Michael B. Jordan
American actor
Michael B. Jordan
Michael Bakari Jordan is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as teenage drug dealer Wallace on the HBO drama television series The Wire, for his role as Reggie Montgomery in All My Children, as quarterback Vince Howard on the NBC television series Friday Night Lights, and since 2010, as Alex in Parenthood. He appeared as Steve Montgomery in the 2012 film, Chronicle, and his lead role as shooting victim Oscar Grant in the 2013 film, Fruitvale.
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New Nike Ad With LeBron James, Serena Williams Makes Forceful Call For Equality
Huffington Post - 8 days
A new Nike ad makes a powerful call to end discrimination, ending with a simple message: “Equality has no boundaries.” “Opportunity should not discriminate,” says actor Michael B. Jordan, who narrates the ad released Sunday. “The ball should bounce the same for everyone.” The black-and-white spot features some of the best athletes in the world ―  including LeBron James, Serena Williams, Kevin Durant, Megan Rapinoe, Dalilah Muhammad, Gabby Douglas and Victor Cruz ― and Alicia Keys singing Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come.” Two-time Grammy Award winner Melina Matsoukas directed it.  “Is this the land history promised?” Jordan asks in his voiceover. Jordan has starred in films including “Creed” and “Fruitvale Station,” which is based on the story of Oscar Grant, an unarmed black man fatally shot by a white San Francisco transit police officer in 2009. “Worth should outshine color. If we can be equals here...” Jordan says later, as a group plays basketba ...
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Marvel's 'Black Panther' begins production while the cast excitedly tweets from set
LATimes - 26 days
Marvel Studios announced that production has begun on “Black Panther,” starring Chadwick Boseman in the titular role, alongside a star-studded cast including Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman, Danai Gurira, Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker. Andy Serkis was also named as part of...
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Harry Belafonte Taps Influencers For Powerful Police Brutality PSA
Huffington Post - 4 months
Harry Belafonte is continuing his pursuit for civil rights in America by addressing police brutality in a new short film titled, “Against The Wall.” In association with Belafonte’s social justice organization Sankofa.org, the PSA features a list of notable figures ― including actor Michael B. Jordan, Danny Glover, Van Jones and Marc Lamont Hill to name a few ― with their hands up against concrete as actual news audio from police related killings plays in the background. Belafonte is heard in the beginning of the video expressing his feelings on the recent uptick in nationwide police violence against people of color. “You cannot just go about if it’s once or twice, you can say it’s an accident and a coincidence,” he said. “But when you have a large population of murdered young men in the streets of America, and they’re all black or of African American descent, think there’s somebody sending us a message and we should respond to that message. “ The PSA, come ...
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Upcoming video games: 'NBA 2K17,' 'Virginia,' 'Firewatch,' 'Dear Esther,' 'SMT IV: Apocalypse'
Yahoo News - 5 months
Although it doesn't have any meaningful competition, the "NBA 2K" series keeps acting as if it does, adding deep features and novelties from year to year. This time out, actor Michael B. Jordan features in the career mode, EuroLeague teams are in, and the General Manager and League modes have received special attention.
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Lena Dunham Finally Apologizes To Odell Beckham Jr. After Cringeworthy Amy Schumer Interview
Huffington Post - 6 months
Lena Dunham landed herself in hot water this week ― temperature: scalding, setting: Twitter ― after an embarrassingly tone-deaf interview with Amy Schumer for her newsletter, Lenny Letter. In the conversation with the “Trainwreck” actress, Dunham recounted her experience at the Met Gala earlier this year with New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who she claimed refused to speak to her throughout the evening. “It was so amazing because it was like he looked at me and he determined I was not the shape of a woman by his standards,” she said. “He was like, ‘That’s a marshmallow. That’s a child. That’s a dog.’ It wasn’t mean — he just seemed confused.” “The vibe was very much like, ‘Do I want to f**k it? Is it wearing a … yep, it’s wearing a tuxedo. I’m going to go back to my cell phone.’ It was like we were forced to be together, and he literally was scrolling Instagram rather than have to look at a woman in a bow tie. I was like, ‘This should be called the Metropoli ...
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TV This Week, Aug. 21-27: 'Creed' and more
LATimes - 6 months
  SUNDAY The “2016 Rio Olympics” in Rio de Janeiro wrap up with a “Rio Gold” recap followed by the closing ceremony. 7 and 8 p.m. NBC Michael B. Jordan is “Creed,” son of the late boxer Apollo Creed, and Sylvester Stallone is Rocky Balboa for the umpteenth time in director Ryan Coogler’s inspirational...
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After Hours During Men’s Fashion Week
NYTimes - 7 months
Travis Mills, Ryan Reynolds, Michael B. Jordan and Kellan Lutz were among the celebrities spotted during the fashion week’s parties.
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Michael B. Jordan Makes Powerful Plea Against Violence: 'Change Will Take All Of Us'
Huffington Post - 8 months
Michael B. Jordan has responded to the the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile with a powerful Instagram post, writing that he ― or any black person ― could have easily been in their position.  The actor has used his platform in the past to call attention to issues of race and social justice. In the 2013 biographical drama “Fruitvale Station,” he played Oscar Grant, a young man who was killed by police in Oakland, California, in 2009.  His post conveyed an acute awareness that the pattern of black deaths hasn’t changed much since those years. “The fact is Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were not unfortunate accidents,” he wrote underneath an empty black square. “These are just a few of the countless incidents of the violent neglect, poor training, and lack of accountability that clearly illustrate one thing: Black people are being [disproportionately] dehumanized and murdered, this must stop!” In his post, Jordan described how the string of police v ...
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Marvel's 'Black Panther' Inspires New Hashtag and Reveals Majority Black Cast
Huffington Post - 9 months
Yes, #BlackPantherSOLit is hot trending topic on Twitter and even Facebook. Since Marvel revealed that the upcoming and highly anticipated 'Black Panther' movie will have a majority black cast, social media has not stopped talking about it. The Marvel film will be directed by Ryan Coogler and confirmed cast members include Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan while Oscar-Award winner Lupita Nyong'o is currently in negotiations. This news is refreshing despite the recent backlash Marvel has received for their "whitewashing" of Dr. Strange. Image credit: Hollywood Reporter What character will Jordan play? Here are a few possibilities: White Wolf Image credit: Marvel Wiki When his parents died in a plane crash in the African nation of Wakanda, Hunter was adopted by its king, T'Chaka. Because he was a foreigner and White, Hunter was viewed with suspicion and even contempt by the xenophobic Wakandans. Nevertheless, he developed a true love for Wakanda and beca ...
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Chris Rock Pulled A Total Dad Move At The Oscars
Huffington Post - 12 months
Chris Rock reminded everyone that he's the proud father of two adorable little girls while hosting the 2016 Oscars on Sunday night.  Of course, he did it in the most "dad" way ever, asking the audience to reach into their "millionaire pockets" and buy some Girl Scout cookies for his kids' troop. "Are you gonna deny my princesses some cookies?" said Rock. Heck no!  Watch the adorable moment unfold below:  (function(){var src_url="https://spshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=630&height=414&playList=519537810&videoGroupID= 177959&responsive=false&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&onVideoDataLoaded=HPTrack.Vid.DL&onTimeUpdate=HPTrack.Vid.TC";if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") {src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category;if (commercial_video.package) {src_url += "&sponsorship="+commercial_video.package;}}var script = document.createElement("script");script.src = src_url;sc ...
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25 Times White Actors Played People Of Color And No One Really Gave A S**t
Huffington Post - 12 months
As if it wasn't enough that Hollywood lacks serious diversity behind and in-front of the camera, the industry also has a nasty (not-so) little habit of giving diverse roles to white actors.  That means that while an average of 75.2 percent of speaking roles already go to white actors, according the USC study "Inequality in 100 Popular Films," some of those parts are actually characters of color. Over time we have come to expect a tsunami-sized wave of backlash when an actor of color is cast as a fictional character that audiences feel should be white -- see controversies over Michael B. Jordan as the Human Torch or Amandla Stenberg as Rue of "The Hunger Games" -- but the outrage isn't quite the same when white actors portray characters of color. Even when, often, they are based of off real-life people of color.  Think whitewashing, blackface and yellowface are a thing of the past? Get ready to cringe. Here are 25 times white actors played people of color and no one really ga ...
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Ryan Coogler told Sylvester Stallone not to boycott the Oscars
Chicago Tribune - about 1 year
Sylvester Stallone was unsure about attending the Oscars this year out of respect for "Creed" director Ryan Coogler and his co-star Michael B. Jordan. Despite earning a supporting actor nod and a Golden Globe Award for his reprisal of legendary fictional boxer Rocky Balboa, Stallone considered...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael B. Jordan
  • 2016
    Age 29
    In 2016, Jordan appeared in an Apple commercial with retired NBA player Kobe Bryant and is tied into the story line for the video game NBA 2K17, where he does several scenes with Bryant that mirror their interactions in their joint Apple commercial.
    More Details Hide Details Jordan has resided in Los Angeles since 2006. He grew up in a religious household and now considers himself to be spiritual.
  • 2015
    Age 28
    In 2015, he starred as Johnny Storm, the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four, also co-starring Teller.
    More Details Hide Details Jordan starred as Adonis Creed, the son of boxer Apollo Creed in the Rocky sequel Creed (2015), his second collaboration with Coogler which co-starred Sylvester Stallone. Jordan prepared for his role as a boxer in Creed by undertaking one year of rigorous physical training and a stringent low-fat diet. He did not have a body double during filming and was "routinely bloodied, bruised and dizzy" when fighting scenes were being filmed. Jordan will collaborate with Coogler for the third time in a film titled Wrong Answer, based on the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal. He will portray Bryan Stevenson in a biopic titled Just Mercy. Jordan will be appearing in a second remake of The Thomas Crown Affair. Jordan will collaborate with Coogler for a fourth time in Black Panther as Erik Killmonger.
    On film, he has played shooting victim Oscar Grant in the critically acclaimed film Fruitvale Station (2013), the Human Torch in the 2015 film Fantastic Four, and Adonis Creed in the Rocky sequel film Creed (2015).
    More Details Hide Details Other film roles include Red Tails (2012), Chronicle (2012) and That Awkward Moment (2014). Jordan was born in Santa Ana, California, the son of Donna (née Davis), an artist and high school guidance counselor, and Michael A. Jordan. He is the middle of three children with an older sister, Jamila, who works in production, and a younger brother, Khalid, who was a football player at Howard University. Jordan's family spent two years in California before moving to Newark, New Jersey. He attended Newark Arts High School, where his mother works, and where he played basketball. Jordan's middle name, "Bakari", is Swahili for "noble promise". Jordan had not planned on going into acting, though he had done some modeling for local companies, as well as for Modell's sporting goods and Toys "R" Us.
  • 2014
    Age 27
    Jordan co-starred in That Awkward Moment, with Zac Efron and Miles Teller, which was released in 2014.
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  • 2013
    Age 26
    Following his stint in Fruitvale Station, Jordan was named one actor to watch by People and Variety. Time named him with Coogler one of 30 people under 30 who are changing the world and he was also named one of 2013's Breakout Stars by Entertainment Weekly and GQ.
    More Details Hide Details He lent his voice to Cyborg in the animated superhero adventure Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.
    In 2013, Jordan starred as shooting victim Oscar Grant in Fruitvale Station, directed by Ryan Coogler.
    More Details Hide Details His performance was well received, with The Hollywood Reporter film critic Todd McCarthy writing that he reminded him of "a young Denzel Washington".
  • 2012
    Age 25
    In 2012, Jordan appeared in the George Lucas-produced movie Red Tails and played one of the leads in Chronicle, a film about three teenaged boys who develop superhuman abilities.
    More Details Hide Details He also guest-starred in an episode of House final season, playing a blind patient.
  • 2010
    Age 23
    In 2010, he was considered one of the 55 faces of the future by Nylon Magazines Young Hollywood Issue.
    More Details Hide Details That year, he landed a recurring role on the NBC show Parenthood playing Alex (Haddie Braverman's love interest). This marked his second collaboration with showrunner Jason Katims, who was in charge of Friday Night Lights. BuddyTV ranked him #80 on its list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011". Jordan voiced Jace in the Xbox 360 game, Gears of War 3.
    In 2010, he guest-starred in the Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode "Inhumane Society" as a boxer involved in a Michael Vick-inspired dog fighting scandal.
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  • 2009
    Age 22
    In 2009, Jordan began starring in the NBC drama Friday Night Lights as quarterback Vince Howard, and lived in an apartment in Austin where the show was filmed.
    More Details Hide Details He played the character for two seasons until the show ended in 2011.
    In 2009, he guest-starred on Burn Notice in the episode "Hot Spot", playing a high school football player who got into a fight and is now being hunted by a local gangster.
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  • 2008
    Age 21
    In 2008, Jordan appeared in the music video "Did You Wrong" by R&B artist Pleasure P.
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  • 2003
    Age 16
    In March 2003, he joined the cast of All My Children playing Reggie Porter, a troubled teenager, until June 2006 when Jordan was released from his contract.
    More Details Hide Details Jordan's other credits include guest starring appearances on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Without a Trace and Cold Case. Thereafter, he had a lead role in the independent film Blackout and starred in The Assistants on The-N.
  • 2002
    Age 15
    In 2002, he gained more attention by playing the small but pivotal role of Wallace in the first season of HBO's The Wire.
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  • 2001
    Age 14
    His first principal film role followed 2001 when he was featured in Hardball, which starred Keanu Reeves.
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  • 1999
    Age 12
    Jordan launched his career as a professional actor in 1999, when he appeared briefly in single episodes of Cosby and The Sopranos.
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  • 1987
    Age 0
    Born on February 9, 1987.
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