The Writings of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an American icon, legendary NBA champion and recipient of the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom. Among his long list of accomplishments, he is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, a 6x NBA champion, the league’s only 6x MVP and recipient of 2 Columnist of the Year Awards in (2017 & 2018) by the Southern California Journalism Awards.

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Op-Ed: Don’t understand the protests? What you’re seeing is people pushed to the edge

May 30, 2020

What was your first reaction when you saw the video of the white cop kneeling on George Floyd’s neck while Floyd croaked, “I can’t breathe”? If you’re white, you probably muttered a horrified, “Oh, my God” while shaking your head at the cruel injustice. If you’re black, you probably leapt to your feet, cursed, maybe…

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The Hollywood Reporter: Jeff Goldblum, Dr. Phil and the Clumsy Art of Celebrity Contrition

May 6, 2020

After saying something dangerous or ignorant, public figures tend to double down or give snarky non-apologies. The Hollywood Reporter columnist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar offers them some advice. One of Jeff Goldblum’s most famous movie lines is from Jurassic Park, when, as Dr. Ian Malcolm, he admonishes: “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could,…

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What Sports Can Teach Us about Dealing with Coronavirus

April 22, 2020

Like most kids in America, I was taught that sports is more than just physical exercise, it’s also where we learn about fair play, self-discipline, how to be a good winner as well as a good loser, and how to bounce back from defeat and disappointment. Although religion, movies, TV, and novels passively teach us…

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The Hollywood Reporter: Trump’s Coronavirus Reaction Reminds of ‘Hunters’ Nazi Conspiracy

March 18, 2020

Christopher Saunders (‘Hunters’) The president’s blame-the-black-guy rhetoric and foot-dragging behavior have the same result as the Amazon show’s gleefully unrepentant Nazis’, and his racist failures and lack of leadership will be his legacy. In Amazon’s enthralling thriller series Hunters, leftover German Nazis from World War II are living the high life in America while planning a…

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The Guardian: Why suspending the NBA season was a glorious act of patriotism

March 15, 2020

The NBA has led by example and put public health above self-interest, which is more than the Trump administration can say Those too busy emptying the Costco shelves of hand sanitizer and toilet paper might have missed the news that the National Basketball Association has suspended the season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Other professional and…

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The Hollywood Reporter: Kobe Bryant, Gayle King and Why Black Words Matter

February 13, 2020

Lintao Zhang/Getty Images (Kobe Bryant) Threatening and demeaning King for examining the late basketball player’s complicated legacy, writes The Hollywood Reporter columnist, fosters a “climate of disrespect” that Bryant himself would have never wanted. When Kobe Bryant died, African Americans lost a beloved and influential member of their community and Americans of all colors lost a major role…

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The Hollywood Reporter: The Sad, “Disturbing Familiarity” of This Year’s Oscar Nominees

February 5, 2020

Illustration by Kyle Hilton Nearly as disappointing as the tired lack of inclusivity among this year’s best picture contenders, writes The Hollywood Reporter columnist, is “the timidity of the filmmakers” that did make the cut. In 2015, at the beginning of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, I wrote a column for The Hollywood Reporter called “Hollywood Diversity Is a Special Effect.”…

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My NBA dream team of the next decade

January 13, 2020

I didn’t just look for the best individuals, I picked the best players who would go together as a team. And here they are. Fans today seem to enjoy speculating on “What If” sports scenarios as much as they enjoy watching actual athletic events. What if: Michael Jordan played one-on-one against Magic Johnson? What if:…

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The Hollywood Reporter: ‘Just Mercy’ and the Difference Between Black and White Legal Dramas

January 9, 2020

Jake Giles Netter/Warner Bros. (‘Just Mercy’ director Destin Daniel Cretton on the set of the Warner Bros. drama about lawyer Bryan Stevenson.) Movies about racial injustice can “exonerate us” when set in the past, but the evils are more urgent than ever, writes The Hollywood Reporter columnist. In Just Mercy, when attorney Bryan Stevenson (Michael B.…

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The Guardian: My NBA dream team of the next decade

December 31, 2019

I didn’t just look for the best individuals, I picked the best players who would go together as a team. And here they are Fans today seem to enjoy speculating on “What If” sports scenarios as much as they enjoy watching actual athletic events. What if: Michael Jordan played one-on-one against Magic Johnson? What if:…

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The Hollywood Reporter: In Hollywood, a Decade of Racial Progress But at a Glacial Pace

December 23, 2019

Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures; Universal Studios; Marvel Studios The Hollywood Reporter columnist reviews the movement toward inclusion in the film and TV industry as he takes “tongs and a fossil brush” to The Hollywood Reporter’s poll showing the industry’s most-loved movies of the decade. We have come to the end of another exhausting year…

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