‘When They See Us’ Jharrel Jerome Makes Afro-Latino Emmy History

When They See UsJharrel Jerome made history at last night’s 71st Emmy Awards Show by becoming the youngest person to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.

Jerome is also the first Afro-Latino to win in a main category; America Ferrera was the first Latin-American to win in 2007.

“It’s a blessing and I hope this is a step forward for Dominicans, for Latinos, for Afro Latinos. It’s about time we’re here,” said Jerome backstage reflecting on his win. After learning that he was also the youngest to win in history backstage, “well damn, that’s incredible… kids are smart too,” he joked.

Jerome earned the trophy for his portrayal of exonerated five-member Korey Wise, who, as an adolescent, was wrongfully convicted of a crime, which led to a 14-year incarnation stint. Check out his acceptance speech below.

‘When They See Us’ stars Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris, Marquis Rodriquez, Ethan Herisse, Michael K. Williams, Niecy Nash, and more. The film was directed by Ava DuVernay.

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