Jharrel Jerome Makes History With ‘Outstanding Lead Actor’ Emmy Win For ‘When They See Us’

Published: Sunday 22nd Sep 2019 by Rashad

Jharrel Jerome‘s won an Emmy for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie” for his portrayal of Korey Wise in the Ava Duvernay-directed Netflix mini-series ‘When They See Us.’

Based on the real life events surrounding the 1988 Central park jogger case that saw five men of color falsely prosecuted for charges related to sexual assault, Jerome’s performance in the four part streaming event was lauded by critics and viewers alike.

Now, the Emmy academy have echoed those sentiments.

Besting fellow nominees Mahershala Ali (True Detective), Benicio Del Toro (Escape at Dannemora), Hugh Grant (A Very English Scandal), Jared Harris (Chernobyl), Sam Rockwell (Fosse/Verdon) on Sunday’s awards show (September 22), Jerome – at just 21-years-old – becomes the youngest Black actor in the ceremony’s history to nab the trophy.

See his acceptance speech inside:

The other Black actors who earned Emmys in the category were Louis Gossett Jr. in 1977, Andre Braugher in 2006, and Courtney B. Vance in 2016.  Additonally, Jerome is the first Afro-Latino to win an acting Emmy.

#BlackBoyJoy indeed! Click here to see the night’s full list of winners.

[photo credit:  Getty Images]

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  1. Jaquan from the Hood September 22, 2019

    The emmys, oscars, Baftas and sag awards are going to start giving awards to every black person now after they all have been ridiculed for favoring white actors. This is going to be like ok we have 6 actors nominated there’s 1 black well if we don’t give it to the black person then we will be called out for being racist and receive bad press. We can’t have bad press anymore or else we will get cancelled and we need black people to watch our awards ceremony so we get ratings so let’s give it to the black. Yup that’s exactly what’s going to continue now that Hollywood has been called out on their s*** and that’s sad because if someone other than the black person is more deserving they aren’t going to win. It’s like we’re getting the sympathy vote now or we are winning just because we’re black. Uh here’s the token black person or all black lead film let’s give it to them.

    • ? Jasmine’s Grape Juice ? ? September 22, 2019

      Shut it hoodrat. That man deserved that award. U are trying to act like hecwon by affirmative action. That is NOT true. He is an incredibly talented actor. Give him his props or shut your hoodrat mouth!

      • ? Jasmine’s Grape Juice ? ? September 22, 2019

        He won not hecwon. My iphone 11 is trippin with autocorrect

    • Fancy BISH September 22, 2019

      Politics was the reason they gave awards to so many of the undeserving whites…like when they gave Best Picture to Driving Miss Daisy and didn’t even nominate Do The Right Thing…there was obviously a meeting to not include Spike Lee’s masterpiece that still bursts with energy, is still absolutely (and unfortunately) relevant and is like watching a moving Basquiat painting! See, when you do clownery…so I’m glad they are scrambling ??

  2. ? Jasmine’s Grape Juice ? ? September 22, 2019

    Congrats. He deserves the award

  3. Tori September 22, 2019

    That s*** motherf*cker deserves it…f*cking Daddy!

  4. Clarkson September 22, 2019

    Nah. He won cause he’s black.

    Benicio Del Toro(Escape at Dannemora), or Jared Harris(Chernobyl) should have won.

    If you’ve seen any of these shows u will realise that jharell didnt deserve it.
    Him winning over old legendary actors is a complete joke.

    When they see us was too preachy and over dramatic for my liking. Sorry not sorry.

    • Tori September 22, 2019


    • ? Jasmine’s Grape Juice ? ? September 22, 2019

      Grow up Clarkson. Adults think for themselves and dont have to follow an uncle tom agenda. The actors in those productions u reference fail in comparison to that black man’s performance. He is a a great actor.

    • Clarkson September 22, 2019

      None of u have seen escape at dannemora, if you’ve seen that show u will agree that when they see us is a cartoon when compared to escape at dannemora.

      Many of u dont know good entertainment or good acting. shouting and screaming isnt good acting . Being overly dramatic isnt good acting.

      When they see us was too damn preachy and over the top. No nuance, everything was in ur face.

      Every single actor on escape at dannemora deserves an Emmy.

      • ? Jasmine’s Grape Juice ? ? September 22, 2019

        Who are u to tell me what I have or have not seen? Shut it and grow up! Ive seen all the nominated productions and your comments are not significant because u keep harping on Ava’s directing verses the individual performance Jharel did. He did a great job and the sky is the limit for him. Congratulate him or shut it. Spewing pointless and meritless hate just shows how immature you are.

      • Fancy BISH September 22, 2019

        @Jasmine, you just gathered, clocked and dragged Clarkson with facts and class!

      • Clarkson September 22, 2019

        U have not seen escape at dannemora, neither have u seen Chernobyl. Be quite. U calling these shows ” a production” just so u sound classy isnt fooling anyone.

        I cant discuss entertainment with someone like u, a ghetto hood rat who likes watching real housewives and stand normani. Lol

        Benecio del toro is not white.
        I dont judge talent based on skin colour or sexuality or politics. I judge talent based on the work the performer has done. Benecio del toro gave the best performance out of the bunch.
        I said what I said and it ain’t changing over here.

      • ? Jasmine’s Grape Juice ? ? September 22, 2019

        Thanks you Fancy.

      • ? Jasmine’s Grape Juice ? ? September 22, 2019

        Clarkson you have not seen all of When They see Us. You dont get to tell me what i have watched and vice versa. Let’s see what Variety and Hollywood Report has to say about this tomorrow. Their opinions hold weight. Yours doesn’t and I am 100 percent sure they will have the same opinion I do (as usual). Once again you sound dumb, immature, crazy, and Normani-obsessed.

      • Clarkson September 22, 2019

        Gurl why u talking to me
        I dont know u
        U always want my attention
        U always want me to notice u

        As I said earlier I dont discuss entertainment with the likes of u. U stan normani , lol

        U dont even know who benecio del toro is neither do u even know what an Emmy is.

        U have not seen any of the shows nominated cause ur type doesnt watch informative, complex well written TV.
        U watch shows were they fight and pull each other’s hair. That’s the type of entertainment ur brain can comprehend

        And lastly it is Hollywood reporter not Hollywood report.
        Ur trying to sound classy but ur a hood rat who keeps embarrassing himself. Bye bye.
        I will never reply u on this blog ever again.

      • ? Jasmine’s Grape Juice ? ? September 22, 2019

        This is Jasmine’s Grape Juice! It is an honor, pleasure, and blessing to get to speak to me. You should be thanking me for even speaking to you. You’re welcome.

        Like I already said, we will see what Variety and the Hollywood Report from the Hollywood Reporter has to say on Monday and surely they will have the same opinion as me (as usual).

        Get mental help for your Normandi obsession. Its clear you want to be her because “your type” certainly is not into women sexxually. Im not a Normani fan or hater but i can certainly recognize when someone is obsessed and u sir are very obsessed about her.

        Lastly, I am not trying to sound “classy” or a “hood rat”. I sound like myself which is chill and relaxed just like fine wine. You are the hood rat. It is always the nasty vile uncle tom sissies like u who put white and hispanic people on a pedestal while u spew vile venom at darker-skinned people of color. That is because you hate the dark skin you have! Self-hate much? Calling me a “hood-rat” and “classless” is laughable when you are the one thirsting to sit at the table I always PASS on. U salivate and dream of getting the event invite letters i get in the mail and toss in the trash ?! U are the wannabe who is never invited to anything Hollywood because u are nothing but a wannabe….a desperate, ghetto, lonely, classless, feminine, shell of a man with extreme bittchhy ways. Actor Billy Porter acts like a bitchh for a check because he is an actor. You ARE a bittchh in real life likely for the rest of your life. Bittchh is engraved in your DNA.

        Lets wait to hear what Variety and the Hollywood Reporter has to say. Have you ever been mentioned or written about by Variety? No and u never will. I have been written about and interviewed for both publications and not because i am some “hood rat” socialite or wannabe celebrity. It was for my business accomplishments and growing prominence in the los angeles business community. Hollywood is and always has been a business. You are too small-minded to comprehend that.

  5. Clarkson September 22, 2019

    They are trying to avoid an Emmys so white scenario that’s why he won.

    If it’s based on talent benecio del toror or Jared Harris deserves to win.

    I love jharell, he was fantastic in moonlight, but he didnt deserve this at all. Him being nominated was enough and it should have stopped at that.

  6. Fancy BISH September 22, 2019

    Google Eddie Murphy calls out Hollywood at 60th academy awards 1988…was he right or was he right? ?

    • Meme September 22, 2019

      What he said?

      • Fancy BISH September 22, 2019

        Eddie let “them” know on stage at the Oscars in 1988 that they never recognize black people and only give an award to black people about every 20 years…he actually said in 1988 that a black person was due for an award around 2004 lol…Jamie Foxx won in 2005! Halle and Denzel won in 2002! He was close! Eddie was competing only with Tom Cruise for biggest names at the box office in the 80’s, FACTS…he was arguably the biggest star at the time when he was asked to present Best Picture ⭐️ He said he probably would never win after saying this and he’s never won! Eddie was woke before woke! ?

  7. Meme September 22, 2019

    So proud of this king! Well deserve!

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