Jharrel Jerome Becomes the First Afro-Latino to Win Acting Emmy

Nicole Rojas
Sep 25, 2019 - 5:00
Jharrel Jerome Becomes the First Afro-Latino to Win Acting Emmy

Actor Jharrel Jerome made history on September 22, becoming the first Afro-Latino and the first Dominican to win an acting Emmy. Jerome dedicated his Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series to the men portrayed in Netflix’s When They See Us. The Dominican actor portrayed Korey Wise, one of the five innocent Black and Latino boys who were falsely convicted of rape and assault in 1989. The boys, between 14 and 16-years-old at the time, were dubbed the Central Park Five and later, the Exonerated Five. Wise, the oldest of the five boys, witnessed his friend Yusef Salaam get arrested. According to NBC News, he went to the police station to support Salaam and was later charged. He was later tried as an adult and served 13 years...

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