Tyrese declares war on The Rock over ‘Fast and Furious 9’ in new Instagram post

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 12:17 PM

All is not well in the family.

Tyrese Gibson continues to hammer Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, accusing the star of holding up production on the forthcoming ninth installation of the gearhead franchise.

The actor's outbursts have stemmed from rumors of a spinoff focusing on Johnson’s

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“Fast”character, Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs.         

On Wednesday, following      the announcement that    “Fast & Furious 9” has been pushed back a year to April 10, 2020, Gibson shared     a graphic of the film's logo and premiere date with some angry words for his co-star. 


"Congratulations to @TheRock," he captioned the photo, "for making the Fast and Furious franchise about YOU."          

"#FastFamily right? Nah ... it's about #TeamDwayne," he wrote.

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Earlier this month, Gibson posted several since-deleted tirades on Instagram, both on his own page and in the comments of Johnson's posts, expressing his betrayal over the rumored Hobbs spinoff and accusing his co-star of ignoring his texts.          

In one of the few posts Gibson didn't delete, he shared a photo of him posing with Johnson, with another plea for contact.

"I don't do email, bruh," he wrote in the caption. "You got my cell same San Diego #, hit me."

Neither actor is an original cast member. Gibson joined the “Fast & Furious” franchise with the second film, 2003's “2 Fast 2 Furious,” playing Roman Pearce, a childhood friend of Brian Walker (played by the late Paul Walker)Johnson came aboard for the fifth installment, 2011's “Fast Five.”     

“Fast & Furious 9” studio, Universal, had no further comment Wednesday about the delayed release date.         


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Dayton gridiron hero LaVar Glover on walking away, playing golf and building bridges after the NFL 

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 5:00 PM

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While his college football teammates were shaking it up and shutting down bars, Dayton football hero LaVar Glover was sharing a bedroom with the 15-year-old brother he was trying to set on the right path. 

Glover, now the director of self-sufficiency at Community Action Partnership, talked to Amelia Robinson about his unconventional life for the latest episode of the “What Had Happened Was” podcast. 

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They dished about card games and Glover’s decade-long football career. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers before being signed by the Cincinnati Bengals and the Detroit Lions before playing for the Arena and Canadian Football leagues. They also talked about his childhood in Dayton and how he coached kids in Kettering and gave up his foster program. Now Glover tries to help people build bridges to successful futures.



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“What Had Happened Was” is a podcast for Dayton, powered by Dayton.com. You won't believe the stories that come from right here. Host Amelia Robinson shares the best tales from the Gem City, Land of Funk and Birthplace of Aviation: Dayton, Ohio. 

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Episode 13: 

Dayton’s mysterious walled falls, a phantom driver and how Dayton became the ‘Gem City’



Episode 12: The Fosters’ Sherri Saum on super hot husband and having her magazines confiscated in Kettering


Episode 11: Radio pioneer and DCDC leader on burning crosses and fighting for herself


EPISODE 10: Tom Archdeacon talks Miami vices, wedding rings and LeBron’s mom 


EPISODE 9: Cackle vs. Cancer — the world with Alexis Larsen and Kristen Wicker


EPISODE 8 : Dead in Dayton — a mayor trapped in a brothel, a former slave claps back, and a gypsy queen cliffhanger


EPISODE 7: Tusks, Fireball and belly shirts with the magical McKibben Brothers

EPISODE 6: Sweet sticky things with John “Turk” Logan

EPISODE 5:  Watch for 10,000 ‘leprechauns’

EPISODE 4: The Yellow Springs vagina tree’s knobby side

EPISODE 2: Bourbon, Beards and Joe Head

EPISODE 1: The Rubi Girls explain

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Carillon Park’s baby bald eagle takes her first flight — and we have the pictures!

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 3:00 PM

Flyer, an eaglet that hatched in Carillon Historical Park in April, takes her first flight on Tuesday July 17.  PHOTO COURTESY OF JIM WELLER
Flyer, an eaglet that hatched in Carillon Historical Park in April, takes her first flight on Tuesday July 17. PHOTO COURTESY OF JIM WELLER

A baby bald eagle that hatched at the end of April at Carillon Historical Park took its first flight this week. 

Jim Weller, the founder of Eastwood Eagle watchers, has been keeping an eye on the bald eagle family since January and witnessed the first flight of the eaglet dubbed, Flyer. 

“It happened in a split second,” said Weller. “I said ‘there she goes, there she goes.’” 

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A gust of wind eased Flyer from her nest at 3:50 p.m. Tuesday as she was "wingercizing," hopping up and down in her nest to gain strength. 

“She tried to grab the branch of a nearby tree, but the small branch gave way under her weight and she was forced to release it,” Weller said. “She then made a large semicircular left turn as she lost altitude.” 

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Flyer, a baby bald eagle that hatched at Carillon Historical park in April, took her first flight Tuesday. This photo shows her on top of the James F. Dicke Family Transporation Center at the park on Thursday. PHOTO COURTESY OF JIM WELLER

Flyer landed on the ground and Weller stayed after the park closed to make sure she was safe. 

“The Glen Helen Raptor Center suggested that I watch for mom and dad to care for her and just after six, mom arrived and perched on a tree near where Flyer had secluded herself,” Weller said. “Knowing that mom was there, I then left the park giving mom and eaglet space without human presence.” 

Baby Flyer’s parents, Orv and Willa, built a nest in January directly above Wright Hall, home to the original 1905 Wright Flyer III, the world’s first practical airplane. The location the pair chose for their nest at the park is a rare chance for the public to watch bald eagles up close. 


For 70 years, bald eagles were absent in Dayton. The last-known nest was abandoned in 1938, Weller said. It wasn’t until 2008 when a pair later named Cindy and Jim appeared near Eastwood MetroPark.

Weller believes there is a good chance Flyer is the granddaughter of the pair. Cindy was electrocuted and died in 2016. 

As Flyer took the first flight, “I thought to myself, Cindy would be proud to see her granddaughter flying off like that,” Weller said. 

Weller initially didn’t see any signs of Flyer when he returned Wednesday but in the afternoon heard the eaglet calling from the heavy underbrush on the hillside above the park. 

The following day Flyer was spotted on the rooftop of the park’s James F. Dicke Family Transportation Center. “Her presence on the rooftop proved that she could fly with enough strength to rise several stories high.” Weller said. “After several hours she flew the entire length of the park and landed on the ground near the park entrance on Carillon Boulevard.” 

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A gust of wind eased Flyer from her nest at 3:50 p.m. Tuesday as she was "wingercizing," hopping up and down in her nest to gain strength. Flyer is a young bald eagle who hatched at Carillon Historical Park in April. PHOTO COURTESY OF JIM WELLER(JIM WELLER)

She continued to make short flights and navigated back to the transportation center “which proved she remembered her way back and that she could negotiate her way as she flew,” Weller said. 

She eventually took up a perch in a tree near the nest she was born in. “Eaglets will eventually return to the nest as that is where food has magically appeared all their lives,” Weller said. 

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There’s still time to watch the bald eagle family as Flyer stretches her wings and becomes more independent. 

“She is learning much about flying and landing,” Weller said. “She will most likely stay in the trees of the park for a week or two as she hones her skills. Mom and Dad will continue to bring her food until they have taught her to fish on her own in August and September.” 


Jim Weller, founder of the Eastwood Eagle Watchers, posts photographs and stories on the blog, eastwoodeaglewatchers.wordpress.com. 

He can be found many weekday mornings at Carillon Historical Park sharing his knowledge about bald eagles with visitors. He recommends bringing a pair of binoculars to watch the eagles or a camera with a telephoto lens for photographs. 


Where: Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton. 

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. 

Admission: Adults: $8 (ages 18-59), Senior: $7; Children (ages 3-17): $5. Children under 3 and Dayton History members: free 

More: For information about Carillon Historical Park call (937) 293-2841.

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Why ‘Star Wars’ and ‘True Blood’ star was in Yellow Springs — and what her famous friend Dave Chappelle told us about it

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 2:00 PM

Collin (Daveed Diggs) and Val (Janina Gavankar) in BLINDSPOTTING. Photo Credit: Ariel Nava
Collin (Daveed Diggs) and Val (Janina Gavankar) in BLINDSPOTTING. Photo Credit: Ariel Nava

Janina Gavankar has her hands in many pots — acting, writing, technology and gaming, orchestrating percussion — to name a few. Yesterday, however, she had her hands full of fresh water from the Yellow Spring — Yellow Spring’s namesake. 

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“It was better than Evian. It was so clean. I wish I had a water bottle so I could’ve filled it up. That was the first thing I did (in Yellow Springs) and it made me really happy,” Gavankar said. 

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 17: Actress Janina Gavankar visits Build to discuss his album "Rolling Papers 2" at Build Studio on July 17, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)(Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Gavankar, born in Joliet, Illinois, is an American actress and musician best known for her roles as Iden Versio in “Star Wars Battlefront II,” Luna Garza in “True Blood,” Shiva in “The League” and her most recent role as Val in “Blindspotting.” 

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Guided by her good friend — comedian and Yellow Springs resident Dave Chappelle — the famed duo also spent Thursday sipping nitros at Dino’s Coffee and gabbing about the exclusive screening of Blindspotting they would attend that evening at the Little Art Theatre. 

Thursday evening, Chappelle hosted a sold-out, pre-release screening of “Blindspotting” with Gavankar in the small Yellow Springs theater that seats just over 110 people. 

Daveed Diggs as “Collin” and Janina Gavankar as “Val” in BLINDSPOTTING. Photo by: Robby Baumgartner.

The film — “a story about friendship and the intersection of race and class set against the backdrop of Oakland,” according to the movie’s site —  was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and is being released today, July 20, only to a select number of theaters. Its official release date is Friday, July 27. 

“It’s bad ass Janine,” said Chappelle as he joined his friend during an interview with Dayton.com at the Mills Park Hotel in Yellow Springs. “One of the things that this movie she’s in deals with is how it’s traumatic to be a witness to that (police shooting). It’s a great movie. As cathartic in the way that art is. It resonated and I think there’s people around here, in this town in particular, that will be very moved by this.” 

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Extremely and — “unfortunately” — topical and timely, “Blindspotting” was written and produced by high school best friends whose own experiences and those of their closest friends, shaped the movie. Although quick to say the movie was not autobiographical to its directors, Gavankar said this was a very special project that she was passionate about bringing to Yellow Springs for a special screening. 

We sat down with Gavankar to ask her why she is “so incredibly moved” to be showing her film in our area:

Dayton.com reporter Sarah Franks with "Star Wars," "True Blood" and "Blindspotting" actress Janina Gavankar on Thursday, July 19, at the Mills Park Hotel in Yellow Springs. Gavankar was in town for a special screening of "Blindspotting" hosted by her friend Dave Chappelle at the Little Art Theatre in Yellow Springs. CONTRIBUTED

Why did you choose Yellow Springs for this exclusive screening of your film that hasn’t even been released, yet?

GAVANKAR: “Dave saw it at a private screening I had, and he said he wanted to bring it here. Being from the Midwest, Joliett, Illinois, I grew up without access to films like this (independent) either. It means a lot to me to be able to bring it here. Dave made sure this happened ... Because Yellow Springs is not a place that is necessarily going to have access to this film unless we’re lucky enough that it becomes a ‘hit’ this weekend. This is an indie film; it was made from very little money, in a very short amount of time. That means we don’t have a huge marketing budget and we don’t get to just get shot into a million theaters. 

Why are you so excited about this screening in particular? 

GAVANKAR: “I’m excited to go. I looked up photos online and I heard it was about 120 seats and it’s cozy and I’m just so excited. I’m more excited about this screening than some of the New York screenings that we’ve had. ... It’s emotional for me. I’m just so moved by the fact that this community was so receptive to even having it for one night. ... Also, again, I’m from the Midwest; it’s a whole culture. 

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What part of who Janina is as a person comes through in Val, the most?

GAVANKAR: “What I decided was to attach my personal experience as a child of immigrants to Val. There’s an unsaid understanding to uphold the sacrifices that our parents made just by giving us this life. ... Ironically, the room of the director and the two producers were either immigrants or children of immigrants. So it was a very emotional meeting. That was really what I wanted to infuse her with.ye

As an actor, I’m not actually interested in playing anybody close to me. What was the point of being an actor if I wasn’t going to turn into other people? But ironically, in this case, I think this character might be closer to me than any other character I’ve played thus far.”

Janina Gavankar was in Yellow Springs on Thursday, July 19th for a special screening of Blindspotting.(Sarah Franks)

Can you explain the meaning of “Blindspotting”? 

GAVANKAR: Rubin’s Vase-- have you seen this figure of a vase, but also two faces? That concept is, my character comes up with these mnemonic devices to remember these psych terms she’s learning, so she calls it blind-spotting, because you have a blind spot for one thing. Nobody is just one thing. But when you look at a person or photo, your brain is trained to see one thing first. Even though there’s more than one thing. So that’s the concept and that is what we hope everybody does when they look at this film and watch it. We hope that you look further. I have seen this thing over 10 times and I still catch things that I never caught before. It’s a really special project. 


With you having so many diverse talents, where did this fire come from that has made you have so many passions?

GAVANKAR: Boredom. I have no chill. I have zero chill. I’m one of these people that gets anxious with 15 minutes of free time. So I have to put it into something or I’ll go crazy. I’m sure many people identify with that. Being an artist, making things, is my way of communicating myself.

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 16: (L-R) Questlove, Janina Gavankar and Daveed Diggs attend the screening of "Blindspotting" hosted by Lionsgate at Angelika Film Center on July 16, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)(Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

What would you say to younger girls who don’t know where to focus their passions?

GAVANKAR: Diversify. Try many things with all of your might. Because at some point, you’re going to figure out where you’re needed. It’s not just about what you’re good at, but it’s where you’re needed. And that’s why so many people end up in different careers than what they studied. That’s kind of the dream is not just figuring out what you’re passionate about, but where you’re needed in this world and where you can help in the most distilled way. Nobody is stuck with anything. ... You just better be about it. 

STUDIO CITY, CA - JUNE 25: Actress Janina Gavankar visits 'The IMDb Show' on June 25, 2018 in Studio City, California. This episode of 'The IMDb Show' airs on July 19, 2018. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)(Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)

What is something people don’t know about Janina? 

GAVANKAR: “I really wanted to be a blue man. I hung out with them last night by the way. I played with the drummer. It was amazing. I wanted to be a blue man when I grew up.  

Also, I’m a writer. People sometimes get confused when they see a female actor. They get confused. What do you mean you’re also a writer?  What do you mean you’re also a musician? But nobody’s just one thing. Yeah, people don’t really know that part yet, but I hope to earn the right to have everybody know that first. Just showing up to act is something I’ll do as long as people ask me to do it. But it’s time to evolve.”

Janina Gavankar plays Iden Versio, commander of the Empire's Inferno Squad unit in the video game 'Star Wars: Battlefront II.'

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What was George Clinton doing in downtown Dayton?

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 11:21 AM

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic headlined a free, outdoor concert Thursday, July 19, at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway, 777 Hollywood Boulevard in Dayton.

One of the funkiest men on planet Earth landed the Mothership Connection right in the center of the Land of Funk on Thursday. 

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Before headlining a concert that night at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway with Parliament Funkadelic, George Clinton paid a visit to the Funk Music Hall of Fame and Exhibition Center, 113 E. Third St. in downtown Dayton’s Fire Blocks District. 

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David Webb, the museum’s CEO and president, told this news organization that Clinton said he enjoyed the museum and pledged to donate artifacts and memorabilia. 

George Clinton visited the Funk Music Hall of Fame and Exhibition Center during his stop in Dayton Thursday, July 20, 2018. He played a free concert at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway that night.(Funk Music Hall of Fame and Exhibition Center)

The Funk Museum celebrated its grand opening earlier this year. 

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The funk music genre put Dayton on the map as the Land of the Funk in the 1970s and '80s, thanks to a stable of groups that included the Ohio Players, Steve Arrington’s Hall of Fame, Zapp, Faze-O, Heatwave, Sun, Slave and Lakeside.

Clinton’s hits include “Atomic Dog,” “Do Fries Come with that Shake,” “(Not Just) Knee Deep” and “Erotic City.”

With Parliament, his hits include “Bop Gun,” “Aqua Boogie (A Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop),” “Chocolate City” and “Up for the Down Stroke.”

Funkadelic songs include “One Nation Under a Groove,” “Maggot Brain” and “Freak of the Week.”

George Clinton visited the Funk Music Hall of Fame and Exhibition Center during his stop in Dayton Thursday, July 20, 2018. He played a free concert at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway that night.(Funk Music Hall of Fame and Exhibition Center)

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