LL Cool J Graduates Harvard: “It Was A Life-Altering Experience”

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Born James Todd Smith on Jan. 14, 1968, LL Cool J was raised in a chaotic household in Queens. He was only 4 when his father shot his mother during an altercation — his mom survived and recovered; his dad fled to California — and in the years that followed, his mother’s new boyfriend physically abused and verbally belittled him.