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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

Kareem: How cheating in sports hurts sports and America

Wed Jul 09, 2014

Professional sports are a $14.3 billion business in this country and every aspiring pro athlete is drooling for a thick slice of that juicy money pie. Nothing wrong with that goal. It’s the American Dream to use your own talents, training, discipline and will power to succeed. And with 12,660 professional athletes in this country,

5 contemporary young adult novels adults should read

Fri Jun 27, 2014

The recent success of both the novel and film “The Fault in Our Stars” has instigated a cage match of brawling pundits discussing the pros and cons of adults reading young adult literature. At the core of the discussion is the recent study that showed that 55 percent of people who buy young adult books are older than 18 (28 p

Just Ask Kareem: Sports Edition

Sun Jun 22, 2014

Thank you all for your many emails asking my advice. Today I decided to focus on sports-related questions in honor of the NBA Championships. Tim Duncan just broke your record for playing the most minutes in playoffs. How did you feel about that? – Mandy, Los Angeles Every time one of my records is

Kareem: My best and worst NBA Finals moments

Tue Jun 17, 2014

What’s it like to play in the National Basketball Association Finals? Intense, unremitting pressure. I should know, I’ve played in 10 NBA Finals, having won six of those times and been elected Most Valuable Player twice. Imagine first walking onto the court to the screams and boos of 20,000 fans. Add to that t

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