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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: 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: 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: 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.

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.

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.