Pop Artist LL Cool J Appears on Popular PBS Television Show

He learned a few things that he wasn't expecting . . . including that his mother was adopted!

Denalee Chapman February 24, 2016

The popular PBS television show, Finding Your Roots, uncovered interesting family history for hip-hop artist and actor, LL Cool J. Rather than shocking the star with the truth that his mother was adopted at birth, the production company contacted LL Cool J privately over the phone to share the news. His mother, Ondrea Griffith, took the news well. She shared on the show that her parents “had their reasons” for not making the adoption known. And LL Cool J also harbors no ill feelings. After the divorce of his parents, his grandparents took them in. They “embraced me, they built me up. They made me believe in myself,” he says on the show.

This episode of Finding Your Roots (Season 3, Episode 7) was aired on February 16, 2016, and included many more details about LL Cool J’s history. He found that his roots included some dramatic violence, freedom from slavery, and even a boxing champion.

More and more adoptees are turning to DNA testing to find clues about their pasts.  One clue leads to another and much is discovered for those highlighted on the show as well as individuals who do their own sleuthing.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at DenaleeChapman.com.

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