Jharrel Jerome has hailed his Emmy Award win a "blessing".
The 21-year-old actor took home the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for "When They See Us" - Ava DuVernay's series about five men of colour who were wrongly prosecuted for rape and assault and later had their convictions vacated - at the ceremony on Sunday and hopes becoming the first Afro-Latino to win an acting honour will be a "step forward".
He said: "It's a blessing and I hope this is a step forward for Dominicans, for Latinos, for Afro Latinos. It's about time we're here."
And the actor was stunned to learn he was also the youngest ever winner of the category.
He quipped backstage: "Well damn, that's incredible.. kids are smart too."