Michael B. Jordan, middle of three children, was born in Santa Ana, California and raised in Newark, New Jersey by Donna (Davis), and Michael A. Jordan. His middle name Bakari means "noble promise" in Swahili.
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Was considered one of the 55 faces of the future by Nylon Magazine's Young Hollywood Issue.
[on growing up] Newark isn't a playground. I had friends that sold drugs, stole cars. Being African-American and driving a nicer car than cops thought I should [a BMW at age 16] gave me problems.