Jordan Coleman

Jordan Coleman

2011 Global Teen Leader, actor, author and education activist impacting youth one story and one community at a time.

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    Jordan is a young man on a mission. At 17-years-old, he's a filmmaker, actor, author, education activist, honor roll student and athlete. He was recently named one the 25 Most Influential People in Our Children's Lives by Children's Health magazine. Jordan won the 2011 Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival HBO Best Feature Film competition with his film Payin’ The Price, a cautionary tale about teen dating violence..
    He is a 2011 Global Teen Leader, 2010 Prudential Spirit of Community Award winner and was a finalist for the 2009 Do Something Awards, which recognizes young people who make a difference. Jordan was featured on CNN's Young People Who Rock series.
    He has appeared on America’s Best Dance Crew Champions for Charity Show and won $10,000: he has also appeared on Kids Teen News and several other TV programs. Jordan’s photo and story appeared on 40 million bags of Doritos.
    For three years, Jordan was the voice of Tyrone the Moose on Nickelodeon's Emmy Award-Winning animated series "The Backyardigans." Jordan's mom challenged him to use some of his earnings from his cartoon gig to make a positive impact in his community. Jordan wrote, directed and produced "Say It Loud!" a youth film that explores the importance of education for African-American youth.
    The documentary includes appearances by Kobe Bryant, Ludacris, Michael Strahan, Rev. Al Sharpton, Master P, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Hurricane Chris, Jadakiss, Ben Wallace, Winky Wright, Yung Joc, Busta Rhymes, Terrence J and other celebrities talking about their own educational experiences.
    Jordan travels across the country showing his film and speaking to audiences of students, parents, educators and community organizers about the importance of education. He was the only independent filmmaker to have his film featured as part of AMC Theatre's Summer Movie Camp. Jordan has screened his film at the 100 Black Men of America Convention, Congressional Black Caucus Convention, Martha's Vineyard African-American film festival and New Jersey Black Issues Convention. Jordan has served as keynote speaker at these events as well as Education Equality's Inauguration Education Rally and 55th Anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education Celebration in Washington, DC.
    An honor roll student, Jordan is committed to his own education as he spreads his "School is Cool,” “Dream Big” and “The Game of Life Starts Now” messages to students everywhere. Jordan has appeared on CNN, NBC, CBS, BET and CSpan; his story has also been featured in Children's Health magazine, Jet, Black Enterprise, the NY Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Star Ledger, The Record, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, New Jersey Monthly, Right On
    Jordan has received letters of commendation from United States President Barack Obama, U.S. Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan, Congressman Steve Rothman, NJ Governor Chris Christie and local politicians for his efforts to promote the importance of education.
    The teen filmmaker is at it again with his second film ”Payin’ The Price” --- a look at teen dating violence. Jordan was inspired to tackle this issue after the Chris Brown and Rhianna “domestic violence incident.” Their celebrity status brought the topic of dating violence into the homes of American families like never before. Jordan’s win at the Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival made him the youngest filmmaker to win the prestigious HBO Best Feature Film at a film festival.
    Jordan starred in a Spike Lee directed commercial for the National Basketball Association’s All-Star Weekend and a Huggies commercial before he beat out hundreds of boys and landed the coveted job as the voice of Tyrone on “The Backyardigans.” Annually, Jordan visits hospitals and shelters to visit children and give them Tyrone dolls. He also gives away backpacks filled with school supplies to children in need. He has worked as a child model for the New York Daily News, and he appeared in lead roles for two TV commercials for Huggies and the NBA. Jordan, his younger brother Justin and their mom created Mama Don’t Play Productions, a TV & Film Company that specializes in programs for kids and teens.
    Jordan is the son of Award-Winning Journalist and Author, Chrisena Coleman and New York State Senator Eric Adams. He plans to continue making films and attend college to study film and communications
    He enjoys writing movie scripts and making films. Jordan has written several TV treatments and is currently penning the script for his third movie “Justin In Case,” a cautionary tale about teens and sexting. He is the author of Say It Loud: The Reel Deal & Behind The Scenes Stories. His hobbies include playing football, basketball, video games and practicing his deejay skills. 

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