Michael B. Jordan’s production company Outlier Society is teaming up with the Obama Foundation and their My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK) to create a fellowship for boys and young men of color who are looking for a career in the entertainment industry.
The ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Creed’ actor made the announcement during the MBK’s first national meeting in Oakland, California, February 18-20. Jordan spoke on the importance of giving back once you’ve reached a certain level of success.
“When you get in a position of power or you get a little bit of leverage to help create opportunities for other people, I think that’s really, really important,” he said. “It’s something I always promised myself that once I got a production company, I would be able to do that.”
Outlier Society’s partnership with the Obama Foundation will help provide support and opportunities to young people of color. The organization will include a summer internship program open to high school and college students from underrepresented communities. Young men and boys will get work experience, networking opportunities, and mentoring from other men in the arts and entertainment fields, including Michael B. Jordan himself.
For the closing conversation, “Changing the Narrative: The Story We Tell, and Who Tells the Story,” Jordan was joined on stage by director and producer Ryan Coogler. The pair discussed the impact that the media has on young men of color and how important it is that the storytelling showcases young men of color in all forms. Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler worked together on Coogler’s first feature film, ‘Fruitvale Station’, the Oscar Grant story about an unarmed 22-year-old black man who was fatally shot by a police officer at an Oakland train station.
“Since Fruitvale Station, it’s been a dream of mine to use every opportunity I have to create pathways of success for young people,” says Jordan. “Outlier Fellows is a chance to find and cultivate a purposeful pipeline of talented and diverse minds from the next generation — the voices who will shape our community for years to come. Pulling up a seat to the table for the next group of cultural leaders is the greatest investment we can make as a community.”