Jharrel Jerome Dominican American Wins First Emmy Award

Dominican American Jharrel Jerome Is First Afro-Latino to Win an Emmy Award for Acting

Jharrel Jerome made history at the Emmys. Jerome, the 21-year-old actor who portrayed Korey Wise in Netflix’s When They See Us, became the first Afro-Latino to win an Emmy for acting when he took home the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie award.

When Jharrel accepted the award, the exonerated five – the five men who were wrongfully convicted of a 1989 rape and whose stories inspired the limited series – were visibly touched. Jerome didn’t have the time to reflect on the momentous occasion on stage, but he thanked the five men, his mom, his Papi and shouted out the Bronx. He even spoke a few words in Spanish.

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