Gotta Love New Orleans

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  • Lil Wayne
  • Anthony Mackie
  • Tyler Perry
  • Master P
  • Romeo Miller
  • Dawn Richard
  • Ellen DeGeneres
  • Bryant Gumbel
  • Harry Connick Jr.
  • DJ Khaled
  • Juvenile
  • Terence Blanchard
  • Fats Domino
  • Mahalia Jackson
  • Louis Armstrong

Tyler Perry

These days he's the King of Atlanta, but Perry was actually born in New Orleans. The media icon left Louisiana in his early twenties to flee the pain of his abusive childhood, he later admitted to Oprah. He got his fresh start in Atlanta, where he self-financed his first play, and never looked back. 

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