Stars Born and Raised in Philly

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  • Kevin Hart
  • The Roots
  • Will Smith
  • Jill Scott
  • Bill Cosby
  • Amber Rose
  • Lee Daniels
  • Kobe Bryant
  • Boyz II Men
  • Eve
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff
  • Holly Robinson Peete
  • Beanie Sigel
  • Patti LaBelle
  • Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes
  • Phyllis Hyman
  • Paul Robeson

Kevin Hart

Philadephia is the birthplace of some of the biggest stars of movies and music. From the Fresh Prince to The Roots, the City of Brotherly Love rivals nearby Manhattan for talent per square foot. Filmmakers from around the world will congregate in the North Eastern town from August 1-August 4 for the BlackStar Film Festival, dubbed "the Black Sundance." In honor of the festival, check out our favorite stars from Philly.

Kevin Hart has become a global superstar in recent years, but he'll never forget where he got his start: the Laff House on South Street, where he went by the stage name Lil' Kev the Bastard. The actor and comedian, whose upbringing in rough North Philly was a big part of his special Laugh at My Pain, even has a financial stake in his hometown. He's the owner of professional bowling team the Philadelphia Hitmen. 

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