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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Monday's Connector: LL Cool J

June 3rd, 2010
04:41 PM ET

American LL Cool J has been one of the most successful artists that has been able to straddle both the music landscape as well as Hollywood.

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The 42-year-old rapper whose real name is James Todd Smith is today known solely as LL Cool J - which stands for ladies love cool James.

LL Cool J grew up in Queens, New York and began rapping from the age of nine and sang with his church choir even earlier.

At the age of 16, LL Cool J purchased a mixing table and began producing and recording his own series of rap songs.

After he sent you a number of his songs to recording companies, LL Cool J signed a deal with Def Jam records soon after.

His first single sold over 100,000 copies.

Nearly 25 years later, LL Cool J has recorded over ten albums, many of which have gone platinum.

But, while LL Cool J has achieved fame because of his music career, he has also been able to carve a successful career for himself in film and television.

LL Cool J has been in a number of Hollywood blockbusters including "Swat," "Charlie's Angels," and "Rollerball." He also has a recurring role in the television series, "NCIS: Los Angeles."

Currently, LL Cool J is out with a new fitness book called "Platinum 360 Diet and Lifestyle."

Future Connector: Bon Jovi

June 3rd, 2010
04:03 PM ET

The American rock band, Bon Jovi is one of the world's most iconic music groups and has been belting out record-breaking hits since 1984.

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The band's lead singer and founder Jon Bon Jovi, was born on March 2, 1962 in Sayreville, New Jersey.

From an early age, Jon showed an early appreciation for music and would regularly skip school to take part in musical activities.

However, Jon Bon Jovi is most well-known for his involvement with the group Bon Jovi with other band members, Richie Sambora, Tico Torres and David Bryan.

The group formed in 1983 and the band's members are remained relatively the same over the past 27 years.

The group's first album was called "Bon Jovi" and was released in 1984. In the following years, the band has recorded more than ten studio albums.

Some of their most memorable songs include "Living on a Prayer," "Bed of Roses," "It's my Life" and "Have a Nice Day."

Here's your chance to ask all four members of Bon Jovi a question. .

Please leave your questions below and be sure to include where you're writing from.