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2014 Archive Stories Kareem

Sun Jul 20, 2014

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

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

Wed Jul 09, 2014

Kareem: How cheating in sports hurts sports and America

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,

Fri Jun 27, 2014

5 contemporary young adult novels adults should read

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

Sun Jun 22, 2014

Just Ask Kareem: Sports Edition

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

Tue Jun 17, 2014

Kareem: My best and worst NBA Finals moments

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

Sun Jun 08, 2014

Kareem: California mixtape

In the movie “High Fidelity,” John Cusack, as Rob, explains the subtle art of making a mixtape, warning that there are rules when using someone else’s poetry to express your own thoughts. With that in mind, I’ve decided to make a mixtape of my favorite songs about California, using the poetry in these songs to express wha

Sat May 31, 2014

Kareem: Why Jon Stewart is more important to conservatives than Bill O'Reilly

Conservatives are in trouble. They’re losing members faster than I lost my hair in the ’80s. Among baby boomers (born 1946-64) and Gen Xers (born 1965-1980), the difference in numbers between Democrats and Republicans was a few percentage points. Among Millennials (born after 1981), however, the gap is much larger: 55 percent

Sun May 25, 2014

Kareem: Is 'California Dreamin' still a reality?

What if the earth is dry and barrenWhat if the morning sun is mean to us forThis is a state of mind we live inWe want it green and so it’s green to us forWhen you have wonderful plans for tomorrowSomehow even today looks fine soWhat if it’s rock and dust

Sun May 18, 2014

Kareem: Celebrity gossip is good

“Gossip is the new pornography,” complains a character in Woody Allen’s “Manhattan.” In the movie, he is specifically referring to celebrity gossip. If by that statement he means that celebrity gossip, like porn, often ends with the practitioners feeling good, I would agree. But if he means that indulgers of

Wed May 07, 2014

Kareem: Fans say, 'Hey, Let's Ask Kareem,' so here are the answers

After many years of receiving thousands of letters and emails from fans around the world asking for advice, former NBA legend and Los Angeles Register columnist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is finally ready to leave it all on the court in his new monthly advice column, “Hey, Let’s Ask Kareem.” Got a problem? Need some advice? Email Kare

Sun May 04, 2014

Kareem: What 'Real Housewives' really say about Beverly Hills

Model Cindy Crawford once said, “Even I don’t wake up looking like Cindy Crawford.” She was referring to the fact that all the glamorous photographs of her that placed her on so many World’s Sexiest Women lists were the result of hours of makeup, lighting, stylists and some expert photo manipulation. In other words, the C

Wed Apr 23, 2014

Kareem: Former governor's tale fit for a king, and the rest of us

Arnold Schwarzenegger reminds me of one of my favorite movies, John Huston’s “The Man Who Would Be King.” In the film, Daniel (Sean Connery) and Peachey (Michael Caine) are two 19th-century British grifters and adventurers who set off for Kafiristan to become kings. Through a combination of bravery, cunning, du

Wed Apr 16, 2014

Kareem: His favorite L.A. movies

The French poet Charles Baudelaire once said, “What strange phenomena we find in a great city, all we need do is stroll about with our eyes open. Life swarms with innocent monsters.” Certainly he could have been referring to our beloved Los Angeles, where any daily stroll will reveal all sorts of innocent monsters: sitting at

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