucky’s Only All-Girls Track Team Dominates The Region

Kentucky Fillies head coach, Tamika Townsend, has one piece of advice for all track & field spectators and competitors - "Follow the Pink." Townsend, the head coach and CEO of the pink uniformed Kentucky Fillies, is a former track star who has coached youth track & field for the past nine years. In 2011, she decided to create her own...

Louisville Woman Opens A Hip-Hop Dance Studio To Keep Kids Off The Street

As the city of Louisville, Ky approaches the last week of June - the murder count has climbed to 49. In 2015, the numbers didn't reach this magnitude until the first week in August - closing that year with 84 murders and 348 gunshot victims, which was a 28 year high. As police and city leaders scurry to find solutions...

You Can’t Mention Muhammad Ali Without Mentioning Louisville: How This City Inspired The World

The Greatest of All Time (G.O.A.T.) - Muhammad Ali passed away in Scottsdale, AZ on June 3, 2016, at the age of 74. Ali struggled with Parkinson's Disease for the last 30+ years of his life. Ali will be buried in his hometown of Louisville, KY on Friday, June 10, 2016 during a private burial service at Cave Hill Cemetery....

Louisville Photography Studio Literally Turn Its Clients Into Stars

Photography studios are a dime a dozen in Louisville, Ky. The market is very competitive and there is no short of talented photographers in the metro area. One of the city's newest photography studios has taken a new approach to the industry and is literally turning its clients into stars. Echilann Images, located in the Professional Building at 3934 Dixie...

Art-Beats & Lyrics – Hip-Hop Art Exhibition Draws Huge Crowds In Louisville

Jack Daniel’s sweetened up a Kentucky Derby weekend party with a touch of Honey. On Saturday, May 7, 2016, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey sponsored Art-Beats & Lyrics at the Ice House in Louisville, Ky. The free event was the first of its kind to take place in Louisville and was uniquely different from the hundreds of other parties that took place in...

Slice of Louisville – Black Louisville Kicks Off The KY Derby Season With Style

The Kentucky Derby is much more than just the 2 minute horse race that takes place on the first Saturday of each May. For the city of Louisville, it means a massive celebration which consists of two weeks of festivals, events and parties. For Louisville's black community  - one of the more anticipated events is the Slice of Louisville. The...

Louisville Event Planner Is Offering Three $1,000 College Scholarships To West End Students

For the 2nd year in a row, Keisha Johnson, hosted The Taste of West Louisville, in Louisville, Ky's predominantly black West End of town. The annual event allows local food vendors to set up booths at the venue and serve speciality dishes from their menu. Many of the vendors are caterers or restaurant owners from Louisville's West End. The event was...

Louisville ‘Earth Day’ Celebration, Showcases African-American “Natural” Health & Beauty Product Vendors

With concern growing of the possible side effects related to pharmaceutical drugs and cosmetics made with chemical additives - many Americans are turning to natural health & beauty products as a safer alternative. The African-American community is no different. Many black people have recently embraced the trend of wearing "Natural" hair styles - as opposed to using relaxers to straighten...

Louisville’s “Turn Up Show” Celebrates One Year of Playing Positive Hip-Hop On The Radio

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLERvQaRShY The "Turn Up Show with T-Made and Friends" hosted its first annual Birthday Bash at the Hard Rock Cafe located in the heart of Louisville's "4th Street Live" entertainment district - on Sunday April 24, 2016 from 5pm-11pm. The celebration included live performances from the following: Poet: Robin G Inspirational rappers: Dominique Dixon, Deuce Juice, 2 Deep, C-Tez, Lul Flex R&B singers: Kriss Liss, Kori Black DJ's: Dj...

Following His Feature On Bryson Tiller’s “Don’t”, Louisville Artist ‘King Vory’ Signs BMG Deal

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  H-Town got a n-gga so throwed Pour up, we can party some more Yeah, got this drank in my cup Got a young n-gga feelin' so throwed Spit fire in a world so cold Young money got a n-gga feelin' old Spit fire in a world so cold H-Town got me feelin' so throwed H-Town got me feelin' so throwed Ride paint and we sip 'til we fold H-Town...

“Smoked Apple Theatre Group” Ripens Louisville’s Art Scene With Slices Of Modern Black Theatre

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Most people associate the theatre culture with large cities such as New York and London but Louisville, KY has been experiencing its own modern renaissance as of late. With reputable performing arts venues located in Louisville such as: The Kentucky Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Louisville Palace Theatre, Iroquois Amphitheatre, ZFX, and Vault 1031 – it only makes sense that small grassroot independent theatre companies would emerge and...

Louisville Youth (13) Maintains A 4.0 GPA And Volunteers At A Local Nursing Home

During an era when many youth are often unfairly labeled as feeling "entitled" or "spoiled" - it is refreshing to encounter a young person that is involved in giving back to their community. 13 year-old, Cierra Crump, of Louisville, KY has embarked down a road of academic excellence - which now includes community service. Crump is an 8th grade student who...

Platinum Rapper “No-Malice”, Now A Devout Christian, Premiers His New Film In Louisville

Interview with No-Malice (formerly of the rap group Clipse) at Cinemark Mall St. Mathews in Louisville, KY, February 16, 2016. Videographer Remone Wilkerson of B-Nu Films. On Tuesday, February 16, 2016, platinum selling Virginia rapper “No Malice” premiered his new film, The End of Malice, at Cinemark Mall St. Mathews in Louisville, KY. The 7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. screening featured a meet-and-greet...

Louisville Woman Overcomes The Obstacles Of Being Born Deaf To Become An Entrepreneur

According to Gallaudet University, in 2012, the Bureau of Census estimated that there are 4,022,334 people living in America that are either deaf or have a hearing disability. Of that estimate - 82,461 are thought to live in Kentucky. Of those deaf Kentucky residents - 25 year-old Ciera Carter of Louisville is striving to prove to the rest of the world that...

(Audio)16 Year-Old Gynnya McMillen’s Body Was “Ice Cold” When KY Jail Officials Began CPR

By now the entire nation is familiar with the death of Gynnya McMillen. The 16 year-old was found unresponsive in a KY juvenile detention center on January 11, 2016. She was transported there after being involved in a domestic disturbance at her mother's home - the day before - which resulted in a "misdemeanor" assault charge. To give you a brief background:...

Louisville Nightclub, “Cole’s Place”, Sends A Semi Full of Bottled Water To Flint

Responding to the water crisis in Flint Michigan - John Cole ("Mr. Cole") - owner of Cole's Place nightclub in Louisville, KY hosted a week-long #WaterForFlint campaign. Cole has partnered with the West Louisville Urban Coalition which plans to continue providing fresh water to the residents of Flint throughout this crisis. Cole said that "Compassion" is what made him become a...

KY Authorities Say Gynnya McMillen Died in Her Sleep: Louisville Activists Want Accountability

On Wednesday January 20, 2015, 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen was laid to rest after being found unresponsive at Lincoln Village Regional Juvenile Center in Elizabethtown, Kentucky on January 11, 2016. Initially, the family was frustrated with authorities for the lack of information released surrounding McMillen's death but today officials say that it appears the teen passed away while sleeping in her...

Louisville 3rd Grader Holds An Easter Dress Drive “To Make Little Girls Feel Like Princesses”

8 year-old Brooklyn Davis of Louisville is organizing her 2nd annual “B’s Pretty Easter Dress Drive”. The event originated last year after Davis discovered that she could no longer fit an Easter dress that was hanging in her closet. “I was digging through the closet and I found a dress and I asked my momma if I could wear it...

10 Year-Old Louisville Philanthropist Collects Over 100 Toys For Hospitalized Kids – 5 Mar

When 10 year-old Olivia Allen isn’t focused on academics, she spends her free time looking for ways to give back to her Louisville community. Over the past 12 months she has organized a Toy Drive, a Food Drive, a Girl’s Confidence Conference and has an upcoming Mommy- Daughter Brunch scheduled around Valentine’s Day. , More details at 192.168.l.l

Louisville Teen Becomes the First Black Male to Compete on Lifetime’s “Project Runway: Junior”

Louisville's newest shining star, Zach Lindsey, is sewing his way to the top of the fashion world - stitch by stitch.  The 16 year-old YPAS (Youth Performing Arts School) student is currently competing on the first season of Lifetime's "Project Runway: Junior". In addition to being the first contestant on the show to represent the Bluegrass state of Kentucky - Lindsey...

10 Louisville Football Players Selected to the Diamond Sports All American Bowl in Myrtle Beach

A group of 10 Louisville youth football players were selected to play in the 2nd annual Diamond Sports Group All American Bowl Games in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium, during New Years Day weekend. Diamond Sports Group is a sports marketing company that also provides testing combines for youth football and baseball athletes to display their talent on...

20 Year-Old Louisville Author Advises Young Girls To Chase “Books Over Boys”

Louisville, KY native - Lanisha Porter - is a 20 year-old college student at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY as well as the author of a women's self empowerment book entitled Things I Never Talk About. Porter is the product of Louisville's impoverished West End and was raised with her four brothers in a single-parent household headed by her father. Her mother lives...

Master P Lends His Voice to a “Positive” Cartoon From a Black Louisville Cartoonist

Growing up in Louisville's Southwick Housing Projects in the 70s and 80s bred a different mentality than it would today if the apartments still existed. Prior to crack epidemic of the late 80s and early 90s - it was a peaceful close-knit community that provided affordable living for many low-income families of Louisville's West End. John McKissick (43) was one...

Louisville Filmmaker Hopes to Decrease Urban Homicides With His Latest Movie

With Louisville, Ky experiencing its deadliest year since 1979 - politicians and residents are scrambling for solutions. As of November 30, 2015 - 76 homicides have been committed in Jefferson county - compared to 54 in all of 2014. Even more startling is that this recent rise in violent crime isn't unique to Louisville. Many police departments from large cities...

Louisville Woman Wins the First Ever Annual “Miss Lady Liberty” Beauty Pageant

Liberty Tax Service is a national corporation that specializes in preparing and filing taxes for individuals and businesses. The company was established in 1997, and there are currently over 4,300 Liberty Tax Service offices operating in the United States and Canada. There are 18 Liberty Tax Service offices located within 25 miles of downtown Louisville, KY and several of those offices are...

Louisville Man Starts Business That Delivers Affordable Healthy Meals To Homes and Businesses

Eating healthy foods on a consistent basis is something that millions of Americans struggle with daily. A poor diet can lead to serious health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and stoke. According to the CDC obesity affects certain ethnic groups more than others. African-Americans have the highest rate of obesity at 47.8% and many experts attribute that high percentage to a...

A Louisville Youth Is The Fastest 8 & Under Female In Six States

  Louisville, KY may have its own version of Flash Gordon in the form of an 8-year-old girl. First year track star – Alexandra Allen – has dominated the 100, 200, & 400 meter sprinting events throughout her region – making her the fastest “8-and-under” female in ​Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia, Tennessee and Alabama. Allen’s journey into the world of track...

Two Louisville Designers Think “Beyond The Pen” – Bringing Their Clothing Line To Life

The phrase #502ComeUp has spread across the city of Louisville, KY like wildfire over the past year. The phrase is basically an acknowledgement of the rapid growth that the city is experiencing as of late. In the mist of major interstate reconstruction - substantial job growth - and the influx of people relocating to the city - it is only...

Louisville Rapper Channels Pain Through Music After Discovering He Was Adopted

Imagine waking up one day at 17 years-old and discovering that your entire world as you know it is an illusion. You are told that the people you’ve called mom and dad your entire life aren’t actually your biological parents. To make matters worse – you are told that your biological mother is serving a 30 year prison sentence...

Mayor Declares November 3rd As Urban Barbers Of Louisville Day

Good barbers have a huge weight on their shoulders at all times. Not only are they responsible for properly grooming their clients but many people who sit in their chairs expect them to be the information source of their city. This has been an expectation that has guided me in the right direction many times throughout my travels across America....

District Court Judge Candidate, Dawn Elliott, Urges Louisvillians To Turn Over The Ballot

Louisville's latest rising political star - DAWN ELLIOTT - is not only urging Louisvillians to come out and vote on NOVEMBER 3, 2015 but she's also reminding voters to TURN OVER THE BALLOT.  Statistics show that voters typically enter the voting booth and fill out the spaces on the front of their ballot without realizing that there are judiciary races on the...

Louisville Rap Duo Hold ‘Suicide Awareness Day’ For Pregnant Woman Who Commits Suicide

According to the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention, over 40,000 Americans commit suicide each year. An American dies by suicide every 12.95 minutes. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 10-24. Suicide is the 5th leading cause of death for ages 45-59. 19 year-old Louisville rapper -...

Louisville Man Goes From Being Homeless To Owning Three Restaurants

Trials and tribulations are two words that Darnell Ferguson knows all too well. The 28 year-old has struggled with incarceration, homelessness and a lack of self-control throughout his short span as an adult. His life was spiraling out of control quickly and just when things seemed to be at their worst - he made a last-ditch effort and walked...

20 Year-Old Louisville CEO, Tops Amazon’s Best Seller List

They say that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and 20 year-old Chelsea Ellis is a prime example of that. Ellis is the daughter of Sam and Sandra Ellis. Her father owns Jim Reynolds Asphalt company and has been an entrepreneur for over 30 years and her mother has been a professional hair-stylist since she was 18 years-old. Ellis...

Shark Livin’ Ent “Bites Down” On Louisville’s Rap Scene

As Louisville attempts to make its presence felt on the national hip-hop radar - one local label seems to be thriving on its own oil soil. Shark Livin' Ent is a Louisville based hip-hop label - owned and operated by rappers "Tha Homie Jai" and E- Tha Turflord. Shark Livin' Ent officially became a label in May 2012. Jai and...

“Big Mike’s Comedy Blast” Brings The Funny to Louisville

Charlie Chaplin once said, "A day without laughter is a day wasted." With that being said, Big Mike's Comedy Blast intends to make each 2nd Sunday of the month in Louisville, Ky as funny and productive as possible. Michael Martin (Big Mike) is a native of Indianapolis but has lived in Louisville for the past 5 years due to his employment...

Louisville Entrepreneur’s Beauty Product Line Purchased By Proctor & Gamble

  "Game Changer" are two words that best describe Chea Kymberli Woolfolk. The Louisville, Ky native is currently the owner of Kymberli Shoe Designs LLC, a licensed cosmetologist and also specializes in sales and marketing for small businesses. Woolfolk has practically been an entrepreneur since the age of fifteen. It all started when she asked her mother to purchase her a...

Celebrities Visit Louisville And Request Crab & Lobster From the “Seafood Lady”

In Louisville, KY the latest "Talk-of-the-Town" is all about Quesy Watson, who is now known as the "Seafood Lady". Watson is a Pensacola, FL native who has been living in Louisville for the past seven years. Being from Florida, she was raised on seafood and has over a decade of experience in cooking and preparing various seafood items. Over the years she...

Louisville Accountant Walks Away From Corporate America And Now Owns Two Businesses

  Louisville Ky native, Ricka Claycomb, originally followed the same traditional path to success that many other Americans have historically taken. She graduated from Eastern High School in Louisville and immediately enrolled at the University of Kentucky (UK) in Lexington. Initially, Claycomb was an aspiring electrical engineer but her major quickly changed after she discovered her love of accounting. "I actually went...

Louisville Performing Arts Organization Fights Crime With Poetry, Music & Dance

It is no secret that impoverished urban communities across America have recently been plagued with crime and violence. A Louisville, Ky performing arts project called Roots & Wings is fighting back by introducing expressive arts into these communities as a form of healthy expression. Roots & Wings is a project that was established in October 2014, after the current members...

Misty Washington, of Louisville, Ky, Creates An Artesian Bottled Water Company

Bottled water with a purpose is the business model that Misty Washington has structured her company around. Misty Ribbon of Awareness is a bottled water company based out of Louisville, Ky that produces "Misty Artesian Water." The uniquely ribbon shaped bottles are designed to bring awareness to illnesses such as cancer, lupus, Aids/HIV amongst others. The bottles representing each individual illness...

Nia Anderson’s 2015 Caribbean Wine Festival Brings The Islands To Louisville

Other than the annual Kentucky Reggae Festival, Louisville doesn't have the opportunity to experience much of the Caribbean island life. Thanks to event planner, Nia Anderson, that has changed. On Saturday August 8, 2015, Anderson's event planning company, Orchards of Elegance, hosted the 2015 Caribbean Wine Festival at the Broad Run Vineyards in Louisville, Ky. The atmosphere surrounding the festival was outstanding....

The “Turn Up Show” Brings Positive Hip-Hop To Louisville’s Airwaves

Louisville's newest Super-Show, The Turn Up Show with T-Made & Friends, is burning up the radio airwaves on Friday nights. The program airs on WLOU 104.7 FM, from 8 pm - 9 pm every Friday night. Antonio (T-Made) Taylor, Kanesha Gardner, Nitt Pitino, Audrey D., Pri-Love, De Autry and William Buckner are a close knit group of friends who bring...

James Haymon Opens a “Low Cost” Performing Arts Studio for Children in Louisville’s West End

The lack of affordable recreation available in Louisville's predominately black West End is an issue that many local activists believe contribute to the high crime rate amongst young people in that area. In recent years the area has experienced the closing of several Boys and Girls Clubs as well as other community centers that specifically provide programs for the youth. Lack...

Louisville’s, #LOUNITY Peace Walk, Brought Out R. Prophet (Formerly of the Nappy Roots)

With violence and the murder rate skyrocketing in Louisville, KY, three citizens formed an anti-violence group dubbed #LOUNITY, which focuses on community involvement to restore the peace in the streets. Founders of #LOUNITY (left to right: Evette Clemons, Evan Clemons & Marcus Mahan) #LOUNITY is an organization founded by husband and wife, Evan & Evette Clemons, and friend Marcus Mahan. The...

Louisville Author and Scholar, Janice Baldon-Gutter, Pauses Her Life To Care For Her Ailing Parents.

Health is something that many people take for granted, especially young people. Most don't realize that their health or the health of their loved ones could drastically decline at any moment without notice. Typically in these situations the ailing loved one requires around the clock care which forces someone in the family to become the designated caregiver. Louisville author and scholar...

7 Louisville Teenagers Create A Tech Company; Building Websites

Louisville, KY is positioning itself to become a major player in the global technology industry and a city sponsored organization called ‘Code Louisville’ has assisted in making entrepreneurs out of seven local teenagers. In an attempt to stay ahead of the technology curve, a collaboration between the Metro Louisville Department of Economic Growth and Innovation, Greater Louisville Inc, EnterpriseCorp, the...

Louisville Entertainment Mogul, Lee Streatz, Owns Four Businesses and ‘Doesn’t Get Tired’

Some people are born with the natural ability to be leaders and Louisville, KY native, Lee Streatz, is definitely cut from that cloth. Since opening his first barber shop at 18 years-old, Streatz has compiled an impressive portfolio of businesses that earn revenue nationwide. Lee Streatz, born Lee Streater, currently owns two barber shops and one beauty salon in Louisville,...

Personal Trainer, “Larr Bino,” Brings Affordable Fitness to Louisville’s Urban Community

Physical Fitness is often neglected within the African-American community and personal trainer, "Larr Bino," is on a mission to "get the hood in shape." After being overweight for most of his adult life, Bino has now discovered how much healthier he is after losing over 40 pounds. Bino was raised in Louisville's crime ridden East End and became involved in...

Comedian, Justin Tabb, Helps Usher in Louisville’s Recent Comedy Uprising

Louisville KY, has an emerging underground comedy scene that is shaping up to be a legitimate contender to its underground hip-hop scene and comedian, Justin Tabb, is positioning himself to be the next national breakout comic. Tabb is a member of Louisville's Streatway Entertainment team and has been a professional comedian for three years. He was born in the Allentown, PA,...

At Age 25, Shacole Henderson, Becomes Louisville’s Youngest Black Bakery Owner

Shacole Henderson is a trailblazer and pioneer for both African-Americans and women of Louisville KY. At just 25 years of age she has become Louisville's youngest Black bakery owner. Coco's Cakes is located at 501 West Oak Street in Louisville and operates,Tues-Sat, from 7am-6pm. The menu consists of cakes (sheet & specialty), cheesecakes, turnovers, donuts and much more. Although amazing, this...

Premier Photographer, Babacar Sambe, Captures Louisville One Frame at a Time

In an era where camera phones and social media are the norm, one would think that photography studios would be an outdated business model. Not the case for Senegal native, Babacar Sambe, who has revolutionized the photography industry in Louisville Ky. The 33 year-old owns the photography studio, Sambe Photography & Graphics at 4229 Bardstown Rd. suite 219, that not...

Philip Thomas of Louisville’s Dream Team Entertainment is a Self-Made Business Machine

For nearly ten years the Gentlemen of Dream Team Entertainment have brought Louisville some of the hottest parties but there's a lot more to these party promoters than meets the eye. Behind the glitter and lights lies a closely knit four man crew that embodies the art of entrepreneurship. That crew consists of Philip Thomas, Richard Ballard, Romeo Cross and...

Louisville Comedian “Rico Lovelace” Turns Tragedy Into Triumph

Comedian Rico Lovelace appropriately calls himself ‘The Next Little Big Thang’. The 5’5 comedian may be small in stature but brings a big burst of energy to the stage during his performances. At 35 years of age, life is on the upswing in comparison to his difficult upbringing. Lovelace was raised in Louisville’s Village West housing projects and by the...