Jharrel Jerome

Jharrel Jerome

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The 21-year-old actor became the first Afro-Latino to win an Emmy for acting when he took home the award for his role in When They See Us. He was the only Hispanic winner of the night. "It's an honor. It's a blessing, and I hope this is a step forward for Dominicans, for Latinos, for Afro-Latinos," Jerome told reporters backstage about the distinction. "It's about time we are here." 

When asked backstage why people of color seem to win awards only for stories that detail their struggles, Jerome replied: "Unfortunately, I think our strongest stories are the stories of pain, considering that’s what we go through on a daily basis. Our pain needs to be told, so if it has to be for the next 20 years we're just painfully telling our stories until we move on, then it has to be."

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