Last night, the 2019 Emmy Awards were held in Los Angeles at the award show headquarters, the Microsoft Theatre. Over the night, many people took home awards for their work in countless tv shows, television movies, and limited series featured on Netflix. While Black people did not win everything we were nominated for, we won in two categories: Outstanding lead actor in a drama series and Outstanding lead actor in a limited series or TV movie.
Billy Porter took home the hardware for his portrayal of Pray Tell, a ballroom emcee in the FX series, Pose. With his win, Porter became the first openly gay Black man to win the lead actor in a drama category, making Emmy's history. However, winning awards is not new to Porter. He has snagged Dorian awards, a Tony award, and Grammy award on his way to this Emmy win. His trophy case is getting more crowded by the year and we know he has no plans of letting up.
Also on the night, Dominican American, Jharrel Jerome took home the Emmy for his work as the young and old Korey Wise in the Ava Duvernay directed project, When They See Us. Jharrel won the award a few weeks shy of his 22nd birthday on October 9th. The Afro-Latino got his start in 2016, most notably with Moonlight, which also won an Oscar in 2017. Of his acting, it has been said by director Barry Jenkins, "he’s not a guy who’s been over-rehearsing. That’s a dude learning by doing. It’s amazing.” While shooting When They See Us, Jerome said of Korey Wise, "He's my brother now. I look up to him. I look up to his courage. He's taught me so much on how to be strong.” The miniseries also won the Creative Arts Emmy Awards for Outstanding Movie/Limited Series Casting last weekend.
Congratulations are in order for the two! Well done and keep up the outstanding work!!!