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  • 73 Questions With Michael B. Jordan

    I’m all about interviewing the most interesting artists (shameless #FrendyOriginals plug), so it’s always a treat to indulge in a new episode of Vogue’s 73 Questions series.

    This time around, the prestigious fashion and lifestyle magazine chopped it up real quick with rising Hollywood leading man Michael B. Jordan. During the unconventional inquiry session, Michael talks about his workout routine, celebrity crush, role in the upcoming Black Panther movie, and many more interesting facts we might not know about him.

    It's really inspiring to witness Jordan's acting career take off from the free throw line.  I remember watching him on ABC 's All My Children back in the day, and it was honestly my very first time seeing a young, braided up black kid in any type of soap opera.  You could imagine how I felt when I (also with braids at the time) landed several appearances on One Life To Live, not too long after his contract ended with AMC.  All is possible!

    Check out the latest installment of 73 Questions below:

  • Creed

    Man listen, the boy Michael B. Jordan is on his way to become the next Denzel Washington. Not only appearing as a black superhero in the forthcoming Josh Trank directed Fantastic 4 film, the former braided up All My Children thespian is flexing his muscles in a new movie titled Creed.

    In the Rocky franchise flick, Jordan portrays Adonis Johnson, the son of heavy weight champion Apollo Creed.  Adonis never knew his father because he died in the ring prior to his birth.  With the boxing blood in him, the promising fighter travels all the way to Philadelphia to train with the legendary Rocky Balboa.

    Creed hits the silver screen November 25th. For now indulge in its preview below:

  • The Human Torch Fires Back

    Man, it’s truly a blessing to see people of color advancing in the movie industry.  Many key roles that were meant to be portrayed by the “melanin less” are now being swept away by the equally talented minorities of Hollywood.  Unfortunately, with change there is always a stench of disapproval that lingers. 

    Michael B. Jordan began his promising acting career humbly in HBO’s dramatic hit series The Wire and since then has never looked back.  The 28-year-old Santa Ana born thespian appeared in a slew of national television shows and movies, which include Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station (2013) where he was highly praised for his depiction of Oscar Grant III. Now Michael has transformed into a real life superhero landing the coveted role of Johnny Storm A.K.A The Human Torch in Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four.

    As all of you know, Johnny in the original comics was described as a White male but Director Josh Trank took a different approach and casted a young, prominent black actor.  Critics and online hacklers are having a field day bashing the decision (to no surprise). Here’s what Michael had to say about all of the hoopla surrounding his scorching acquisition:

     “You’re not supposed to go on the Internet when you’re cast as a superhero. But after taking on Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four—a character originally written with blond hair and blue eyes—I wanted to check the pulse out there. I didn’t want to be ignorant about what people were saying. Turns out this is what they were saying: “A black guy? I don’t like it. They must be doing it because Obama’s president” and “It’s not true to the comic.” Or even, “They’ve destroyed it!”

    It used to bother me, but it doesn’t anymore. I can see everybody’s perspective, and I know I can’t ask the audience to forget 50 years of comic books. But the world is a little more diverse in 2015 than when the Fantastic Four comic first came out in 1961. Plus, if Stan Lee writes an email to my director saying, “You’re good. I’m okay with this,” who am I to go against that?

    Some people may look at my casting as political correctness or an attempt to meet a racial quota, or as part of the year of “Black Film.” Or they could look at it as a creative choice by the director, Josh Trank, who is in an interracial relationship himself—a reflection of what a modern family looks like today.

    This is a family movie about four friends—two of whom are myself and Kate Mara as my adopted sister—who are brought together by a series of unfortunate events to create unity and a team. That’s the message of the movie, if people can just allow themselves to see it.

    Sometimes you have to be the person who stands up and says, “I’ll be the one to shoulder all this hate. I’ll take the brunt for the next couple of generations.” I put that responsibility on myself. People are always going to see each other in terms of race, but maybe in the future we won’t talk about it as much. Maybe, if I set an example, Hollywood will start considering more people of color in other prominent roles, and maybe we can reach the people who are stuck in the mindset that “it has to be true to the comic book.” Or maybe we have to reach past them.

    To the trolls on the Internet, I want to say: Get your head out of the computer. Go outside and walk around. Look at the people walking next to you. Look at your friends’ friends and who they’re interacting with. And just understand this is the world we live in. It’s okay to like it.”

    I couldn’t of said it better myself.