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

The Golden Globes and Grammys have taken devastating public hits recently about their relevance as avatars of cultural appreciation. Are these coveted awards truly champions of new and…

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Hollywood Won’t Heal American Divisiveness

When figures like Matthew McConaughey accuse liberals of sowing discord, they minimize the issues "that cause the divisiveness" in the first place, writes the THR columnist.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the Hubris of Self-Destructing Stars

No matter their previous achievements, celebrities deserve legacy-killing backlash when they spread ignorance: "Great success in one field can lead to the delusion…

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Trump and Biden Are Irrelevant in This Election

In a final plea for voters to reject Trump, Hollywood Reporter columnist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar writes, "For the first time, an election is not about content of the candidates’ character, it’s about the…

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Filmmakers Must Be Free to Tell the Stories They Want

The Hollywood Reporter columnist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar grapples with director Lulu Wang’s assertion that only a director with "an intimate understanding of Chinese culture" should tell the story of…

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: The Real Superpower of Hollywood’s Black Genre Heroes

Hollywood's usual reaction to social protest is to produce a few sincere dramas about the African American experience, but "the real measure of a group's acceptance by…