Powerful insights from Kareem Abdul Jabbar

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



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 Read More »

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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. Read More »

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The Hollywood Reporter: What’s Really “Black” About All These Black Movie Remakes?

May 2, 2019

Illustration by Maria Corte The Hollywood Reporter’s columnist looks at two new takes on originally white-cast films — ‘What Men Want’ and ‘Little’ — and sees the needle of racial equality nudging forward “a bit.” Hollywood has a long history of metamorphizing movies that featured white casts into movies with predominantly black casts. Most famously, The Read More »

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: How Misbehaving Stars Use Their Kids as Brand-Enhancing Props

April 19, 2019

When the famous bribe their kids into college or parade them on TV they are really using the façade of a perfect family to burnish their own image and justify their own bad behavior. We’ve all seen horrendous news reports of desperate parents leaping into a roiling ocean to save their drowning children — only Read More »

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Fast Facts

April 15, 2019

CNN Library Here is a look at the life of philanthropist, best-selling author and NBA Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Monday, April 15th 2019, 3:31 PM EDT CNN Library Here is a look at the life of philanthropist, best-selling author and NBA Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Personal: Birth date: April 16, 1947 Birth Read More »

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The Guardian: The way Americans regard sports heroes versus intellectuals speaks volumes

April 15, 2019

The difference between the way Americans regard athletes versus “intellectuals” is a touchstone for how we see ourselves On 19 April 1980, more than 50,000 Parisians marched through the streets to mourn the loss of one of their own. Was it for a famous pop star, a beloved politician or a nationally treasured athlete? Nope, Read More »

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Aisha Tyler Express Need for Diversity in Higher Education in America

April 14, 2019

by Jasmyne Bell Chancellor Gene Block was honored with the Educational Visionary Award, presented by Abdul-Jabbar and fellow UCLA alum Bill Walton. Fulfillment Fund’s annual event, Eat, Drink, Be Inspired, put a spotlight on the organization’s incredible mission to send students from low-income and marginalized backgrounds to college. The fundraiser, which was held at Calley Read More »

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Fox News, Tiffany Haddish and Why Not All Free Speech Is Equal — or Healthy

March 29, 2019

6:30 AM PDT 3/29/2019 by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar From NFL players kneeling in protest to outrage over Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro and Tucker Carlson, the “freedom of speech” argument has been deployed by many agendas in the Trump age. In December, Tiffany Haddish posted a chipper Instagram video of herself wearing a fox fur vest while explaining, “I’m Read More »

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar hasn’t changed in retirement, but our view of him has

March 19, 2019

By Sean Deveney There’s nothing quite like kicking back and talking about Victorian literature with a basketball Hall of Famer. It’s even more fascinating when that HOF player is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and an author himself, one who is set to publish his second book about Mycroft Holmes, the seldom-discussed brother of Sherlock. Read More »

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Inside Clive Davis”Aretha!’ Screening With Joni Mitchell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

March 13, 2019

by Chris Gardner The music mogul booked the Tower Bar for the event, which featured performances and stories of the late singer’s life. Clive Davis invited 75 friends — including Berry Gordy, Diane Warren, NBA legend (and THR columnist) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Joni Mitchell (looking well after her 2015 brain aneurysm) — to a March 7 sneak Read More »

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