Beyoncé — yes, THAT Beyoncé — is giving this local university $25K. Here's why.

Published: Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 12:57 PM

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A local university will be richer,  thanks to Queen Bey. 

Internationally-known singer Beyoncé announced today that she will give $25,000 each to Tuskegee University, Bethune-Cookman University, Xavier University of Louisiana and our very own Wilberforce University.

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The Homecoming Scholars Award Program for the 2018-2019 academic year is through Beyoncé’s  BeyGOOD initiative.

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Here is the text of the announcement: 

Today, Beyoncé, through her BeyGOOD initiative, announces the four schools to receive the newly established Homecoming Scholars Award Program for the 2018-2019 academic year. The universities, Xavier, Wilberforce, Tuskegee and Bethune-Cookman, are all historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). HBCUs are institutions of higher education in the United States that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of primarily serving the African-American community. 

On Saturday, April 14, Beyoncé made history at the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival by becoming the first black woman to headline in the festival's 19-year run. 

 

The jubilant set, housed on a pyramid stage with 150-plus cast members, dutifully in-sync, was the first time the icon returned to her home, the stage, in over one year. 

 

The show, with its homage to excellence in education, was a celebration of the homecoming weekend experience, the highest display of college pride. The energy-filled production put the spotlight on art and culture, mixing the ancient and the modern, which resonated masterfully through the marching band, performance art, choir and dance. It was the impetus to mark her second scholarship program. 

 

"We salute the rich legacy of historically black colleges and universities," states Ivy McGregor, director of Philanthropy and Corporate Relations at Parkwood Entertainment, which houses BeyGOOD. "We honor all institutions of higher learning for maintaining culture and creating environments for optimal learning, which expands dreams and the seas of possibilities for students." 

 

One winner from each school will receive $25K for the 2018-2019 academic year for study in various fields. This is the second year for a scholars program created by Beyoncé. 

 

The Formation Scholars Awards Program, a merit scholarship program was established in April 2017 in celebration of the one-year anniversary of LEMONADE, Beyoncé's critically-acclaimed and globally-lauded 2016 visual album. The Formation Scholars awards encouraged and supported young women who are bold, creative, conscious, confident and unafraid to think outside of the box. 

 

The Homecoming Scholars Award Program for 2018-2019 will expand to all qualifying students at the four universities, regardless of gender. The disciplines will include literature, creative arts, African- American studies, science, education, business, communications, social sciences, computer science and engineering. All applicants must maintain a 3.5 GPA or above. All finalists and winners will be selected by the universities. Winners will be announced this summer.

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Skies clearing tonight, rain moves in Monday

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 4:57 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 1:20 PM

Filtered sunshine is expected today in the Dayton area, with rain returning as early as Monday.

More clearing is expected this evening, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. 

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Rain moves in Monday
  • More rain Tuesday/early Wednesday
  • Another round of rain later Friday

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DETAILED FORECAST

Overnight: More clearing is expected overnight. It won’t be as cool, with temperatures dropping into the middle 40s for most of the region.

Monday: After a dry start in the lower 50s, rain is expected to move in headed toward lunchtime. Highs will be in the lower 60s. Periods of rain are expected, but there will be some breaks, especially in the evening.

Tuesday: A few more scattered showers are expected. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

Wednesday: A pre-dawn shower is possible, otherwise it should be drying out. Highs will be in the lower 60s.

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Thursday: Partly cloudy skies are expected with highs in the lower 60s.

Friday: A dry start is expected, but rain returns later in the day. Highs will be in the lower 60s.

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Old North Dayton celebrates opening of Ahiska Turkish mosque

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 4:15 PM

Old North Dayton’s Ahiska Turkish mosque Sunday afternoon celebrated its grand opening.

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The event at the Osman Gazi Mosque, at 1508 Valley St., was open to the entire community, and featured dignitaries from across the globe.

Retired Imam Celal Shahin stands inside the Osman Gazi mosque at 1508 Valley St.(CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF)

Celebrations included a picnic in a park owned by the mosque and a prayer service.

The Dayton area has a growing community of more than 1,000 Ashiska Turkish families, according to estimates.

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Two-vehicle injury accident causes I-75 shutdown for nearly 3 hours in Dayton

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 3:32 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 6:05 AM

UPDATE @ 6:50 a.m.:

The two-vehicle injury accident that occurred on northbound Interstate 75 Sunday morning is under investigation, according to police.

All three of the adult males involved in the crash were taken to an area hospital with unknown conditions, according to Sgt. Cash of the Dayton Police Department.

One of the occupants involved was described as being in “pretty bad shape.”

It was not clear what exactly happened in the Sunday morning crash but the Crash Reconstruction Unit is attempting to piece it together, Cash said.

UPDATE @ 5:28 a.m.:

All of Interstate 75 is now open after a vehicle accident caused a nearly three hour shutdown.

UPDATE @ 5:22 a.m.:

The left two lanes at northbound Interstate 75 are open between State Route 4 and Stanley Avenue after a two-vehicle accident shut the road down for nearly three hours.

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The right lane remains closed.

INITIAL REPORT:

Northbound Interstate 75 is closed between State Route 4 and Stanley Avenue after a two-vehicle accident in Dayton Sunday.

Crews were dispatched around 2:45 a.m. to the accident.

We are working to learn more and will update this page as information becomes available. 

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Dayton Duplex fire under investigation

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 6:45 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 8:59 AM

SCENE: Fire breaks out at Dayton duplex

UPDATE @ 8:45 a.m.:

The fire that started at a duplex in the 200 block of Warren Street in Dayton is under investigation.

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No one was injured in the fire that started in the rear of the two-story building Sunday morning, according to District Chief Brad Baldwin of the Dayton Fire Department.

Baldwin said the fire was well involved when crews arrived.

Flames blew out of the front and sides of the duplex when crews made entry to the front of the first floor, Baldwin said. 

Firefighters tried to control the flames as the buildings on both sides of the duplex were evacuated, according to Baldwin.

It is not yet known what started the fire or if anyone was inside at the time. 

Damage estimates were not yet known but the roof had caved in.

INITIAL REPORT:

Firefighters are on scene of a working two-story duplex fire where flames were reportedly showing in Dayton.

Crews were dispatched around 6:20 a.m. to the 200 block of Warren Street.

Buckeye Street at Warren Street is closed.

We are hearing reports that adjacent buildings are being evacuated.

We will update this story as we learn more.

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