- Seven City
"Seven City" (or "
7 City") is a nickname for the Hampton Roads/Tidewater area of Virginia. The term "Seven City" was birthed in the city of Newport News and was popularized by its residents as well as local DJ’s the Boodah Brothers of 103 JAMZ. The name came about around the year 2000 and has since become synonymous with the area. The moniker was developed to give an identifier to the region and to create unity amongst the main seven different cities. Many believe this occurred because of the lack of any major sports franchise in the area that would more than likely alleviate the need for this idea.
The Cities that make up the Seven City are: Chesapeake , Hampton,
Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach.
Although the term "Seven City" appears to be grammatically incorrect, the word "Seven" is representative of the actual name of the city as well as the number of cities included in the region. Local print publications became aware of the term and misconstrued the slang & began to print and advertise the area as " “The Seven Cities” ". Although the term "“Seven Cities”" deviates from the true reason for the nickname it is received by residents as well. The two terms have been coupled alongside each other to show that both are accepted:
"7 Cities, 1 Love… Seven City, VA"
The Seven City is known for its Musical Diversity and its intense High School Sports Culture, Marching Bands, and Step Competitions.
Estimated Population 199,184
"Male – 48.56 Female – 51.44"
White – 66.87
Black – 28.53
Hispanic – 2.05
Asian – 1.84
Native American - .39 Other - .32
Estimated Population 146,437
"Male – 49.56 Female – 50.44"
White – 49.55
Black – 44.68
Hispanic – 2.84
Asian – 1.84
Other - .67
Native American - .42
Estimated Population – 180,150
"Male – 48.39 Female – 51.61"
White – 53.5
Black – 39.07
Hispanic – 4.22
Asian – 2.33
Other - .46
Native American - .42
Estimated Population 234,403
"Male – 51.12 Female – 48.88"
White – 48.36
Black – 44.11
Hispanic – 3.8
Asian – 2.81
Native American - .46
Other - .46
Estimated Population 100,565
"Male – 48.31 Female – 51.69"
Black – 50.61
White – 45.84
Hispanic – 1.74
Asian – .77
Other - .56
Native American - .48
Estimated Population 63,677
"Male – 47.76 Female – 52.24"
White – 53.85
Black – 43.53
Hispanic – 1.27
Asian – .77
Other - .55
Native American - .03
Estimated Population 425,257
"Male – 49.51 Female – 50.49"
White – 71.41
Black – 18.95
Asian – 4.91
Hispanic – 4.18
Native American - .38
Other - .17
Total Estimated Population - 1.3 - 1.7 million
Individual City Nicknames
Chesapeake – " "Chesafreak" "
Hampton – " "H-Town" "
Newport News – " "Bad News" "
Norfolk – " "Shark City" "
Portsmouth – " "P-Town" "
Suffolk – " "Suffolkation" "
Virginia Beach – " "Va. Beach" "
"The Seven City is broken up into 2 parts:"
The Southside – "Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, & Virginia Beach"
The Pen (Peninsula) – "Hampton & Newport News"
"Each refers to the other side as being from " ‘Cross The Water " "
Closely Associated Cities
" Yorktown, Williamsburg (Da Burg), Smithfield, Franklin (Frank-Town) "
Public High Schools
Deep Creek High
Great Bridge High
Indian River High
Oscar F. Smith High
Western Branch High
Booker T. Washington High
Lake Taylor High
King’s Fork High
Nansemond River High
First Colonial High
Floyd Kellam High
Frank W. Cox High
Green Run High
Ocean Lakes High
Princess Anne High
Dré Bly– professional football player with the Denver Broncos
* Chris Crocker – professional football player with the Atlanta Falcons
Michael Cuddyer– professional baseball right fielder for the Minnesota Twins
Kenny Easley– professional football player with the Seattle Seahawks
Jeff Falk– NASCAR driver
DeAngelo Hall– professional football cornerback for the Oakland Raiders
Ashton Lewis– NASCAR driver
Alonzo Mourning– professional basketball player for the Miami Heat
Darren Perry– football player with the Pittsburgh Steelers
Ricky Rudd– professional NASCAR race car driver
Josh Rupe– professional baseball pitcher for the Texas Rangers
Elton Sawyer– NASCAR driver
B.J. Upton– professional baseball shortstop for the Tampa Bay Rays; drafted #2 overall in 2002
Justin Upton– B.J.'s younger brother, a professional baseball player drafted #1 overall in 2005 by the Arizona Diamondbacks
* David Wright – professional baseball starting third basemen for the New York Mets
Allen Iverson– professional basketball player, point guard for the Denver Nuggets
Ronald Curry– professional football player for the Oakland Raiders
Marcellus Spencer "Boo" Williams Jr.– runs the Boo Williams summer league for the AAU in Hampton
Shaun Gayle– professional football player with the San Diego Chargers
Terry Kirby– professional football player for the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders.
Chauncey Black (singer)- Blackstreet
Nikki Nova– fetish/porn actress
Dwight White– defensive end on the Pittsburgh Steelers during their 1970s glory years
Jimmy F. Williams– professional football player with the Atlanta Falcons
Pearl Bailey– Tony award winning actress and singer
Antoine Bethea– professional football player for the Indianapolis Colts
Darryl Blackstock– professional football player for the Arizona Cardinals
* Aaron Brooks – professional football quarterback for the Oakland Raiders
Robert Cray– blues guitarist
Ella Fitzgerald– jazz singer
Henry Jordan– professional football player for the Green Bay Packers and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
David Macklin– professional football player for the Washington Redskins
* Quan – underground Hip Hop artist
Tommy Reamon– former pro football player and coach.
Norm Snead– professional football quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles
William Styron– author of The Confessions of Nat Turner and Sophie's Choice
Mike Tomlin– head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers
Al Toon– professional football player for the New York Jets
* Chris Slade – professional football player for the New England Patriots.
Marcus Vick– former quarterback for Virginia Tech
Michael Vick– former professional football quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons
Roy Wooten– (a.k.a. Future Man) musician
Victor Wooten– musician
William Harvey Carney– African-American soldier of the American Civil War, Medal of Honor recipient for his part in the 54th Massachusetts Infantry's assault on Fort Wagner, South Carolina
Clarence Clemons– saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and former player for the Norfolk Neptunes football team
Alex Cosmidis– Minor League baseball player and manager and Major League scout
* Charles "Lefty" Driesell – famed basketball coach at Davidson University, the University of Maryland, College Park, James Madison University, and Georgia State University
Samuel Face– inventor
Bruce Smith– former professional football player for the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins
* William Fuller – professional football defensive end for the Houston Oilers, Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears
General Norman Johnson– R&B musician
Naomi Long Madgett- African American poet
Tim Reid– television actor, director, and film executive.
Joseph Jenkins Roberts– First President of Liberia
Larry Sabato– National Political Pundit and Professor at the University of Virginia
Deborah Shelton– actress; Miss USA 1970, 1st runner-up in Miss Universe contest
* Joe Smith – professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers
Keely Smith– nightclub singer, wife and stage partner of Louis Prima
Scott Travis– drummer for rock band Judas Priest
Brandon Vera– Mixed Martial Artist, currently signed to UFC
Gene Vincent– rock-a-billy artist recorded the huge hit "Be-Bop-A-Lula"
Ernie Watts– composer, jazz saxophonist, and long-time touring member of The Rolling Stones
V. C. Andrews– mystery and horror writer
Marty Brennaman– sportscaster for the Cincinnati Reds
Karen Briggs– Violinist
Ruth Brown– Grammy-award winning singer and entertainer
Mahlon Clark– musician
LaTasha Colander– track and field sprint star, 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist (4x400m)
Missy Elliott– rapper
* Perry Ellis – fashion designer
Clifton C. Garvin– President and CEO of Exxon
T. J. Jordan– basketball player
LaShawn Merritt– sprinter
Bismarck Myrick– U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Liberia, U.S. Ambassador to Lesotho
Tommy Newsom– musician featured in Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show Band with Doc Severinsen
Ace Parker– Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback who also played baseball with the Philadelphia Phillies
* Bill Schneider – political commentator for CNN
Wanda Sykes– actress, comedian, and comedy writer
Nicole Wray– singer-songwriter and protege of Missy Elliott
Johnnie Barnes- Graduate of Hampton University and former football player(Wide Receiver)for the San Diego Chargers and the Pittsburg Steelers
Charlie Byrd– jazz guitarist.
Mills Edwin Godwin, Jr.– twice Governor of Virginia
Joe Maphis– country music singer and songwriter.
* Timothy "
Timbaland" Mosely – Hip-Hop artist and producer, longtime associate of Missy Elliott
Pharrell Williams– Hip Hop artist, member of record producing duo The Neptunes
Chad Hugo– musician and producer in the Neptunes and N.E.R.D.
Plaxico Burress– professional football wide receiver for the New York Giants
Bill Bray-graduate of Ocean Lakes High School. professinal baseball player drafted in the 1st round 13th overall in the 2004 mlb draft by the Montreal Expos.Currently playing for the Cincannati Reds.
Curtis Bush-World Champion Kickboxer and Actor
Clipse– rap group
Danja– Hip-hop producer, Timbaland's protege
Percy Harvin-Current football player at The University Of Florida
J.R. Reid– former professional basketball player
* Mark Reynolds - professional baseball player
* Teddy Riley – musician and songwriter
Pat Robertson– founder of Regent University and The 700 Club
Kendra Todd– winner of The Apprentice 3
Ryan Zimmerman– Professional baseball player for the Washington Nationals
** Williamsburg **
Bruce Hornsby– singer and songwriter.
Seven Mary Three– alternative rock band.
Ron Springs– played running back for the Dallas Cowboys and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Lawrence Taylor– former professional football player for the New York Giants, professional wrestler, and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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