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Ashanti turns 40 today. The curvy singer celebrated her birthday with friends in Antigua and Barbuda.

"Reflecting on the blessings," Ashanti captioned a post that shows her relaxing on a yacht in an emerald sea.

Ashanti was born Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas on October 13, 1980 in Glen Cove, New York. Her mother was a dance teacher and her father was a former singer.

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Ashanti's mother, Tina Douglas (pictured), discovered her full singing potential when she overheard Ashanti singing Mary J. Blige's "Reminisce" at age 12.

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As a teenager, Ashanti wrote songs and performed in local talent shows. She got a small break as a child extra in Spike Lee's Malcolm X (1992) and in Ted Demme's Who's the Man?.

But her first love was music. Ashanti began performing around the city and she eventually came to the attention of Bad Boy Records, Jive and Murder Inc., where she was noticed by Murder Inc. CEO and co-founder Irv Gotti.

Gotti asked her to write hooks for his label artists and to perform with them in duets.

Her duets on Fat Joe's "What's Luv?" and Ja Rule's "Always on Time" helped launch the songs up the charts, becoming two of the biggest hit songs of 2002.
 

Ashanti became the first female artist to occupy the top two positions on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart at the same time.

Following the success of her collaborations with Ja Rule and Fat Joe, Ashanti released her debut single, "Foolish", which contains a sample of the 1983 song "Stay with Me" by DeBarge.

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Ashanti's self-titled debut album, Ashanti, was released on Murder Inc. in April 2002 and debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart. The album was certified triple platinum in the United States and sold six million copies worldwide.

The album was a fan favorite, earning 8 Billboard Music Awards, 2 American Music Awards, and a Grammy Award in 2003 for Best Contemporary R&B Album.

In July 2003, Ashanti's sophomore album, Chapter II, also debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 326,000 copies. Chapter II went platinum, selling over 1.5 million copies.

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In 2004, Ashanti began dating rapper Nelly and considered settling down to raise a family.

Ashanti and Nelly were the Beyonce and Jay-Z of their time. Fans couldn't get enough of the sexy couple. One fan made a scrap book filled with pictures of the hip-hop royal couple.

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Nelly and Ashanti ended their long-term relationship in 2014 after dating 10 years. Their union produced no children and Ashanti told friends she regretted not tying the knot with the St. Louis rapper, now 45.

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There were many rumors of cheating by both Ashanti and Nelly during their decade together. After the breakup, Ashanti earned a scandalous reputation as a home-wrecker.

Ashanti has been linked to Chink Santana (who was dating Keyshia Cole at the time); NFL player Darnell Dockett (who was married at the time), NBA star James Harden, comedian Michael Blackson, rapper Joyner Lucas, and more.

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Ashanti released 5 albums in her 18-year career. She was nominated for 8 Grammy Awards, winning a Grammy for her 2003 album Ashanti. She won 35 music awards in her stellar career, including 8 Billboard Music Awards and 2 American Music Awards.

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Rap icon MC Lyte celebrated her 50th birthday on Sunday, Oct. 11. The songwriter, model, actress, motivational speaker spent her birthday serving as the announcer of "The Phoenix Awards" on BET Network.
 

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MC Lyte was born Lana Michele Moorer in Brooklyn, New York City. She began rapping at the age of 12 under the stage name "Sparkle."

At age 17, she released her her debut single, "I Cram To Understand U (Sam)," which she wrote at age 12.
 

In September 1988, she released her debut album, Lyte as a Rock, which featured the hit songs "Paper Thin," and the diss track "10% Dis," a response to rapper Antoinette.
 

Her sophomore album, 1989's album Eyes on This featured the hit single "Cha Cha Cha," which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles; "Capuccino," and another diss track to her rap rival Antoniette, "Shut the Eff Up! (Hoe)."

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"Self Destruction", a collaborative effort for the Stop the Violence Movement, featured rappers Boogie Down Productions (BDP), Public Enemy and Heavy D, among others.

Her third album, Act Like You Know, released on September 17, 1991, spawned the hit song "Poor Georgie".
 

Lyte's follow-up album, Ain't No Other, released on June 22, 1993, spawned her fourth No. 1 Billboard Hot Rap single "Ruffneck."

She was nominated twice for Grammy Awards in 1994 for "Ruffneck" (Best Rap Solo Performance) and in 2004 for "Ride Wit Me" (Best Female Rap Vocal Performance).

Lyte was married once to a man, Marine Corps veteran and entrepreneur John Wyche. She filed for divorce in August 2020 after three years of marriage.
 

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Tameka "Tiny" Harris showed off her summertime body in a green bikini top with matching shorts on her Instagram page.

She captioned the image: "Real a$$ Rich a$$ bitch from the south!!! 7/14 season thx to my 1st @zonniquejailee for my CC shoes..I love that girl!!"

Tiny posted the image in celebration of her 45th birthday tomorrow (July 14). Tiny doesn't look a day over 35 in this photos.

Happy birthday, Tiny!
 

Tiny also posted a photo of a luxury car filled with shopping bags. With 40% unemployment in the United States, Tiny hasn't let the coronavirus slow her down! What do you think of Tiny's new hairstyle?
 

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Harder than a lot of u ni$$as! ???

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Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for the flu-like coronavirus and is reportedly being held in isolation at the Wende Correctional Facility near Buffalo, New York.

A source tells the Press-Republican newspaper the disgraced movie producer is sick, but officials at the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision refuse to transfer him back to New York's Bellevue Hospital, where he had a private room and TV lounge privileges.

Instead, officials revealed Weinstein is being held on a medical wing with two inmates at Wende who also tested positive for COVID-19.

Weinstein celebrated his 68th birthday behind bars on Thursday, March 19, after he was transported to the maximum-security prison following a spell at Bellevue and then the medical unit at Rikers Island prison, New York with heart issues.

He was sentenced to serve 23 years behind bars for rape and sexual assault earlier this month. In addition to his current sentence, Weinstein also faces four charges of rape and sexual assault in Los Angeles, where the District Attorney's office staff have already begun extradition procedures.

The proceedings have been delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Tamar Braxton recently celebrated her 43rd birthday. But if you thought she turned 43 two years ago, you were right. Read on.

While Tamar claims to be 43, her Nigerian boyfriend David Adefeso let the cat out of the bag.

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In a touching Instagram post wishing his fiancee a happy birthday, David, 51, let it slip that she is actually 45.

"Happy birthday, my @tamarbraxton . You are the most beautiful girl in the World, and I can’t wait to see what amazing surprises the next 45 years brings us."

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Tamar is the youngest of the singing Braxton sisters. Superstar Toni Braxton (pictured) is the eldest sibling at 52. Traci is 48; Towanda is 46, and Trina is 45. No, Trina and Tamar aren't twins; Trina turns 46 in December.

Why do some women lie about their age? They lie for a variety of reasons: insecurity, low self confidence, low self-esteem, middle age crisis, etc.

Most celebrities lie about their age to hang onto their youth a little bit longer. But if you paid attention over the years, Tamar's ex-husband Vincent Herbert tried to tell us she was lying about her age.
 

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Little did I know walking into that busy restaurant nearly two years ago that the course of my life would change so dramatically. From the sun baked streets of Lagos to the white sands of Montego Bay and the bustling city life of suburban Mexico, you have been on a journey with me filled with laughter, tears, hope and never-ending love. Through it all your friendship has been invaluable, your counsel irreplaceable and your love unshakeable. Nothing prepared me for the complete and never-ending joy I experience with you every day. And no matter what crowded clouds appear in the horizon, the sunshine of your smile, the purity of your heart and the kindness of your words never fail to reinforce the strength of the unbreakable bond that is the love we share. You are my heart, you are my joy, you are my future, and you are my friend. Happy birthday, my @tamarbraxton . You are the most beautiful girl in the World, and I can’t wait to see what amazing surprises the next 45 years brings us.

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Rapper/actor Common shared his admiration and respect for longtime pal Queen Latifah by penning a poem in honor of her 50th birthday.

The hip-hop pioneer, real name Dana Owens, marked the milestone on Wednesday, March 18, and Common was among her famous friends to pay tribute on social media.

But instead of just sharing a simple birthday greeting, Common came up with a touching piece of poetry, in which he recounted the beginnings of his Just Wright co-stars' close bond after crossing paths in New York City when he was "an unsigned artist seeking a dream".

He continued, "Years later as an artist I would get to meet her, And get to know her as Dana and I was still inspired by Latifah. Because she was she doing movies, TV shows, rapping and could sing. But it was the unstoppable light inside her that made her The Queen."

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"Later on we go on to do a movie together, and on this path we would find a friendship and bond that would be forever," he added.

"So whenever I see the Queen I know that everything is Alright, I Love you Dana when GOD made you HE did it Just Right."

Common, born Lonnie Rashid Lynn, also shared a sweet caption for his poem, writing, "Happy Born Day Dana! You are one of the greatest human being [sic] I've ever met. You have inspired me in ways that you can't fathom and you continue to.

"Thank you for being the Phenomenal Goddess that the Creator made you to be and sharing that light that smile, that gift, that flow, that voice, that acting presence and skill, that energy, that love and that joy with us. I celebrate you. Happy Born Day. Love You Rashid @queenlatifah".

Latifah's Girls Trip co-star Tiffany Haddish and actress Taraji P. Henson also sent well wishes to the birthday girl via social media.

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Queen Latifah turned 50 years old today (March 18). Born Dana Elaine Owens in Newark, New Jersey, Latifah signed with Tommy Boy Records in 1989. She released her debut album All Hail the Queen on Nov. 28, 1989. The album spawned the hit single "Ladies First".
 

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Latifah, pictured at age 18, sold over 2 million records in her illustrious career. She was dubbed the "Queen of Jazz-Rap" following her breakout role in the musical Chicago (2002) for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Latifah was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006 and the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2011.
 

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Latifah posed with her mom, Rita Lamae Owens (née Bray), a former high school teacher. Rita Owens played her mother in Living Single. She passed away from heart failure on March 21, 2018.
 

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Latifah posed with Jaz-O, left, and a young Jay-Z with gold teeth at rapper Big Daddy Kane's Birthday Party in New York City in a photo dated September 10, 1989.

Latifah played the level-headed, but man crazy Khadijah James On the FOX TV sitcom Living Single from 1993 to 1998. Along the way, she released more albums as well as produced music for other acts such as Naughty By Nature.

She won a Grammy Award for her women's rights anthem "U.N.I.T.Y." which peaked at #23 on the Billboard chart.
 

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Latifah gained a new generation of fans when she played a butch lesbian in the bank heist film Set It Off (1996), also starring Kimberly Elise, Vivica Fox and Jada Pinkett.
 

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Latifah had longterm relationships with women over the years, including rapper MC Lyte, singer Monifah and actress Tichina Arnold. She is currently "married" to Eboni Nichols (pictured), but she has never officially come out of the closet.
 

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Queen Latifah and Wendy Williams re-enacted a scene from 'Mob Wives' during a special segment of 'Hairpiece Theatre' on the Wendy Williams Show in 2012.
 

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Latifah pictured with Jimmy Fallon on the set of the film Taxi in New York City in 2003.
 

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Latifah is surrounded by fans at her beach party during the Miami premiere of the comedy film 'The Cookout' held at The Delano Hotel on South Beach in 2004.
 

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Latifah with Cedric the Entertainer (left) and Ice Cube (right) on the set of Barbershop 2: Back in Business in 2004.
 

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Latifah honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California in 2006.
 

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Latifah attends the Los Angeles premiere of Hairspray held in Westwood, California in 2007.
 

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Latifah with music producer/rapper Missy Elliott (center) and Cardi B (right) at the 2019 Video Music Awards after party on August 26, 2019 in New York City.

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Tina Knowles-Lawson celebrated the 38th birthday of her favorite child, Beyonce Knowles-Carter, on Wednesday, Sept. 4.

The 65-year-old shared a loving picture of herself and her superstar daughter on Instagram, and explained how her daughter's birth helped her feel her deceased mom's love.

"38 years ago today you came into my life and i know without a shred of doubt that God sent you!!!, she began. "I had recently lost my mom and never thought that i could feel that particular kind of love again. The moment i saw you i knew that that was IT !!!!

"We've been the best of friends since then . You have brought me such Joy and pride and love and friendship !!! Your heart is as big as Texas !! You are one of the best moms ever ! And I love you soo much," Tina continued, adding heart and birthday cake emojis.

She concluded: "Have the best birthday EVER!!!! Mom."

Tina, who is also mother to singer Solange Knowles, 33, and a grandmother of four, shares her two daughters with ex-husband Mathew Knowles. The couple divorced in 2011, and she remarried in 2015 to Poltergeist actor Richard Lawson.

Some fans wondered aloud why Tina always lavishes attention on Beyonce and not Solange.

Child experts say most parents have one favorite child who they lavish with love and attention.
 

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