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Here Are The Latinos Who Could Be Winning Big At This Year’s Emmy Awards

The nominations for the 2018 Emmy Awards are out and a handful of Latinos brought their acting, writing and design chops to many of the shows that were nominated. Hollywood still has a long way to go in terms of true inclusion and diversity. Most awards are for white actors and actresses but we should celebrate the Latinos who have been able to break into the nominations this year. Here are some of the Latino entertainment names that have made us so proud this year.

1. Édgar Ramírez

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This has been a big year for Venezuelan actor Édgar Ramírez. He played Gianni Versace in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” which was nominated for Outstanding Limited Series. The show presented the dark and twisted man who killed Versace on his door steps of his Miami mansion.

2. Ricky Martin

Working alongside Ramirez on “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” Ricky Martin played Versace’s boyfriend at the time of his death. He really showed his acting expertise to the role of Antonio D’Amico. This was Martin’s return to the small screen as a character other than himself in TV guest appearances since 2012. Way to go, Ricky.

3. Carlos Rafael Ramirez

The composer of Cuban and Guatemalan descent composed the music for seven episodes of “Godless,” which received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Limited Series. His guitar playing can be heard on the soundtrack of feature films including “Crash” and “Dragonfly.” But, who do you cheer for when two shows with Latino talent are against each other?

4. Alexis Bledel

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“The Handmaid’s Tale” received a whopping 20 Emmy nominations overall this year for its second season. One of those nominations went to Alexis Bledel, who is Latina by way of her father being born in Argentina and her mother being raised in Mexico, for her role as Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Last year she took home the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Will she take home the Emmy statue again this year?

5. Karamo Brown

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Karamo Brown, part of the “Queer Eye” cast, has a lot to be proud of. The show nabbed four nominations, including Outstanding Structured Reality Program and Outstanding Casting For A Reality Program. Brown is of Jamaican and Cuban descent.

6. Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Lin-Manuel Miranda has graced audiences with his music and creation for “Hamilton,” and this year he also got an Emmy nod for his comedic skills. Miranda was nominated for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

7. Fred Armisen

“Portlandia” received a nomination for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series, and at its helm is Fred Armisen, who co-created and co-stars on the sketch comedy series. Although he now lives in Silver Lake, Armisen lived for many years as a resident of Portland, thus gaining inspiration for the series. The series and season both wrapped this year. Let’s see if it can grab an Emmy for its final run.

8. Melissa Villaseñor

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A native of Whittier, California, Villaseñor is credited as a featured player of “Saturday Night Live.” The long-running TV show was nominated for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series along with 20 other nominations. Villaseñor acts and writes for the comedy sketch show.

9. Franklin ‘Frankie’ Rodriguez

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Ricky Martin, A Fan Of Big Families, Announces He And His Husband Expecting Fourth Child

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Ricky Martin, A Fan Of Big Families, Announces He And His Husband Expecting Fourth Child

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Global music icon Ricky Martin continues to soar in his third decade as an entertainer. Since the release of his first solo album in 1991, the singer has sold over 70 million records and has won multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy awards. A multi-talented artist, Ricky is also a New York Times Best Seller and a passionate philanthropist and humanitarian. The pop star and actor most recently starred as Antonio D’Amico, Gianni Versace’s long-time partner, in the multi Emmy nominated FX Drama Series, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story which earned him a nomination for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor. The hitmaker was also recently publicly involved in the protests against the former governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, who used homophobic and other bigoted language in private conversations. 

The Human Rights Campaign honored his trajectory and passionate work last Saturday in Washington D.C. with an award for his advocacy of LGBTQ rights and philanthropy. And Ricky took advantage of the setting to announce his family’s big news. 

While attending the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner, Ricky Martin announced that he and husband Jwan Yosef are expecting.

Ricky Martin was awarded the National Visibility Award during the HRC’s 23rd Annual National Dinner last Saturday for his commitment to the fight for equality. “With his unique voice and passionate activism, Ricky Martin has used his international stage to advocate for LGBTQ people around the world,” said  HRC President Alphonso David. “Ricky is an artist, an advocate and a philanthropist, and we look forward to celebrating all of this important work by honoring him with the National Visibility Award at the Human Rights Campaign’s National Dinner.”

 The singer announced the happy news in the middle of his acceptance speech.

“My family is here. Jwan, I can’t see you but I love you, My beautiful twins Valentino and Matteo are here too. I love you with all my heart, you are my strength, you are my inspiration every day, you are my motivation to keep doing what I do, you are incredible, amazing kids. I love you. Lucía, my baby girl, is not here with us, she’s at home with granny, but she is the light of my life.” With a big smile on his face, Ricky continued, “By the way, I have to announce we are pregnant. We are expecting. I have to admit it, I love big families!” he said drawing applause and cheering from the audience. 

Ricky is not ‘Living La Vida Loca’ anymore, but rather ‘la vida feliz’. 

“The Assassination of Gianni Versace” star has a solid career and a wonderful family with husband Jwan Yosef and their three children; twins Matteo and Valentino and baby girl Lucia. Just last month the couple shared the first photo of baby Lucia, who was born on Christmas Eve of 2018 —coincidentally, Ricky Martin’s birthday too.

“La Luz de mis ojos #Lucia”, “The light of my eyes”, was the singer’s caption for the photo of his baby sitting on Yosef’s lap. Artist Yosef, shared the same image on his Instagram, captioning it, “Baby Lucia Martin-Yosef being the LIGHT she is”.

Ricky has been outspoken about how much he loves big families, “I want four pairs of twins”.

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Martin never hid the fact that he loves big families and has always wanted one for himself. Ahead of the 2019 Golden Globes, the star opened up about wanting a big family. “I want four pairs of twins. I would love to have a big family, but there’s a lot going on at this moment, a lot of work,” he told People. “It’s a lot going on so we’re going to put things in order first and then we are going to get ready for many more kids.”

The pair’s twin boys were born through surrogacy, as reported by People, and Ricky inferred his plans to do the same with future children while chatting with Cohen on “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen” in 2017. “It’s funny because the way we do babies, I get to choose the sex,” he said.

Jharrel Jerome Made History By Being The First Ever Afro-Latino To Win An Emmy For Acting And His Acceptance Speech Made Latinos Everywhere Cry Their Hearts Out

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Jharrel Jerome Made History By Being The First Ever Afro-Latino To Win An Emmy For Acting And His Acceptance Speech Made Latinos Everywhere Cry Their Hearts Out

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Another glass ceiling has finally been broken in Hollywood. On Sunday night, Dominican-American actor Jharrel Jerome became the first-ever Afro-Latino actor to win an Emmy for acting. Jerome won the award for his work in the Ava Duverney limited series “When They See Us”, where he portrayed the wrongly-convicted Korey Wise. 

“When They See Us” is a Netflix-helmed production that revolves around the case of Raymond Santana, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Korey Wise, and Yusef Salaam–a group of black and Latino young men who were wrongly convicted for the rape and assault of a female jogger. Jerome played the part of Korey Wise, the oldest of the group, and the only member who was forced to serve his term in the adult prison system. Years later, the true assailant admitted to the crime and the men were released from prison. 

The limited-series has been praised for “adding a necessary layer of humanity” to the boys’ stories and challenging viewers to “reconsider what it means to find justice in America.”

The win was one of the most emotional wins of the night, with the audience erupting into applause and getting to its feet when Jerome won.

Notably among the audience were the members of “The Central Park Five”, whom Jerome referred to in his speech as “The Exonerated Five”. The men gave Jerome a standing ovation along with the rest of the crowd, all of them visibly emotional. Korey Wise, the man Jerome portrayed, was shown with tears running down his face during Jerome’s acceptance speech.

Jerome started the speech saying that he feels he should be “in the Bronx right now, chillin,’ waiting for my mom’s cooking, but I’m here”. He then went on to thank his family for their support, including his mother and his father. He lapsed into Spanish at one point, pointing to the sky and telling his deceased grandfather “te quiero”. Finally, he dedicated his award “Most importantly, this is for the men that we know as The Exonerated Five. Thank you so much. It’s an honor and a blessing.”

The win was a shock to audience and critics alike, as the category was stacked with heavy-hitters.

The competition was stiff among the limited-series nominees, with household names like Benecio Del Toro, Hugh Grant, Mahershala Ali, and Jared Harris among the actors. Jerome thanked his fellow nominees at the beginning of his speech, saying that he was “here with his inspirations” with people he was “so motivated by”. The win was not only surprising because of Jerome’s status as a newcomer, but also his age–the youngest actor ever to win in this category. 

The significance of the occasion was not lost on Jerome, who said that he hoped it was a “step forward for Dominicans, for Latinos, for Afro-Latinos” in a backstage interview.

Backstage, Jerome was also candid about the impact of black and brown stories, and how their power lies in the truth they portray. “I think our strongest stories are the stories of pain, considering that’s what we go through on a regular basis,” he said. “I think the truth is our pain needs to be told.”

Always on board to celebrate the accomplishments of la Raza, Latinxs took to Twitter to express their joy at Jerome’s win. 

Naturally, the news is cause for celebration. After all, it’s not every day that a young Dominican Afro-Latino from the Bronx wins an Emmy. Especially when he’s pitted against Oscar-winners and industry favorites.

This Latina took to Twitter to emphasize the significance of this event:

With Jerome’s win, history was literally made on Sunday night–that fact can’t be stated enough.

Even Lin Manuel Miranda got in on the action, expressing his pride:

It turns out that Miranda and Jerome had met before. What a beautiful example of Latinos supporting other Latinos!

This Latino was overcome with all of the emotion he was feeling from Jerome’s win.

It’s hard to express the pride one feels when seeing someone from their tribe make an impact on the world. This is why representation on our screens is so important.

This Dominicana had a thing or two to say about black and Latinx intersectionality:

Jerome’s win is the perfect teachable moment for people (included Latinxs) who struggle with the fact that there are black Latinos out there. 

This Latina suggested a nation-wide day off for Dominican-Americans.

We don’t hate that idea. Every step forward should be celebrated. 

Congratulations to Jharrel Jerome for a much-deserved win. We’re sure that we’ll be seeing him on our screens for years to come.