Born Michael Bakari Jordan on February 9, 1987 in Newark New Jersey to parents Donna and Michael Jordan, Michael B Jordan is one of the best leading men in Hollywood today. He is not related to nor named after basketball legend Michael Jordan. While he is still relatively young, he is no stranger to the big and small screen, and he has chosen his projects well. He has proven to be a leading voice in racial equality in Hollywood highlighted by his recent involvement in a Black Lives Matter march in LA on June 6, 2020.
I want us to invest in black staff. I’m proud to have an inclusion rider and all that good stuff, and I use my power to demand diversity, but it’s time the studios and agencies and all these buildings we stand in front of to do the same. You committed to a 50/50 gender parity in 2020. Where is the challenge to commit to black hiring? Black content led by black executives, black consultants. Are you policing our storytelling, as well? So let us bring our darkness to the light. Black culture: the sneakers, sports, comedic culture that you guys love so much. We’ve dealt with discrimination at every turn. Can you help fund black brands, companies, cultural leaders, black organizations? Will you support a nonprofit that’s working to solve problems that our industry created?”Michael B Jordan –Vulture.com
He started his acting career in 1999 with single episode appearances on Cosby and The Sapranos before earning a starring role opposite Keanu Reeves in Hardball. And then garnered more attention in 2002 when he was cast as Wallace for thirteen episodes in HBO’s Baltimore crime drama The Wire before he was cast as Reggie Montgomery in All My Children. From 2009-2011 he started in both Friday Night Lights and Parenthood before his career was launched into the stratosphere.
After taking on the leading role in Josh Trank’s Chronicle, Jordan portrayed Oscar Grant the real life victim of a police shooting in 2013’s Fruitvale Station. The performance earned him critical acclaim with one critic Todd McCarthy likening him to “a young Denzel Washington.” Next he teamed up with Trank again in his biggest filmography misstep Fantastic Four before reuniting with Ryan Coogler as Adonis Creed in Creed. 2018 was a busy year for him as he once again teamed up with Coogler in the MCU’s Black Panther as the villainous Erik Killmonger before starring in Fahrenheit 451 and Creed II. He most recently both starred in and co-produced Just Mercy a true story of lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) helping to free Walter McMillain (Jamie Foxx), a deathrow inmate who was wrongfully convicted of murder. The film has received critical praise and is currently available to rent for free on VOD.
Michael B Jordan is not only a generational talent as an actor, but also a leading advocate of change in the current Civil Rights era we live in. I can highly recommend all of his work as he is a constant bright spot even in his lesser successful films. He is excellent in the mainstream blockbusters as well as his passion projects Just Mercy, Fruitvale Station, and Fahrenheit 451. His middle name Bakari is Swahili for “noble promise.” His career has indeed lived up to that name, and it doesn’t appear it will slow down any time soon.
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