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Are you a better COD player than Michael B. Jordan? Stream Hype Battle

Call of Duty, the best selling video game franchise in recent memory, is holding an epic e-sports tournament this weekend, headlined by movie star Michael B. Jordan.

Jordan is a massive Call of Duty fan, even once going so far as to state, “Call of Duty. If anybody knows me, they know that’s my shit.”

This weekend, the A-list star will compete in Hype Battle, Call of Duty League’s celebrity-infused 2-versus-2 show match.

The event is co-hosted by the Los Angeles Guerrillas and OpTic Gaming Los Angeles, the two professional Call of Duty League esports teams based in LA.

Hype Battle will take place on Sunday, March 8, and will be broadcast on

Jordan is best known for his collaborations with director Ryan Coogler, and subsequent starring roles in Fruitvale Station, Black Panther, and the Creed franchise.

Yet while his love for gaming is not what has popularized the mega movie star, that does not make his passion for the world of e-sports any less profound.

Jordan recently invested in Andbox, an NYC-based esports organization and owners of the Call of Duty League’s New York Subliners.


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Before Jordan competes in the 2-v-2 show match, the Guerrillas and OpTic Gaming will compete in a match for hometown bragging rights. Then, the Creed star will take center stage.


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The esports industry is growing rapidly, and the exposure of it with stars like Michael B. Jordan in film, and Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins of the NBA competing in events, the industry is only on its way up.

The money to be made is ridiculous, which, besides the perk of Gen Z’ers’ passion for gaming, makes it an incredibly smart investment for professionals to make their entry into the gaming world.

We are hyped to see if Jordan is as talented on the sticks as he is on set, and the match beforehand with two professional Call of Duty League teams competing should also be well worth the price of admission.

Tickets are available for fans at

How actor Algee Smith is using his platform to prove he can do it all

When The Hate U Give made its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival last year, its overwhelmingly positive reception prompted Fox to push the film’s initial release date forward in an effort to bring the film’s important message to audiences sooner than scheduled.

Though national attention on Black Lives Matter has somewhat faded in recent times, the organization continues to empower and inspire many, and its impact on the national discourse of race should not be disparaged.

Indeed, the political organization inspired author Angie Thomas to write a young adult novel that chronicled the life of a young teenager whose best friend is gunned down by white police officer. A little more than a year after the book was published, it was adapted into a screenplay, rendering Black Lives Matter to find a new platform; the big screen.


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The Hate U Give transcends the definition of a dramatization of an instance of anti-Black policing and the narrative is by no means a far stretch from reality.

While assaults on Black life do not only come in the form of police brutality, the film elucidates the effects of the abuses of power and how they reverberate throughout our local communities and instrumentally shape the quotidian.

The Hate U Give takes its title from the concept. T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. advocated by rapper, Tupac Shakur; a conceptual acronym that the rapper famously had tattooed on his torso.

Tupac explained that “T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E.” actually stands for, “The Hate U Give Little Infants Effs Everybody,” and elaborated that, “What you feed us as seeds, grows up and blows in your face.” In the film, the character Khalil is a devoted fan of Tupac. Likewise, is the actor who plays him; Algee Smith.

In preparing for the role, Smith revealed that he listened to a lot of the artist’s music in an attempt to align himself with Khalil’s experience and get inside the character’s head.
At the same time, in an interview with the Philadelphia Sun, the young rising star admitted,

“To be honest, it wasn’t hard to put myself in that mindset because that’s a reality for me and a lot of my homies. At any given moment, being a young Black man, we could be out here dead by the hands of a police officer, by the hands of the justice system, or thrown in jail by the hands of the justice system quickly. For me, unfortunately, I didn’t have to do a lot of digging or searching to find where I needed to be for that.”

He continued on saying:

“When you’re living in a place where a lot of these young Black men don’t even have fathers in the house or mothers, they grow up with what society is giving as far as what’s in the music and what’s on television. You’re going to act how society has brought you up to it. So, in a sense, you can’t really blame me for acting like this.

Smith knew he wanted to be involved in the project for the film’s social message and its timeliness.

The charismatic 24-year-old actor and musician doesn’t take his position in the spotlight lightly and is committed to using his platform to highlight important social issues and create work that resonates with audiences. Smith sees himself and other public figures as important vehicles of change and a site for others to look to for inspiration.

He is also proud and excited to be in Hollywood in the midst of the industry’s critical turn. The industry has undergone a major shakeup, with studios adopting new initiatives of inclusivity both in front and behind the camera. In an interview with i-D, he said,

“I’m just glad that I get to be one of the people who gets to reconstruct it. I’m at this point in my life where I can either stand up for everything I believe in or not do it at all… I’m feeling that urgency inside of myself.”

The Atlanta-raised actor first garnered attention through his portrayal of Ralph Tresvant on BET’s 2017 R&B boy band biopic, The New Edition Story.


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Smith followed up his breakout performance with a major role in Kathryn Bigelow’s critically acclaimed, yet underrated, drama, Detroit, in which Smith played a victim of police brutality during the infamous 1967 Algiers Motel incident.

With a musician father and fashion designer mother, art ran deep in Smith’s Michigan and Atlanta, household. In making music at 9 and acting at age 15, Smith credits his family for the sacrifices they made to nurture his talent and artistry that ultimately allowed him to launch his career. In an interview with Wonderland, admits that he still turns to his mother’s business expertise, and enlisted her to be on board his new fashion campaign for Prada.

Smith has also released a 6 track EP, entitled Listen. The fresh R&B record showcases Smith’s incredible vocal ability and range, while his lyricism carries a message of empowerment.

Speaking to BET on the inspiration behind the EP, he explained,

“Bring back a message of love and appreciation for our women, show the beauty invulnerability from a man and give the world some damn good music.”

The 24-year-old actor and musician is showing no signs of slowing down. Smith has now been tapped for the HBO teen drama, Euphoria, that also stars Zendaya.

Penned by scribe Sam Levinson (The Wizard of Lies), the show will also have Drake and Future the Prince serving as executive producers. Euphoria, based on the Israeli series from HOT, follows a group of high school students as they navigate drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship.

How Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan became the best duo in Hollywood

Thus far, Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan have created three movies together that could be considered amongst some of the greatest of this generation. But the duo also brings to memory an old cinematic relationship that changed film.

Off- screen, the two are compadres and when it comes time to work they seem to produce magic. The kind of magic Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro used to create whenever they collaborated.

What duo is doing better than Coogler and Jordan, now? None. Fruitvale Station was beautiful and proved itself a great film winning 39 awards. Mind you this was Coogler’s directing debut on the big screen and the first time the two worked together.

Fruitvale Station was also a much-needed break for Jordan’s career as he had already landed various acting parts but had to prove that he could carry a lead role. It’s crazy to think that the Coogler and Jordan partnership would commence over a 10-minute conversation about the movie at a Starbucks.

Beyond the awards proving the duo’s first movie collaboration was a success, Fruitvale Station was created on $900,000 budget yet managed to gross over $17 million. The movie shocked the world and was critically acclaimed as one of the best movies of the new decade.

This duo’s debut sound familiar? Back in 1973, Scorcese and De Niro would pair up for the first time to produce Mean Streets. Low key, Mean Streets was a low budget film and a hit in the box office. Today, it stands as one of the best American films ever created.

Moving forward the cinematic Coogler and Jordan duo wanted something bigger and landed Creed. The two young visionaries were entrusted to carry on one of the biggest movie franchises, Rocky. 

Under pressure, the Black director-actor duo crushed the box office bringing in $173.6 million in global sales. Not bad for the second time working together and not too shabby for Coogler’s second major film. 

The success of Creed would lead to Coogler to become the youngest Marvel Studios filmmaker and the comic franchise’s first Black director ever. Of course, he would pair up with Jordan again launching the Marvel franchise, Black Panther, so they could absolutely smash the box office again. 

They did, bringing in a whopping $1.2 billion for their work together in the dopest movie of 2018, Black Panther. Just like Scorcese and Di Nero’s Taxi Driver, the movie had a huge impact on the culture. Can you say Wakanda forever?

Now, Coogler and Jordan are on the verge of making many more box office killers and taking over the film industry, just like Scorcese and De Niro did in their prime. The iconic duo is now working on a fourth movie called Wrong Answer.

The film is about an Atlanta education scandal in 2006. Hopefully, they won’t ever let us down. Scorcese and De Niro had a four-decade streak of straight classical films. With Coogler and Jordan’s track records I’d say they’ll have the same luck.