Rochelle Aytes: Role Play

From gorgeous mastermind behind TLC in VH1's upcoming biopic Crazy, Sexy, Cool to assertive side piece in Mistresses, premiering on ABC June 3, Rochelle Aytes' reel redefines upcoming attraction

It took a bitch fit for Rochelle Aytes to realize her passion. After the former dance student dabbled in Broadway theater for the Elton John and Tim Rice smash Aida, she nailed a breakthrough performance during a 10-minute improv called "I'm So Pissed" in one of her acting classes. "Ironically, it was the perfect time for me to take the class because I was hurt by an ex-boyfriend who cheated," she recalls of the moment she decided to consider acting as a career. "You face the wall and then you wait until you're at a heightened 10 emotionally, turn and yell out whatever you want to say to the person. There's so much you can draw from that."

A hot and scorned woman is a recurring theme for Aytes, who returns to small screens as the widowed single mother April Malloy who discovers her dead husband has a secret family on ABC's Mistresses this June. She was also tapped for the role of TLC's founder Perri "Pebbles" Reid in VH1's Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story - a biopic on the R&B/rap girl troupe set for release later this year. While the dancing actress admits to lacking pipes, her Harlem roots helped level out her character's street mentality. "Pebbles told it like it was and was a little hood She's from Oakland, Calif. and because I'm from Harlem, I got to bring a little bit of that cool, homegirl fun to her," says Aytes, who stars alongside rapper Lil Mama, singers Drew Sidora and Keke Palmer. "This situation was far from me in that I'm not a singer, but I have an assertive side. This is how [Pebbles] was. Sometimes, I like to be in control."

The self-professed boss lady makes that clear with her career path. After her mother enrolled her at the Ruth Williams dance studio in New York at an early age, Aytes would shake her tutu in ballet class and then perfect her shoulder-pop to Janet Jackson's "Control" at home. The in-house choreography proved valuable during her education at the LaGuardia School of Arts—alma mater of Nicki Minaj and Azealia Banks—where she earned her degree in fine arts. She even clocked in at KFC for two months during high school before swapping fried chicken for sandwiches as a classroom assistant while still showing up for her acting and dancing classes. "I didn't grow up hand-fed things," she says. "I made a living at my craft from a very early age, which is why I am where I am today."

Now, the 5'6'' caramel beauty, whose cinematic debut as Denise Porter in the Wayans Bros. funny flick White Chicks and her crime-solving prowess as detective Grace Russell in the TV thriller The Forgotten has landed her plenty of face-time, continues to look to greater heights on-camera, even in the air. Her character Lisa Breaux's bad romance in the 2006 Tyler Perry bawl fest Madea's Family Reunion earned her a thank-you note on the plane from a woman who'd just left an abusive relationship. But the 36-year-old good girl insists changing the world isn't always on the agenda. While she admits to blocking a hater on Twitter, she says her best impressions are up to the audience. "There may not be a huge lesson in everything," she says of the roles she takes, "but if there's supposed to be, I want to do the best that I can."

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Emmys 2019: Jharrel Jerome Wins Lead Actor For Role In 'When They See Us’

It was a celebratory and emotional moment for actor Jharrel Jerome as he received his first Emmy for Lead Actor in a Limited Series for When They See Us.

Jerome accepted the accolade Sunday (Sept 22) at the awards ceremony at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. In the series directed by Ava DuVernay, the Bronx native portrayed Korey Wise, one of the Exonerated Five who were falsly accused of a crime he and four others didn't commit. Visibly emotional, the 22-year-old gave thanks to his parents during his acceptance speech.

"I feel like I should just be in the Bronx right now, chillin,' waiting for my mom's cooking but I'm here," he said. "But I'm here in front of people I'm so motivated by."

The young actor was up against some of the best in the business such as Moonlight co-star Mahershala Ali (True Detective), Benicio Del Toro (Escape at Dannemora), Hugh Grant (A Very English Scandal), Jared Harris (Chernobyl) and Sam Rockwell (Fosse/Verdon).

Jerome also thanked Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and as he rightfully shouted "King" Korey Wise.

"Most important[ly], this is for the men known as The Exonerated Five," he said as the men stood on their feet. "Thank you so much. It's an honor, it's a blessing."

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TV Guide reports Jerome's win was "initially considered a lock," due to Chernobyl, the HBO series that won seven Creative Arts Emmys.

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Florida Grandmother Incensed After Six Year Old Granddaughter Was Arrested For A Tantrum

A 6-year-old was arrested, fingerprinted and had her mug shot taken by Florida police for reportedly throwing a tantrum at her elementary school last week.

According to reports, Meralyn Kirkland learned her granddaughter Kaia was brought to the juvenile detention center in Orlando, Florida after she had an outburst.

“What do you mean she was arrested," Kirkland recalled. "He said ‘there was an incident and she kicked somebody and she is being charged and she is on her way,' ” Kirkland explained to local news outlets.

After explaining to the officer that Kaia has sleep apnea, Kirkland says the cop showed no concern.

“She has a medical condition that we are working on getting resolved and he says, ‘what medical condition?' she has a sleep disorder, sleep apnea,’ and he says, ‘well I have sleep apnea and I don’t behave like that.”

Kirkland couldn't believe what was happening and couldn't believe a child had been arrested.

“They told us we had to wait a few minutes because Kaia was being fingerprinted, and when she said fingerprinted it hit me like a ton of bricks,” Kirkland said.

“No six year old child should be able to tell somebody that they had handcuffs on them and they were riding in the back of a police car and taken to a juvenile center to be fingerprinted, mug shot”

Kaia is back at home.

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Texas Man Divorces Wife Without Her Knowing By Forging Paperwork

A Texas man wanted out of his marriage and instead of going through divorce proceedings, he faked his wife's signature on paperwork in turn ending their union without her knowledge.

The New York Daily News reports Paul Nixon submitted forged documents and false information to a Houston district court. Nixon also reportedly committed perjury when testifying in court during a divorce hearing. The divorce has been tabled due to the perjury and fraudulent documents.

The constable’s office started the investigation after Mrs. Nixon informed officials of the divorce that occurred without her knowledge.

Harris County Constable Mark Herman spoke with a local news outlet and said that a search for Mr. Nixon is underway as he is now wanted for aggravated perjury.

“We have teams out looking for him right now, I can tell you,” he told the station. “And we have an idea where he’s at. So hopefully, he’ll turn himself in. If not, we’ll catch him. Just a matter of time.”

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