Last week, #MichaelBJordan sat down with the @NYTimes alongside #DenzelWashington where they discussed creating new opportunities for people of color.
At the beginning of the discussion, Jordan had began to reflect on the time film critics began calling him a young #DenzelWashington after his performance in #FruitvaleStation.
“When someone says you’re like your idol,” Jordan said, “It’s like: ‘Really? You see that in me?’ I’d only done that one movie. But then I started using it as motivation,” he said. “I wanted to pop up on Denzel’s radar. He’s the OG. If I could get recognition from him, I know I’m going down the right path, you know?” That’s when Washington chimed in with, “And here we are, Mike! Looks like it’s working out already!”
Later, the men talked about creating opportunities for people of color and Washington explained that he is in the business of serving young people of color who want in the film industry. He said that he wants to see more people win, so he’s passing the baton!
“The way I see it, I’m in the service business now. I’m here to serve God, my family and young people of color in our business,” Washington said. He later added, “That’s why I’m here! That’s why I’m still in the race. And I’m passing the baton. What a lot of people don’t know is: When you pass the baton, you keep running behind the other runner, you don’t just stop. I’m like, “Make the turn, bring it home!” I like helping people. I want to see them do well.”