Bae Watch: Morris Chestnut Talks FOX’s ‘Rosewood’ Leading Role

Viewers certainly won’t complain of the latest dosage of chocolate slated to take over your Wednesday nights. In a refreshing new Fall lineup, FOX debuts a new series starring Morris Chestnut in the medical drama, Rosewood. The Todd Harthan created series is a hybrid of comedy, drama, and real-life situations with a gorgeous Miami backdrop, as The Best Man actor plays the title character, Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, or “Rosie.”

Fresh off The Perfect Guy success, who’s number one in the box office for two consecutive weeks, September is shaping up to be a successful one for the California native. Debuting his first leading role in a TV series, Chestnut plays the cocky, charming and uber-suave pathologist-for-hire, solving crimes with Miami P.D along side the fiesty Jaina Lee Ortiz and Gabrielle Dennis (The Game.)

At the Chicago VIP screening of the drama, co-star Lorraine Toussant, who plays Chestnut’s mother, blushed about the new series, calling it, “a complex story and procedural. It’s Miami; it’s hot, it’s sexy, it’s Morris Chestnut! And it’s smart. My ten year old refers to the character Rosewood as “the smart guy.” It’s intellectually stimulating, sexy, very funny and even heartbreaking. The family aspect of it is very real, we get very real, we’re a modern black family and we have those modern black family issues- my daughter’s a lesbian and she’s getting married, I’m getting divorced from my husband, it’s real life.”

Premiering just before the FOX juggernaut second season premiere of Empire, this Wednesday at 8:00pm, Rosewood is sure to become a Wednesday night staple.

The Source caught up with the 46-year-old as he got candid about his new show, what he’d be if he wasn’t an actor and more. – Angela Wilson (@SheisAngela)


The Source: Congratulations on your new FOX show, Rosewood. What makes this show different from other medical dramas?

Morris Chestnut: Thank you, I’m really excited about it. With this particular show we’re doing a little bit of everything. You’re going to get comedy and drama in each episode; they’re either all straight comedy or straight drama. What separates our show is we shift and mix tones and we have a lot of different characters that bring a lot of different things to the show.

Are there any similarities between you and your character?

Yes, there’s a bit, I think I’m very optimistic and we use a bit of wit and humor in our everyday life. And he likes to stay in shape.

How do you handle all the love you receive from your female fans?

I appreciate that [support] – they’ve come out and supported me throughout my career. I just try to give back whenever I can and try to get better as an actor and bring better quality projects for them to be entertained.

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You’ve been in the game for over 20 years, from Ricky (Boyz n The Hood, 1991), to Keith (Two Can Play That Game, 2001) to Lance (The Best Man, The Best Man Holiday) do you have a favorite character?

I think all [the characters] bring different things; Ricky was fun and when I look back on that I reflect back because then I was just starting out and I compare it to who I am now as an actor and a person.

What is something about you that can’t be found on Google?

Well I haven’t Googled myself lately, so I’m not really sure but I think what people don’t know is that I’m some what of a quiet, shy person.

Fill in the Blank: If I weren’t an actor, I would be…

I would want to be an athlete or a financial manager.

So you’re good with numbers?

I try to be!

What’s your sport of choice?

Football’s my favorite, that’s my first love. Rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles!

<strong>Rosewood premieres Wednesday, September 23 on FOX at 8/7c.

Photo credit: FOX, Getty Images

‘Empire’ Cast Talks Casting, Their Characters & More During Special Fan Live Stream

“Empire” returns for an epic second season this Wednesday, Sept. 23 on Fox.  Continue reading ‘Empire’ Cast Talks Casting, Their Characters & More During Special Fan Live Stream

Viola Makes History At Emmy Awards, Gives Enthralling Speech

Viola Davis just went back to back.

Last night, at the 67th Emmy Awards, Viola Davis won the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, making her the first Black woman ever to take home the award. She was acknowledged for her role as Annalise Keating, the no-nonsense lawyer and professor with a huge secret in Shonda Rhimes‘ hit fall series How To Get Away With Murder.

After accepting the award and getting a huge hug from Taraji P. Henson, Viola took the stage and delivered yet another jarring speech–similar to the one she gave after winning the same award at Screen Actors Guild in January–this time quoting Harriet Tubman, and thanking several notable Black actresses and producers by name. Watch it above.


Travi$ Scott Ducks Several Rihanna Questions on ESPN

Every day, there’s a new development in the Are Travi$ Scott and Rihanna Dating? story, and Bomani Jones and Dan LeBatard of ESPN’s Highly Questionable made sure that trend continued.

Travi$ Scott, who has been consistently promoting Rodeo, his debut album, for the better part of the past two weeks, sat down with Bomani and Dan, the notorious hosts of ESPN’s quick-strike talk show, Highly Questionable. During this episode, the trio chatted about quite a few things…just kidding. They talked about Rihanna. and Kanye West. But mainly Rihanna.

In just over 6 minutes, Travi$ ducked about 3 barebones questions about his rumored girlfriend, Rihanna, and eventually gave into providing some concrete information, telling the brief story about how he and the “BBHMM” singer met.

Watch the clip above.

Hillary Clinton Hitting Her Whip/Nae-Nae Was…Interesting

Few things are funnier than old people trying to do a new dance. Whether it’s your dad or a news anchor, there’s a reason these things often go viral.

Hillary Clinton is joining the fun. The 2016 Presidential hopeful was on Ellen recently, and anyone with an internet connection knows Ellen Degeneres loves few things more than dancing. So, when in Rome…

Mrs. Clinton did her best version of the dance that accompanies Silento‘s smash hit, and it didn’t go as well as she probably envisioned it.

It still went viral though.

Top 2015 VMAs No Chill Button Moments

This is definitely the VMAs I remember growing up too, all bittersweet moments.

It’s amazing how when you pay close attention you can catch everything. It’s also amazing when you don’t have to pay close attention and it’s there for you to catch. This year The 2015 VMAs was nothing, but chaos, ridiculous and absolutely juicy.  I’ve gathered just about every moment I could that would forever relive this year’s award show.

First off Nicki and Taylor on stage together? These two ladies did just about the boldest thing any other female species could do in our time, squash the beef everyone was publicly in tune and put it to rest.

Shortly after Miley Cyrus the host of the evening introduces herself and several others that seemingly was not interested when shouted out: Justin Beiber ( Hey ), The Weeknd ( Eh ), and A$AP Rocky ( F*ck is this …)

Someone scroll the clock to 1:20 please, Lol

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Nicki goes from 0 to 100 real quick on Miley!


Seriously MTV those infomercials?! Biggie?! Y’all Crazy!

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Justin performs in first time in over 5 years! You can tell he did his best to put on, respect! #YouMadeIt!

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John legend and Big Sean first moon, including Kanye which is like on what 20? #WeMadeIt!


Not to say Kanye restlessly doesn’t care,


 kidding, love him he’s the shit! Which leads to why we know he cares because after Taylor tells every one on how she gonna let ya finish… *Stops to remember*


she goes ahead and presents him the Vanguard win!


Don’t you love beautiful stories! Wait there’s more! The story continues with Kanye proudly accepting his award giving his acceptance speech which I totally understood!!!! To *DRUMROLL PLEASE*


The show keeps getting better and better right? Kylie Jenner was on stage and she didn’t mess up! I’d have to say, “four point for you Glen Koko.” Let alone someone else who was on stage seemingly weird, silly and trying to rush off or maybe it was me…Rita Ora?


I mean, her favorite clan the Kardashians was front row and she had A$Ap Rocky in a stage right next to her ready to perform next…hmm not really fans, awkward.

Yeah I smoke pot, yeah I love peace

Last but not least Hollywood Boulevard written all over it and on stage, Miley Miley Miley  


 Pure entertainment! That’s all folks.

OOOOO You Didn’t Know? Here’s The History Of Summer Slam In One Chart

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Summer Slam is a historic event to say the least. The length of time it’s been around in terms of the WWE Universe is only rivaled by WrestleMania.   While some people may know a little bit of the facts of that long lineage, there is really soooo much to take into account.  Luckily the folks over at have put together a very comprehensive yet visually appealing infographic that shows some of that storied history.  Whether it’s the history of titles, the amount of different match types, or the individual records of the stars competing in this years event, theres lots to dig in to.  Check out the graphic below


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Janelle Monae’s Police Brutality Speech Cut From ‘Today’

Singer-songwriter Janelle Monae is using her platform of celebrity to help fight police brutality and the ills of systemic racism in America, but it seems Monae’s views on the controversial subjects were too much for the producers of NBC’s ‘Today’

The Atlanta artist appeared on Today on August 14 to promote her Wondaland Records compilation album Eephus. The project’s latest single is the racially charged “Hell You Talmbout”, which features the names of victims of police brutality. Janelle concluded the performance with a fiery speech.

“Yes Lord! God bless America!”, Monae shouted.

“God bless all the lost lives to police brutality. We want white America to know that we stand tall today. We want black America to know we stand tall today. We will not be silenced…”

Cameras cut from Janelle’s performance to one of the show’s anchors.

The move made it appear NBC’s morning show to oppose the Black Lives Matter movement. However, Billboard reports a source at “Today” says Janelle Monae’s performance was cut short due to time and nothing else.

“The show went to a hard commercial break after “Tightrope”, which ran a couple minutes over time. The performance was not intentionally cut off — the show is programmed for that hard commercial break at the same time every day,” the source revealed.

Whether cutting Janelle Monae’s performance was or wasn’t intentional, the incident hasn’t stopped the R&B star from spreading her message. After she left Today, Monae and her Wondaland artists including Jidenna and Deep Cotton were seen protesting on the streets of New York City.

-Jonathan Hailey(@JaySpeakEasy_)