LL Cool J was recently named 2014 Artist Of The Year by the Harvard Foundation of Harvard University, recognizing his contributions to music, film and efforts to raise literacy rates within low-income communities. The rapper/actor was awarded Saturday night at the Cultural Rhythyms Festival, which celebrates ethnic and cultural diversities through student performances and cuisine. Hosted at the Sanders Theater located on campus, the star was commended by Dr. S. Allen Counter (director of the Harvard Foundation) for his work through the Jumpstart program, which assists with early education to increase readiness for school.
LL Cool J’s charity Jump & Ball helps promote team building in a fun environment by offering 5 week long athletic programs to youths of his home town in Queens. He is also a member of the Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet, which helps raise funds for the organization's various efforts.
Past honorees include Shakira, Will Smith, Salma Hayek and Matt Damon.