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The Guardian: Hope is a dying ember for black people in the US. Athletes have rekindled it

When I boycotted the 1968 Olympics because of racial inequality I was ostracized. Now white athletes are joining their black teammates in protests Kareem Abdul-Jabbar  JD Davis and Dominic Smith of...
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Op-Ed: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: How to sustain momentum for the anti-racism movement

“I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear.” My old UCLA coach, John Wooden, used to quote that Walt Whitman poem often, and I’ve been hearing its echoes on the streets lately. The people out protesting...
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Praise for Kareem’s OpEd from LA Times Editor

“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   Read full...
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Why ‘Gone With the Wind’ Needs a Warning Label, Not a Ban

The Hollywood Reporter's columnist says that though such racist content is damaging, "we need a way to present art within its historical context so the works can still be available and appreciated for their achievements...
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 6 Best Morale-Boosting TV Dramas for People of Color

In a world under siege, writes The Hollywood Reporter columnist and NBA great, "Good shows can boost a community's morale and self-esteem — and make them feel connected to people like them and valued by...
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Op-Ed: Don’t understand the protests? What you’re seeing is people pushed to the edge

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...
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The Hollywood Reporter: Jeff Goldblum, Dr. Phil and the Clumsy Art of Celebrity Contrition

After saying something dangerous or ignorant, public figures tend to double down or give snarky non-apologies. The Hollywood Reporter columnist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar offers them some advice. One of Jeff Goldblum's most famous movie lines is...
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What Sports Can Teach Us about Dealing with Coronavirus

Like most kids in America, I was taught that sports is more than just physical exercise, it’s also where we learn about fair play, self-discipline, how to be a good winner as well as a...
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The Hollywood Reporter: Trump’s Coronavirus Reaction Reminds of ‘Hunters’ Nazi Conspiracy

Christopher Saunders ('Hunters') The president’s blame-the-black-guy rhetoric and foot-dragging behavior have the same result as the Amazon show's gleefully unrepentant Nazis', and his racist failures and lack of leadership will be his legacy. In Amazon’s...