The unfortunate story of the Central Park 5 (now better terms the exonerated 5) touched the hearts of millions of people when Netflix decided to have it apart of their programming. Jharrel Jerome, ironically was an unknown actor who portrayed the soul of a disenfranchised teenager who lost years of his adult life.
Sunday night (Sept 22), he got on stage at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater Sunday night to accept an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. He thanked Raymond Santana, Yusef Salaam, Antron McCray, and Korey Wise, the five men whose painful and ultimately triumphant story made his win possible.
“When They See Us” is a story of the human condition that shows what racism and a corrupt system could do to ruin the life of a teenager and later on adult.
President Trump and the media played a huge role in having these five black and Latino kids portrayed as monsters who raped Trisha Meili. In 1989 she was a young investment banker who was attacked during her evening jog in Central Park.
“This is this is for the men that we know as the Exonerated Five,” he said, referring to the men’s newfound nickname. “To Raymond, Yusef, Antron, Kevin, and King Korey Wise.”
Rap legend Lil’ Kim showed her appreciation of the moment by going on social media to applaud the young man.
The joy of seeing Jharrel Jerome win the award also extended to those who helped him in the early stages of his career.
The urban media world is also ecstatic that the Emmys gave an award to the deserving actor.