LZ Granderson, Los Angeles Times

LZ Granderson

Los Angeles Times

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Past articles by LZ:

Column: LeBron James' Olympic basketball team would be no dream

It was fun in 1992 with the Michael Jordan 'Dream Team,' but now that professional players are so meh about it, I'd rather see college players represent us. → Read More

College football is the farm system for the NFL. Why are taxpayers funding it?

The NBA has the G League to develop talent. MLB has triple-A baseball. Why doesn't pro football pay for a minor league? → Read More

Column: In Texas, Ken Paxton's impeachment shows how bipartisanship can make a comeback

In both chambers of the state Legislature, bipartisan votes backed this week's corruption trial of the attorney general. It's noteworthy given Texas' history of partisanship. → Read More

Column: Jailing unhoused people for sleeping in public is no solution to homelessness

An opinion from the 9th Circuit favors prosecuting people for sleeping outside. Punishment is not the path forward. → Read More

Why Wimbledon favorite Novak Djokovic's reputation doesn't match his tennis

The Serb is on track to hold the sport's most important records. But he is far from achieving the adoration of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. → Read More

Column: Independence Day marked progress, but not perfection

The Declaration of Independence did not free enslaved peoples, and even after Juneteenth liberty was elusive as long as voting was out of reach. → Read More

Column: Sure, people are moving to Texas. But not for the reasons Gov. Greg Abbott claims

The Republicans running the state love to talk about population growth, but they ignore the minority groups responsible for it. → Read More

Jason Mraz's new album is sort of about realizing he's bi, but really about learning to live

His new album's theme of self-discovery has special meaning for LGBTQ+ people. → Read More

Granderson: It's not just Mark Taper Forum. Since the pandemic, this nation is coming unglued

Attendance at concerts and churches also hasn't rebounded, and there's no substitute for rubbing elbows. → Read More

Granderson: Tyler Perry's Madea and the war on drag

The media mogul is rumored to be acquiring VH1 and BET. He can thank his female stage persona for the wealth that makes that possible. → Read More

Column: Trump was just arraigned on federal charges. The media are already getting it wrong

The former president pleaded not guilty to federal charges in Florida. It's the latest episode of a half-century of legal trouble and journalistic malfeasance. → Read More

Tyler James Williams has the right message about the challenge of being a straight guy

Speculation about the sexuality of the 'Abbott Elementary' star prompted an insightful take on the cruel effects of policing masculinity. → Read More

Kamala Harris should be an asset in Biden's campaign, no matter what Republicans say

Sure, Kamala Harris could become president. That doesn't reflect poorly on Biden. It's a reminder he chose a good running mate. → Read More

Column: Conservatives are coming after Chick-fil-A now? No company is safe

The PR fiascoes of the Dodgers, Target and Bud Light have all shown there's no neutral position in today's culture wars. → Read More

States are rolling back child-labor laws instead of fighting poverty

This is 'welfare to work' all over again. Next kids will be forced to choose between working long hours on a school night or losing their food stamps. → Read More

Granderson: DeSantis reckless to dangle pardons for Trump, rioters

The Florida governor's remarks about possibly freeing the convicted insurrectionists if he's elected president echo a tragic mistake of American history. → Read More

Tim Scott's run for president gives Republicans an alternative to Trumpism

Voters must be craving a Reagan-esque campaign with a vision and some hope. But Donald Trump or Ron DeSantis would give the GOP more of the same. → Read More

Granderson: The Dodgers faltered by disinviting the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence but came to their senses

Caving to an anti-LGBTQ+ pressure campaign over Pride Night was a moment of weakness, fortunately out of character for the team. → Read More

NBA has a chance to take on gun culture, not just Ja Morant

Nike and the league have a huge soapbox and an obligation to use it to save lives. → Read More

Lakers make conference finals; LeBron James gets his moment

Is it settled that he's the GOAT? If the Lakers reach the championships, it will be James' 11th finals appearance, the year he became all-time NBA top scorer. → Read More