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Ice-T Inspires Students At Bunker Hill Community College

Ice-T Inspires Students At Bunker Hill Community College


You probably know Ice-T for his extensive career in the rap industry, or as Detective Odafin ‘Fin’ Tutuola on the Golden Globe winning show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. But what you may not know is that he is also a motivational speaker!

The Grammy Award-winning artist spoke as part of Bunker Hill Community College’s Compelling Conversations speaker series last week, delivering an inspiring talk that drew both laughs and applause from an overflow audience.



Ice-T described losing both of his parents at an early age and finding a substitute family as an affiliate of the Rollin’ 60’s Crip Gang in Los Angeles, California. He enlisted as a U.S. Army Ranger and served four years, he said, but when a sergeant told him he wouldn’t make it in real life, Ice-T decided to “stop being a chess piece on a board.” Eventually he transformed what he called crime rhymes into a rap career as the self-proclaimed original gangster, and paid his dues in a handful of low-budget films before winning better roles.

Offering encouragement to the largely student audience, Ice-T said, “You are starting from a better place than I did. You’re right where you should be.” He advised students to choose their own path, stay focused and be willing to work hard.

Born Tracy Marrow in Newark, New Jersey, Ice-T boasts over 30 years in the rap music industry. His acting career is equally impressive: in addition to a long list of movie roles, at 17 years his detective role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit the longest running stint for a television cop. When he’s not performing on stage or in front of camera, Ice-T serves as a mentor for at-risk youth.


We hear a lot about rap artists doing bad things nowadays. It’s refreshing to hear about artists in rap as well as other genres that are doing something positive to help inspire others!


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