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LL Cool J to be awarded Harvard honor, W.E.B. Du Bois Medal

LL Cool J is a busy man.

LL Cool J is a busy man. Credit: Getty Images / Mike Coppola

LL Cool J will be honored Wednesday, Oct. 4, by Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, receiving the center’s W.E.B. Du Bois Medal for his contribution to African-American history and culture.

The Bay Shore native, who lives in Manhasset when he isn’t filming “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “Lip Sync Battle” in L.A., will receive the award along with “Selma” director Ava DuVernay, Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile, artist Kara Walker, Microsoft Chairman John Thompson and Ford Foundation President Darren Walker.

“They bring their genius and their abiding sense of social responsibility to the arts, public service, the corporate realm, and philanthropy,” Hutchins Center Director Henry Louis Gates Jr., said in a statement, adding that they also “look to the future as they celebrate the past.”

LL Cool J will also receive the Kennedy Center Honor this year, the country’s highest distinction for performers.

So how cool is LL Cool J?

Well, many wondered why his set was so early at The Meadows Music & Arts Festival last month and he joked that he had to get back to filming the new season of “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

The truth? He had to get back to present an award at this year’s Emmys ceremony.

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