A group of celebrities appear in a YouTube video supporting #WilberforceUnite, Wilberforce University’s fundraising campaign for student aid, facility enhancements, faculty and staff development, and academic programs. Pictured (top left to right) Jasmine Brand; Khleo Thomas and Somaya Reece. Pictured bottom (left to right) Kwaylon “BlameItOnKway” Rogers, Khleo Thomas and DanRue.
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Lala Milan, Jasmine Brand among celebrities lending support to cash-strapped local university’s $2 million campaign

A group of celebrities have lent their voices to a campaign aimed at raising $2 million for one of the Dayton area’s oldest universities.

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“Boomerang” actress Lala Milan;  “Holes,” “Walking Tall and “Roll Bounce” actor Khleo Thomas; “Madea’s Farewell Tour” actor Kwaylon “BlameItOnKway” Rogers and reality TV stars Kat Tat of “Black Ink Crew: Chicago” and  Somaya Reece  of “Famously Single” appear in a YouTube video supporting  #WilberforceUnite, Wilberforce University’s fundraising campaign for student aid, facility enhancements, faculty and staff development, and academic programs.

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Jasmine Brand, the founder of the entertainment blog that carries her name, and DanRue, a dancer from MTV’s “Wild’n Out,” also appear in the video promoting the importance of Wilberforce and other historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Brand is a graduate of Morgan State University, an HBCU. 

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MAY 09: Lala Milan attends BET's "Boomerang" Emmy FYC Screening Event at Paramount Theater on the Paramount Studios lot on May 09, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for BET )
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The #WilberforceUnite campaign has a fundraising goal of $2 million by June 30,  according to Wilberforce Director of Public Relations and Marketing NaAsiaha Simon and a press release. 

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The campaign has raised $303,534 from 327 donors at the reporting of this story, Monday, June 17.

There are 14 days left in the campaign we first told you about in April.  

Wilberforce ran a deficit of more than $19 million in fiscal year 2017.

It was placed on probation by the Higher Learning Commission for that and other reasons.

The HLC is a regional accrediting body and is responsible for accrediting colleges in 19 states.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - MARCH 02: DanRue attends 2018 BET Social Awards Dinner at TWELVE Atlantic Station on March 02, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET)
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Additional information on the campaign can be found at wilberforceunite.com.

Located in Wilberforce and founded in 1856, Wilberforce is the nation’s first private historically black college or university.

The University of Dayton is the Dayton area’s oldest university or college. It was founded in 1850. 

SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 01: Kwaylon Rogers arrives at the WACO Theater Center's 3rd Annual Wearable Art Gala at The Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport on June 1, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
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