Stars Born and Raised in Philly

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  • 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
  • The Roots
  • Will Smith
  • Jill Scott

Lee Daniels

The inspiration for Daniels' debut film Precious, which earned him multiple Oscar nominations, came not only from the streets of Harlem, where the novel it's based on is set, but from the director's own West Philly neighborhood. “We see Precious in Philly every day on the El, on the bus. She’s there," he said of his unlikely heroine. "She’s with my cousins. She’s deep in my family. She’s everywhere, but we are ignoring her.” 

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