The Smiths took a pause for the cause to take a cool candid on Thanksgiving. LL Cool J, along with wife Simone, sat front and center as the kids surrounded them with love. Simone was the hip parent in the pic, throwing up a peace sign while her husband sat nearby.


LL Cool J recently partnered with ACE Brand to give kids a chance at engaging in extracurricular activities. “Every day in the United States millions of kids leave school with no place to go. To help raise awareness about the importance of extracurricular programs and team sports among youth — a cause that is very important to me — I’ve teamed up with ACE Brand and After-School All-Stars to launch the nationwide contest, ACE Brand ‘A’ Game Challenge,” wrote the rapper in a blog post.

The challenge shines the light on athletic youth who are making a difference in their community. Each contestant has the opportunity to win a $10,000 scholarship to the college of their choosing at the contest’s end, creating a balance between academics and sports that LL believes to be vital.

Simone and LL Cool J have four kids together. Learn more about the ‘Game Challenge’ contest here.



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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