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.


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 Read More »

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"Kareem’s op-ed on racism resonated hugely with our readers as few pieces have done. More than 3 million people read the piece on our website."

Sue Horton OpEd Editor LA Times



Huffpost: I Never Felt Taller Than When Standing in Muhammad Ali’s Shadow

June 4, 2016

During my more than 50 years in the public eye, I have met hundreds of renowned celebrities, artists, athletes, and world leaders. But only a handful embodied the self-sacrificing and heroic qualities that defined my friend and mentor, Muhammad Ali. A master of self-promotion, he declared early in his boxing career, I am the greatest! Read More »

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Kirkus Reviews – Review of Kareem’s New Book “Writings on the Wall”– Coming This Fall

May 26, 2016

Combining his personal experiences as a black Muslim male with statistical data, research, and a bit of humor, Abdul-Jabbar (On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance, 2010, etc.) explores the divisions in the United States along lines of race, class, religion, and gender, and he offers concrete, easily implemented solutions to fix these ongoing problems…

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Write ‘Mycroft Holmes’ Comic Book Series

May 26, 2016

Not content with being an NBA legend and columnist for the Washington Post, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is adding a new career to his resume: comic book writer, as he explores one of his lesser-known passions, the mythology of Sherlock Holmes, and particularly the career of Holmes’ brother, Mycroft…

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Recipe for a Legend by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

April 14, 2016

There have been a lot of great basketball players, but few have achieved the status of Legend. Kobe Bryant became a legend the old-fashioned way, through dedication to practice, commitment to his team, enthusiasm for the game, and loyalty to the fans. To become a legend, it’s not enough to be an exceptional player, you Read More »

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Kareem’s New Book “Writings on the Wall” Coming This Fall

April 6, 2016

Basketball legend and cultural commentator Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explores the heart of issues that affect Americans today, from race and economic inequality to the business of sports and the media’s influence on society.

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Time: The Paradox of Being a Black Role Model

March 14, 2016

The U.S. president and a prima ballerina. Throw in a rabbi and a priest and you’ve got the start of a classic watercooler joke. But add first black American President and first black female principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre and it’s no longer a joke but an uplifting ideal for a new generation Read More »

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The Hollywood Reporter: Why Black People Are “Invisible” to Oscar Voters (Guest Column)

January 27, 2016

Vincent Sandoval/Getty Images The former NBA star invokes Ralph Ellison’s ‘Invisible Man’ in his take on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy: “Institutionalized racism is so insidious because those practicing it don’t realize it.” Oops, Hollywood did it again. For the second year in a row the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has neglected to recognize Read More »

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Time: The New Year’s Resolutions America Needs to Make

January 7, 2016

Making New Year’s resolutions is such an optimistic gesture that it inspires hope in humanity, even in a year filled with such atrocious inhumanity. Acknowledging our flaws and seeking solutions to become better human beings is an admirable act of personal humility. Jotting down these vows is a celebration of the human spirit striving to Read More »

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Time: My Very Muslim Christmas

December 23, 2015

Although I am Muslim, I have a deep affection and respect for Christmas. Affection because I was raised Catholic and the holiday season is a nostalgic hug as comforting as a warm crackling fire and hot apple cider. Respect because praising the significance of the birth of Jesus is an important part of the Muslim Read More »

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Dear Retirement – a.k.a. Dear Kobe – (TIME Article)

December 4, 2015

“Retirement, embrace him like you did me”

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