This is exactly what we needed on a Friday!
Let us catch our breath for a second to tell you about the goodies on the inside of the magazine, where the Creed star opened up about using his platform to further diversity in Hollywood and empower women. Swooning all over again!
The 31-year-old actor said that actions speak louder than words — which is why he was one of the first celeb’s to demand inclusion riders:
“Actions speak louder than words. I want to lead by example. I know I had an opportunity with the shows and projects I had coming up, to put it to work. It’s important to have diversity both in front of and behind the camera, and inclusion riders make sure that anyone who does business with my company knows that we expect there to be people of color, women, LGBT folks, and people with disabilities in key positions on our crews and productions staffs.”
“I’m raised by strong women. Since the majority of people in power are men, when we speak up it gives them firmer ground to stand on when we support them. I’m not the poster boy for it; I’m not the guy who’s trying to get in every cause, but at the same time when they call me for help, I’m there…I’m going to be there to support them.”
The world needs more MBJs!!
And when it comes to those rumors that he doesn’t date black women, Michael told the mag that couldn’t be further from the truth:
“My dad and my mom both said, ‘If they only knew.’ If they only knew. And that’s the thing that keeps me not tripping about it, you know what I mean? It makes me hesitant about whoever I’m seen with. I’m finally starting to get to a place now where I don’t care, but it bothered me for a minute.”
“It made me more conscious of things I say and how I move, and what could happen if I leave a club or a restaurant or the movies. If I leave anywhere, any known place with anybody, there’s going to be speculation.”
It comes with the territory! Keep doing what you’re doing, bb!
[Image via WENN.]