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

Lil Wayne

Between the Super Bowl this week and Mardi Gras next, New Orleans has taken center stage. The city of jazz, beignets and plastic beads is also home to some of our favorite celebs.

Lil Wayne may be a worldwide star, but his roots are firmly in NOLA. The rapper was raised in Hollygrove by a single mother and was an honor student until he dropped out of school at age 14 to focus on his music career. Though Weezy now lives in Miami, he still gives props to his hometown every chance he gets and is active in rebuilding the community ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. In 2012, Wayne built a skate park in the still-struggling Ninth Ward. 

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