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Ice-T during an appearance at UMass Boston in 2013.
Ice-T during an appearance at UMass Boston in 2013.Jim Davis/Globe Staff/File/Globe Staff

Rapper/actor Ice-T had a few pearls of hard-earned wisdom for students at Bunker Hill Community College as part of the school’s “Compelling Conversations” speaker series the other day. After a lunch prepped by culinary arts students, Ice-T talked about losing his parents at an early age and finding a substitute family in the Rollin’ 60’s Crip gang in Los Angeles. “You’re starting from a better place than I did,” he told the crowd. “You’re right where you should be.” He was particularly encouraging of BHCC English major (and veteran) Robert Harrigan, who shared a rap about suicide and PTSD. Ice-T joined the crowd in robust applause.