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The Hollywood Reporter Wins 10 SoCal Journalism Awards, Including Journalist of Year and Best Columnist

The Hollywood Reporter won 10 awards at the 64th Southern California Journalism Awards on Saturday night, including print journalist of the year for Seth Abramovitch and best columnist for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Taking place at the Sheraton Universal Hotel, the event distributed awards from the Los Angeles Press Club. Categories included TV and film criticism, crime […]

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Criticizes ‘Winning Time’ for “Crude Stick-Figure” Characters

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar finally weighed in on Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty — and he is not a fan, to say the least. The NBA living legend, actor and activist took apart the HBO series in a Tuesday Substack blog post he titled “Winning Time Isn’t Just Deliberately Dishonest, It’s Drearily Dull.” Abdul-Jabbar, […]

The Hollywood Reporter Takes Top Website Honor and More at SoCal Journalism Awards, While Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Wins Best Columnist

The Hollywood Reporter was awarded with the top website at the 63rd Southern California Journalism Awards on Saturday evening, while Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was honored with best columnist for the sixth straight year. Held inside the Crystal Ballroom at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel — where guests were required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend […]

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

The focus on the sudden stepping down of newly selected Jeopardy! host Mike Richards over insensitive and out-of-touch sexist comments misses the deeper reason the show’s search for a new host has become such a dramatic public debacle. The way the show’s producers handled the transition from the Golden Age of Trebek is just as insensitive […]

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

The Olympics aren’t just an exciting sporting event featuring the best athletes in the world, they’re 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. Sports is a measure of how far the human body has evolved through […]

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

Every time there is a highly visible civil rights push in America, reporters ask me for my reaction. I know they’re looking for a feel-good quote that will assure white America that the country has turned the corner and racism is on the run. However, having been in the midst of many highly visible civil […]

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

America’s storytelling took a massive kick to the head this June — and hardly anyone knows about it or about the DIY censorship tsunami it may have started that could seriously damage creative work­ in the future. When bestselling romance author Elin Hilderbrand (The Golden Girl) was attacked for what some online readers considered a […]

FXX’s ‘Dave’ Season 2: TV Review

Dave Burd and Jeff Schaffer's FXX comedy, with its stealthy blend of low-brow Lil Dicky-related hijinks and surprisingly thoughtful undercurrents, returns for its second season.

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

I have often said that I will truly have achieved my full legacy when I have helped or inspired people who never knew I was an athlete. That will mean that I was able to use my fame from sports to improve the lives of people who never heard of me, never saw me slamdunk. […]

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: ‘One Night in Miami’ Grapples With the Risk and Responsibility of Black Entertainers Speaking Out

The Oscar-contending film imagines a heated debate between Malcolm X and Sam Cooke about the duty of successful Blacks to be the public face of the civil rights movement — one The Hollywood Reporter’s columnist long has embraced.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Why Bruce Lee Would Have Loved ‘Cobra Kai’

Columnist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a friend and student of the late martial arts great, watches the Netflix 'Karate Kid' update with him in mind: "He would have loved that the show doesn’t take itself too seriously."

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Why I Took Part in the Biden-Harris Inauguration

"I felt honored to be an active part of the relaunching of the ship of state with a real captain at the helm," says the Hollywood Reporter columnist, who helped introduce the new leaders with words first recited by Abraham Lincoln.