Michael B. Jordan: Celebrating Black Excellence In Hollywood And Activism

by Duke Magazine

Fantastic Four, Creed, Black Panther, Creed 11, and counting. Michael B. Jordan, proudly rising from People’s first annual One to Watch portfolio in 2013, then aged 26, beefing up his list of accomplishments to bagging being named People’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2020. Same year, The New York Times ranked him number 15 on its list of the 25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century and one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2020. Armed with electrifying charisma, spirited persona, compelling performances, and a gorgeous smile to compliment, the film star has no doubt established himself amongst the top guns in the entertainment scene.

Hollywood hottie Michael B. Jordan, who boasts of a series of high-profile movies and blockbusters definitely needs no introduction in the entertainment world and beyond. The 34-year-old actor launched his film career as a child model, clinching his first acting roles in 1999. That same year, he notably appeared in an episode of The Sopranos and had a stint in the movie, Black and White.

In 2001, the rising star starred in  Hardball and a year later featured in the first season of the acclaimed series The Wire, where he gained considerable notice for his  performance as a teen drug dealer. From there, Jordan then was cast on the soap opera, All My Children, a role he played from 2003 to 2006. In between in 2005, he graduated from Newark Arts High School.

Michael B. Jordan went on to star in a couple of guest roles in some TV shows. In 2009 he featured in popular series, Friday Night Lights and later the beloved Parenthood. He continued steadily gaining attention, building his way to superstardom until 2013 when he achieved breakthrough with his critically acclaimed portrayal of the real-life Oscar Grant in Fruitvale Station (2013), directed by Ryan Coogler. Since then there’s been no contesting for the natural born actor.

In 2014, the actor starred in That Awkward Moment and the superhero movie Fantastic Four (2015). With his role in Creed and later Black Panther, Jordan achieved even further acclaim, stamping his foot amongst the stars.

Not just an actor, Michael B. Jordan has also notably established himself as an active voice of the black community, actively seeking to change the entertainment industry for better with view of inclusivity. Through his company, Outlier Society, the creation of a wide range of entertainment and engaging diverse storytellers across all media is put on top focus. In 2018, he became the first major actor to adopt an inclusion rider requiring filmmakers to meet diversity standards in their cast and crew. This year the company expanded its existing partnership with Amazon Studios to include an overall first-look deal. Jordan was also an active participant of the Black Lives Matter protests in Los Angeles, thereafter, he launched the #ChangeHollywood initiative teaming up with racial justice group Color of Change in order to fight systemic racism.

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