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.


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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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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The Hollywood Reporter: Why the ‘Joker’ Gun Violence Protests Miss the Mark

October 2, 2019

Warner Bros. Pictures Though supportive of their goals, the Hollywood Reporter columnist (and gun owner) argues that survivors of shootings are targeting the wrong film with the wrong strategy, “setting a bad precedent for all activist groups.” In Alan Moore’s brilliant graphic novel, Batman: The Killing Joke, the Joker justifies his psychopathic behavior by philosophizing that…

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The Hollywood Reporter: Bruce Lee Was My Friend, and Tarantino’s Movie Disrespects Him

August 16, 2019

Alamy Stock Photo (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bruce Lee during the filming of ‘Game of Death,’ released in 1978.) The NBA great and Hollywood Reporter columnist, a friend of the late martial arts star, believes the filmmaker was sloppy, somewhat racist and shirked his responsibility to basic truth in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.’ Remember…

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The Hollywood Reporter: What I Learned Writing for ‘Veronica Mars’

August 15, 2019

Maria Corte The Hollywood Reporter columnist reflects on his recent stint as a new television scribe: “It all had that same fast-break-no-look-pass feel of the Showtime Lakers working unconsciously together.” When it was announced in September that I would be joining the writing staff of Hulu’s rebooted Veronica Mars series, some people took it as a sign that…

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The Guardian: Basketball is my first love, but the athleticism of beach volleyball is amazing

July 29, 2019

The sport has come a long way since it was an excuse to hang out at the beach with a beer. The skills of its athletes are breathtaking Not many people know that my friend and mentor Wilt Chamberlain was not just one of the greatest basketball players who ever lived, he was also a world-class…

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The Guardian: Why the Toronto Raptors’ title is a victory for the NBA, Canada … and the US

June 17, 2019

As basketball expands around the world it helps educate those abroad and at home that other cultures are not to be feared Folklore tells us that if you can see your initials in a spider’s web, you have good fortune ahead. Maybe the NBA saw their initials in the hoop net last Thursday because the…

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The Guardian: Athletes are shot dead all the time in the US. It makes grim, tragic sense

May 10, 2019

Three young athletes were shot to death in the last week alone. When you factor in race, guns and politics in the US, tragedies are inevitable ” A senseless act of violence.” That’s how University of New Mexico athletic director Eddie Nuñez described the 4 May shooting death of 23-year-old UNM baseball player Jackson Weller.…

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