Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his manager: Unlikely teammates on Jewish-black relations

Kareem & Deborah NAACP

Standing behind the podium of the 2013 NAACP Image Awards is a man in a tux with a red tie whose smooth, dark skin is stretched over a frame so long that it cannot fit through a standard doorway.

Behind the same podium, a woman comes up to maybe the bottom of that man’s ribcage. She is fair skinned, black haired, ruby lipped, and sheathed in black lace.  She looks like a Jewish Snow White. He is the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) all-time leading scorer, an actor,  New York Times best-selling author, and official U.S. Cultural Ambassador. She is a New England-bred “iconomist”—a term she coined that combines the duties of an agent, manager, lawyer, and marketing and public relations expert—and an award-winning film producer and director.

He is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and she is his Jewish manager, Deborah Morales. Together, this unlikely pair shares a unique passion for Jewish-black partnerships… Read the rest of the article at JNS.org


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