- Making films with a message
- Age: 17
- School: Hackensack High School
- Hometown: Hackensack, N.J.
- Gender: Male
- Category: Arts and Culture
When he was 10, he started making Say It Loud! a film that featured black male celebrities talking about education. It included Kobe Bryant, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes and Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker, among others. "I saw African-American boys weren't focusing on education but on being the next Kobe," he said. "I wanted to snatch them out of that dream." A child actor, Jordan used earnings from his voiceover work as Tyrone the Moose on Nick Jr.'s series The Backyardigans to finance the film.
Inspired by the positive response, Jordan made Payin' the Price in 2010 about teen domestic violence -- an idea sparked by Chris Brown's well-publicized assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna. The film was named the HBO best feature film of 2011 at Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival. Jordan said his main goal is to educate, entertain and spark thought-provoking conversation. "I get my ideas from the average life in high school," he said. "I am just the average kid who dreams big dreams, and I just go out and try to achieve them."