25 Most Influential People In Our Children's Lives --- Children's Health mag
Jordan Christopher Coleman (born August 28, 1995) is a young man on a mission. At 15-years-old, he's a filmmaker, actor, author, education activist and athlete. He was recently named one of the 25 Most Influential People In Our Children's Lives by Children's Health magazine. Jordan is a finalist for the 2009 DoSomething Awards which recognizes young people who make a difference and was featured on CNN's Young People Who Rock series.
For three years, Jordan has been 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 “The Backyardigans” 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 boys.
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. It is America's #1 Urban Youth Film.
Jordan has traveled 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 honors student, Jordan is committed to his own education as he spreads his "school is cool" message to students everywhere and encourages his peers to do the same. Jordan has appeared on CNN, NBC, CBS and CSpan; his story has also been featured in the NY Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Star Ledger, The Record, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, Jet, New Jersey Monthly, Black Enterprise and Children's Health magazine.
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.
Two years ago, Jordan, his brother Justin and their mom Chrisena Coleman established Mama Don't Play Productions which specializes in educational film and TV programs for children. The trios first project Say It Loud! has been a huge success. Their next projects include an independent pilot for a new TV show, which he describes as part talk show and part
game show, with--of course--an educational twist, and a short film for teen audiences.
Jordan Coleman is great athlete and all-round good kid. He is focused on making more
movies, going to college to study filmmaking and sports broadcasting. Jordan loves to travel, play video games, go to the movies, play sports, attend sporting events and hang out with his friends.
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