February 25, 2016


Future Black History Month: Michael B. Jordan, Acting 'It'-Man

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Jason Merritt/Getty Images

This year, we’re celebrating an extended Black History Month by highlighting a variety of rising forces who are creating history before our very eyes. Each day we're spotlighting an artist, musician, actor, model, anyone and everyone who is making and changing their field. Today it's all Michael B. Jordan.

MBJ was largely a TV actor before breaking out in 2013's Ryan Coogler film Fruitvale Station. He then went on to star as the Human Torch in 2015's Fantastic Four and played the lead of Adonis Creed in the Rocky sequel film Creed last year, another team-up with Coogler, who himself is one of Fuse's Future Black History Month artists. Basically, if you're a film fan, you know the name Michael B. Jordan.

His rise was one well-deserved. His 2009 role of quarterback Vince Howard on Friday Night Lights was perhaps his first majorly recognizable role, and his fame exploded from there. The following year he was featured in Nylon magazine's Young Hollywood Issue and scored a reoccurring role on Parenthood. The film jobs followed, with obviously Oscar nominated, Black Panther, but more importantly, Jordan's pressure to express black identity and experience in a very white acting world increased. If anything, he's shown incredible diversity in his acting roles and has shown that revolutionizing an unforgiving industry doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your own life story. 

Jordan's entire career is predicated on changing the way we view iconic actors and heartthrobs as white, and for that, his legacy will live on. He's just getting started, after all.

Check out the rest of our Future Black History Month content right here.