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Prince Royce, Born and Raised in The Bronx

It’s hard to believe Prince Royce – the son of Dominican immigrants who was born and raised in The Bronx – was a loner growing up. But Royce says he stayed out of trouble in his tough South Bronx neighborhood by playing video games and hanging out with his cousins. "I didn't have many friends," says the soft-spoken Royce. "I always got along with the girls, but I wasn't the popular kid." But the times have changed… Following the release of his self-titled debut album, Royce became an instant Latin music star with his smash hits “Stand by Me” and "Corazón Sin Cara." But when it came to making his U.S. concert debut in 2010, Royce returned to the Bronx. He performed at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts. "We had to choose my hometown,” said Royce. “It's my first big production outside of the club scene; taking it to the next level."

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Miranda Noland,

Miranda Noland is the Senior Photo Editor for She handles all the photo needs for the site and occasionally writes a thing or two. Growing up in a small town in Missouri, she collected (and hoarded) magazines and dreamed of working at one someday. She studied art and design at Drury University and moved to New York City after graduating. She loves being an aunt to her two nephews and has recently moved to be closer to them. She's a pop culture junkie who watches way too much television, and she still hoards magazines.