By Sandra Rose  | 

It was a family affair as actor LL Cool J attended his daughter Samaria Leah Wisdom Smith's graduation at The Fashion Institute of Technology's 2017 Commencement Ceremony at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Thursday, May 25, in New York City.

Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

The 49-year-old actor whose real name is James Todd Smith received the school’s President’s Award for Creative Excellence for his illustrious career. Then he and his wife of 22 years, Simone Smith, left, proudly watched their daughter Samaria receive her diploma.

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  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    She looks like her Daddy!
    Too cute.

  • Please Stop The Madness

    as one of the pioneers of rap in the 1970s
    LL Cool J dropped fall of 1985 when he was 16 yo. But okay. The 70s

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    No. Wait....she looks like her Mama..................
    Still a cutie pie.

  • SandraRose

    You're right. It just seems like he's been around since the 1970s. ?

  • Please Stop The Madness

    I was like the 70's lmao. He has indeed been around a long time. I learned how to play "I Need Love" intro on a Casio keyboard when I was 9 yo.

  • Roderick2011

    Wow they had to name her after the ugly sister.

  • SandraRose

    Wow. Are you still playing instruments?

  • Harley



  • n1kk1a

    The good old Casios!

  • Yetunde

    His mother looks so young

  • hottlanta

    Love him, but I wish he would take the Deadliest Catch skullcap off his head. First saw him when he made that song 'I Need Love" and when he got on that sofa women had a fit. Proud of his accomplishments in the industry.

  • Coy little wink

    Yes they are!!



  • zawnn


  • Faithz

    LL Has a lovely family, and my
    how time flies right on by.

  • Anacaona
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  • Yetunde

    I honestly think she does look very young. LL Cool J is almost, 50. She doesn't look old enough to have a son that old.

  • Nessa

    Beautiful black family love it!!

  • Anacaona

    Yall funny, she's the wife, not the momma.

  • NeverSurprised

    Nice looking family, and his daughter is just beautiful.

  • Miany

    I am laughin my azz AWFF rite now cuz Mo'nique was explaining her last convo with Oprah and Mo's husband cut her off he's like "baby you missed the whole part"
    Monique like: "see baby, this why I just said fah them to sugg my dyck if I had one cuz I cant" <<< I felt that shii

    I'm done, I just hollered in these folk office.

  • Miany

    his moms pic is on page two tho, right?

  • Yoni7

    Almighty forgive me but........Did Samaria use to be Sam?

  • Anacaona

    Excuse my stupid ass .

    Hell yeah his mother is Young, damn...

  • Rayne

    Gorgeous family.

  • Please Stop The Madness

    One of the thumbnails is a pic of his mama. Ondrea.

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Are you referring to the lady in the blk & wht shirt?

  • Please Stop The Madness

    No. Was never good.

  • Please Stop The Madness

    Used to come in black, white, or if you were lucky, PINK

  • Blaque Mahogany


  • Blaque Mahogany

    I watched that whole podcast. It's amazing how many people, just don't get it.

  • ThaGuru

    I would actually be irritated if my big day turned out to be another day of good publicity for my father. Like why couldn't he get the award last year or next year? It's obvious he's getting it this year bc he's her famous father.

  • Blak

    I'm struggling to understand why the parent is out shining the kid during graduation

  • Junkanoo

    America has too much of an obsession with celebrities ,you're right it was her moment not his.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    No ?. Her head always been that big. She just looks a lot like her father , like Willow Smith . That's all.

  • Yoni7

    Well, what about her "chest" and legs and hands? Huh? What about thoooooooossssseeee?? LOL

  • Junkanoo

    She needs to head right back to school cause looks like she didn't learn anything dress like that, wear is her fashion sense? I see none to speak of

  • Please Stop The Madness

    President Clinton spoke at Chelsea's graduation and Joe Biden spoke at his grandkids. However when asked, President Obama declined to do so at Malia's HS grad. I do agree. Let them have their moment.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    I'm blaming her daddy's side for that too. At least she looks like she belongs with them. The oldest daughter looks adopted. I guess she escaped the big head broad shoulder genes. On second thought the older daughter looks like her parents with out the big ass head.

  • n1kk1a

    Mine was red!

  • stav
  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    What did he do to his face ? It looks different but I can't really tell how. Face lift?

  • stav

    Something going on in that eye area, like an eyelift or something, either way it was unnecessary, and he screwed his face up!

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    He really did . He's not as fine as he use to be. Him and Shamar Moore both look different ,and should have never touched their faces.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    I'm on Mo side. She wouldn't be going this hard if what's she's saying isn't the truth . The Boondocks already warned us about Miss. Tyler Perry and BET.

  • Quitedeliteful


  • Quitedeliteful

    Without his hat LL looks kinda funny...

  • Quitedeliteful

    Nice looking family. The graduating girl is pretty....

  • Quitedeliteful


  • MistaO

    Great looking family!

  • Liah

    Beautiful Family

  • TheWildChild

    Im sure he was the biggest donor this year to have earned this kind of recognition. That overpriced college ?. She was roommate with Magic? Johnson's daughter, also her BFF. I see quite a bit of celebs send their kids to this college.

  • 4RGSpot

    I like him. Good looking family and he's with a sista!!!!!???

  • Coco17

    Beautiful family

  • Malcom Flex

    Wow how would I feel if my daddy was a big ole queeny closet case??

  • Unhappy American

    YASSS ??

  • Mbailey

    YOU would be in awe of him having the balls to love himself anyway, and get money entertaining the world.

  • Yetunde

    I'm not talking about his wife, I referring to the lady in the black and white shirt. I know who his wife is.

  • Malcom Flex

    Yall are so funny rush to defend down low black males but stay dissing Sandra Rose for being an out lesbian.

  • Yetunde

    Yes, I am.

  • Chicagowise

    LL needs to see a therapist. His dependency on hats to cover his misshapen head, is alarming.

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  • Kayke

    Too much makeup LL.

  • Wile E. Coli

    uh oh.. seein' some cultural appropriation there..

  • Queen B

    Her head is so big

  • Li

    The daughter is gorgeous.

  • KcoolMuziq

    LL should stand for Longevity.

  • Ni Ni

    Them straight wigs chile, I can't.

  • Enoughsaid2020

    Beautiful family!

  • leapyearpisces

    LL lived in Charlotte, NC for a hot minute, and the word even back then was he had an affinity towards the trannies. I was in school at UNCC at the time. I think it was 1996. One day me and my friend rolled up beside him on N. Tryon. He was driving either a red lamb or ferrari. We got his attention and we waved, and he waved back. Back then, I didn't know what a tranny was at the time , but I do know the part of N. Tryon where we ran into him, if that was his flavor , he would have no problems finding them. He-she! Blow tissues, skivvy- delicious.
    There was a lot of stuff that went on before the digital age. Like little Kim, everyone says the reason for her changing herself, was because of Biggie, yeah Biggie may have sowed the seed, but if there is any truth to the rumors that were going on back in the day, it was the beatings at the hand of Steven Segal, that really did her in. Like I said, that was the rumor back in the day, I am not stating it as a fact.

  • Malcom Flex

    Yes some of us know life before the digital age. Him, Puffy, Mase, Busta, so many closet cases in hip hop!

  • Malcom Flex

    Why is mama proudly touching her baby and daddy is all stiff and fake??

  • leapyearpisces

    Busta another trany lover, allegedly (Wendy Williams voice, LOL). I wonder is that GORGEOUS, Canadian Sean Jean model, Will Lemay, is still being a kept man by Diddy.

  • Cali

    She's a cutie, even with LL's forehead lol


    Omfg exactly


    Will lemay? Haha and diddy? Diddy really gay? Smh

  • Malcom Flex

    You can tell who's tranny chaser. The love to fight and fuss with and about gays fake outrage self hate.

  • Dee

    Actually, you are the dummy because SR is a white middle aged man.

  • Dee

    You people find anything stupid to complain about SMFH!

  • morenYAHdelsur

    She's beautiful. A little heavy on the brows, but she's gorgeous. Looks like her mom ??

  • Renee26

    Beautiful family!!

  • morenYAHdelsur

    LOL dang! Can she live with her new degree? She'll learn.

  • Diva4lyfe

    Aww a proud moment they will never forget. Love LL and his family.

  • Voice Of Reason

    Uh...why do you say that? It's silly to judge based on who's yelling about it the most.

    She could be making millions like Viola Davis is doing....instead she makes a few grand per show. THAT'S why she's going so hard.

  • Voice Of Reason

    I respect his longevity in the game and how he's avoided any scandals. He protected his family from an intruder in between making millions while staying in top shape. Simone got herself a winner! These rappers should be trying to be like him.

    That being said, I agree he shouldn't have accepted an award during her graduation. However, maybe she wanted him to.

  • Voice Of Reason

    Hey...It's Hollywood and I've seen worse.

  • fRAktal Reality

    Wow...even young black girls are morphing into white girls. The madness continues...

  • WutizaGRANNY!
  • Sorry_Not_Sorry

    Exactly Eminem saw his daughter graduate from backstage so as to not outshine her. Very tacky LL!

  • KIm

    I might be in a minority here but LL's daughter on beautiful in the face. But she looks flat chested and bloated sort of like a starving child...I'm sorry

  • Bella Boss

    identical to him

  • shay2shaymd

    I agree. Wearing a damn winter hat in the Springtime.

  • Chicagowise

    When you fully embrace yourself, flaws and all, there's no need to hide. No space for shame. ?

  • Chan1

    LL has beautiful kids. His son looks just like him now. The oldest daughter Italia looks like mom and the the two youngest girls (one seen above and Nina Simone) look like he and his wife depends on the photo.