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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"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

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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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Colin Kaepernick is the black Grinch for those who dream of a white America

December 19, 2019

The tactics used to discredit the former quarterback are how conservative America has always treated black athletes who speak out. Colin Kaepernick sent a tweet on Thanksgiving and the white-wing media wants to make sure you know about it. Breitbart, the Washington Times, Fox News and the rest of the usual suspects quickly reported the contents of…

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The Guardian: Colin Kaepernick is the black Grinch for those who dream of a white America

December 5, 2019

The tactics used to discredit the former quarterback are how conservative America has always treated black athletes who speak out Colin Kaepernick sent a tweet on Thanksgiving and the white-wing media wants to make sure you know about it. Breitbart, the Washington Times, Fox News and the rest of the usual suspects quickly reported the contents of…

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Are ‘Harriet’ and Slavery Films Good for African Americans?

November 21, 2019

Important movies like ‘Django Unchained’ and ’12 Years a Slave’ are vital to correct the misperceptions many have about the shameful practice, but they “risk defining African American participation in U.S. history primarily as victims,” the Hollywood Reporter columnist explains. [Read More]

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The Guardian: How sports tactics can help the Democrats beat Donald Trump in 2020

October 15, 2019

During my NBA career I played for plenty of teams who protected the lead. But it’s a strategy that can backfire if a team don’t exploit their strengths The relationship between sports and society has always been about more than exercise and entertainment. As the popularity of sports movies and TV shows attests, it’s also…

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The Hollywood Reporter: Scorsese Isn’t Wrong About Marvel (He Isn’t Right, Either)

October 11, 2019

Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images (Martin Scorsese) The director wasn’t denigrating superhero films so much as stating the obvious, writes the NBA great and Hollywood Reporter columnist. Director Martin Scorsese’s claim to Empire magazine that Marvel films aren’t “cinema” is like saying the novel Fifty Shades of Grey isn’t “literature.” He’s technically wrong — but he’s culturally right. And all…

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