Celebrity Birthdays: Happy Birthday, Usher!

Ashanti, Nick Cannon and Jesse Jackson also celebrate.

Desmond Tutu: October 7 - The South African archbishop, anti-apartheid activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate celebrates his 81st birthday.  (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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Desmond Tutu: October 7 - The South African archbishop, anti-apartheid activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate celebrates his 81st birthday. (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Reverend Jesse Jackson: October 8 - The civil rights activist celebrates his 71st birthday.  (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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Reverend Jesse Jackson: October 8 - The civil rights activist celebrates his 71st birthday. (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Robert Bell: October 8 - The frontman for legendary funk band Kool & the Gang turns 62.  (Photo: Courtesy of WikiCommons)

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Robert Bell: October 8 - The frontman for legendary funk band Kool & the Gang turns 62. (Photo: Courtesy of WikiCommons)

Cece Winans: October 8 - The gospel diva celebrates her 53rd birthday.  (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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Cece Winans: October 8 - The gospel diva celebrates her 53rd birthday. (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Karyn Parsons: October 8 - The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star still looks great at 46.  (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Karyn Parsons: October 8 - The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star still looks great at 46. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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All Riled Up - The Harlem producer's diverse résumé also includes crafting hits for Lady Gaga, Bobby Brown, Usher, *NSYNC, Whitney Houston, The Winans, Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle and countless others. He's reunited for the stage with his former cohorts (including the Guy reunion at the 2009 BET Awards), and has expanded his production to the Korean market with singer/rapper Jay Park and girl group, Girls' Generation, for example. He also remained connected with the MJ estate, and produced on Michael, the first posthumous release from the King of Pop. These days, Riley is still in the booth, progressing the sound of R&B. Expect to hear him on Tevin Campbell's release, and more Blackstreet and Guy reunions, which he's been plotting. "My goal and dream was to become the next Quincy Jones," he told The Boombox. "I feel lik...

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Teddy Riley: October 8 - The former Blackstreet member and New Jack Swing icon turns 46. (Photo: Mike Flokis/Getty Images)

Matt Damon: October 8 - The prolific actor celebrates his 42nd birthday.  (Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)

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Matt Damon: October 8 - The prolific actor celebrates his 42nd birthday. (Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)

Nick Cannon: October 8 - The rapper and actor will be celebrating his 32nd birthday with wife Mariah Carey and "Dem Babies."   (Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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Nick Cannon: October 8 - The rapper and actor will be celebrating his 32nd birthday with wife Mariah Carey and "Dem Babies."   (Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Nona Hendryx: October 9 - The "Lady Marmalade" singer turns 68.  (Photo: Will Ragozzino/Getty Images)

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Nona Hendryx: October 9 - The "Lady Marmalade" singer turns 68. (Photo: Will Ragozzino/Getty Images)

Tyler James Williams: October 9 - The Everybody Hates Chris star is all grown up at 20.  (Photo: John Ricard / BET)

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Tyler James Williams: October 9 - The Everybody Hates Chris star is all grown up at 20. (Photo: John Ricard / BET)

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Ben Vereen: October 10 - The Broadway legend celebrates his 66th birthday.  (Photo: Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)

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Ben Vereen: October 10 - The Broadway legend celebrates his 66th birthday. (Photo: Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)

Mario Lopez: October 10 - The former Saved By the Bell star is still in high school shape at 39.  (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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Mario Lopez: October 10 - The former Saved By the Bell star is still in high school shape at 39. (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Mya: October 10 - The sexy "Ghetto Superstar" singer celebrates her 34th birthday.  (Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

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Mya: October 10 - The sexy "Ghetto Superstar" singer celebrates her 34th birthday. (Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

Dick Gregory: October 12 - The comedian and activist turns 80.   (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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Dick Gregory: October 12 - The comedian and activist turns 80. (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Sam Moore: October 12 - The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, best known for his hit "Soul Man," turns 77.  (Photo: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for CFN)

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Sam Moore: October 12 - The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, best known for his hit "Soul Man," turns 77. (Photo: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for CFN)

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Marion Jones: October 12 - The former track star and three-time Olympic gold medalist turns 37.  (Photo: REUTERS/Nikola Solic)

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Marion Jones: October 12 - The former track star and three-time Olympic gold medalist turns 37. (Photo: REUTERS/Nikola Solic)

Beverly Johnson: October 13 - The actress and former supermodel celebrates her 60th birthday.  (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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Beverly Johnson: October 13 - The actress and former supermodel celebrates her 60th birthday. (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Tisha Campbell-Martin: October 13 - The Martin star celebrates her 44th birthday.  (Photo: Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup)

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Tisha Campbell-Martin: October 13 - The Martin star celebrates her 44th birthday. (Photo: Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup)

Brandon and Brian Casey: October 13 - The Jagged Edge twins celebrate their 34th birthdays.  (Photo: Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

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Brandon and Brian Casey: October 13 - The Jagged Edge twins celebrate their 34th birthdays. (Photo: Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

Ashanti @ashanti - Tweet: "#tbt OMG!! Me& my lil sis @itsKonishiwa_ I bought her 2school with me! She was Sooo Bad! 😱😩 it was unreal😳.. 😂❤her! http://lockerz.com/s/280637528 "Ashanti shares this cute pic of her and her little sister for Throwback Thursday. (Photo: John Ricard)

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Ashanti: October 13 - The R&B beauty turns 32. Will she be celebrating with her honey Nelly?  (photo: John Ricard)

Usher: October 14 - The R&B hitmaker celebrates his 34th birthday.  (Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel)

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Usher: October 14 - The R&B hitmaker celebrates his 34th birthday. (Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel)