Jordan Coleman is a young man on a mission. At 16-years-old, he's a filmmaker, actor, author, activist, honor roll student and athlete. He was recently named one of the 25 Most Influential People in Our Children's Lives by Children's Health magazine. Earlier this year, Jordan received recognition from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ® at the Cleveland International Film Festival for his films. Jordan is the winner of the 2011 HBO Best Feature Film competition at Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival for his film Payin’ The Price, a cautionary tale about teen dating violence.
Jordan is a 2012 NJ Nets Basketball Black History Month Honoree, 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 received a certificate of recognition from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his work on 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 boys. AMC Theatres picked up Say It Loud film for a limited release through the Kids Summer Movie Camp.
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. Jordan has spoken at numerous events including an education rally during President Obama’s Inauguration Weekend, 100 Black Men Conference, Urban League Conference and at schools and churches across the country.
The teen filmmaker’s second film ”Payin’ The Price” looks 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.
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. Jordan plans to attend college to major in communications and minor in film, and then enter a graduate film school program. In the mean time, Jordan, his mom and younger brother, Justin, have created Mama Don’t Play Productions to continue developing films with social messages and TV treatments for teens and kids.
He enjoys writing movie scripts, watching movies 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 traveling, attending sporting events, playing football, basketball, video games and practicing his deejay skills.