Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan Wins Breakthrough Actor Award

Talented actor Michael B.

Talented actor Michael B. Jordan has garnered accolades for roles on such hit television shows as The Wire and Friday Night Lights. But his stellar performance in the critically acclaimed offering Fruitvale Station has earned him the Breakthrough Actor Award at last night's Gotham Awards. Jordan told the Hollywood Reporter that he is inspired not only by his own talents being recognized but by the increasing number of quality offerings created by, and concerning subject matters dear, to African Americans.

"I think it's amazing and if they keep doing well, you might see more of those stories," Jordan said. "You might see more black filmmakers emerge and tell stories they want to tell, not just about African-American subjects, but they can be about anything. If the studios continue to take chances and risks and fund films by African-Americans, I think people will go see them. Hopefully, it will get easier as time goes on."

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Well stated.

Fruitvale Station tells the true story of the life and death of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old African-American man who was shot and killed by a white transit police officer in Oakland, California. With Oscar buzz bubbling for Jordan, his next hyped roles come as Apollo Creed's son in the Rocky spinoff Creed. And as Johnny Storm in The Fantastic Four remake.


Starting his career as lead writer for EURweb.com back in 1998, Ricardo A Hazell has served as Senior Contributor with The Shadow League since coming to the company in 2013. His byline has appeared in the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the South China Sea Morning Post, the Root and many other publications. At TSL he is charged with exploring black cultural angles where they intersect with the mainstream.