LL Cool J

president, actor LL Cool J

James Todd Smith, better known as LL Cool J, (short for Ladies Love Cool James), is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and actor from Bay Shore, New York. He is known for romantic ballads such as "I Need Love", "Around the Way Girl" and "Hey Lover" as well as pioneering hip-hop such as "I Can't Live Without My Radio", "I'm Bad", "The Boomin' System", and "Mama Said Knock You Out".
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1968
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Kennedy Center Honors go on, despite presidential no-show
CNN - about 2 months
Kennedy Center Honors preview: The 40th annual honors go on, but without President Trump, feting LL Cool J, Norman Lear, Gloria Estefan, Lionel Richie
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Kennedy Center Honors Recognize LL Cool J, Gloria Estefan & Lionel Richie, Skip Drama - Billboard
Google News - 3 months
Billboard Kennedy Center Honors Recognize LL Cool J, Gloria Estefan & Lionel Richie, Skip Drama Billboard From left to right back row: LL Cool J and Lionel Richie; Front row, left to right: Carmen de Lavallade, Norman Lear and Gloria Estefan. The five recipients of the 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors pose for a group photo following a dinner hosted by ... No Trumps, no problems at 2017 Kennedy Center HonorsUSA TODAY The Kennedy Center Honors Were a Happy, Trump-less CelebrationVulture Trump-free Kennedy Center Honors avoids politicsThe Hill (blog) PEOPLE.com -NPR -TMZ.com -WTOP all 131 news articles »
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No Trump meant spotlight stayed on Kennedy Center honorees Norman Lear, LL Cool J, Gloria Estefan
LATimes - 3 months
This year's Kennedy Center Honors recognizing outstanding artists and performers managed to skip the political drama that loomed over it earlier this year — just ask honoree Norman Lear. Ahead of Sunday night's festivities at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the longtime television...
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No Trump meant spotlight stayed on Kennedy Center honorees Norman Lear, LL Cool J, Gloria Estefan
LATimes - 3 months
This year's Kennedy Center Honors recognizing outstanding artists and performers managed to skip the political drama that loomed over it earlier this year — just ask honoree Norman Lear. Ahead of Sunday night's festivities at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the longtime television...
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No Trump meant spotlight stayed on Kennedy Center honorees Norman Lear, LL Cool J, Gloria Estefan
LATimes - 3 months
This year's Kennedy Center Honors recognizing outstanding artists and performers managed to skip the political drama that loomed over it earlier this year — just ask honoree Norman Lear. Ahead of Sunday night's festivities at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the longtime television...
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LL Cool J To Become Kennedy Center's First Hip-Hop Honoree
NPR - 7 months
The rapper is part of an evolving appreciation of hip-hop for the Kennedy Center — and is also the youngest honoree in its history. (Image credit: Ronald Martinez/BIG3/Getty Images)
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'Empire' Star Bryshere Gray Transforms Into Taylor Swift On 'Lip Sync Battle'
Huffington Post - 9 months
We’d never, ever, ever think actor Bryshere Gray would sing along to a Taylor Swift song while dressed like Taylor Swift ... but we thought wrong.  In Thursday night’s episode for Spike’s show “Lip Sync Battle,” the “Empire” star sang along to Swift’s hit “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” while decked out in a blond wig and red lipstick. The 23-year-old actor appeared on the show, which is hosted by LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen, and competed alongside Rumer Willis. It was clear that Gray, who ripped off his cherry-patterned onesie midway through his performance to reveal a red two-piece skirt set, didn’t come to lose. Watch a snippet of his performance below:  In an interview with Hollywood Life, Gray said he chose Swift’s song because it was “so impactful to the world and the song is so big for the culture.” “It went so viral with her doing it that I felt that it would reach the fans that I want to reach!” he added. And now that it’s over, he o...
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Black Lawmakers Pressure FBI, DOJ To Help Find Missing D.C. Girls
Huffington Post - 11 months
Black legislators are urging the Department of Justice to help police find the children who have gone missing in Washington, D.C. Of this year’s 501 cases of missing juveniles, many of them black or Hispanic girls, 22 cases were unsolved as of Wednesday, according to The Associated Press.  On Tuesday, Congressional Black Caucus chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia sent a letter, obtained by the AP, calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director James Comey to “devote the resources necessary to determine whether these developments are an anomaly or whether they are indicative of an underlying trend that must be addressed.” In the letter, Richmond also criticized the lack of attention the cases received.  “Ten children of color went missing in our nation’s capital in a period of two weeks and at first garnered very little media attention. That’s deeply disturbing,” he said. Nearly 40 percent of children ...
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    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 48
    In March 2016, LL Cool J had announced his retirement on social media, but quickly announced coming out of retirement and that another new album is on the way.
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    On Thursday 21 January 2016, LL Cool J was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
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    On January 21, 2016, LL Cool J received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
    LL learned that his mother was adopted on a 2016 episode of the show Finding Your Roots.
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  • 2014
    Age 46
    In October 2014, he announced his upcoming 14th studio album will be called G.O.A.T. 2 with a release window of 2015.
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  • 2013
    Age 45
    On October 16, 2013, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced LL Cool J as a nominee for inclusion in 2014.
    LL Cool J hosted the 55th Grammy Awards on February 10, 2013, as well as the 57th Grammys on February 9, 2015.
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  • 2012
    Age 44
    Following that, on November 3, 2012, LL Cool J collaborated with Joe and producers Trackmasters with his 2nd single, "Take It".
    On October 6, 2012, LL Cool J released a new single from Authentic Hip-Hop called "Ratchet".
    In June 2012, LL Cool J began work on his thirteenth studio album.
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    In a February 10, 2012 televised interview with CNN host Piers Morgan, LL Cool J expressed sympathy for President Obama and ascribed negative impressions of his leadership to Republican obstruction designed to "make it look like you have a coordination problem."
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  • 2011
    Age 43
    In March 2011 at South by Southwest, LL Cool J was revealed to be Z-Trip's special guest at the Red Bull Thre3Style showcase.
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  • 2009
    Age 41
    In September 2009, LL Cool J released a song about the NCIS TV series.
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    The series debuted in autumn of 2009, but the characters were introduced in an April 2009 crossover episode on the parent show.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2007
    Age 39
    He also guest starred on 30 Rock in the 2007 episode "The Source Awards" as the hip-hop producer Ridikulous, who Tracy Jordan fears is going to kill him.
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  • 2006
    Age 38
    In July 2006, LL Cool J announced details about his final album with Def Jam Recordings, the only label he has ever been signed to.
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    LL Cool J's 11th album, Todd Smith, was released on April 11, 2006.
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  • 2004
    Age 36
    LL Cool J's 10th album The DEFinition was released on August 31, 2004.
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  • 2002
    Age 34
    LL Cool J's next album 10 from 2002, was his 9th studio (10th overall including his greatest hits compilation All World), and included the singles "Paradise" (featuring Amerie), "Luv U Better", produced by Pharrell and The Neptunes and the 2003 Jennifer Lopez duet, "All I Have".
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  • 2000
    Age 32
    In 2000, LL Cool J released the album G.O.A.T., which stood for the "greatest of all time."
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1997
    Age 29
    In 1997, he released the album Phenomenon.
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  • 1996
    Age 28
    In 1996, Def Jam released this "greatest hits" package, offering a good summary of Cool J's career, from the relentless minimalism of early hits such as "Rock the Bells" to the smooth-talking braggadocio that followed.
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  • 1990
    Age 22
    In 1990, LL released "Mama Said Knock You Out", his fourth studio album. The Marley Marl produced album received critical acclaim and eventually went double Platinum selling over two million copies according to the RIAA. LL won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance in 1992 for the title track.
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  • 1989
    Age 21
    LL Cool J's third album was 1989's Walking with a Panther.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1987
    Age 19
    LL Cool J's second album was 1987's Bigger and Deffer, which was produced by DJ Pooh.
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    Another milestone of LL's popularity was his appearance on American Bandstand as the first hip hop act on the show, as well as an appearance on Diana Ross' 1987 television special, Red Hot Rhythm & Blues.
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  • 1986
    Age 18
    Gigs at larger venues were offered to LL as he would join the 1986-'87 Raising Hell tour, opening for Run-D.M.C. and the Beastie Boys.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1968
    Age 0
    LL Cool J was born James Todd Smith on January 14, 1968, in Bay Shore, New York, the son of Ondrea Griffeth (born January 19, 1946) and James Louis Smith, Jr. His mother was born Andra Jolly and was adopted by Eugene Gladstone Griffith and Ellen E. Hightower.
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