Jharrel Jerome took home the Emmy on Sunday, September 22 for Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his portrayal of Korey Wise. The four-part series created and directed by Ava Duvernay debuted on Netflix on May 31, 2019, and earned 16 Emmy nominations including one for Outstanding Limited Series. But it was Jerome’s moving speech, following his Emmy win, where he thanked his mother. “I feel like I should just be in the Bronx right now, just chilling, waiting for my mom’s cooking. But I am here in front of my inspirations,” said Jerome. The actor then dedicated his Emmy to the five men formerly known as the “Central Park Five,” now called the “Exonerated Five.” Jerome’s speech led Korey Wise, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, and Raymond Santana to stand to their feet, and give a standing ovation. It was a moment that moved the audience. “This is for Raymond, Yusef, Antron, Kevin, and King Korey Wise. Thank you so much, it’s an honor. It’s a blessing,” said Jerome.

Jerome is the second youngest winner ever in the category of Lead Actor – Limited Series/Movie. Watch Jerome’s emotional Emmy speech below.


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