Jharrel Jerome Is the First Afro-Latino to Win an Acting Emmy

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Jharrel Jerome poses with award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie in the press room during the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Jharrel Jerome became the first Afro-Latino to win an Emmy for acting when he took home the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his role in "When They See Us."

“I feel like I should just be in the Bronx right now, just chilling, waiting for my mom’s cooking.” Jerome said while accepting his award. “But I’m here in front of my inspirations.”

Jerome played Korey Wise in the popular show from Netflix, which centers on the story of the "Exonerated Five." In addition to being the first Afro-Latino and Dominican to win an Emmy, the artist is also the youngest person to win in his category.

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"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, "It's about time we are here."