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1. Mos Def

Mos Def

Mos Def grew up in the Eleanor Roosevelt Houses in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn neighborhood.

2. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah spent her early childhood living with her grandmother on a farm in Kosciusko, Mississippi. She is now worth a reported $2B.

3. Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby

As a child, Cosby lived in Richard Allen Homes housing project. Many of the characters in Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids were modeled after people he knew.