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Daytonians who’ve made us proud at the big Hollywood award shows

Published: Friday, January 29, 2016 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, January 26, 2018 @ 5:10 PM

If Allison Janney wins the Oscar for her role in “I, Tonya” she will be the first Daytonian to win this one of the top acting prizes. Video by Amelia Robinson

    Awards are a big measure of success in the entertainment business. And tons of former and current Miami Valley residents have been nominated for Grammys, Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmy’s and SAG Awards

    Some have even won big!!

    Don't even get us started on those who have won or been up for Spirit AwardsCritics' Choice Awards and other notable awards.

    Check out these former and current Daytonians who have been honored by Hollywood for their contributions to the entertainment industry.

    We even threw in a few unlucky Golden Raspberry Award (also known as the Razzies) winners just because.



    In this March 29, 2017 photo, Allison Janney poses for a portrait in New York. Janney, who won Emmy Awards for her work in “The West Wing” and “Mom,” is starring in a Broadway revival of “Six Degrees of Separation.” (Photo by Brian Ach/Invision/AP)(Brian Ach/Brian Ach/Invision/AP)

    Emmy? Check.

    Golden Globe? Check..

    SAG Award? Check.

    Oscar? We’ll see!

    This Oakwood-raised star of the big screen and small screen has TONS of awards on her shelf (including a 2017 induction into the Dayton Region Walk of Fame). She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as well.

    There are too many awards to mention here, to be honest.

    Janney, a graduate of the Miami Valley School, has been nominated for a 2018 Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role as Tonya Harding’s mother in “I, Tonya.” She won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild award for the same role, and is considered the one to beat for the Oscar. If she wins, she would be the first local actor to win an Oscar for one of the major acting categories.

    >> Oakwood-raised actress nominated for her first Oscar

    Obviously Janney has gotten a lot of recognition for this recent role. But she has many other credits on her resume. 

    She has won seven Primetime Emmy Awards, including best supporting actress in a comedy series in 2014 and 2015 for her role on CBS’ “Mom.” She won an Emmy for her role as a guest actress on “Masters of Sex” in 2014. She won several Emmy awards for her role as C.J. Cregg on “The West Wing” including lead actress in a drama series in 2004 and 2002, as well as supporting actress in 2001 and 2000.

    Beyond the wins, she received several additional Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her roles on “Mom” and “The West Wing.” 

    She was nominated for a People’s Choice Award in 2014 as favorite actress in a new TV series. She received two Tony Award nominations for her work on Broadway.

    >> Allison Janney: “Dayton spawns great people”

    Ensemble cast awards: She, along with fellow Daytonians Rob Lowe and Martin Sheen, were “West Wing” cast members when the TV show won a SAG for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series awards in 2001-2002.

    She also won a SAG as part of the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for “The Help” in 2012 and “American Beauty” in 2000.

    She received cast nominations for roles in “The Hours” and “Hairspray” as well.

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    Legendary comedian Jonathan Winters at his home in Montecito, California. Winters died in 2013. DAYTON DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE(Michael Moriatis/Michael Moriatis 805.252.3696)

    The legendary Dayton-born, Springfield-raised comic genius won an Emmy award in 1991 for supporting actor in a comedy series for his role on “Davis Rules.” He won a Grammy in 1976 in the “Best Recording for Children” category with Richard Burton and Billy Simpson. He won another Grammy in 1996 for Best Spoken Comedy Album for “Crank(y) Calls.”

    Career highlights: With a career spanning more than six decades, Winters appeared in hundreds of TV shows and films. Winters hosted several TV shows in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, and appeared on a long list of shows that includes “Laugh-In,” “Twilight Zone,” “The Muppet Show,” “Hee Haw,” “Mork & Mindy” and “Hollywood Squares.” 

    He was in more than 50 movies including “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World” and “The Loved One.” He was the voice of Grandpa Smurfs on “The Smurfs” TV series from 1986-89. He returned to voice the character in the film versions in 2011 and the sequel in 2013.

    >> PHOTOS: Comedy genius Jonathan Winters through the years

    Jonathan Winters in an October 1981 promotion for the television show "Mork & Mindy." DAYTON DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE(File)

    Other big award nominations: In 1964, he was nominated for a Golden Globe award for his role as Lennie Pike, a furniture mover, in the comedy “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.”

    In 2003, he was nominated for an Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy for his role on the TV series “Life with Bonnie.”

    He received a total of 8 Grammy nominations for Best Comedy Album throughout his career.

    Other honors: In 1960, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1999, Winters became only the second person to receive the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Richard Pryor was the first recipient. He also won the Lifetime Achievement Award for the American Comedy Awards in 1987.

    Winters died in 2013 at age 87 at his home in Montecito, Calif.  

    >> OBITUARY: Dayton-born and Springfield-raised famous comic dies (2013)

    >> 10 things to know about Jonathan Winters

    Jonathan Winters and Huckleberry Hound photographed Oct. 28, 1977. DAYTON DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE(File)


    John Legend performs on stage during a concert following the ribbon cutting for the new John Legend Theater Sunday. Bill Lackey/Staff(Bill Lackey)

    The Springfield native and Dayton favorite has a ton of music awards on his shelf, including an Oscar, a Golden Globe and 10 Grammys, including Best New Artist in 2006.

    Legend and musician/actor Common won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for “Glory” from the movie “Selma.” The duo won the Golden Globe in the same category.

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    Legend’s Grammy wins include:

    • 2015 Best Song Written for Visual Media for “Glory” from “Selma” in collaboration with Common and Rhymefest
    • 2011 Best R&B Album with The Roots for “Wake Up!”; Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance with The Roots for “Hang On In There”; and Best R&B song for “Shine.”
    • 2009 Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group along with Al Green for “Stay with Me (By the Sea).
    • 2007 Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Sly and the Family Stone, Joss Stone and Van Hunt for “Family Affair”; and Best Male R&B Performance for “Heaven.”
    • 2006 Best New Artist; Best R&B Album for “Get Lifted” and Best Male R&B Vocals for “Ordinary People.”

    Legend received a total of 28 Grammy nominations from 2006 through 2016.

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    >> PHOTOS: John Legend’s concert at Rose Music Center in 2017

    >> John Legend remembers times before his legend began

    >> WATCH: Behind the scenes of the John Legend Theater


    Martin Sheen during a portrait session at the 10th Annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on December 8, 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for DIFF)(Andrew H. Walker)

    Born Ramon Estevez in Dayton, Sheen has scores of acting credits on TV and the big screen including Captain Benjamin L. Willard in "Apocalypse Now" and President Josiah Bartlet on TV’s "The West Wing.”

    He has won Emmy awards, Golden Globes, SAG awards and in addition to multiple nominations.

    His top honors include: 

    A Golden Globe in 2001 for Best Actor in a TV Series-Drama for his role on “The West Wing” as well as an Emmy for Guest Actor in a Comedy in 1994 for an appearance on “Murphy Brown.”

    He also earned a 1986 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children’s programming for a CBS Schoolbreak Special “Babies Having Babies.”

    Along with fellow Daytonians Allison Janney and Rob Lowe, Sheen was a “West Wing” cast members when the TV show won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series awards in 2001 and 2002.

    He won the SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series in both of those years.

    He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    He currently plays Robert Hanson on the Netflix series “Grace and Frankie.”

    >> Tom Archdeacon: An interview with Martin Sheen

    >> Martin Sheen receives honorary degree from UD



    Comedian Dave Chappelle filmed at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C. for his Netflix standup special "Dave Chappelle: Equanimity," one of two specials hitting the streaming service Dec. 31. In addition to "Dave Chappelle: Equanimity," Netflix will premiere a second stand-up special, "Dave Chappelle: The Bird Revelation" on the same night. "The Bird Revelation" was filmed in November 2017 at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles.

    Dave Chappelle, who lives just outside of Yellow Springs, just won a 2018 Grammy in the Best Comedy Album category for his “The Age Of Spin” and “Deep In The Heart Of Texas.”

    >> Dave Chappelle wins his first Grammy

    Chappelle won an Emmy in 2017 for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role hosting “Saturday Night Live” just after Donald Trump’s election. He received Emmy nominations in 2004 and 2005.

    He is best known for “Chappelle’s Show,” which aired on Comedy Central from 2003-06. He walked away from the show in 2005 – and a reported $50 million contract with the network and spent some time in South Africa. He moved to a farm outside Yellow Springs. He began his comeback in 2017 and most recently signed a "20 million per release" comedy special deal with Netflix in 2016.

    >> 7 things to know about Dave Chappelle

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    Jefferson Twp. resident Keith Harrison, a Grammy Award winner, was a member of Faze-O, Heatwave and the Dazz Band. He is planning to release his first solo album.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

    Dayton native Keith Harrison helped form the group that would be known as the Dayton funk band Faze-O while in high school. The group would later record the hit "Riding High."

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    The lifelong Miami Valley resident performed with renowned acts like Morris Day and the Time and Dayton funk godfathers the Ohio Players, among others. He was a member of the Dayton funk band Heatwave and the Cleveland-based group the Dazz Band, for which he penned the hit "Let It All Blow."

    >> See what Dayton funk legend Keith Harrison is up to these days

    Harrison won a Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal Grammy Award with the Dazz Band for "Let It Whip" in 1982.

    He was inducted into the Dayton Region’s Walk of Fame in September 2015.

    >> Big news for this Grammy-winning Dayton funk legend

    Keith Harrison won a Grammy as part of the Cleveland-based funk band Dazz  Band (Photo source: Keith Harrison/Facebook)(Facebook/Keith Harrison)


    Kettering-based artist Don Pendleton was part of the team that won the Grammy in the “Best Recording Package” category in 2015 for work on Pearl Jam’s “Lightning Bolt.” CONTRIBUTED

    Kettering-based artist Don Pendleton was part of the team that won the Grammy in the “Best Recording Package” category in 2015 for work on Pearl Jam’s “Lightning Bolt.”

    >> Kettering man wins Grammy gold

    Pendleton is a native of Ravenswood, W.Va.

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    Dayton native Morgan Taylor gets a 2016 Grammy nod for his 2015 CD/DVD Gustafer Yellowgold: Dark Pie Concerns. CONTRIBUTED

    This Kettering native is a two-time Grammy nominee. Gustafer Yellowgold creator Morgan Taylor was nominated for a 2018 Grammy in the Best Children’s Album category for his “Brighter Side.”The songwriter also was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Children's Album category for 2015's "Gustafer Yellowgold: Dark Pie Concerns" CD/DVD set.

    >> Dayton native’s children’s album gets a Grammy nod

    Taylor created Gustafer Yellowgold when he was working at Gem City Records in Dayton and was charged with decorating the marker board.

    “This yellow, cone-headed guy was spinning records, frying up frogs on the oven range and whatever crazy stuff I was thinking about,” Taylor said according to “Many years later when I was looking for an identity for the 'first person' to star in my little weird story-songs, I stuck him in there. A very natural pairing that I never even knew would come together.”

    >> Read our interview with Taylor here


    The Ohio Players. Photo: Dayton Daily News ArchiveThe celebrated Dayton funk band won the 1976 Grammy in the Best Album Package Category for Honey (Jim Ladwig was the art director).

    The celebrated Dayton funk band won the 1976 Grammy in the Best Album Package Category for Honey (Jim Ladwig was the art director).

    Formed in 1959 as the Ohio Untouchable,  The Ohio Players are best known for the songs "Fire," "Love Rollercoaster," "I Wanna be Free," "Pain," "Funky Worm," "Skin Tight," "Honey" and "Sweet Sticky Thing."

    The band was nominated for the Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - Duo, Group Or Chorus Grammy for “Fire” in 1975, but lost to Earth Wind and Fire’s “Shining Star.”

    >> Funk legend and member of Ohio Players Junie Morrison dies

    >> Ohio Players frontman remembered for music skills



    Roger Troutman in an undated publicity photo probably from the early 1980s. Troutman, a musician and leader of the band Zapp, was shot and killed by his brother, Larry Troutman, on April 25, 1999.(Contributed photo)

    The inventive and legendary frontman for Zapp (also known as Zapp Band and Zapp & Roger) was nominated for a Grammy for “Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group” for 2Pac and Dr. Dre's single, "California Love."

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    >> Dayton funk museum now open


    Roy Meriwether was born in Dayton and is a Grammy-nominated jazz musician. CONTRIBUTED(handout)

    The Grammy-nominated musician is the author of one of Dayton’s greatest jazz stories. The Dayton native and soul-jazz piano legend started playing piano at age 3. He was a professional musician with his own band at age 18 and was signed to Columbia Records in his twenties. His perhaps most famous record Nubian Lady was recorded live at The Magic Carpet in Dayton.

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    Before becoming the lead singer of They Pussycat Dolls, Nicole Scherzinger studied musical theatre and dance at Wright State University. She starred in the theater department's productions of Chicago and Snow Boat while at Wright State, going on to audition for the girl group around 5 years later. Scherzinger stuck with the group for 7 years, and is now featured on the NBC variety show "I Can Do That," where celebrities compete by performing unique and sometimes dangerous acts.(Gabriel Olsen)

    The Wright State University alum was nominated for a Grammy for the 2007’s "Stickwitu" with other members of the girl group Pussycat Dolls. The group lost to “My Humps" by The Black Eyed Peas for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Born in Hawaii and raised in Louisville, Scherzinger studied musical theater and dance at Wright State University before dropping out to pursue a music career. She rose to fame as lead singer of The Pussycat Dolls. She went on to have a solo career and host The X Factor in the U.S. and UK.

    >> Wright State alum shining on stage in London

    >> 6 famous Wright State alumni 


    Dayton native Tamika Caldwell is a singer with Anthony Brown and Group TherAPy, whose song "Worth (live)" was nominated for the 58th annual GRAMMY Awards for Best Gospel Performance/Song. Photo source: Instagram

    The Dayton native is a singer with Gospel group Anthony Brown & Group Therapy. The group’s song "Worth" was a nominee in 2016 for Best Gospel Song/Performance award.

    She attended to Colonel White High School.

    >> 5 local ties to the 2016 Grammy awards


    Englewood resident and Wright State alum is up for a 2016 Grammy nomination for his work with a cappella group Vocally Challenged on their song "Bruno Mars." CONTRIBUTED

    Troy Hayes, an Englewood resident/Wright State University graduate, was nominated for a 2016 Grammy for “Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella” with his group Vocally Challenged.

    Hayes is an associate producer and songwriter for the Detroit-based songwriting and production team PAJAM, whose producers/writers and singers make up Vocally Challenged. He toured as a teen and young adult with his father's contemporary Christian group, New Harvest, which was nominated for three Dove Awards.

    >> Englewood resident up for Grammy nomination



    The prolific actor was born during his father Chuck’s last year of law school at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.

    The family moved to Dayton when Rob was just three months old and raised him in the city and surrounding areas.

    >> PHOTOS: Rob Lowe through the years

    Lowe attended Longfellow School in Dayton as well as Oakwood Junior High School before moving to Malibu, Calif., with his mother and brother, actor and director Chad Lowe.

    Along with fellow Daytonians Allison Janney and Martin Sheen, Lowe was a “West Wing” cast members when the TV show won a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series awards in 2001 and 2002.

    He was nominated for an Emmy award in 2001 for lead actor in a drama series for his role on “The West Wing” and received SAG Award nominations for his role in a TV movie “Killing Kennedy.”

    >> Rob Lowe and Dayton dad Chuck Lowe have more in common than good looks

    Lowe has received six Golden Globe nominations from 1984-2016 for movie and TV roles including “The Grinder,” “The West Wing,” “Behind the Candelabra,” “Square Dance” and “Thursday’s Child.”

    He somehow won a Worst Supporting Actor Razzie in 1986 for “St. Elmo’s Fire.” Go figure.

    Other big roles include “The Outsiders,” “Wayne’s World,” “Austin Powers,” “Brothers & Sisters” and “Parks and Recreation.”

    He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    Most recently, Lowe played Dean Sanderson on Fox’s comedy “The Grinder.”

    He currently appears on “Code Black” and is the voice of Simba on “The Lion Guard.”


    LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 02: Actor Luke Grimes attends the premiere of Universal Pictures' 'Fifty Shades Darker' at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on February 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)(Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

    The 2002 Dayton Christian High School graduate had a key role in the 2014 Clint Eastwood-directed blockbuster “American Sniper.”

    The film was nominated for Best Picture and five other awards, including Bradley Cooper for lead actor. It won only for Best Sound Editing.

    Grimes played Marc Lee, the first Navy SEAL to lose his life in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    >> 10 actors you should know who were born in Dayton

    Grimes is known for film and TV roles in the “Fifty Shades” series, as well as “The Magnificent Seven,” “True Blood” and “Brothers & Sisters.”

    >> Dayton grad lands major role in “Fifty Shades of Grey”




    Award-Winning Production designer Hannah Beachler will speak at Wright State on Monday, Dec. 4. SUBMITTED PHOTO(Staff Writer)

    Centerville High School alumna Hannah Beachler, a product of Wright State University's film and production design program, won praise for her work on the 2017 Oscar Best Picture “Moonlight,”as well as “Miles Ahead,” “Creed,” and “Lemonade,” a music video project from singer Beyoncé.

    Beachler was nominated in 2016 for an Emmy for Outstanding Production Design for Beyonce’s “Lemonade.”

    >> Dayton-area grad praised for work on ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Lemonade’

    She’s in the spotlight again for her work on the much-anticipated Marvel film “Black Panther.”

    >> Wright State grad plays pivotal role in ‘Black Panther’


    Yellow Springs filmmaker Julia Reichert (pictured here with filmmaker Steve Bognar) is among Chicken & Egg Pictures inaugural Breakthrough Filmmaker Award recipients.(Chris Stewart)

    Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar won the Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking Emmy in 2007 for their film “A Lion in the House.” 

    Reichert is also a three-time Academy Award nominee. The Yellow Springs resident’s first film, "Growing Up Female," was selected for the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.  The longtime educator's films "Union Maids (1976)" and "Seeing Red (1983)" were nominated for Best Feature Documentary Academy Awards. 

    Her film with Bognar "The Last Truck" was about the closing of the Moraine GM truck assembly plant.“Last Truck” earned a  2010 Best Documentary Short Subjects Oscar nomination.

    The retired Wright State University film professor served as associate producer on Illinois filmmaker Edgar A. Barens’ short documentary “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall.” That film was nominated for an Academy Award in 2014.

    She recently won the Chicken & Egg Pictures inaugural Breakthrough Filmmaker Award recipients.



    Hollywood storyboard artist J. Todd Anderson, of Oakwood, OH.

    The New Carlisle native and Dayton-area resident has created the story board for about 20 Coen brothers movie since 1987’s "Raising Arizona."

    That includes the multiple Academy Award-winning films “Fargo” and “No Country for Old Men,” as well as the nominated films “A Serious Man,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “True Grit,” “The Man Who Wasn't There,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and “Barton Fink.”

    Anderson appeared in Fargo as "Victim in Field.”  He is credited as the symbol for the artist formerly known as Prince. One of Tom Chaney’s fake names in True Grit was John Todd Anderson.

    Aside from the Coen brothers, Anderson has also worked on films by Jodi Foster, Frank Oz, Barry Sonnenfeld and George Clooney.


    Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas poses for a portrait in his home in Bainbridge, Ohio Monday, Nov. 17, 2003. Eszterhas, who lost part of his larynx to cancer, wrote and stars in new anti-smoking announcements for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. (AP Photo/Chris Stephens, The Plain Dealer) ** MANDATORY CREDIT **(CHRIS STEPHENS/AP)

    The Cleveland-raised screenwriter behind “Basic Instinct,” “Flashdance," “Telling Lies in America” and the instant classic Showgirls" got his start in writing as a reporter for the Journal Herald, where he was hired in 1966.  

    He talks about the time he broke two fingers in Dayton after “drinking too many beers” and crashing his car into a light post in his 2004 book "Hollywood Animal."

    Eszterhas’ films have made millions, even though they haven’t exactly been hits with the critics. 
    He’s never won an Oscar, but can claim four Razzie awards nomination in the “Worst Screenplay” category. He won the totally unsought-after award for “Showgirls” in 1995.

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    Cardi B says female hip-hop artists have been excluded from the #MeToo movement

    Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 4:32 PM

    Cardi B says the #MeToo movement excludes women in hip-hop In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Cardi B said that the movement hasn't fully reached the music industry yet and that women in hip-hop are overlooked. Cardi B, to Cosmopolitan Cardi B, to Cosmopolitan Cardi B, to Cosmopolitan She then went on to call out the high-profile men who support the movement, saying "they’re not woke, they’re scared." Tell it how it is, Cardi.


    Several women in Hollywood continue to come forward with stories of sexual misconduct against powerful men in the entertainment world following reports of Harvey Weinstein alleged abuses in October 2017. Most recently, Jennifer Lopez told Harper’s Bazaar about a shocking incident where a director commanded her to “take off her shirt and show her (breasts).” (Although she was terrified, she did not comply and got out of the situation unscathed. But not all female entertainers in the music industry think the landscape is ripe for them to speak up. Chart-topping rapper Cardi B says that women like herself in Hip-Hop don’t have the same space or freedom to share stories about the sexual harassment they’ve endured. 

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    “A lot of video vixens have spoke about this and nobody gives a (expletive)” she told Cosmopolitan about women in hip-hop music videos. “...I bet if one of these women stands up and talks about it, people are going to say, ‘So what? ... It don’t matter.’” 


    The “Bodak Yellow” rapper also took aim at men who’ve publicly declared their support for the #MeToo movement, indicating she’s skeptical of their allegiance to the cause. “These producers and directors,” she said. “They’re not woke, they’re scared.”


    During the revealing interview, the former exotic dancer also took a stand for strippers. Cardi B, who famously resorted to stripping before her career took off to escape an abusive relationship, addressed why she continues to highlight her pole-dancing days: “People say, ‘Why do you always got to say that you used to be a stripper? We get it.’ Because y’all don’t respect me because of it, and y’all going to respect these strippers from now on,” she told the glossy. “Just because somebody was a stripper don’t mean they don’t have no brain.”


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    Cat reunited with owner 14 years after hurricane disappearance

    Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 8:34 AM

    Cat Missing for 14 Years Reunited With Owner

    Perry Martin probably can’t stop pondering about his cat.

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    T2 was reunited with his dad after being missing for 14 YEARS! He went missing in 2004 for during hurricane season and...

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    In 2004, the orange tabby Thomas 2, or simply just “T2,” disappeared.

    It happened when the Fort Pierce man moved into a friend’s house in Stuart after Hurricane Jeanne stormed through the area, according to TCPalm.

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    The retired K-9 officer grieved, but then came to terms with the idea that his cat had moved on to other ventures, or to that great catnap in the sky. 

    That all changed on March 9 with a phone call.

    “Someone said, 'What if we told you T2 was alive?' I figured it was a mistake," Martin told TCPalm. "It was too crazy to believe."

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    Worn and weary, the fiery feline was found wandering the streets of Palm City.

    He was brought into the shelter, where a scan of his skinny shoulder detected a microchip, which eventually led him back to Martin. 

    Next thing you know, the tabby, now 18 years old, is back snuggling on his owner’s lap

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    The cat is content, but Martin’s questioning persists.

    "Could you imagine if he could talk for just 15 minutes to tell us what he's been through?" Martin told TCPalm. "He'd probably say, 'Why did you keep the door shut, Dad?'"

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    This local artist's work helps families through grief and loss. Now you can read her book.

    Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 6:00 AM



    Patricia Acker of Xenia has worn many hats over the years. 

    At times, she was a T-ball coach. Or a PTA president, while attending graduate school at Wright State. She’s been a foster mother a few times. And most of the time, she was helping to comfort people as they passed away.

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    For 17 years, Acker worked as a hospice social worker in Dayton, helping families through the difficult process of losing a loved one, as well as assisting the person who is dying. Acker is now retired and has since compiled her experiences and wisdom about death into a book of short stories titled “The Dying Teach Us How to Live.” 

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    Watching as a lifetime of wrinkles seem to leave the face of a person who finally lets go is an example of the firsthand accounts that could only be told by a dedicated hospice worker. Hospice is a type of care -- and even philosophy -- that focuses on relieving the symptoms of the terminally ill while also attending to their emotional and spiritual needs. 

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    (Sarah Franks)

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    The book is illustrated with portraits created by Acker. As gifts for many of her patients’ families in hospice care, Acker would put on her artist’s hat and create an often emotional portrait for the family to take with them after their loved one died. 

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    It’s hard to pinpoint the self-taught artist’s style, as each piece’s method depends on what Acker wants to explore that day. Her most recent muse is oil on mirror— strategically wiping oil away in certain areas to let light shine through the portraits. 

    When asked what inspires her before she begins each portrait, her only response is “love,” in a voice that’s more gentle than a whisper. 

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    (Sarah Franks)


    As a young woman, Acker experienced loss and grief and found nowhere to turn for emotional and grief support, according to her website. She wanted others to have healing and grief options so chose Hospice as her life's work. 

    “Because of death, it gives significance to life. None of us know when it’s going to happen, but it’s not a bad thing,” Acker said.

    Countless encounters with death have made Acker unafraid of whatever comes after this life, she said.  

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    “We’re all going to die sometime and we don’t know when that is,” Acker said. “So why not make a difference in the world while we’re here? ... There’s lots of opportunities in our life, and we have many choices to make. It’s because of death that we have to think carefully about those choices.”

    Acker’s work will be on display in downtown Dayton at the Fifth Third Center Gallery, 1 S. Main St., in the grand lobby from April 2 to April 30 during regular bank hours. 

    Every Friday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., you can meet the artist, get autographs, purchase prints and buy your copy of “The Dying Teach Us How To Live.” The book is also available for $20 plus tax on Amazon and at

    Want to go?

    WHAT: Patricia Acker Exhibit

    WHEN: April 2-30, during regular bank hours; every Friday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. you can meet the artist. 

    ARTIST RECEPTION: Artist reception and book signing held from 7-8:30 p.m. April 17.

    WHERE: Fifth Third Center Gallery, 1 S. Main St., Dayton

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    Why is it called Good Friday and what’s so good about it?

    Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 10:50 PM
    Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 10:50 PM

    Pictured is a mosaic of Jesus Christ inside Messina Cathedral on the Piazza del Duomo in Messina, Sicily.
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    Christians believe Jesus was mocked publicly and crucified on a solemn Friday more than two thousand years ago. Today, the calamitous day is celebrated as Good Friday.

    But what’s so good about that?

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    One answer is that at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion, “good” may have referred to “holy” in Old English, a linguistic theory supported by many language experts.

    According to Slate, the Oxford English Dictionary notes the Wednesday before Easter was once called “Good Wednesday.” Today, it’s more commonly known as Holy Wednesday.

    And Anatoly Liberman, a University of Minnesota professor who studies the origins of English words, told Slate if we consider the alternative names for Good Friday, such as “Sacred Friday” (romance languages) or “Passion Friday” (Russian), this theory makes a lot of sense.

    Another possible reason for its moniker — a theory supported by both linguists and historical evidence — refers to the holiday’s ties to Easter Sunday, which celebrates the resurrection of Christ.

    Because Jesus couldn’t have been resurrected without dying, the day of his death is, in a sense, “good.”

    “That terrible Friday has been called Good Friday because it led to the Resurrection of Jesus and his victory over death and sin and the celebration of Easter, the very pinnacle of Christian celebrations,” the Huffington Post reported.

    A third answer, some believe, is that the “good” in Good Friday was derived from "God” or “God’s Friday” — the way the term “goodbye” comes from a contraction of the phrase “God Be With You.”

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    Still, not everyone refers to this day as Good Friday. For example, 

    The Catholic Encyclopedia mentions that, in the Greek Church, the holiday is known as "the Holy and Great Friday." In German, it's referred to as "Sorrowful Friday."

    And as aforementioned, “Sacred Friday” and “Passion Friday” are also used.

    In addition, because the holiday is also commemorated with a long fast, Good Friday was also referred to as “Long Friday” by the Anglo-Saxons.

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