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On His 67th Birthday, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Starts New Gig: Los Angeles Register Columnist

This is exactly the kind of creative thinking that is required to connect with today’s busy and much better-served-than-before savvy media consumers. As part of the official launch today on the west coast of daily newspaper the Los Angeles Register, columnist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar highlights his favorite LA-themed movies.

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The opening paragraph quote from Charles Baudelaire also reminds us how even more cerebral things might have been if coach Phil Jackson had guided the Showtime era Lakers. One of the most intriguing categories in Jabbar’s three-by-three list is TOP THREE FILMS ABOUT THE HOOD. This portion of the article includes:

American Me: Directed by and starring Edward James Olmos, American Me spans thirty years (from the 1950s to the 1980s) of gang life in the Latino community. The gangster life, and its influence on the community, has never been portrayed with so much dark conviction.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Weighs in on Girls

Laker great and sometimes columnist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar hadn’t written a piece for Huffington Post in over three years. After blogging fairly regularly during the 2008 election, Kareem sat 2012 out. Today, however, he broke out of his slumber to randomly weigh in on the racial politics of HBO’s Girls–now well into its second season.

Last season the show was criticized for being too white. Watching a full season could leave a viewer snow blind. This season that white ghetto was breached by a black character who is introduced as some jungle fever lover, with just enough screen time to have sex and mutter a couple of lines about wanting more of a relationship. A black dildo would have sufficed and cost less.

Ha! Glad you woke up Kareem.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Joins ESPN.com as a Columnist

Laker great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is joining ESPN.com as its newest columnist. He’ll file bi-weekly.

“It’s an honor to be associated with a prestigious outfit like ESPN, and I’m looking forward to becoming a regular contributor and adding my voice to the mix,” Abdul-Jabbar announced today.

Abdul-Jabbar had a nice run as a blogger a few years back, but stopped posting on his site back in 2008. Nice to see him getting back into the writing world. Aside from his column, Abdul-Jabbar also recently published a children’s book called What Color is My World?.

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LAT In 90 Seconds — Afternoon Edition

karssseem.jpgKareem Abdul-Jablogger’s Eating Tips: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wants people over 40 to eat better. We want to know how much the LAT is paying this guy.

37707967.jpgCouric Isn’t Leaving: Katie Couric isn’t leaving CBS. In related news, we’re not watching CBS.

37671026.jpgOvitz Testified Yesterday: If you don’t already know that, you can read about it here.

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36350779-27174642.jpgX-Files Movie! X-Files Movie! X-Files Movie! Fanboys (and girls) are as excited as a tweenager with Miley Cyrus tickets for the July 25 release of the next X-Files movie(!)

main_spielberg.jpgStars Align: Can celebrities bring about world change? (Well, they’re going to have to, seeing the state of journalism these days… but we digress). Tina Daunt’s always brilliant column points out some interesting happenings surrounding the Chinese Olympic Games: ‘After Spielberg announced that he was dropping all plans to assist the Chinese with their big show because of the killings in Darfur, the government began pushing the Sudanese government to accept a peacekeeping force into the troubled region.” Dang, Stevie! Look at you go!

xzxcZkareem.jpgIs It Just Us… or is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s blog getting weirder?

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kareem.jpgKareem Abdul-Jabbar Makes Us Feel Fat And Lazy: LAT blogger Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (man, that sounds weird) speaks to the exercising-after-50 set, making us in the not-exercising-under-35 set feel like utter crap. Thanks, Kareem.

dfasdfe.jpegBritney’s Law: Patt Morrison takes on Britney Spears and mental illness, advocating for Britney’s Law. Might be a very good idea — and a very strange legacy for a pop star.

ssssseeeggggg.jpgLAT Picture Book Team Tackles Sam Jackson’s Hair: It’s more insightful than it sounds. Check it out.

Lunch at Michael’s: A Kareem Dream

lunch_at_michaels_logo.jpgIt’s official — the holidays are over! It’s back to business, people! Now that the weather has finally turned cold (it is January, after all), things are heating up once again at Michael’s. The dining room was abuzz with the usual mix of movers and shakers, moguls and random celebrities (we understand Hugh Grant had a reservation but was stuck at the airport, darn it!) — and plenty of power suits. Even the most jaded regular craned their neck to catch a glimpse of basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar when he arrived shortly after 1:00. While we’re still awaiting the return of some of our favorite friends, there were plenty of boldface names to more than keep us interested.

Here’s the rundown on who was dining and dishing today:

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and a group of unidentified handlers and executives. The NBA hall-of-famer cut a towering figure (he’s 7’2″ after all) as he made his way to his table stopping to shake Al Roker‘s hand en route. Sporting a Tonight Show bomber jacket and penny loafers, he arrived with a copy of his new book, On The Shoulders of Giants, due out at the end of this month from Simon & Schuster, tucked under his arm. The retired L.A. Laker, who has the reputation of being something of a gentle and generous giant himself, writes movingly of Harlem’s renaissance in the upcoming tome. Sounds interesting …

2. Gerry Byrne and guests.

3. MTV’s John Sykes, a hip looking dark-haired beauty and an unidentified gentleman.

4. Norman Pearlstine, and we’re told, Fairchild’s Ed Nardozza.

5. Stanley Jaffe.

6. Today‘s Al Roker, his producer Jackie Olensky and our good pal Today show flack Lauren Kapp. The glowing new mom of two-month-old Oliver Darcy Wraps managed to tear herself away from her bouncing baby boy for the afternoon to catch up with her pals. She showed Diane Clehane, today’s lunchtime chronicler, lots of adorable pics of her bundle of joy. (We’re so impressed you’re out and about already!) Lauren, still on maternity leave, is back at her Today perch on March 1.

7. Vogue‘s Andre Leon Talley and Manolo Blahnik’s main man, George Malkemus. ALT caused quite a stir yesterday at 55th & Fifth when he arrived with newly-minted superstar (and sure to be Oscar-nominated) Jennifer Hudson. We guessing Ms. Hudson is in line to get the full Vogue treatment in an upcoming issue now that she’s arrived on the A list due to her shattering performance in Dreamgirls. We’re also thinking that Andre will step in and style the plus-size glamour gal for the red carpet as he did for Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) at last year’s Oscars.

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