The buzzword toxic masculinity has been a thing all over the internet and calling it out when it is being expressed is very necessary. But for a moment, let us recognize and admire Black male vulnerability. The latest demonstration I have seen of Black male vulnerability is in the movie Creed II.
Ladies, Michael B. Jordan is fine-- fine AF. "Let him drive your car all day and don’t fill up the tank"- fine (let me know if I’m dragging it).
But seriously, besides all his fine-ness drippin' onscreen in Creed II, Michael B. Jordan is vulnerable. It is endearing, masculine and necessary to see.
Just in case you are not familiar with the movie, it follows Jordan who plays Adonis Johnson the son of late famed boxer Apollo Creed. Apollo was killed in the mid 80’s by Russian boxer Ivan Drago during a boxing match. A few decades later, Drago’s son challenges Adonis to a boxing match against the wishes of Adonis’ trainer, Rocky Balboa. Throughout the movie, the audience watches Adonis struggle with imposter syndrome, his identity as Creed’s son and champion boxer, and his body as its painfully forced to train beyond his limits. He is also challenged by love and fatherhood.
There is vulnerability all up and through this film. Michael B. Jordan turns on the tears and it is sweet as hell to see him weep. Jordan is an actor that typically plays very macho-man roles, and in the sense of "Adonis Johnson", a boxer that has to be aggressive and violent for a living, it's beautiful to see the duality of a man being able to be strong and sensitive in one body.
The intimate moments he shares with his woman, Bianca Taylor (Tessa Thompson), shows Michael being very open and reliant on his woman’s strength and faith in such a healthy way. Creed II also does a dope job of showing that two men can be vulnerable with each other without the unjustifiable illusion of homosexuality being shared between them.
Jordan opens up to Balboa played by Sylvester Stallone, who he affectionately calls "Unc". Adonis shows his heart to Balboa after a boxing incident lands him in the hospital. The scene between them denounces the rigidity of men saving face and repressing their feelings with other men. Overall it is a must-see, not only for Jordan’s abs and face, but for his heart too.