LL Cool J & Rev. Run (Joseph Simmons)

The ladies love cool James (photographed with Rev. Run above) and so does the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. The non-profit organization, which aims to promote black-Jewish and Muslim-Jewish relations, presented rapper LL Cool J with the Joseph Papp Racial Harmony Award in honor of his contributions to race relations at a glitzy party at Russell Simmons‘ home in New York Monday night. Russell Simmons said he was more than happy to give LL the honor.

“LL has long history of social and political activism. He is one person who is not recognized enough for his gifts,” Russell Simmons told AllHipHop.com. “I’m very happy to have honored him for his many contributions.”