Aside from being the home of Essence Fest, New Orleans is a hotbed of talent. Rich in African, French and Native American history the city is home to so many artists and leaders we love. As the founding place of jazz and Creole food, many associate NOLA with Louis Armstrong or even Lil Wayne— but there are so many individuals from the Southern city. Find out the famous faces from The Big Easy below.
Anthony Mackie graduated from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and then went on to Juilliard School in New York.
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At age 18, DJ Khaled began working for Odyssey Records in the Carrollton Shopping Plaza in Mid-City New Orleans before becoming an international DJ.
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Rocsi Diaz was born in Honduras, but raised in the Chalmette area of New Orleans.
"I've always had this great respect and love and tremendous respect for the energy of the town, absolutely," Tyler Perry told NOLA.com about his hometown of New Orleans.
The rapper was born and raised in the Magnolia Projects of New Orleans, known for its high crime rates before coming down from Hurricane Katrina flooding.
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The talented singer grew up in New Orleans and graduated from John Ehret High School.
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Luke James is a proud native of New Orleans who attended St. Augustine High School, which was knocked down by Hurricane Katrina.
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"I can cook. I’m from New Orleans, so it’s just in my blood," Trevante Rhodes told The Hollywood Reporter about his hometown.
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In 2016 Kordell Stewart was inducted into the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame.
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Born Dreux Pierre Frédéric, Lil Fizz has a rich family heritage in his hometown of New Orleans.
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Believe it or not, Bryant Gumbel's grandfather was a New Orleans gambler— but his father was a scholar who attended Xavier University.
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"The thing is New Orleans is a really cool place," August Alsina told The Source. "But you know what it’s just the life we live that makes New Orleans what it is. The way we brought up, it’s very different... if you make it out of New Orleans you a true soldier and I made it out."
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The former mayor of Atlanta is from New Orleans and joined the Civil Rights Movement, working with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.