Dana Canedy Speaks About Love, Loss, and A Journal For Jordan

Dana Canedy speaks about love, loss, and A Journal For Jordan.

Earlier this month, we spoke to Dana Canedy to talk about her upcoming film, A Journal for Jordan. Dana is an American journalist, author, and publishing executive who worked at the New York Times for over 20 years, winning a Pulitzer Prize in 2001. She was appointed senior vice president and publisher of Simon & Schuster’s flagship eponymous imprint in July 2020. She is the first African-American to head a “major publishing imprint.”

Canedy’s life story got the interest of Denzel Washington, who directed this film adaptation of her published best selling book. I had the opportunity to screen this film, and when I spoke to Dana exclusively, I could not help but to choke up.

Carlos and Drew experienced a memorable father/son moment while watching this film. It also gave our family the opportunity to see what our military heroes and their families endure when they are over seas. This film hit so many emotional chords, and it is an inspiring story about love, loss, and hope…

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Watch our full interview below!

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Watch the full interview here.


1st Sgt. Charles Monroe King, before he is killed in action in Baghdad, authors a journal for his son intended to tell him how to live a decent life despite growing up without a father.

The project, “Journal for Jordan,” is based on Dana Canedy’s essay, which describes a 200-page journal penned by her fiancé, 1st Sgt. Charles Monroe King, for their son. The 48-year-old soldier was killed in Baghdad in October, one month shy of finishing his tour of duty. He had left for the Middle East before his son was born.

Dana Canedy (Chanté Adams) and Charles Monroe King (Michael B. Jordan) in Columbia Pictures’ JOURNAL FOR JORDAN.

DIRECTED BY: Denzel Washington

SCREENPLAY BY: Virgil Williams
PRODUCED BY: Todd Black,  Denzel Washington, Michael B. Jordan, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Molly Allen,  David Bloomfield, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jason Cloth, Richard McConnell
CAST: Michael B. Jordan, Chanté Adams, Jalon Christian

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