Linking Up with the NCAA

I had a great time with the NCAA Double-A Zone. We talked about blogging, my audio book, fans, sports, writing and many other topics. Please join me in this really interesting conversation with the National Collegiate Athletic Association blog. Click here.


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Kareem’s Life Gets a Spotlight on ESPN.com

Today is cool day for me. ESPN.com is launching my audio/visual show as a part of my audio book On the Shoulders of Giants. It shows you some insights to my life when I was a young boy growing up who loved baseball and had no serious interest in basketball. As a boy I was interested in competing in many …


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Dr. Mark E. Dean: The Face in the Computer

If there is one device that defines human civilization today, it’s the personal computer.  No one can dispute how much the personal computer has revolutionized our lives, from increasing our productivity to spreading education to enhancing entertainment.  We are riding the personal computer into the future on the backs of our iPods and iPhones and GPS devices with the childlike …


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On the Rebound: Answering Blogmail

A couple of days ago, I received the following comment from “Vman” in response to my blog about Dr. West , the co-inventor of the electret microphone used in almost 90% of all microphones built today: “Kareem, A question from my 10-year-old… So, Dr. West, ‘inventor of the microphone,’ invented it in 1962? How were we able to hear Count …


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Why Black History Month?

A white friend of mine told me his 9-year-old son asked him, “If February is Black History Month, then when is White History Month?”  My friend replied, “The other 11 months.”  That’s why I take this opportunity to use my blog to promote some of the most notable and influential African-Americans in American history.  As much as I support and …


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Slice ’em

I watched a mixed martial arts event this weekend featuring street fighting legend Kimbo Slice. It was a featured live event on cable and drew a huge live audience in Miami.  This form of combat has eclipsed boxing at the box office and in the hearts of fight fans, and when I watch these events I fondly remember the time …


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Charlotte E. Ray: Beyond the Law

Sometimes there’s a heavy price to be paid for being an innovator. The greater the innovation, the greater the price to be paid. This is especially true for African-American women innovators, who not only braved the cruelty of racism, but also the harshness of sexism. How hard it must have been to come home after a long day facing racists, …


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A Fine Mess …

After watching part of the congressional hearings on drug and steroid use by professional athletes, I can only think of Oliver Hardy’s complaint to Stan Laurel  in so many of their comedies — “It’s a fine mess you’ve gotten us into” — but this mess is neither fine nor funny. I have been a baseball fan ever since I was …


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Care & Maintenance of the Over-50 Athlete: Core Fitness

When I was a kid, most of the fathers over 50 would settle into their sofas at night with a beer and watch TV. Until the remote was invented (the first was in 1950, from Zenith, and it was appropriately named “Lazy Bones”), the most exercise a lot of dads got was getting up to change the channel during the …


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Dr. James West — Inventor of the Electret Microphone

In 1996, I published a book titled “Black Profiles in Courage.” It was my take on American history that included the contributions of black Americans. In so many of our history books, the efforts of black Americans go unrecognized. Since publishing that book, I’ve come across much more information that fits this profile. So, I’d like to give some acknowledgment …


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Bessie Coleman Helped Black Women Soar

The “friendly skies” of aviation have not always been that friendly to women pilots.  Currently there are about 4,000 women airline pilots out of the nearly 80,000 male airline pilots.  The first female airline pilot was Helen Richey, who was hired by Central Airlines in 1934.  After only 10 months on the job, she resigned because the all-male pilots union …


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Bebop and Beyond

Herbie Hancock has just been awarded the 2008 Grammy award for Album of the Year — a collaborative effort with Joni Mitchell. I’ve known Herbie since I was in high school. The night of my high school graduation, I went to the Village Vanguard and had the pleasure of seeing him perform with Miles Davis’ band, without Miles. I got …


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Care & Maintenance of the Over-50 Athlete: Core Fitness

When I was a kid, most of the fathers over 50 would settle into their sofas at night with a beer and watch TV. Until the remote was invented (the first was in 1950, from Zenith, and it was appropriately named “Lazy Bones”), the most exercise a lot of dads got was getting up to change the channel during the …


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Star Wars, NBA-Style

As we approach the NBA All-Star break, we are witnessing the cumulative effect of much maneuvering on the part of the more dominant franchises. The Spurs — the  defending champs — are the only team that has played a pat hand. Summer ’07 saw the Lakers trying to make a deal to acquire K.G., which would ultimately fail.  But that …


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