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Basketball News from London: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Q&A with Metro Newspaper London

The NBA legend was one of the greatest centres ever to play basketball. The 67-year-old was a six-time NBA champion and 19-time All-Star. He has since become an actor, author and a US global cultural...
07 Jan 2015, Paris, France --- Paris, France. 7th January 2015 -- A tribute of flowers and candles in the shape of a heart is set up at Place de la RÈpublique in Paris in memory of the victims of a terror attack on the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. -- An estimated 35,000 people gathered at Place de la RÈpublique in Paris to pay tribute to the victims of a terror attack on the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and promote freedom of the press against tyranny and terrorism. --- Image by © David Chour/Demotix/Corbis

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: These Terrorist Attacks Are Not About Religion

David Chour—Demotix/Corbis When the Ku Klux Klan burns a cross in a black family’s yard, Christians aren’t required to explain how these aren’t really Christian acts. Another horrendous act of terrorism has taken place and...
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Jacobin: College Athletes of the World, Unite

When I played basketball for UCLA, I learned the hard way how the NCAA’s refusal to pay college athletes impacted our daily lives. Despite the hours I put in every day, practicing, learning plays, and...
The Aging of Aquarius

The Aging of Aquarius

Those rebellious boomers of the ’60s are ready for AARP. As aging movie star Bette Davis once warned, “Old age ain’t no place for sissies.” Amen, sister. Not that I’m anywhere near that “place.” But...
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: American Politicians Are A Greater Threat to Democracy Than ISIS

The lying campaign ads, shady voter ID laws and sanctioned dishonesty should be illegal—and those complicit should be arrested. The upcoming mid-term elections should inspire a swell of patriotic pride in our hearts as we...
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The OC Register: Grading four new TV mysteries

While I was on the road with the Lakers, I spent much of my travel time reading history books and mysteries. To me, history and mystery books share very similar qualities. They both are filled...
Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson watches from his courtside seat in the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, in Atlanta. Atlanta won 101-99 in overtime. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Bruce Levenson Isn’t a Racist; He’s a Businessman

Sure, there are assumptions he makes that are cringeworthy—but the questions about how to attract more white fans were entirely reasonable. Well, the pitchforks are already sharpened and the torches lit anyway, so rather than...
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The Rotarian: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Three Rules of Retirement

I played professional basketball for 20 years, from 1969 to 1989, which means I’ve been retired for 25 years. Technically, I’ve been retired for longer than I’ve worked. But in those 25 years of “retirement,”...