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Philly 360°: You obviously really loved the city when you lived here. What do you miss most about living in Philadelphia?
Dhani: I miss the people in Philly and the hard working mentality.
Philly 360°: When you had guests in town, where would you bring them?
Dhani: When people came to town I took them everywhere. I thought people should see all of what Philly had to offer. From Old City, Northern Liberties to the Art Museum and especially "The Thinker."
Philly 360°: You once famously danced with Philadelphia’s own Patti LaBelle on stage at the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Do you have any favorite music artists who have come out of Philly—from the legendary Sound of Philadelphia with music by Gamble & Huff—like Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle, The O’Jays—or any current artists like The Roots, Jill Scott and Jazmine Sullivan?
Dhani: It's hard to say who was the best group to come out of Philly, but I have a great relationship with The Roots. A great band that grew from a local band to 30Rock.
Philly 360°: Speaking of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, I know you like to go INSIDE the museum as well. What’s your favorite part of the museum?
Dhani: The museum is a special place. It's truly a gift when some of the most amazing artist have shown there work and you're able to be so close. I can remember when I saw Dali there, and I was so moved.
Philly 360°: Be honest, have you ever run up the Rocky Steps?
Dhani: Never ran up the steps. I've seen people do it. I always get this feeling they are singing the song in there head.
Philly 360°: Do you know all the words to “Fly Eagles Fly”?
Dhani: Of course I know the "song."
Philly 360°: You’re known for your style…especially your bowties. Where in Philadelphia do you shop for men’s fashions?
Dhani: Men's fashion is widespread in Philly. Boyds is a great all around spot to stop and find amazing clothes and of course bowties.
Philly 360°: You travel the world with your show, Dhani Jones Tackles the Globe. What’s one thing Philadelphia does better than anywhere else?
Dhani: Philly makes cheesesteaks better then anywhere else in the world.
Philly 360°: The Philly cheesesteak vs. an authentic Philly hoagie — which do you prefer?
Dhani: Cheesesteak... Hoagie... Ah, good food no matter what.
Philly 360°: After 60 minutes of gridiron action, a football player deserves a big delicious meal. Where are a few of your favorite places to eat in Philadelphia?
Philly 360°: We all know that “Philly bleeds green.” What do you think makes Philadelphia such a great sports town? (Extra Credit: Philadelphia sports fans are pretty dedicated—has any single act of loyalty by an Eagles fan (or fans) especially impressed you?)
Dhani: Philly is a great sports town because it's teams are what keep the people together. I remember one fan who wore pads and a crazy helmet, nominate him as super fan.
Philly 360°: How has Philadelphia shown you love? And what do you most appreciate about the city?
Dhani: Philly shows me love everywhere I go. The strength of the fan group is everywhere and people are never afraid to speak up.
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