Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: what sports have taught me about race in America

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (front right) attends the Cleveland Summit alongside other prominent black athletes, such as Muhammad Ali, in 1967. Photograph: Bettmann/Bettmann Archive Tue 28 Aug 2018 10.24 EDT Sports is one of the few areas in which Americans of all races can talk to each other. Right now, it may be the country’s best hope for meaningful dialogue As the Guardian’s series …


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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Joins ‘iZombie’s’ Final Season

(Photo courtesy of: Twitter/imrosemciver Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Rose McIver) The NBA legend and Hollywood Reporter columnist will play a Seattle councilman in the CW show’s upcoming season. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is stretching his acting muscles again with a role on the final season of iZombie.The NBA legend (and Hollywood Reporter columnist) will guest-star on The CW series in 2019. Series lead Rose McIver (listed …


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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the NFL, ‘BlacKkKlansman’ and the Summer Movie as Protest Song

6:00 AM PDT 8/14/2018 by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Amid Trump’s national anthem rhetoric, Spike Lee’s latest film and Boots Riley’s ‘Sorry to Bother You’ reinforce satire as the preferred genre of the oppressed, writes the NBA Hall-of-Famer and Hollywood Reporter cultural columnist. “Slaves are generally expected to sing as well as to work,” observed ex-slave-turned-abolitionist Frederick Douglass. To the slave owners, singing slaves …


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An open letter to the NFL’s owners (The Guardian)

Tue 31 Jul 2018 04.00 EDT To deny professional athletes the right to express dissent in a peaceful manner is a disgrace to the Constitution, the opposite of patriotism and shameful moral weakness Dear NFL owners: Whew! What a tumultuous year for your league. Slipping attendance and ratings. Continuing concussion controversy. Lawsuits from cheerleaders who refuse to shut up and smile. Domestic violence accusations against players. The Papa John’s founder mouthing …


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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Hollywood’s New “Zero Tolerance” on Offensive Speech Makes Zero Sense (Hollywood Reporter)

6:53 AM PDT 7/24/2018 by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ director James Gunn’s recent firing over old tweets and a Paramount TV exec’s dismissal amid racially charged comments only reinforce an “atmosphere of fear” and fail to account for the “totality of the person,” writes the Hollywood Reporter columnist. In the iconic TV series Kung Fu, Shaolin newbie Caine is challenged by …


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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Why the Trump Era’s Movie Villains Are “Morally Woke” (Hollywood Reporter)

6:30 AM PDT 7/17/2018 by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar From ‘Black Panther’s’ Killmonger to ‘Incredibles 2’s’ Evelyn Deavor, this year’s big-screen baddies are more “conscionable” than the evildoers in the White House and reflect the ultimate problem: “Those who let this despairing situation come about: us.” The three most popular movies of the past few months — Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Incredibles 2 — have presented a …


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Why Ninja Warrior is the sport America needs (The Guardian)

BY: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar , Wed 11 Jul 2018 05.00 EDT The TV show will never rival any of the major US sports but it teaches us that an athlete’s reach should exceed their grasp As bantering sports commentators, barstool fans and tall, handsome retired athletes endlessly debate which sport will emerge as the future national pastime, a subversive competitor has been muscling up the pop …


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Trump’s opponents have the moral high-ground. Let’s not squander it (The Guardian)

Tue 3 Jul 2018 08.06 EDT As Americans fear losing hope, some have turned to personal attacks on White House figures. That won’t fix the national crisis n the 1941 noir potboiler movie I Wake Up Screaming, Betty Grable’s character asks a corrupt cop: “What’s the good of living without hope?” To which he replies, “It can be done.” The movie’s title …


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Sport molded my character – and Trump has learned none of its lessons (The Guardian)

The best athletes are living embodiments of traits the president is sorely lacking: discipline, hard work, focus, teamwork and sportsmanship Mon 11 Jun 2018 05.00 EDT Donald Trump’s presidency has made one thing agonizingly clear: he doesn’t understand the meaning of sports in America any better than he knows the words to God Bless America. He doesn’t understand athletes, fans, teamwork, or even …


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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: How we can really make America great (The Washington Post)

By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar  June 5 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a social justice activist and six-time NBA champion. America’s most dangerous enemy is not terrorism, war or immigration. The greatest threat to our country is ignorance. A healthy democracy depends on knowledgeable discourse for survival, but our national conversation is incessantly muddied. Information is twisted, contorted and butchered — so much so that Americans …


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