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Happy 42nd birthday Jermaine Dupri! Born Jermaine Dupri Mauldin, JD, as he is affectionately called, is a music producer, songwriter, and rapper best known for his collaborations. The super-producer is spinning around the globe, including a current DJ residency at the iconic Wynn Las Vegas which started mid-summer and is an expansion from his five-year gig at Tryst to include additional…

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Happy 47th birthday LisaRaye McCoy! LisaRaye as she is professionally known, is an actress who made her way to fame for her role in The Players Club in 1998, and she also played a role in “The Proud Family Movie,” which starred Kyla Pratt. She grew up as the daughter of a model and the sister of a…

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Happy 44th birthday Mystikal! Michael Lawrence Tyler is a rapper who released his debut album, Mystikal, on Big Boy Records in 1994. His 2003 album, Tarantula, was nominated for a Grammy. He started working on his music career in 1990, and it led to his debut release in 1994. His popular Neptunes hit song, “Shake Ya A–” peaked…

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Happy 51st birthday Momma Dee! Momma Dee is a reality TV star who rose to fame on VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.” She is featured on the show because of her son, Lil Scrappy, but people tune in now to see just what Momma Dee might do or say next. When she was younger…

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Happy 32nd birthday Columbus Short! The actor born Columbus Keith Short Jr. is also a choreographer and singer. Best known for his role as Harrison Wright on ABC’s “Scandal, “Short, began acting in youth theater at the age of 5 and choreographed Britney Spears’s Onyx Hotel Tour. He also appeared in films such as Cadillac…

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Happy 41st birthday Towanda Braxton! Braxton, an R&B artist, revamped her singing career by forming The Braxtons in 2010 with her sisters, Trina and Tamar. Though she started singing with her sisters at age 5, she didn’t sign her first record deal until 1989. Gaining reality TV fame for starring in the WE TV series “Braxton…

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Happy 48th birthday Doug E. Fresh! Born Douglas E. Davis in the Barbados but was raised in Harlem, New York. He is a famous rapper, producer and the Human Beat Box who gained fame for his unique rapping abilities and his ability to imitate drum machines. He released his first album, Oh, My God in 1986 and…

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Happy 37th birthday Musiq Soulchild! R&B singer who has been nominated for several Grammy Awards, who is very popular for his hit singles “Just Friends (Sunny)” and “Love.” Professionally, Musiq started singing when he was 17-years-old. Throughout his career, he has collaborated with greats like Mary J. Blige on the song “IfULeave” and with Syleena Johnson…

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Idris Elba, just celebrated his 42nd birthday this past Saturday and many fans posted personal messages to him on Instagram. The actor best known for his portrayal of drug kingpin Stringer Bell in HBO’s “The Wire” and his award-winning role on BBC’s “Luther.” His television success has garnered him large roles in feature films such…

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Happy 41st birthday Katt Williams! Williams, is an comedian, actor and rapper best known for his role as Money Mike in Friday After Next with Ice Cube and for his hilarious, energetic stage persona. He had his breakout comedy performance on the BET comedy series, Comic View. He performed in his first comedy special, “Katt Williams…

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Happy 21st birthday Keke Palmer! Born Lauren Keyana Palmer, she is an actress and philanthropist who gained recognition for her role in Barbershop 2: Back in Business, and played an inspirational starring role in Akeelah and the Bee. Palmer’s parents, Sharon and Larry Palmer, moved to California in the early 2000s so that she could pursue her…

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Happy 28th birthday Cassie! Casandra Elizabeth Ventura, shortened as Cassie, is a Connecticut R&B singer whose first hit was “Me & U” in 2006. Starting off her industry career as a model, she appeared in Seventeen Magazine when she was only sixteen years old. At the time, she was represented by Wilhelmina Models and later on…

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Happy 50th birthday Blair Underwood! Talk about aging well, Underwood has been in the entertainment industry since an appearance on “The Cosby Show” starring Bill Cosby in 1985 launched his acting career. Underwood played major roles in the television series “L.A. Law,” “In Treatment” and “Dirty Sexy Money.” He attended the same high school as…

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Happy 36th birthday Karrine Steffans! The author, actress and model and exotic dancer (formerly known as ‘Superhead’) is best known for her best-selling tell-all Vixen book series. Growing up in poverty, Steffans worked as an exotic dancer in her teens. She had a physically abusive relationship with rapper Nathaniel Wilson (Kool G Rap), the father of…

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Happy 41st birthday Dave Chappelle! The stand up comedian and actor had his first performance during Amateur Night at Apollo at 19 years old. Later, he became the co-creator of The Chappelle’s Show, a popular sketch comedy show which ran on Comedy Central from 2003 to 2006. He infamously walked away from a $50 million contract…

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Kobe Bryant is celebrating his 35th birthday today (check out some of his best throwback photos here) and I’m sure Vanessa has a few surprises up her sleeve. The couple married in 2001 and they are the proud parents of Natalia Diamante and Gianna Maria-Onore. The above photos was posted on Vanessa’s Instagram and was captioned, “Merry…

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Happy 18th birthday, Gabby Douglas! As a member of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Gabby won gold medals in both the individual all-around and team competitions and became the first African American woman to win each award. She began training in gymnastics at the age of 6 and won her first all-around gymnastics…

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Happy 36th birthday, Laila Ali! The daughter of boxing great Muhammad Ali also became a prizefighter. Her father did not want her to pursue boxing because of the sport’s danger, but she refused to listen. She is the youngest girl of her father’s nine children. She gave birth to her daughter, Sydney J. Conway, in April 2011.…

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