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Moonlight Star’s Uplifting Speech About Minority Performers Making A Change

Moonlight helped to break new ground on race and identity when it became this year’s Oscar winner for best picture.  One of the film’s most groundbreaking moments, the love scene between Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome, was recognized Sunday night when the two stars were awarded the MTV Movie & TV Award for best kiss.

“I think it is safe to say that it is OK for us young performers, especially us minority performers, to step out the box…and do whatever it takes to tell the story and do whatever it takes to make a change,” Jerome said at the podium beside his co-star.  “This award is for us artists who are out there who need to step out the box to do whatever it takes to get people to wake up.”

Sanders then added, “This award is bigger than Jharrel and I. This represents more than a kiss. This is for those who feel like the ‘others,’ the misfits. This represents us.”

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