Does Michael B. Jordan, 25, deserve all of the awards for ‘Fruitvale Station’?

These are some photos of Michael B. Jordan, star of Fruitvale Station, from a photoshoot he did with Rolling Out Magazine. I went to see Fruitvale Station this weekend, and I’m still thinking about it this morning. I had dreams about it. I don’t want to push the film as “the greatest film of the year” or something like that, although it is a great film, an important film, a unique film full of extraordinary performances and telling a unique and important story about humanity. In case you don’t know, Fruitvale Station tells the true story of the last day in the life of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old black man who was killed by a police officer on New Year’s Day, 2009.

Michael B. Jordan plays Grant so beautifully, with so much depth and nuance, and what I really loved – and this was the product of an excellent script too – was that Oscar was neither all bad nor all good. He had already served time in prison, and you see him threatening his former boss, lying to his girlfriend and coming to terms with whether or not to sell drugs. But he also loved his girlfriend (played beautifully by Melonie Diaz), he adored his mother (played by the extraordinary Octavia Spencer, who will likely get another Oscar nomination for her performance) and he was a loving and hands-on father to his little girl. Personally, I think Jordan should get nominated for every award for his performance, and there is no way (in my mind) that he shouldn’t be one of the biggest contenders this awards season. And if you go to see it… just be prepared to cry. It comes in waves.

So now that Jordan is one of my new favorite people in the world, I checked on his Twitter – he basically uses it to promote his work, thank God. And I also looked up this Rolling Out interview – you can read the whole thing here. Here are some highlights:

On the night George Zimmerman was acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin, Michael B. Jordan experienced an all too familiar feeling. The 26-year-old actor was attending a sporting event when the verdict was announced.

“I was at the L.A. Dodgers game with my girlfriend,” Jordan revealed to rolling out. “And once the verdict was read, you could see how it affected the crowd. You could see the people in the audience, one person finding out from the next. People were just talking to one another about the verdict. After the game, I had to go to a Q-and-A session for the film. My heart was hurting so bad that I thought about skipping the interview. I didn’t know how to respond or express myself in a manner that I should have. But I sucked it up and went to do the interview. I spoke my peace. But it was hard. To look at the evidence and he’s not guilty, that’s tough. It’s really tough.”

The Zimmerman verdict was tough for millions across the nation. But for Jordan, it was a case eerily similar to the Oscar Grant murder, which is examined in his new film, Fruitvale Station.

On New Year’s Day 2009, Oscar Grant was detained by police while at the Fruitvale Bay Area Rapid Transit station. While handcuffed and unarmed, Grant was shot and killed by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle as shocked passengers recorded the incident on their cellphones and watched in horror. The case caused outrage in Oakland, Calif., and across America. However, Mehserle, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, only served 11 months in prison for the murder. Mehserle is currently free and attempted, to no avail, to get his conviction expunged from his record after his release.

“It could have been me,” Jordan says of the untimely deaths of Grant and Martin. “Around the time I read the [Fruitvale] script, Trayvon Martin’s shooting had just happened a week or two before. I remember when Oscar Grant died in 2009 and how frustrating it was during that time. And then the Trayvon murder occurred, it was like all of this was happening again. I’m from New Jersey and Oscar is from Oakland, but the same things are occurring. When I was younger, I always hung out with my boys. So we could’ve experienced a situation that was similar to Oscar Grant’s. Being from the inner city, you have to do the best with what you have — even when the odds are stacked against you. People from outside your community may judge you because you may look different, walk a little different, or talk a little different. But, dealing on a more personal level, after I got a chance to get to know Oscar’s story, I saw a lot of similarities between Oscar and I. With the film, I really wanted to give him a voice. It’s kind of fun for me to dive into those characters as well.”

“We hope that we will create something that can stand the test of time,” Jordan says. “As far as opening numbers are concerned, it doesn’t really affect the project. Hopefully, this movie will cause people to make a change on how we look at each other when it comes to violence. I hope it has a positive impact. I hope it’s a project that will be talked about for years and years to come.”

[From Rolling Out]

I was thinking about Jordan and the early buzz on how many great performances there are from black actors this year, and how there’s a real possibility that Michael B. Jordan, Idris Elba and Chiwetel Ejiofor will all be up for lead actor nominations. While I haven’t seen 12 Years a Slave or Long Walk to Freedom yet, I hope the Academy voters don’t give more weight to Idris and Chiwetel just because they’re playing historical figures in period films. Jordan’s performance was such a breath of fresh air, so naturalistic and real – he was like a young Marlon Brando or Benicio del Toro.

And this is just a bizarre FYI – the writer/director of Fruitvale, Ryan Coogler, is going to team up with Jordan again… for a reboot of the Rocky franchise. Jordan will be playing Apollo Creed’s grandson. For real. You can read about the deal here.

Photos courtesy of Rolling Out.

 

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  1. Tiffany27 says:

    Me and the old woman sitting next to me had to comfort each other when the movie was over. That’s how hard we were crying. MBJ deserve EVERY single accolade he receives from this movie.

  2. Talie says:

    The Oscars almost never reward young men, that’s more of an actress thing since they usually peak earlier.

    • INeedANap says:

      It’s not so much that actresses peak earlier, and more that Hollywood rarely recognizes the existence of women over the age of 35. They equate a 22 year old female with a 37 year old male. If you’re an actress and you want an Oscar-winning role, you need to get it young.

  3. celebitchin' says:

    He deserves all the awards for being hot!
    Yum.
    Can’t wait to see the film though…

  4. Bubulle says:

    Don’t know this guy but he’s cute, good luck to him.

  5. notpretentious says:

    Thanks for covering this Kaiser. I will go see this movie.

  6. Aiobhan says:

    I hope it will be a fight between Chiwetel and Michael for BA this awards season.

  7. bns says:

    I love him so much. I hope he goes to the Oscars, his performance made that movie.

  8. QQ says:

    Me and my gf were discussing going to watch it but we were both sorta mildly depressed with all the Trayvon stuff, i then decided to just go pay for it (so it counts!) and maybe go see something else more upbeat then tackle it later

    • Tiffany27 says:

      It took me and my friend some time too. We were super worried about being in hysterics afterward.

    • lisa2 says:

      I want to support this film. I love that this story is being told and so happy it is doing well. But yeah I’m still in a not good place after the Martin trial. I don’t know if I can watch it yet. I will buy the dvd. But I told my boyfriend I couldn’t see it yet. I understand it is a hard film to watch. I fell like I need to be able to pause and go awaay then come back. But I just need time.

      • Betty says:

        That’s exactly how I feel. I am in no place to see a film about a young black man being killed when Florida’s inane self-defense laws allowed George Zimmerman to walk out of court a free man. At least with Grant I do believe that the cop who killed him may have made a mistake. The defense said he grabbed a real gun when he meant to reach for his stun gun. There were also reports that BART cops were poorly trained, making it seem possible that Johannes Mehserle shot Grant on accident. I don’t have the same vibe about Zimmerman at all though. I think he’s guilty as sin whether the legal system recognizes it or not.

      • V4Real says:

        +1 I will buy the DVD along with a box of Kleenex. I can’t right now knowing that it is a tear jerker because if you know the stroy, you know how it ends. I agree also that it is too soon after Martin; and it will definetely make some people feel some sort of way.

    • Lizzy1013 says:

      Exactly! We will rent this when it comes on demand….too many sad things going on. But I am really excited to see it. We love movies based on real life situations.

  9. lucy2 says:

    I haven’t seen Fruitvale yet, but really want to. I’m a big fan of MBJ’s from Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, he’s a very good actor and has a really wonderful presence on screen. I’m thrilled to see him getting film roles and such attention for his work.

  10. Kris says:

    I haven’t seen this movie and I’m not sure I can, I’m such a crier! But if you’ve ever seen Michael B. Jordan on Friday Night Lights, you know this guy deserves every award he ever gets. His performance as Vince broke my heart in every episode he was in. He is definitely the real deal.

  11. bammer says:

    Where’s Wallace?! I’m so proud of him. He’s an extremely talented actor and its great to see him recognized. Go Michael!

    • Leah says:

      Wallace!! He was the best on The Wire. It makes me so happy to see him getting more and more successful. Also, I would not have guessed he would have grown up hot.

    • WTF says:

      THIS!!! Where’s Wallace? He’ll always be Wallace to me. I love him. I sat through several episodes of Friday Night Lights just because he was in it.
      He is so talented. And I’m so glad that he is finally getting his due.
      He’s grown into quite the hottie too!

    • Hm says:

      Wallace! Oh, man. My husband and I are rewatching season 1 of ‘The Wire.’ Michael B. Jordan was immensely talented as a *kid* — no one could’ve played that role as he did. He and Michael K. Williams (Omar) are the season 1 standouts for me, and *everyone* on that cast was amazing.

  12. aims says:

    If there was ever an appropriate time for this movie, now would be the time. I’m looking forward to seeing this film.

  13. jen says:

    Not really. Being from the area where this happened, the movie is an appalling simplification of what happened that night and they tried to make Oscar Grant seem like some repentant saint, when that’s definitely not how it happened.

    But all that whitewashing (intended) will sure get it some awards.

    • Pinky says:

      Elaborate, please. Very interested to hear your take on what would have justified this guy’s murder.

    • Birdix says:

      There was so much disagreement about so many of the facts of this case and, especially in the bay area, it was such a lightning rod, as is Oakland in general. it’s hard to imagine that one retelling could possibly please most people. Hope it’s not cherry picked facts to make a point though.

    • Kim1 says:

      Saint or sinner explain how killing an unarmed ,handcuffed man can be justified? If Oscar killed a unarmed,handcuffed man how much time would he have served? If someone killed your unarmed,handcuffed son how much time should he receive?

      • jen says:

        It’s not at all justified. What happened to Oscar Grant was horrible and should never happen.

        I’m just saying, how he as a person is portrayed in the movie is very…….measured.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        @jen-I think a poster below put it best when she said that sadly, the director and Hwood in general probably don’t think that humans are capable of empathizing with someone unless they are 100% good all of the time.

        Case in point–those that sided with Zimmerman and how they vilified Trayvon Martin after his death. They essentially tried him in the court of public opinion because of his prior scuffles with the law. I think it helped them to justify Zimmerman’s behavior by convincing themselves that Trayvon was a “thug”, that way they can conveniently avoid any discussion about racism. Nevermind the fact that Zimmerman has his own contentious history with the law.

        What’s amazing to me is that some in law enforcement are able to get away with breaking the law and so many seem to accept/condoned that behavior. If anything, people who are in a position of power and who are tasked with protecting the community at large, should be held to a HIGHER standard than the average person, and that of course includes responsible use of the power which they are granted.

      • Alize' says:

        Not only was Oscar Gtant unarmed and handcuffed he was shot in the back, face down on the pavement. I worked in the Bay Area during this tragic event and still to this day have a heavy heart about it. As a retired peace officer one is trained in weapon safety and your arms are always harnessed on the side of your strongest hand. He knew what he was doing since Mehserle and the other officers involved had a history of racial profiling and harrassment. Don’t get me started.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Well said TOKitten. Interesting points, Alize.

    • yolo112 says:

      I’m also from the area (Benicia) and I agree with you Jen.

    • Amberly says:

      Just because you don’t agree with what happened or how it’s being portrayed in the movie doesn’t at all take away from his brilliantly amazing performance.

      They also never made Oscar Grant out to be a saint. His issues were made very clear.

    • Danisha says:

      The pathetic part about your comment jen is I bet you haven’t even seen the movie.You just read that it was a story about a black man getting shot and killed and couldn’t wait to comment on how it must’ve been justified even though you don’t know anything about this man or what happened that night.Just like with Treyvon Martin,whenever an unarmed black man gets shot and killed,he is the one that has to explain his actions and get drug through the mud to the media and people like you,not the murderer.

      • taxi says:

        For those of us who live in the San Francisco area, there was so much media & editorial coverage for months that it is impossible not to know what happened that night, as witnessed, investigated, and told by many, many people.

      • Sondra B says:

        #OffTopic I’ve lurked on this site for years, & may I say you all are the BEST! No racism that I’ve seen, even when there’s a disagreement it’s handled with class. I read a lot of blogs, & I’ve found this one to be the most mature. Thank you.

    • Stacy says:

      Not true. The movie is very upfront about the fact that Grant spent time in prison and had some problems. They don’t “whitewash” him in any way.

      At no point did he deserve what happened to him.

      • Megan says:

        THANK YOU! Not to mention it isn’t his entire life story it is the story of the last day of his life.

        And even with that they do through in a flashback to show his time in San Quinten, and that he got into trouble there.

        They didn’t whitewash this young man they told you about a young man that was flawed but human and who no matter what his past or temperament did not deserve what happened to him!

        That is all that matters is regardless of anything he didn’t deserve to be shot much less die.

    • lena80 says:

      It’s well documented that Oscar was no saint. Shooting a handcuffed man for “talking back” is what the problem is.

  14. Elodie says:

    The film was good, close to powerful.

    IF it were a close to perfect world, the overrated awards and especially Oscars would line up 3 leading Black actors in a rown, Michael B. Jordan, Idris Elba and Chiwetel Ejiofor… Buuuuuut alas it will never happen, they will do it with maximum 2, so one will not make the final slot, last time it happened was 6 years ago if I recall, Will Smith vs Forest Withaker… so they will do what they do best : Uncle Harvey will push Idris and well the rest can have the leftovers say um supporting roles etc. Hell Octavia Spencer shared just equal screen time with Viola Davis but they demoted her to supporting actress… I mean I j–oh never mind I already had issues with The Help so…

    And of course the accolades for 3 will be shared between all the African-American awards around, BET, NAACP etc…

    • lisa2 says:

      I actually thought Octavia’s role was better.

      but again winning the Oscar is not as big a deal as it use to be. I think the actors that have not won are doing more on screen than the ones that have won. The non winners are mixing it up taking more chances. And for Black actors is doesn’t mean more work. It almost hinders it.

      This years’ Oscar should be very interesting. There are such great films this year coming. I want to see a lot of them.

    • Bijlee says:

      Damn. This is probably true. Idris probably won’t win because there doesn’t seem to be a white savior character in this Mandela biopic as there have been in others.

      I didn’t like the help but viola Davis absolutely deserved an Oscar for that ghastly film. Her performance was incredible…sorry Meryl didn’t think you deserved yours

      • Chordy says:

        Viola Davis deserves an Oscar every time she even blinks on camera. I actually watched Won’t Back Down twice this weekend just to study her performance. The movie is so cheesy, but she can stand completely still and just rip your heart out.

  15. Leah says:

    He was in the wire, which i loved. I cant wait to see this movie.

  16. Mia 4S says:

    Nice to see another Friday Night Lights alum make good!

    I’m very curious to see the movie but I was interested to hear the complaints they fabricated a number of the positive actions of the main character (eg. helping the dog). Even if he was a terrible person he didn’t deserve what happened to him! I know it’s a movie not a documentary, but I can’t help but feel the filmmakers underlying thought is unless he is “good”, we are not going to sympathize or find what happened unacceptable…and for much of our society, they may be right. Sad commentary.

    • Debbie says:

      The dog because they can’t account for that period of time and the names of his friends and the cop are the only things not 100% accurate. The names for legal reasons had to be changed (pending lawsuits) and the dog was because that period of his day was missing and the dog is a metaphor per the director or how black males are
      viewed in the media.

      And honestly this movie shows a flawed man trying to get better and at no point did anything to warrant what happened to him. It is powerful and honestly tragic. A must see.

      • Mia 4S says:

        The only things not 100% accurate?! Yikes. No, it’s Hollywood, I highly doubt it. I’m always grateful when I movie raises my interest in reading up on a true story (there is tons of stuff available from both “sides” as it were) but Hollywood can never be trusted to tell a 100% true story. To be fair, it’s not their job. They have to make a good movie (sounds like they succeeded), that’s all.

    • Persnickety says:

      I’m still thinking about this movie weeks after seeing it, it’s that good and layered with meaning. I believe the dog represents how fragile life is and how circumstances beyond our control result in bad luck (wrong place at the wrong time). Much of the movie is life-affirming; don’t be afraid to see it. SPOILER ALERT AHEAD: I can’t think of a more touching line of dialogue than Oscar’s last words: “but I have a daughter.” His final flashback breaks my heart, still.

  17. Debbie says:

    Yes he does deserve every award and I will be so mad if he doesn’t get them. This movie was fantastic and he was so beautiful and honest I can’t express how much this movie affected me in a way that honestly no other movie really has.

    He and Octavia should clear space for their oscars.

    And can I just say that I am so excited and proud that he and Idris are getting Oscar buzz after they were so royally and disgustingly screwed out of Emmys for the Wire.

  18. Bijlee says:

    The movie looks amazing from the trailers. Ive been telling a bunch of peopleto watch the trailers. i hope it comes out near me soon. And micheal is gorgeous. I really hope this year makes history with Idris, chiwetel, Forrest, and micheal. I may actually watch then.

  19. tifzlan says:

    I am a huuuuge fan of both The Wire and Friday Night Lights so i am insanely happy that Michael B Jordan is being recognized for the phenomenal actor that he is. I am totally looking forward to watching Fruitvale Station. I have heard nothing but great things about this movie, from every single aspect.

  20. Gabby says:

    Loved him in Parenthood. I was hoping he’d return to the show, but after this – guess not!

  21. Amberly says:

    Yes he most certainly does. Michael B. Jordan is one of my favorite up and coming actors. He has a bright future ahead of him. I really think he’s going to be the next Denzel Washington. I’ve loved him ever since Friday Night Lights and I’m so glad he’s finally getting the career break and recognition that he so very much deserves. And Fruitvale Station is without a doubt one of the best movies I’ve seen in years. It’s going to be an awards contender for sure. I can almost guarantee it gets Oscar nominations (or wins) for at least beat actor for Jordan, best supporting actress for Spencer, best picture, best director for Coogler and beat adapted screenplay for Coogler.

  22. Jennifer12 says:

    He is SO sexy. Talented and smart, which come first- but SO handsome.

  23. Danisha says:

    I almost never comment on this blog anymore but when I saw this story I just had to write something.I really hope that his film opens the door for many more roles for this young handsome amazing black man.I just saw a movie called Chronicle and I expected it to be bad and it was great.The best thing about Chronicle was Micheal Jordan.He is always the best thing in every t.v show and movie he is in.I hate to say how much it bothers me that fantastic black actors like Micheal,Anthony Mackie and Chewetel Ejefor don’t get the shots at lead roles that less talented white actors get all the time.I hope that he finally gets a shot at being a leading man.He could be the next Denzel if given the right roles..He really deserves it!

  24. CG says:

    I really hate to question this, but his timeline doesn’t make sense. The Zimmerman verdict was announced late Saturday night, like 11pm-ish ET. So that would have been 8-ish PT. The Dodgers game started at 4:15 PT that day, and according to ESPN’s box score the game only lasted 2 hours, 17 minutes, so it would have ended around 6:30-ish PT, which is before the verdict was read. Even if the verdict was read earlier, like after 10 ET, that’s still after 7 PT, which is over a half-hour after the game ended. IDK.

  25. bullpin says:

    Fun fact: he played Reggie, Jack’s adopted son on All My Children, and he had a crush on a character, played by Amanda Seyfried.

    • Dappadaph says:

      Yeah…someone who remembers him from All My Children! He was a fav on that show so he has quite a fanbase.

      So glad to see him get some accolades for his work.

    • Megan says:

      I loved him on AMC, quit watching after he was fired (well more because the show just was so beyond stupid) but I loved him and his pairing with Amanda.

      But for me he will always be Wallace. And I really hope I get to see him accept an Oscar this year, because he was beyond fabulous in this movie.

  26. I Choose Me says:

    I need a spoon ’cause I just wanna eat him up. I’ve been a fan of this young man since Chronicles. And now I need to see Fruitvale Station. Hope it comes to my theater soon.

  27. I Choose Me says:

    Viola Davis deserves an Oscar every time she even blinks on camera…
    … but she can stand completely still and just rip your heart out.

    @Chordy. Too freaking right. The woman’s a born scene-stealer. I can never take my eyes off her when she’s on screen.

  28. mom2two says:

    This guy is a breath of fresh air. I have not seen Fruitvale Station but I have heard nothing but good things. Early buzz does indicate that he, Idris, and Chiwetel have a very good chance at a best actor nomination.
    I’ve seen him on Parenthood and he is terrific. I am not sure how I feel about a Rocky reboot. I think he’s better than that.

  29. Amy says:

    There’s also Forest Whitaker in Lee Daniels’ The Butler that will almost certainly be a contender. Oprah’s in that.

    • Amberly says:

      The Butler is going to be a mess. I doubt it gets any nominations.

      • TheCountess says:

        Oprah is getting some buzz but I agree the film looks like too much crammed into a couple of hours. They’d have been wiser to go the Backstairs at the White House route and make it a premium cable channel mini-event of 4-6 hours.

        MBJ may be good, though I think it is way too early to give someone a lock on any of the four acting awards. The rush to coronate DDL last year resulted in the marginalization of equal, if not superior, performances in the lead actor category.

  30. mercy says:

    I want to see this movie, but I don’t know if I can handle it right now. Still too upset by the Trayvon Martin verdict.

  31. Laura says:

    I too am a crier, but I’ma suck it up and go see this. I’ve heard nothing but great things about his performance.

  32. MissNostalgia says:

    He is an absolutely lovely young man! I hope he has a long and productive career.

  33. Emily C. says:

    I live in Florida. I cannot see this, I’m too upset by the Trayvon Martin verdict.

    By the way, he’s not the first person murdered under our “it’s okay to kill someone if you claim afterwards you were afraid of them” law, which cops opposed from the get-go, for the obvious reason that it makes murder legal. This is also the state that accidentally outlawed all sex.

  34. Laura says:

    Came back to add…he’s so fine!!!! & I love his voice.

  35. Danisha says:

    I hope when people see this movie they understand that the black community’s anger after the Treyvon verdict was not just about George Zimmerman getting away with murder.It was about justice for every black person that has been shot by a policemen and the police just got away with it.It would shock you good white folks to know that there are dozens (or hundreds)of Oscar Grant stories out there that have happened in this country.That is what the protests were really about.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      We recently had a tragic abduction and murder of a 24-year-old (white) woman here in Boston. She was attacked at 6AM on a busy Boston st, taken to various ATMS to withdraw cash, then violently murdered and tossed away like trash in the woods.

      The suspect is brown/black–I think Hispanic (it hasn’t been stated, nor should it, it’s irrelevant) but because so many racist a-holes don’t know the difference (I guess if he’s any color other than white then he’s automatically “black”), they are all politicizing her death, trying to draw false parallels, and wondering why we aren’t rallying or protesting like many did in the wake of Trayvon’s death.

      Besides the obvious crassness in politicizing this woman’s death, these people fail to realize that, as you pointed out, the peaceful protests for Trayvon were about MORE than just that one incident, but about a systemic issue in this country. Many people are simply just FED UP, and it’s not exclusive to black people. We should ALL be pissed about it, because it’s not ethical, it’s racial profiling, and it’s an abuse of power.

      http://hiphopandpolitics.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/29-black-people-have-been-killed-by-policesecurity-since-jan-2012-16-since-trayvon/

      • Danisha says:

        That is terrible and I feel awful for that poor woman’s family.But the sad truth is that every year thousands of people (of all races) fall victim to violent crime in this country.I am not surprised that they’re asking all black people in Boston to answer for what that monster did.On Fox News every conservative commenter said that black people who support Treyvon Martin should answer for the high crime rate in Chicago.What?! has anyone ever asked any white person to answer for John Wayne Gacy,The Oklahoma bomber,the Sandy hook shooter?? I could go on and on.But that is what Fox News and the conservative Republican blogs want,is to turn black and white people against each other.They hate the way the country unified after President Obama was elected.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        ITA with every single thing you said 100%

        “has anyone ever asked any white person to answer for John Wayne Gacy,The Oklahoma bomber,the Sandy hook shooter??”

        EXACTLY.

    • A says:

      As a black woman, I am more concerned about the black on black crime. As a black woman I am more likely to get physically harmed by a black male than by a white or other male.
      Go to whataboutourdaughters for the shocking statistics and crime that black women face daily from black males.
      I am disturbed and frightened by the lack of concern for the black communities women and children.

      • Danisha says:

        Well as a black woman, I don’t want to be attacked by anyone of any race.I don’t want to get shot in the projects by a black man or shot in a movie theatre by a white one.Like I said violent crime in this country is everyone’s problem.But if you don’t think that the Republicans and conservatives don’t lie and embellish stats to make people believe that ONLY black people are committing crimes,on welfare and having children out of wedlock then you are seriously misguided and naive.

        And as far as your statement about being afraid of black males daily,I live in an all black community and have never felt that way.It all depends on what city,state you live in and the poverty, unemployment level of that area.You can take any major city in this country then you can make any statistics on the crime rate as reguards to an entire race that is the most populated of that area.

  36. wheezy says:

    If anyone ever watched The Wire, MBJ played Wallace on Season One- his acting ability as a kid brought tears to my eyes, he is incredibly gifted and wow that this movie is out now, how fitting. Hopefully people will start to see more what the Black community faces daily…especially young men. If anyone gets a chance, Google “I am not Trayvon Martin,” written by a white man and very poignant!

  37. Emma says:

    This will probably be seen as insensitive but it’s really not my intention, nor am I speaking specifically about this film. I hate that nowadays there are so frigging many movies made about events that just happened… something awful happens, and a few weeks later the movie execs are picking who will act the lead in the film version… with the news being so at our finger tips and widespread these days it seems overkill to make films about every tragedy so soon after it happens… we all know, we lived through it and read all the news……
    Theyre making a movie about the Chilean mine disaster and Jennifer bloody Lopez has been cast…. that just seems like a big F you. Yes, it was horrible and was an amazing tale of human survival.. but it just happened 3 years ago and is probably still way too soon for the families who lost loved ones. They dont need this reminder just yet.

  38. Appreciating your view on this film. So glad it is being accepted and influential.

  39. poiup says:

    I’m not american and I only read up on the Trayvon case recently. I’m not sure why Travyon is a martyr, it seems like a really weird issue because race or something makes everyone think oddly.

    I can only really say is that if a black guy is jumped by a white man and is being pounded into the ground then the white man being shot is a more fair alternative than the black guy being dead or having permanent brain damage. And this is for everyone, people under physical assault should legitimately be able to fear for their life because it is quite possible their life will end there.

    • Megan says:

      1 there is no proof Trayvonn did anything, the injuries don’t match the story.
      2. Zimmerman was told not to follow the young man
      3. The police arrive and see a dead teenager and don’t process the scene because he was “standing his ground”
      4. It took national outrage for this case to be prosecuted and they did so without evidence because of number 3, and let a man get away with murder.
      5 had Travyonn been white, Zimmerman would NOT have followed him

      That young man was doing nothing to be chased down in the street by a mad man with a GUN!

  40. Jo March says:

    he will always be to me Wallace and thus the heart of The Wire. With Omar, of course. I agree with David Simon that his final episode was one of the darkest, most tragic scenes of the entire series. So glad to see his star rising.

  41. bettyrose says:

    Any other Oakland/Bay natives here having a really hard time working up the emotional strength to see this film?

    • Meghan says:

      I live in the SF Bay Area also. And I probably won’t see the film until it is out on DVD. This is obviously a tragedy, but everyday on the local news we hear about another person being killed in Oakland. I feel like that is what everyone should be upset about. Just a few weeks ago a young 8 year old girl was shot and killed at her friends home, I believe when opening the door. These are the real issues that should be talked about. I am sorry this comment is a bit off topic, but I am learning about crime in Oakland for one of my college courses, and what I am learning is really appalling.

  42. Lanette says:

    I still cry about the verdict..I look at my nephews and I weep. To not be able to walk home from a store at 7pm in the evening..my God My God…please protect us.
    I tell the kids around here to run for their lives if they are ever approached by a neighborhood watch person I told them to run and call 911 on their cells…

  43. roxy750 says:

    I had no idea this happened, I am so sick of stupid people. There is one person that can ruin it all for so many!!! Stupid A—holes. That goes with so many crimes. This is sad. Good actor though, and handsome–tough role to play.