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Not every celebrity got their start waiting tables at a restaurant. Here are seven stars who worked some jobs you wouldn’t believe before they were famous.

Kevin Hart made ends meet as a shoe salesmen at the local DSW in Philly before making it big as a comedian. Now his Hollywood Walk of Fame star can be found in right in front of one. Talk about life coming full circle!

Before being signed and singing hooks at Murder Inc, Ashanti looked after the kiddies at a Daycare center. Now, that will make you say, “Oh, Baby.”

Before purring a career in stand-up comedy, Whoopi Goldberg attended cosmetology school and ended up becoming a mortuary beautician. We’re sure she saw a lot of ghosts!

Sam Jackson worked a number of odd jobs, but the one that got him was on the set of The Cosby Show working as stand-in for Bill Cosby.

Before he was a kick-ass action star, Wesley Snipes was a background dancer and was even in Michael Jackson’s “Bad” video.

Before nabbing an Oscar for MoonlightMahershala Ali was pursuing a career as a rapper and performed under the name Prince Ali … which is pretty ironic since we think he looks a lot like Future.

But the biggest surprise of them all would have to be Gabourey Sidibe‘s line of work pre-fame.  The actress worked as a phone sex operator for three years before landing a role in Precious.


Exclusive: ‘The Oath’s Cory Hardrict, Kwame Patterson Recall Being Harassed By Cops



If you want to take an emotional, entertaining and dangerous ride through the corrupt land of law enforcement, then we suggest you tune in for The Oath.  

Delivering a unique perspective on what it means to wear the color blue, the show follows a group of police officers and their lives with badges on and off.

“With being a cop in the workforce, especially being an African American cop, when we step out there, we always want to do the right thing,” Cory Hardrict told HipHollywood. “The crazy thing about this show is we have another life as well outside of the cop world where things aren’t so perfect.”

Cory, who is expecting a baby girl very soon with his wife, Tia Mowry, continued, “When the badge comes off and we have on regular civilian clothes, we get treated like every African American harassed person out here in the world.”

Although this is just a television show, the narrative is not exactly a far cry from reality, a reality Cory Hardrict and Kwame Patterson personally know all too well. “I had one incident where he [the officer] took his blade and went to the back seat cut the back seat and sliced it … but you can’t do anything.”

Patterson added, “I’m from Baltimore, so Baltimore is one of the most corrupt police cities in the United States. So I’ve definitely dealt with police brutality, discrimination … it’s always my word against theirs.”

The new show, produced by 50 Cent, is now streaming on Crackle.

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