Hollywood heartthrob Morris Chestnut has setting hearts aflame ever since he made his major celebrated cinematic debut 25 years ago in the seminal and transcendent film Boyz N the Hood opposite Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Nia Long.
Despite his enviable perch in life and illustrious career, these were far from sufficient shields against dastardly and pernicious instances of racism and racial profiling.
As Chestnut, 46, prepares for the premiere of of two major and high-profile projects, the movie The Perfect Guy and his TV weekly drama, he shares his experiences and what he has told his son about encounters with armed authorities:
“When I grew up, I was always racially profiled. I got stopped quite a bit. I graduated high school at 18 years old, and one of the neighbors down the street… a young well-to-do person, he had an old Porsche. He let my mother buy the Porsche for me. It was very inexpensive. I would drive the Porsche around, and because I was a young black male driving a Porsche, I was getting pulled over all the time. For nothing. I definitely have those experiences.”
Take a look at what he told his son about encounters with the police: