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FUBU Founders Look Back On Homophobia and Black Only Controversies

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*Back in the day, FUBU was among the who’s who of brands that made a noticeable way in a fashion world not ready to fully embrace hip-hop. Yet, despite a rough start, it emerged as a global force to be reckoned with. During an appearance on “Drink Champs,” FUBU founders Daymond John, Keith Perrin, and […]

Mary J. Blige and Simone Smith Drop Limited-Edition Hip-Hop Jewelry Collection

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*Mary J. Blige has teamed with LL Cool J’s wife Simone Smith to release a limited-edition jewelry collection for the “Around The Way Girl.”  The collection dropped on August 11 as part of their Sister Love jewelry brand in celebration of Hip-Hop 50. It features classic designs reflecting the women’s upbringing in New York City, […]

LL Cool J’s Eldest Daughter Italia Expecting Third Baby

Italia Anita Maria Smith-Cardinez (LL Cool J's daughter) - Instagram

*LL Cool J’s daughter, Italia Anita Maria Smith-Cardinez, has revealed that she and her hubby are expecting their third child. Italia, 32, showed off her baby bump in a Mother’s Day post, sharing an image of her in pink with a heart-shaped necklace and her hands forming a heart on her protruding belly. A second […]

LL Cool J Joins Season 3 of ‘NCIS: Hawai’i’

LL Cool J returns to NCIS

*LL Cool J is reprising his role as Sam Hanna on “NCIS,” and he made a cameo on the Season 2 finale of “NCIS: Hawai’i” on Monday night. The hip-hop icon will join the series as a recurring guest star in the third season, Variety reports. LL led the “NCIS” spinoff show, “NCIS: Los Angeles,” […]

LL Cool J to Headline ‘The F.O.R.C.E.’ Tour in US + Dates Announced

LL COOL J / Rock the Bells tour dates announced

*LL Cool J is bringing a once-in-a-lifetime touring experience and a celebration of Hip-Hop culture to a city near you this summer.  Live Nation has announced dates for the Rock The Bells & Live Nation Urban Presents The F.O.R.C.E. (Frequencies of Real Creative Energy) Live tour headlined by two-time GRAMMY Award winner. The historic tour […]

LL Cool J’s Rock the Bells Inks First-Look Deal with Paramount Global

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*LL Cool J’s Rock the Bells platform announced on Monday a $15 million Series B funding round led by a multi-year collaboration with Paramount Global. Per a news release, “Rock The Bells provides Hip-Hop lovers with a single global destination for content, commerce, and experiences.” The new deal with Rock the Bells and Paramount Global […]

LL Cool J Reacts to Cancellation of ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’

Chris O’Donnell & LL Cool J

*CBS has announced that “NCIS: Los Angeles” will come to an end with the season 14 finale this spring. The series, which stars Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J, centers on the high-stakes world of the Office of Special Projects (OSP) in Los Angeles and also features Daniela Ruah, Eric Christian Olsen, Linda Hunt, Medalion […]

LL Cool J Unpacked His Past Addictions with Sex and Drugs in 1997 Memoir

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*In his 1997 biography “I Make My Own Rules,” LL Cool J recounts his wild years coming up in the music industry, which included drug addiction and a “low point” in his sex life.  “I smoked angel dust. I smoked coke, he writes in the book, as reported by I Love Old School Music (via […]