Birthday Shout! Serge Ibaka, Jada Pinkette Smith, Ben Carson…

Yvonne Williams

We celebrate top personalities this day September 18

Serge Ibaka

NBA Congolese-Spanish professional basketball player Serge Ibaka started off his football career and currently plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA)

He helped lead the team to the NBA Finals in 2012 where they were defeated by the Miami Heat.

He began his professional career playing for Spain’s CB L’Hospitalet in 2007.

He led the NBA in blocks in 2012, which helped him earn All-Defensive First Team honors.

The NBA star is the third-youngest of 18 children. Both his mother and his father were basketball players. His father played at the Republic of Congo and with the Congolese national team, and his mother played for the Democratic Republic of Congo.

He speaks four languages: Lingala (spoken mainly in Congo-Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Angola), French (the official language of Congo), English and Spanish.

Serge Ibaka dated singer Keri Hilson in 2012.

Jada Pinkette Smith

Famous American actress and  singer-songwriter Jada Smith is noted  for starring in A Different World, produced by Bill Cosby, featuring opposite Eddie Murphy in The Nutty Professor (1996). She has appeared in more than 20 films in a variety of genres, including Scream 2, Ali, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Madagascar, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.

In 2004, she starred in Collateral with Tom Cruise, who reportedly recruited her into the Church of Scientology.

In 1997, she married actor top Hollywood actor Will Smith. They have two children, Jaden and Willow.

Ben Carson

American author, politician, and retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Carson was the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins joined at the head. In 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.

After delivering a widely publicized speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, he became a popular conservative figure in political media for his views on social and political issues

Carson graduated from Yale University, where he majored in psychology. He received his M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed his residency in neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore

Carson specialized in traumatic brain injuries, brain and spinal cord tumors, achondroplasia, neurological and congenital disorders, craniosynostosis, epilepsy, and trigeminal neuralgia.

The 63 year old was born September 18, 1951 in Michigan, United States.

Lance Armstrong

Seven-time Tour de France champion who was banned from cycling competitions for life by the United States Anti-Doping Agency in 2012.

He competed in triathlons until joining the Motorola cycling team in 1992.

He had three kids with his first wife, Kristin Richards, who he divorced in 2003. That same year, he began dating singer Sheryl Crow, who he broke up with in 2006, and later dated Kate Hudson and Ashley Olsen.

He was the second Biker to win the 2002 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year; the first was the great Greg LeMond.

44 years old was born September 18, 1971.

Patrick Schwarzenegger

Son of Arnold Schwarzenegger who has modeled for Ralph Lauren and Armani. He eventually signed to L.A. Models.

He co-founded the philanthropic company Prjoect360 with his father at age 15.

He had his first major film role in the 2013 comedy Grown Ups 2.

He is the son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. He grew up with four siblings: Katherine, Christina, Christopher and half-brother Joseph. He dated Miley Cyrus from 2014 to 2015.

He starred in a 2013 Ariana Grande music video for the song “Right There.”

The 22 year old was born September 18, 1993.

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