- Fiza Pirani The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
From hip-hop artists to reality stars, athletes and politicians, DeKalb County has birthed quite a few big names.
Can you recognize them all?
Keri Hilson, singer-songwriter
The R&B artist grew up in Decatur and attended Emory University. Some of her popular songs include "Knock You Down," "Pretty Girl Rock" and "Energy."
Rebecca Latimer Felton, politicianFelton was an American writer, lecturer, reformer and politician who became the first woman to serve in the United States Senate. And she's a Decatur native, too!
China Anne McClain, actress
You may have seen the Decatur-born actress in one of these productions: "A.N.T. Farm," "Grown Ups" 1 and 2, "House of Payne" and "Descendants." According to her IMDb page, McClain's first production was on Solange Knowles' solo CD.
Gale Harold, actorYou've probably spotted the Decatur native and The Lovett School graduate on "Queer as Folk," "Deadwood," "Grey's Anatomy" or "Desperate Housewives."
Jan Hooks, actressAlso born in Decatur, Hooks is best known for her work on "Saturday Night Live" between the years 1986-1994.
Future, hip-hop artist
The Kirkwood rapper was born Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn and received the nickname "the Future" during his involvement with the Dungeon Family collective. Eventually, he signed a major deal and launched "Freebandz."
Tamera Alexander, authorIf you're a fan of Christian fiction, you've probably heard of the DeKalb native's award-winning series, the "Fountain Creek Chronicles."
Michael Stipe, singer-songwriter
Ah yes, this Decatur native was the lead singer of former rock band R.E.M.
Amy Ray, singer-songwriterThe other half of the Grammy-Award-winning duo Indigo Girls was born in Decatur and graduated from Emory University with a degree in english and religion.
Chris Tucker, comedian and actor
This Decatur native has probably made you laugh during his acting role in the "Rush Hour" movies or during his stand-up comedy shows.
Jason Carter, politician
The former state senator and grandson of former president and former Georgia governor Jimmy Carter was born in DeKalb County — at Emory University Hospital to be exact.
Quincy Carter, football player The Decatur-born quarterback played for UGA and NFL teams including the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets. In 1998, Carter earned SEC Freshman of the Year.
I-20, hip-hop artist Born Bobby Sandimanie in Decatur, the rapper originally known as Infamous 2-0 has been featured on six of Ludacris' major-label albums and also has a solo album.
Ryan Seacrest, television host and radio personality
Georgians know the famous "American Idol" host as a UGA graduate, but did you know that he was born in Dunwoody? The Emmy-winning radio personality and television host graduated from Dunwoody High School.
Lisa Roberts Gillan, actress Roberts has had roles in "Eat Pray Love," "Mona Lisa Smile," "Maid in Manhattan" and more. You may also know the Decatur native's sister, actress Julia Roberts, who was born in Smyrna.
Did we leave any big names out? Let us know in the comments.