Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Travels from Court to Classroom to Highlight History of African-American Inventors

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Travels from Court to Classroom to Highlight History of African-American Inventors The NBA all-star says he hopes young students realize the power and influence they can achieve in STEM-related fields By Sam Spengler SMITHSONIAN.COM FEBRUARY 16, 2018 Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wants kids to stop looking up to basketball legends. The 19-time NBA All-Star believes we should introduce them to lesser …


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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on ‘Black Panther’: All This Fuss Over a Superhero Movie?

Director Ryan Coogler sits down with the NBA legend and cultural critic to assess the film’s significance: “It’s a little like witnessing the unveiling of an enormous statue on the public square — with the public square being the world — of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Nelson Mandela dressed in bright dashikis,” writes Abdul-Jabbar. At …


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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: The Olympics Are More Relevant in This Time of Tyrants

The NBA Hall of Famer and THR contributor believes Winter Games athletes should embrace making political statements in the Trump era. As the Winter Olympics in South Korea approach, many have started to ask whether the Olympics are culturally relevant anymore or are just an archaic expression of nationalistic chest-beating. The Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia made $53 million in …


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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Why the NFL player protests still matter

Football is the perfect public platform for discussing racial disparity, no matter how convincingly sappy patriotic songs and inaccurate textbooks proclaim equality has been achieved Richard Pryor once joked about the relationship African-Americans have with the American judicial system, “If you go down there looking for justice, that’s what you find: just us.” Not much has changed in 50 years. …


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Abdul-Jabbar, Smiley, Chopra to headline annual writer’s symposium

By John Wilkens Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jane Smiley and basketball legend-turned-author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will be among the featured guests at the annual Writer’s Symposium by the Sea at Point Loma Nazarene University in February. The lineup also includes Krista Tippett, author of the best seller “Becoming Wise” and Peabody Award-winning host of the public radio show/podcast “On Being,” and Deepak …


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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: This Season’s Bachelor Is Out of Step in the #MeToo Era

by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar The THR columnist and NBA Hall of Famer says season 22’s return to a vapid, out-of-date masculinity is a disappointment after the show moved forward last year with the first African-American Bachelorette. In pop culture, everything is about timing. It’s about riding the treacherous current of the zeitgeist without wiping out on the rocks of outdated irrelevance, strewn …


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Kareem on Hollywood & Politics: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: ‘The Big Sick’ and Hollywood’s Muslim-American Renaissance

The NBA Hall of Famer and THR columnist, a practitioner of Islam since college, is hopeful that the Kumail Nanjiani starrer and Aziz Ansari’s ‘Master of None’ are bringing an end to portrayals of the devoted as “rabid, merciless terrorists” onscreen.   “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,” an apple farmer observes in the opening to Robert Frost’s Mending …


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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on College Sports: “It’s time to pay the tab for America’s college athletes”

College sport is a billion-dollar enterprise built off athletes who receive no compensation. Whatever the solution is, the status quo must change  In Thailand, bony little boys as young as nine and 10 are thrown into the boxing ring to punch each other into bloody submission while parents, relatives and other screaming adults bet on the outcome. Youth sports or …


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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on The Craig Ferguson Show (PODCAST)

  The Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar talks with Craig Ferguson about his new books ‘Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court’ and ‘Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court’. He shares his thoughts on college athletes not getting paid, an influential past mentor, Bruce Lee and his love for baseball. Visit The Craig Ferguson Show.


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Obama lists Coach Wooden and Me among his favorite books and songs of 2017

  By Kevin Liptak and Deena Zaru, CNN (CNN)Freed from the daily pressures of the presidency, Barack Obama seems to have filled the time with reading and music. As he did during his time in office, Obama listed off what books and songs he’s been consuming in a Facebook post Sunday. “With some extra time on my hands this year to catch up, …


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Huffpost Review of ‘Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court’ by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

By Pamela Kramer, Contributor Educator, animal advocate and book reviewer “Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court” is a marvelous autobiography by one of the greatest basketball players who ever graced the court. Watching him play was a privilege for any true sports fan because he appeared to be graceful and athletic, ultra-competitive, always under control — and in …


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