Central Park Five Get Long Overdue Props at Emmy Awards

The four-part series that has galvanized Netflix subscribers everywhere for its portrayal of the 1989 Central Park Five scandal took center stage at the Emmys. When Jharrel Jerome went up to accept his award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series for “When They See Us”, he gave a special shout out to those dubbed as the “exonerated five.”

The five young Black men, Korey Wise, Antron McCray, Raymond Santana, Kevin Richards, and Yusef Salaam, were wrongfully accused of raping Trisha Meili in 1989. 30 years later, the controversy still angers civil rights activists everywhere. The young man that Jerome played, Korey Wise, was forced to plead guilty and served 14 years as an adult in the corrections even though he was 16 at the time.

The case gained steam again when Donald Trump entered the 2016 Presidential race and ultimately won. In the aftermath of the crime, Trump, who was at the height of his real estate career, spent $85,000 on full-page advertisements in four New York newspapers condemning the young men and calling for reinstatement of the death penalty. Among many pointed statements in the ads, Trump said “maybe hate is what we need if we’re going to get something done.” To this day, even as the Divider in Chief occupies the White House, he stands by his words from 1989.

Jerome emotionally put the advancements of the last 30 years in perspective. “Thirty years ago they were sitting in a prison cell, falsely incarcerated, and today they’re in suits styled by designers for the Emmys,” Jerome said during his speech as he pointed out and named the five men among the crowd at the event.

Jerome is the first Afro-Latino actor to be nominated for and win an Emmy and is also the youngest to win the award for Lead Actor in a Limited Series. “It’s an honor. It’s a blessing, and I hope this is a step forward for Dominicans, for Latinos, for Afro-Latinos. It’s about time we are here,” Jerome said.
The cast and subjects of the series celebrated the win together after the award ceremony. Jerome posted a video to his Instagram of himself partying with Wise, McCray, and Santana among many of the Hollywood elite.

Time will tell how this limited series will impact how people, especially whites, view the tragic mishandling of the events from 30 years ago.

Related Article: One of ‘The Exonerated Five’ Honored at Syracuse University, Might Get Honorary Degree

Latest News

feinstein, northwell

Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institutes Teams Up with Sanofi, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Gilead Sciences to Test COVID-19 Treatments

The research arm of Northwell Health (No. 2 on DiversityInc’s 2019 Top Hospitals & Health Systems), the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, is partnering with Gilead Sciences, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi (No. 31 on DiversityInc’s 2019 Top 50 Companies for Diversity) to identify treatments for people hospitalized with moderate to severe…

EY Named a Leader in Managed Security Services and Professional Security Services in Asia-Pacific in Two Studies by IDC

Originally posted on EY.com EY is a leader in Asia-Pacific professional security services among 17 vendors EY has been recognized by IDC as a leader in two of its studies: IDC MarketScape: Asia/Pacific Managed Security Services 2020 Vendor Assessment, and IDC MarketScape: Asia/Pacific Professional Security Services – Advisory, Assessment, and Awareness 2020…

March 2020 ADP National Employment Report®, ADP Small Business Report® and ADP National Franchise Report® to be Released on Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Originally posted on ADP.com : ADP Research Institute® will release the March findings of the ADP National Employment Report, ADP Small Business Report and ADP National Franchise Report on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 8:15 a.m. ET. Due to the important contribution that small businesses make to economic growth, ADP Research Institute issues the ADP Small Business Report independently of the ADP National Employment Report. …

Dow Commits $3 million to Aid COVID-19 Relief Efforts and Adjusts Manufacturing Processes to Produce Hand Sanitizer

Originally posted on Dow.com Dow announced a commitment of $3 million to help fund COVID-19 relief efforts with donations going towards global relief organizations, as well as non-profits in communities where Dow operates. In addition, the Company announced it has begun producing hand sanitizer at its manufacturing site in Stade, Germany, and…

Cox Commits up to $5M for COVID-19 Testing

Originally posted on Cox.com The James M. Cox Foundation announced its commitment to provide up to $5 million to Emory Healthcare for purchasing COVID-19 testing equipment. In response to the coronavirus crisis, Emory and Cox are taking the lead with significant action to support the community. The equipment is currently…

What You Need to Know About How Johnson & Johnson’s Supply Chain Is Responding to the Covid-19 Pandemic

The company’s Chief Global Supply Chain Officer shares the measures the company has taken to maintain its supply chain operations during the current novel coronavirus outbreak. Originally published on jnj.com. The effects of the global Covid-19 pandemic are undeniable. Kathy Wengel, Executive Vice President & Chief Global Supply Chain Officer,…