Steve Harvey’s Meteoric Rise: From Humble Beginnings to Entertainment Icon

Steve Harvey's Meteoric Rise: From Humble Beginnings to Entertainment Icon

In the realm of entertainment, few names have become as synonymous with success and versatility as Steve Harvey. Known for his comedic genius, engaging television presence, and influential voice in the world of radio, Harvey’s journey to stardom is a testament to resilience, hard work, and unyielding dedication. This article explores the rise of Steve Harvey, tracing his path from humble beginnings to becoming a multifaceted entertainment icon.


Early Life and Struggles

Broderick Stephen Harvey was born on January 17, 1957, in Welch, West Virginia. Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Harvey faced numerous challenges early on. After graduating high school, he attended Kent State University and later West Virginia University, though he didn’t graduate. Harvey worked various jobs, including as an insurance salesman, mailman, and even a boxer, but he struggled to find his true calling. It wasn’t until the late 1980s that Harvey discovered his passion for comedy.


Breakthrough in Comedy

Harvey’s foray into stand-up comedy began in 1985 with performances at local clubs. His big break came in 1990 when he won the national comedy competition “Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search.” This victory led to his first major role as the host of the syndicated show “It’s Showtime at the Apollo,” a position he held for seven years. Harvey’s relatable humor and charismatic stage presence quickly endeared him to audiences.


Television Stardom

In the mid-1990s, Harvey transitioned from stand-up comedy to television. He starred in the hit sitcom “The Steve Harvey Show,” which ran from 1996 to 2002. The show, set in an inner-city high school, showcased Harvey’s comedic talents and acting skills, earning him widespread acclaim. His performance as Steve Hightower, a former funk legend turned music teacher, resonated with viewers and established him as a household name.


Expanding His Empire

Beyond acting, Harvey’s career flourished as he took on multiple roles in the entertainment industry. In 2000, he became one of the Kings of Comedy, alongside Cedric the Entertainer, D.L. Hughley, and Bernie Mac. The “Kings of Comedy Tour” was a monumental success, leading to a highly popular stand-up comedy film directed by Spike Lee.


Harvey’s versatility was further showcased when he took over as the host of “Family Feud” in 2010. His unique approach to the show, blending humor with heartfelt moments, revitalized the long-running game show and brought it to new heights of popularity. Additionally, Harvey launched his nationally syndicated radio show, “The Steve Harvey Morning Show,” which became a platform for his comedy, advice, and motivational speaking.


Author and Motivational Speaker

In addition to his entertainment career, Harvey has made a significant impact as an author and motivational speaker. His book “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man,” published in 2009, became a bestseller and was adapted into a successful film series. Harvey’s books, focusing on relationships and self-improvement, have resonated with a wide audience, further solidifying his status as an influential figure.


Philanthropy and Legacy

Harvey’s success has also allowed him to give back to the community. Through the Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation, he has supported education and mentorship programs for young people. His philanthropic efforts reflect his commitment to making a positive impact beyond the entertainment world.


Steve Harvey’s rise to prominence is a story of perseverance, talent, and an unwavering belief in oneself. From his early struggles to his triumphs across various media, Harvey has become a symbol of success and versatility in the entertainment industry. His journey continues to inspire countless individuals, proving that with hard work and determination, it is possible to overcome any obstacle and achieve greatness.


Latest Articles


Search our archive of past issues Receive our Latest Updates
* indicates required

October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit

As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.

Calling all teenage student-athletes! If you have dreams of playing college soccer and wish to represent an HBCU, the HBCU ID Camp is your golden opportunity. From 8 am to 5 pm on November 11-12, Houston Sports Park will transform into a hub for aspiring male and female soccer players. Coaches from HBCUs across the nation will be present to evaluate, scout, and offer valuable feedback. Moreover, they might even spot the next soccer prodigy to join their collegiate soccer programs. This camp is not just about honing your soccer skills but also a chance to connect with the HBCU soccer community. You’ll learn the ins and outs of what it takes to excel on the field and in the classroom, which is crucial for a college athlete. The HBCU ID Camp is an excellent platform to network with coaches, learn from experienced athletes, and take the first steps toward your college soccer journey. To secure your spot at this incredible event, don’t forget to register [here](insert registration link). Space is limited to 120 participants, so make sure to reserve your place before it’s too late. It’s time to turn your dreams of playing college soccer into a reality.

Scroll to Top