Birthday Shout! Akon, Martin Lawrence, Kareem Abdul -Jabbar, Alek Wek…

Birthday Shout! Akon, Martin Lawrence, Kareem Abdul -Jabbar, Alek Wek…

Yvonne Williams

We celebrate top celebrities this day April 16


Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist who gained prominence with the song “Locked Up” and his debut album Trouble. He has collaborated on numerous #1 hits.

He learned to play the drums, guitar, and djembe before he was seven and moved to Newark, New Jersey.

His 2005 single “Lonely” reached the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 and his second album, Konvicted, yielded the hit single “Smack That.”

He claimed to have had six children with six different women. He has worked valiantly to protect his family from media attention.

He collaborated with Michael Jackson on the song “Hold My Hand,” which was the last song the King of Pop created before his death.

The 43 year old was born April 16, 1973.

Martin Lawrence

Comedic actor who starred alongside Will Smith in Bad Boys and is also known for his roles in such films as Big Momma’s House and Blue Streak. He won the NAACP Image Award for his work in the TV series Martin.

His father John Lawrence was serving in the U.S. military in Frankfurt, Germany when he was born, but he was mostly raised in Maryland. In his youth, he worked an array of jobs to help support his family and became a Mid-Atlantic Golden Gloves boxing contender. After receiving a brutal black eye, he reconsidered his dream to become a professional boxer.

In 1994, he was banned from Saturday Night Live for life when he made crass jokes about women’s hygiene.

He married former Miss Virginia Patricia Southall in 1995 and divorced her in 1996. In 2010, he married Shamicka Gibbs, whom he divorced in 2012. He has three daughters named Amara, Iyanna and Jasmine.

He performed as a voice actor with Ashton Kutcher in Open Season.

The 51 year old was born April 16, 1965.

Pope Benedict XVI

Born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, he was elected to lead the Catholic Church in 2005 and in 2013, he became the first pope to resign since the 1400s. Before he was Pope he was the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which, among its other duties, handled all reports of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.

He grew up in Traunstein, Germany, and was a conscripted member of the Hitler Youth despite his family’s resentment of the Nazi Party. He was ordained as a priest in his native Bavaria in 1951.

He was drafted into the German army in WWII, but an infection in his finger kept him away from the front lines.

His parents, Maria and Joseph Ratzinger, Sr. were harassed by Nazis. He returned home in 1945 after deserting his unit, but was arrested by Americans who had established a camp in his house and sent to a POW camp.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was his favorite composer.

The 89 year old was born April 16, 1927.

Kareem Abdul -Jabbar

Famous basketball Center who first perfected his skyhook shot at UCLA, then became the NBA’s all-time leading scorer with 38,387 career points as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks. He was a 6-time NBA Champion, 6-time NBA MVP and 19-time All-Star.

He won 3 straight New York City Catholic titles with the Power Memorial Academy basketball team.

He was born as Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr. and changed his named to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar after winning his first NBA Championship in 1971.

He had three kids, Habiba, Sultana and Kareem Jr., with Habiba Abdul-Jabbar, who was originally named Janice Brown. He and Habiba were married from 1971 to 1978. He also has two more children named Amir and Adam.

He and Earvin Magic Johnson combined to form a dominant nucleus for the Los Angeles Lakers.

The 69 year old was born April 16, 1947.

Alex Wek

South Sudanese British supermodel and designer who has modeled for Shiatzy Chen, John Galliano, Chanel, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, and Jasper Conran.

She escaped turmoil in Sudan with her family at age 14.

She was named model of the year in 1997 by MTV and has been involved in many high profile fashion campaigns.

She grew up with eight siblings.

She once served as a guest judge on Tyra Banks’ hit show America’s Next Top Model

The 39 year old was born April 16, 1977.


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