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Grading four new TV mysteries

Tue Oct 21, 2014

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 with villains seeking to exploit others through violence and secret manipulation and heroes determined to discover the truth and vanquish those who stand

Kareem to Kareem

Sun Oct 05, 2014

Q. Thank you for talking to me again so soon after our last interview. A. I always look forward to your thoughtful questions. Q. It’s just that last time, I, uh, may have been responsible for your toilet overflowing. A. That was you! (Kareem jumps up and storms out of the room.)

Kareem: My favorite Westerns on the silver screen

Sat Sep 27, 2014

My fascination with the Wild West began as a child, when I saw Sammy Davis Jr. on “The Rifleman” playing a fast-as-lightning gunfighter. I knew Sammy could sing and dance and act, but to see him expertly twirl those Colt .45s like pinwheels made me believe that a black man could be cowboy. Since then, I’ve spent decades

Kareem: 9 winning picks for a happier week

Fri Sep 19, 2014

The past couple weeks of national and international news seems to have created an extra-thick cloud layer of anxiety and aggravation. Maybe this list will help, in the immortal words from the musical Hair, “let the sun shine through.” 1. Watch This on TV: “Ray Donovan” (Showtime)

Kareem: Best way to end racism is to end bigotry

Sun Sep 14, 2014

You were a pretty harsh critic of Clippers owner Donald Sterling a few months back when he made those racist comments about blacks, but you defended Hawks owner Bruce Levenson. What gives? Are you guys buddies or something? – Micah No, Micah, Mr. Levenson and I are not buddies. We have never even met. I

Kareem: The best way to end racism is to end all bigotry

Sun Sep 14, 2014

You were a pretty harsh critic of Clippers owner Donald Sterling a few months back when he made those racist comments about blacks, but you defended Hawks owner Bruce Levenson. What gives? Are you guys buddies or something? – Micah No, Micah, Mr. Levenson and I are not buddies. We have never even m

Is pop culture to blame for police abuse?

Sun Sep 07, 2014

Last week, I expressed my concerns about the dangers of vigilantism in pop culture. A few days later, an episode of “Blue Bloods” aired that both illustrated my point and introduced an additional, darker version of vigilantism I hadn’t discussed: police vigilantes. The show is about a family of cops led by the stalwart

10 questions for Kareem, from Kareem

Sun Aug 31, 2014

I’ve been interviewed a few thousand times over the past several decades, so I figured why not sit down with the interviewer who knows me best – me. Q. First, I’d like to thank you for sitting down with me today, Kareem. I know how busy you are. A. No problem. I’ve always enjoyed your company.

10 questions for Kareem, from Kareem

Sat Aug 30, 2014

I’ve been interviewed a few thousand times over the past several decades, so I figured why not sit down with the interviewer who knows me best – me. Q. First, I’d like to thank you for sitting down with me today, Kareem. I know how busy you are. A. No problem. I’ve always enjoyed your company

Kareem: How to get in shape like an elite athlete

Sun Aug 24, 2014

I saw you last year on Splash where you and other celebrities were diving off high platforms and you looked in terrific shape, especially for a man in his 60s. I’m only in my 40s, and I’m struggling to keep my waistline from matching my age. What’s your secret? Justin I was in good sha

Kareem: 10 winning picks for a happier week

Sun Aug 17, 2014

Alice Walker, one of my favorite authors, once said, “Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.” While it’s true that ultimate happiness comes from our interactions with friends and family, there are plenty of everyday activities and pleasures that can brighten the week. So, this week, I’m recommend

Kareem: Blaxploitation films: Raise your hand if you can dig it

Sun Aug 10, 2014

I’ve got a simple question for you: “Who’s the cat that won’t cop out when there’s danger all about?” If you answered, “Shaft,” then, my friend, you can dig it. If not, then you might have missed one of the most important film movements in American history. The French had their prec

Kareem: 8 graphic novels you'll thank me for recommending

Sun Aug 03, 2014

If a Sharknado had suddenly hit San Diego last week, the world would have lost its greatest, most influential leaders. Leaders in pop culture, anyway. Because that was the site of Comic-Con 2014, the comic book convention that hosts 130,000 fans, pop culture trendsetters, major movie and television stars, as well as the writers, directors and pr

Just Ask Kareem: Getting son to play, when to retire

Sun Jul 27, 2014

Q. I am desperate for your help, Kareem. My son, Sam, is 15 and refuses to do any physical exercise, whatsoever. He’s a great kid, otherwise, always does his chores and homework and gets good grades in school. But he spends all his spare time playing video games on his Xbox or watching horror films on Netflix, usually while munching on

Kareem: Bless this union? Yes, for the athletes' sake

Sun Jul 20, 2014

A few months ago, a dapper man named Ramogi Huma attempted to destroy everything that America holds sacred. Were he successful, our glorious cities would have crumbled to nothing more than shoddy tents stitched together from tattered remnants of Old Glory; our government officials would be loin-cloth-clad elders gathered in the rubble of

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