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Forget the Emmys and Oscars; earning a thumbs up from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has become the ultimate sign of artistic merit. The former Laker and NBA's all-time leading scorer turned heads several weeks ago when he posted a review of Lena Dunham's HBO hit Girls; it took several measured shots at what he deemed to be self-indulgent characters and unsatisfactory racial equality. Then, earlier this week, he wrote a review of Django Unchained that was equal parts praise and takedown, calling it a wonderful movie that he recommends seeing, but still a "B-movie" that did not deserve

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