African Americans From Pennsylvania

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Famous black celebrities from Pennsylvania, include Will Smith, Quinta Brunson, Wilt Chamberlain.
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Will Smith
(American Actor and Rapper)
Will Smith
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Birthdate: September 25, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

The charismatic, versatile and bankable American artist, Will Smith, tasted early success with rapping. A successful transition into films and television soon followed and made Smith a phenomenal success. With solid earnings, he has also frequently secured himself a place in the list of highest paid actors in world.

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Lil Uzi Vert
(Rapper Known for His Debut Single "Money Longer")
Lil Uzi Vert
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 31, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Lil Uzi Vert is an American rapper whose music is defined by dark subject matters, which complements his androgynous fashion, eccentric hairstyles, facial piercings, and face tattoos. Lil Uzi Vert has often courted controversy by saying phrases associated with Satanism and adding satanic imagery to his Instagram account. He has also been accused of worshipping Satan.

 3 
Wilt Chamberlain
(One of the Greatest Basketball Players Who Played as a Center)
Wilt Chamberlain
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 21, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: October 12, 1999
One of the greatest basketball players of all time, Wilt Chamberlain created numerous records and won two championships during his fourteen years career. The legendary player, first drafted by Philadelphia Warriors, later played for the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers. After retirement, he ventured into business, played volleyball, appeared in commercials and movie and even published his autobiography.
 4 
Billie Holiday
(One of the Greatest Jazz Singers from the 1930s to the 1950s)
Billie Holiday
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 7, 1915
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 17, 1959
Jazz legend Billie Holiday had a tumultuous childhood and ended up in prison due to prostitution. Upon her release, at 14, she started singing using her pseudonym and performed at sold-out Carnegie Hall shows. Nicknamed Lady Day, she was riddled with alcohol and drug issues. She won four posthumous Grammys.
 5 
Meek Mill
(Rapper Known for His Debut Album 'Dreams & Nightmares' which Peaked at No.2 at The US Billboard 200)
Meek Mill
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Rapper Meek Mill initially performed with the group The Bloodhoundz. His debut album was featured at number 2 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. He has released Billboard-charting tracks such as Amen and Going Bad, both featuring Drake. His brushes with the law inspired the documentary Free Meek.
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Kyle Lowry
(American Professional Basketball Player Who Plays at the 'Point Guard' Position)
Kyle Lowry
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 25, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

A six-time NBA All-Star, Kyle Lowry has been an important player for the Canadian professional basketball team Toronto Raptors since 2012; he helped the team win their first NBA championship in 2019. Also a prominent player for the US national team, Kyle Lowry was part of the US team that won the Olympic gold in 2016.

 7 
Patti LaBelle
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
The Godmother of Soul Patti LaBelle is best known for her chartbusting song Lady Marmalade, released with her group Labelle. She has had a successful solo career, too, winning multiple Grammys. She has appeared on her own TV shows, released cookbooks, and has launched her line of food and bedding.
 8 
Eve
(Rapper)
Eve
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
 9 
Aaron Donald
(American football player)
Aaron Donald
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 23, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
 10 
Sherman Hemsley
6
Birthdate: February 1, 1938
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 24, 2012
 11 
Questlove
(Musician)
Questlove
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
 12 
Bernard Hopkins
(One of the Most Successful Professional Boxers in American History)
Bernard Hopkins
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 15, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Bernard Hopkins is an American retired boxer who held several world championships between 2001 to 2012 in two weight classes. Nicknamed The Executioner, Hopkins is widely regarded as one of the modern era's greatest boxers. A highly strategic boxer, Bernard Hopkins was also renowned for his speed, power, and counterpunching skills.

 13 
Reggie Jackson
(Baseball player)
Reggie Jackson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 18, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Abington Township, Pennsylvania, United States
 14 
Jill Scott
(Singer-songwriter)
Jill Scott
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: April 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
 15 
Rasheed Wallace
(Basketball player)
Rasheed Wallace
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Gary Dourdan
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Birthdate: December 11, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Gary Dourdan is best known as Warrick Brown from CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Shazza Zulu from A Different World. He also portrayed Mickey Monroe in the film Righteous Villains. He previously worked as a doorman at a rehearsal studio. He owns a huge collection of vintage cars.
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DJ Jazzy Jeff
(Club DJ, Disc jockey, Actor, Television actor, Record producer, Composer)
DJ Jazzy Jeff
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia
 18 
Eddie George
(American Football Players)
Eddie George
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
 19 
LeSean McCoy
(American Football Player)
LeSean McCoy
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
 20 
Marian Anderson
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 27, 1897
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Philadelphia
Died: April 8, 1993
 21 
Kyle Pitts
(American football player)
Kyle Pitts
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 6, 2000
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
 22 
Nafessa Williams
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Birthdate: December 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
 23 
Lee Daniels
(Screenwriter)
Lee Daniels
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Birthdate: December 24, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
 24 
Brandon Marshall
(Former American Football Wide Receiver)
Brandon Marshall
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Brandon Marshall is a retired American football legend, who is nicknamed ‘The Beast’ for his ability to handle tackles as a wide receiver. Although his career in the National Football League spanned over 13 years and 179 matches, he never played in a playoff. His association with the sport continued as appears on the television as an analyst.

 

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Jazmine Sullivan
(R&B Singer-Songwriter Known for Her Debut Album 'Fearless')
Jazmine Sullivan
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Jazmine Sullivan soared to fame with the Billboard-topping debut album Fearless. Born to a background vocalist mother, she began singing as part of gospel choirs. With 15 Grammy nominations, she has tied with Icelandic singer Björk, for the most Grammy nominations without a win for any female.

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Marvin Harrison
(American Football Player)
Marvin Harrison
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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 27 
Bill Nunn
(Actor)
Bill Nunn
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Birthdate: October 20, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: September 24, 2016
 28 
Gerald Levert
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 13, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: November 10, 2006
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Colman Domingo
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Birthdate: November 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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Black Thought
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Darrelle Revis
(American Football Players)
Darrelle Revis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 14, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, USA
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Dion Waiters
(Basketball player - Shooting guard)
Dion Waiters
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Santigold
(Singer-Songwriter Best Known for Her Song 'L.E.S. Artistes')
Santigold
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Santigold is an American singer-songwriter renowned for her mezzo-soprano voice. She achieved popularity after the release of her critically acclaimed album Santogold in 2008. The same year, she was named the Best Breakthrough Artist at the NME Awards USA. In 2009, she won the Vanguard Award at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards. Santigold's work has influenced artists like Bob Evans.        

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Chris Godwin
(American football player)
Chris Godwin
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 27, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
 35 
Toukie Smith
(Actress, Model)
Toukie Smith
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: April 25, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
 36 
Louis Riddick
(American Football Broadcaster and Former Player)
Louis Riddick
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Quakertown, Pennsylvania, United States
American football broadcaster Louis Riddick, brother of Buffalo Bills player Robb Riddick, has earlier played for the NFL teams Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders, and the XFL team Orlando Rag, as a safety. He is now an ESPN analyst who covers Monday Night Football. He has also managed various teams.
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Dawn Staley
(Basketball player)
Dawn Staley
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Art Blakey
(Drummer)
Art Blakey
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 11, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: October 16, 1990
 39 
Earl Monroe
(Basketball player)
Earl Monroe
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Hank Gathers
(Basketball player)
Hank Gathers
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 4, 1990
 41 
Phil Davis
(Mixed Martial Artist)
Phil Davis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States

Mr. Wonderful Phil Davis is a popular American MMA fighter who represents Bellator MMA. He has previously been a four-time NCAA D-I All-American at Penn State and also boasts of a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He had also excelled in tennis and cross-country running in his younger days.

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Rasual Butler
(Basketball Player)
Rasual Butler
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 23, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 31, 2018
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Lamman Rucker
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Birthdate: October 6, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
 44 
Guion Bluford
(Former NASA Astronaut Who Became the 1st African-American to Go into Space)
Guion Bluford
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: November 22, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Retired US Air Force officer and NASA astronaut Guion Bluford scripted history as the 2nd African-origin person and the 1st African-American to go into space. A trained fighter pilot, he also flew over 100 combat missions in the Vietnam War. The STS-8 Orbiter Challenger crew member later worked in IT and engineering services.

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Billy Blanks
(Actor, Martial Artist and Inventor of the Phenomenally Popular ‘Tae BO’ Fitness System)
Billy Blanks
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Erie, Pennsylvania, United States

Billy Blanks is a martial artist and fitness personality. He is the creator of the Tae Bo exercise program, a body fitness system that incorporates martial arts techniques. He started attending karate and taekwondo classes when he was 11 and proceeded to become a martial artist. He has also appeared in a few films and TV shows. 

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Mikal Bridges
(Basketball Player)
Mikal Bridges
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 30, 1996
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Malvern, Pennsylvania, United States
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Nathan Morris
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Tierra Whack
(Rapper)
Tierra Whack
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 11, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Mo'ne Davis
(Baseball player)
Mo'ne Davis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 24, 2001
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: South Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Ken Griffey Sr.
(Baseball player, Coach)
Ken Griffey Sr.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 10, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Donora, Pennsylvania, United States