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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Contributing Editor

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, an NBA Hall of Famer and the league’s all-time leading scorer, is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and a columnist for The Hollywood Reporter.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Shows That Heal (Literally)

While recovering from a recent illness (no, not that one), THR’s columnist curated a mix of shows to help him get back on his feet. Who knew MTV’s ‘The Challenge’ could nourish the soul?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Why the Host of ‘Jeopardy!’ Matters

The columnist (and former 'Jeopardy!' contestant) argues that the media focus on Mike Richards' insensitive comments misses a deeper issue with the host search that "suggests the problem may not be just a bad branch, but a rotten root."

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: What I Learned Watching the Tokyo Games

"The Olympics are a reflection of humanity's social values — and the battle in Tokyo this year over those values was just as exciting as the actual competitions themselves," writes The Hollywood Reporter's columnist.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Bravo to Bravo for Keeping the Spirit of Black Lives Matter Alive

After other media turned elsewhere, the network's 'Real Housewives of NYC' and 'Married to Medicine' have maintained focus on the movement, sometimes in ways that "move more Americans than a dozen fiery speeches."

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Let Athletes Lead the Way on Mental Health

Instead of demanding perfection from sports stars who get candid about their health, viewers should admire their perseverance — and take cues from their coping skills.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: When Writers Cave to Social Media Scolds

Two recent incidents of authors changing their writing in response to triggered fans is misguided virtue signaling that "puts all storytellers in professional jeopardy," writes THR's columnist.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on ‘In the Heights’ Colorism: “We Shouldn’t Be Surprised”

From Hollywood to Bollywood, the media has a long history of favoring lighter skin, "and that message translates into real-world consequences."

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Just What Are Awards Shows Awarding?

As the Globes, Grammys and the trophy circuit at large take heat from the likes of Tom Cruise, The Weeknd and even NBC, The Hollywood Reporter’s columnist asks if structural change can rescue awards shows or if the whole process is simply too corrupt to save.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Reflects on the Legacy of the Athlete-Activist (and His Own)

The NBA Hall of Famer and Hollywood Reporter columnist looks back at his career on the heels of the NBA's creation of the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award, which will honor one player annually.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the Academy Awards and Representation: “This Year, the Oscars Got It Right”

For marginalized groups — in the industry and at home — recognition by the Academy is more than an ego boost or a glamorous diversion but signals to the world that "the lives they live, the struggles they face, are worthy of depicting."

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Hollywood Must Do More to Combat Asian Stereotypes

Columnist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar notes that while progress in the portrayal of Asians is real, it is maddeningly slow: "Hollywood likes to sit back and congratulate itself. But prejudice doesn't relax."

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: How ‘The Bachelor’ Went Off the Rails Dealing With Racism

A season meant to be historic with the first-ever Black Bachelor instead highlighted the need to "remain vigilant to the clueless enablers who allow racism to thrive," writes The Hollywood Reporter's columnist.