The thing is, even if you agree with the article when it says this -
A few weeks ago at the SAG Awards while receiving the Life Achievement Award, Lily Tomlin shared a regret, saying that when she was younger she had been "ambitious about the wrong things." In other words, just because you have a dream, it doesn't make that a sacred calling. The artist as Christ-like figure sacrificing herself to give her art to the people is a childish notion that is just bedazzling one's self-promotion. As Mr. Antolini says in The Catcher in the Rye: "The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one." Had Mia and Sebastian chosen to live humbly, they might have had their success — or not — and been happy together.
- I think that's a perfectly valid reading of the film's ending. So is Jabbar's interpretation that the film is romanticising breakups, but I think the case that the movie is expressing exactly what Abdul-Jabbar is saying there is also a strong one.
As for the race thing: I think the characters are three-dimensional enough that this isn't a problem; Keith isn't just a sellout, or an antagonist.