Stars Born and Raised in Philly

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  • 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
  • Bill Cosby
  • Amber Rose

Boyz II Men

The Philadelphia quartet brought in the era of the harmonizing boy group with "Motown Philly," an homage to both their greatest musical influence, Motown, and their beloved hometown, Philly. The group came together at Philadelphia's High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, where they practiced singing in the boy's bathroom. The extracurricular time paid off in 1989, when they had a chance to perform for Bel Biv DeVoe after the group's concert in Philly.

(Photo: John Ricard / BET) 

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