“BROOKLYN WE DID IT“ – said actor Jamal Woolard in the 2009 biopic Notorious as he portrayed the late great Notorious B.I.G, in the scene of the Ready To Die album release party in New York in 1994. In the scene, the tribute was then followed by the song “ Unbelievable” and a massive celebration. However, I think the Bronx should be applauded and widely celebrated for the success of rising actor, Jharrel Jerome, for his Emmy win for “ Best Actor” in the Netflix series #WhenTheySeeUs as he played the honorable Korey Wise, one of the five young men accused of sexual assault of a white female jogger in Central Park back in 1989.
Jharrel Jerome, a native of the Bronx, was in shock as he hugged his mother tightly as he was called up the stage at last night’s Emmy Awards to retrieve the award.
“ I want to thank my beautiful mother *pause* .. I couldn’t do it without her “ as Jerome choked while thanking his mother for being his inspiration and holding back tears.
His final thanks was to the director, the one and only, Ms. Ava DuVernay for “ giving him the opportunity “ to his co-star cast, his family and more importantly, to the five men who inspired this film.
“ Most importantly, this is for the men that we know as the Exonerated Five. Mr. Raymond, Yusef, Antron, Kevin and KING KOREY WISE ! “ as Jerome looked in the crowd towards the original Exonerated Five.
One of the most interesting things that had caught my attention throughout the speech is how Jharrel Jerome was so transparent briefly of his life and where he really wanted to be at right at that moment if he wasn’t at the Emmys. He had explained he would’ve been in the Bronx “chilling and waiting for my mom’s cooking or something.” Coming from the Bronx, oftentimes from my perspective, my borough isn’t normally highlighted for the talent that we produce. From the beginning of hip hop’s emergence in 1973 at 1520 Sedgewick Ave to a strong female Hispanic Supreme Court justice judges from Bronxdale Houses, & now a young Afro-Latino actor, graduate of LaGuardia High School, rises to the challenge and executed such a profound role in a film based on a very serious case that hit the backyard for most living in New York City back in 1989, including mine. My mother went to Grace Dodge Vocational High School with one of the exonerated five, Mr. Korey Wise, back in 1988-89 when Wise was arrested for a crime in which he did not commit.
Jharrel, we are proud of you for all the success and exceptional work ethic you display on the screen every chance we get to see you! You did it! WE DID IT! THE BRONX! #BoogieDownWeDidIt.
Talent? “ BRONX KEEP CREATIN’ IT “ – as I quote the Teacha, KRS-One’s response in “ The Bridge Is Over “ during the infamous Bridge Wars with MC Shan and the Juice Crew.
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