Philly’s Power 99 is celebrating Black History Month by shouting out some of our favorite sons and daughters throughout the month of February with The Power List. Some of the biggest names in the world of music, entertainment, politics and the arts that hail from Philly or the surrounding Tri-State area.
FEBRUARY 25, 2022
Willard Carroll "Will" Smith Jr. is an actor, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He was named “the most powerful actor in Hollywood” in the April 2007 Newsweek. Will has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards. Smith has been ranked as the most bankable star worldwide by Forbes and as of 2016 his films have grossed $7.5 billion, for his performances in Ali (2001) and in The Pursuit of Happyness (2006). Smith has received two Academy Award nominations for Best Actor. Smith now serves as Executive Producer of ‘Bel-Air’...the new Dramatic Rehash of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air series airing on Peacock, and he just released his memoir...’Will’ in late 2021.
Jeffrey Allen Townes also known as DJ Jazzy Jeff or simply Jazz, was born in West Philadelphia. He is a hip hop and R&B disc jockey, record producer, turntablist and actor who is best known for his early career with Will Smith as DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. Over the course of his career, DJ Jazzy Jeff has achieved many accomplishments including a DMC Championship and multiple GRAMMY and American Music nominations and awards. His work was also prominently featured in the NWA biopic, ‘Straight Outta Compton’…