LL Cool J To Receive W.E.B. DuBois Medal From Harvard University

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Nas and LL Cool J are not only two of Hip-Hop’s most revered lyricists. Not only are both men from the borough of Queens, New York, they each will carry Harvard University’s W.E.B. DuBois Medals. LL was announced as a 2017 recipient, alongside Oscar-winning filmmaker Ava Duvernay, artist Kara Walker, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, Microsoft Chairman John Thompson, and Ford President Darren Walker.

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The annual award is the “highest honor” given to those making significant contributions to African American history and culture. According to The Crimson, the event will take place on October 4 in Sanders Theatre.

In 2015, Nas was among a medal-receiving class. “These are the things the kids need to see,” Nas said in his awards speech. Other past honorees include actress Pam Grier and TV/publishing mogul Oprah Winfrey, as well as the late poet Maya Angelou and boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

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This is the latest development during a busy year for Uncle L. While acting, hosting, and apparently recording more than 10 songs with fellow 30-plus-year Hip-Hop veteran Dr. Dre, “Mr. Smith” also became Rap’s first Kennedy Center honoree. That event takes place December 28 in the nation’s capital:

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The Last 7 episode above from August examines that historic feat, as well as L’s compelling re-telling of the time he and Jamie Foxx got a little too riled up on the set of Any Given Sunday, which ended in a knock-out.