Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: LeBron James Is Bigger Than the ‘GOAT’ Debate, He’s a Hero for Our Time

BY KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR ON 2/14/19 AT 8:41 AM In Paul Simon’s “The Boy in the Bubble,” he sings, “It’s every generation throws a hero up the pop charts.” It’s both an observation and a lament about how each generational changing of the guard demands its own unique voice, coded language and defiant look. That need to rebelliously announce and define what’s news …


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Exclusive Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Rare All-Star Items Auction

“My sports memorabilia also have a history. My history. My life. And, oddly, since my life is still happening and ever-evolving, I am less personally attached to those items than I am to my desire to create new history for myself—and futures for others. Much of the proceeds from my auction will go to support my charity, the Skyhook Foundation, …


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Isiah On Point with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Isiah Thomas sat down with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for a candid conversation on dealing with adversity, race relations and athletes social responsibility. Watch interview on NBA.com


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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: My 50-Year Friendship With Big Bird and ‘Sesame Street’

The (very tall) Hollywood Reporter contributor first met the yellow character in 1969 — “It’s nice to have someone I can look straight in the eyes” — and sees the show’s influence on everything from his own kids’ behavior to ‘The Great British Bake Off.’ 4:30 AM PST 2/6/2019 by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar  Big Bird has been my feathered friend for 50 years. …


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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Why the ‘Green Book’ Controversies Don’t Matter

6:00 AM PST 1/14/2019 by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar As awards season scandals pile up, dwelling on its historical inaccuracies, or the race (or boneheaded past actions) of its writer and director, misses the deeper value of an Oscar-worthy film, writes the NBA great and Hollywood Reporter columnist. Historical movies are never about history. Nor are they meant to be. Current historical films like First …


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My picks for athlete of the year are the ones who carried that weight

Thu 27 Dec 2018 10.58 EST Colin Kaepernick, Maggie Nichols and Serena Williams left us better off because of their commitment to sport and society Today’s athletes have to carry a lot more baggage than a smelly gym bag and the giddy dreams of their parents. If they hope to achieve true greatness (or GOAT-ness) – and not just fleeting athletic notoriety …


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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Blaxploitation Is Going Highbrow With an Anti-Trump Twist

6:30 AM PST 12/14/2018 by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Classic ’70s films like ‘Shaft’ and ‘Super Fly’ featured swaggeringly badass men and women fighting an oppressive system, so with a racist in the White House, it’s no surprise that new takes on the genre — including ‘Widows’ and, yes, even ‘Black Panther’ — are seeing a screen renaissance. Top Chef always challenges its contestants to …


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Barnes & Noble Announces the Best Books of 2018

Lists Include Top 15 Books Overall, Plus Fiction, Thrillers & Suspense, History & Current Affairs, YA, Young Readers, and Kids December 11, 2018 08:30 AM Eastern Standard Time NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest retail bookseller, today announced the Best Books of 2018 as chosen by the Company’s expert booksellers. The curated lists highlight books of …


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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Midterm Election Lessons and How Trump Killed the Magic of the Political Movie

Historic gains aside, the Nov. 6 results show that the meaning behind classic films of yesteryear, such as ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,’ ‘All the President’s Men’ and even ‘Lincoln,’ don’t have a place in the current climate. Most Americans’ understanding of politics doesn’t come from high school social studies classes but from Hollywood movies and television dramas, which is …


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11th annual National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is nominated a third time for Best Columnist in the 11th annual National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards!  Already a two time winner, Kareem joins his comrades at The Hollywood Reporter in a total of 44 nominations.  Nominations include best publication, best website, journalist of the year for Lacey Rose and best columnist for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The Hollywood Reporter topped the …


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“Becoming Kareem” – For Your Grammy Consideration

Just heard some really interesting news! Our publisher tells me the audiobook edition of BECOMING KAREEM is eligible for a GRAMMY® for Best Children’s Album, having an audio book nominated is exceptionally rare… Voting is now open, so maybe you’ll consider checking out BECOMING KAREEM, read by yours truly, and/or sharing the news with friends in the Recording Academy? I know there’s a lot of great kids’ …


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