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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Let Motown Be Your Commencement Speaker

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
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Forget all the controversies. Let Marvin Gaye and the other greats be your true guide to life with Kareem’s commencement mix tape.

So, you’re graduating this month and school administrators feel a sudden desperate need to hire someone famous to toss advice at you like over-engorged water balloons of wisdom. When it’s over, you will be soaked with insight and inspiration. After four years of intense studying, what new understanding can be offered in 20 minutes under a hot sun in a stifling rented gown worn by a thousand other sweaty grads with itches of unknown origin? Or is parading some celebrity speaker merely an eleventh-hour attempt to convince your parents that you got their money’s worth?

Harvard, Yale, Stanford, let me save you some money on speaker fees. I’ve put together a mix-tape of four Motown songs that will tell graduates everything they need to know to march forward happily and successfully through life. Get the party started by playing these songs at graduation, maybe with the Dean of Students holding a boom box over his head like John Cusack in Say Anything…

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Friday, May 16th, 2014

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Kareem on ‘Huckabee’ Discussing NBA Decision to Ban Sterling

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: How To Tell If You’re a Racist Like Donald Sterling

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Polls show that more whites believe in ghosts than believe racism is a problem in America. I guess that’s why Ghost Hunters is so popular but my show, Racist Wranglers, never got picked up. Maybe the reason is how we define racism.

Donald Sterling is not a racist.

In his own mind.

Paula Deen, Cliven Bundy, Don Imus. Not racists.

To their family, closest friends and adoring pets, they’re just plain-speaking Americans who have probably said the phrase, “I don’t care if you’re white, black, yellow, or purple.” (FYI: You might be a racist if you’ve used that phrase.)

That’s why their faces have that shocked “Who me?” expression at the public outrage over their statements.

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TIME Signs NBA Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as Contributing Columnist

Friday, May 2nd, 2014
Sears Shooting Stars Competition 2014

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar during the Sears Shooting Stars Competition 2014. (Ronald Martinez—Getty Images)

Abdul-Jabbar To Join TIME at White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

(New York, May 2, 2014)—TIME has signed NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as a regular contributing columnist to TIME and Abdul-Jabbar will write an op-ed column and appear in a regular video series.

Earlier this week, Abdul-Jabbar wrote a widely-discussed column for TIME on the race controversy surrounding Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

Abdul-Jabbar will join TIME at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner on Saturday, May 3, where he’ll be seated with TIME’s other guests, Oscar-winner actor Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón, Oscar-nominated director Steve McQueen and Uber founder Travis Kalanick.

Read Abdul-Jabbar’s debut column for TIME here:

Abdul-Jabbar is also a weekly columnist for the Los Angeles Register. You can follow him on Twitter @KAJ33 and Facebook:

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