African Americans From Pennsylvania

Famous black celebrities from Pennsylvania, include Kobe Bryant, Bill Cosby, Will Smith.

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 1 Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: August 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 26, 2020

The former professional basketball player, Kobe Bryant, was drafted into NBA immediately after his school and went on to become one of the most successful basketball players of his generation. During his career of two decades, the Los Angeles Lakers player created numerous new records. He authored a book and one of his poems even inspired an animated short film.

 2 Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby.
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: July 12, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

One of America’s most popular and beloved comedians, Bill Cosby’s reputation was totally shattered when he was accused of sexual assault, sexual battery and rape by multiple women in the 2010s. Subsequently, he was found guilty of sexual assault in two cases and was sentenced in September 2018 to a total of three to ten years in a state prison.

 3 Will Smith

Will Smith.
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 4 Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart.
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: July 6, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

American comedian and actor, Kevin Hart attained fame as a stand-up comic and then established himself as a leading comedic actor on the big screen with films like Get Hard, About Last Night, Ride Along and The Wedding Ringer. He has also been part of two Jumanji films. He was critically acclaimed for the 2019 comedy-drama film The Upside.

 5 Wilt Chamberlain

Wilt Chamberlain.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball Player
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.

 6 Lil Uzi Vert

Lil Uzi Vert.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 31, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Francisville, 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.

 7 Michael McCary

Michael McCary
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia
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 8 Eve

Eve
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: November 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

 9 Colman Domingo

Colman Domingo
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

 10 Reggie Jackson

Reggie Jackson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: May 18, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Abington Township, Pennsylvania, United States

 11 Questlove

Questlove
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

 12 Patti LaBelle

Patti LaBelle.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
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.

 13 Jill Scott

Jill Scott
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

 14 Gary Dourdan

Gary Dourdan.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 11, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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.

 15 Derrick Bell

Derrick Bell
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: November 6, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States
Died: October 5, 2011

 16 Sherman Hemsley

Sherman Hemsley
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 1, 1938
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 24, 2012

 17 Aaron Donald

Aaron Donald
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: May 23, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

 18 Rasheed Wallace

Rasheed Wallace
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: September 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

 19 Dawn Staley

Dawn Staley
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: May 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

 20 Bernard Hopkins

Bernard Hopkins
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
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.

 21 Wanya Morris

Wanya Morris.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 29, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

 22 Ernie Davis

Ernie Davis.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: December 14, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Salem, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: May 18, 1963
Footballer Ernie Davis was the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. The Syracuse University player was later drafted by the NFL team Cleveland Browns. However, he died of leukemia at 23, without playing a single professional game. His story inspired the movie The Express: The Ernie Davis Story.

 23 Nathan Morris

Nathan Morris
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

 24 Eddie Griffin

Eddie Griffin
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 15, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, USA

 25 Jazmine Sullivan

Jazmine Sullivan
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

 26 Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: September 10, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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 27 Malcolm Nance

Malcolm Nance
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 20, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

 28 Nafessa Williams

Nafessa Williams.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

 29 Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
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.

 

 30 Lee Daniels

Lee Daniels
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: December 24, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

 31 Gerald Levert

Gerald Levert
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 13, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: November 10, 2006

 32 Bill Nunn

Bill Nunn
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 20, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: September 24, 2016

 33 LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: July 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA

 34 Mumia Abu-Jamal

Mumia Abu-Jamal
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Famous As: Journalist, Activist
Birthdate: April 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia

 35 DJ Jazzy Jeff

DJ Jazzy Jeff
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Club DJ, Disc jockey, Actor, Television actor, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: January 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia

 36 Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: March 17, 1912
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: August 24, 1987

 37 Eddie George

Eddie George
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Players
Birthdate: September 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

 38 August Wilson

August Wilson.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: American playwright
Birthdate: April 27, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: October 2, 2005
August Wilson, also known as "theater's poet of black America,” was a renowned playwright. He is best remembered for The Pittsburgh Cycle, his series of 10 plays that focused on the 20th-century African-American community. Two of his plays, Fences and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, were turned into movies.

 39 Karen Malina White

Karen Malina White
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

 40 Black Thought

Black Thought
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: October 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

 41 Quinta Brunson

Quinta Brunson.
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Listed In: Instagram Stars
Famous As: YouTube Star
Birthdate: December 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 42 Dion Waiters

Dion Waiters
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: December 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia

 43 Marvin Harrison

Marvin Harrison
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: August 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

 44 Darrelle Revis

Darrelle Revis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Players
Birthdate: July 14, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, USA

 45 Santigold

Santigold
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

 46 Henry Ossawa Tanner

Henry Ossawa Tanner.
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Birthdate: June 21, 1859
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Died: May 25, 1937

 47 Toukie Smith

Toukie Smith.
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: April 25, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

 48 Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 27, 1897
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Philadelphia
Died: April 8, 1993

 49 Terrelle Pryor

Terrelle Pryor
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: June 20, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA

 50 Earl Monroe

Earl Monroe
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: November 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pennsylvania