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Black Hollywood Couple Aim To Win Three 2018 Emmy Nominations

Meet Actor Melvin Jackson Jr. and wife, Actress Kelly M. Jenrette

LOS ANGELES - June 24, 2018 - eTradeWire -- In this era, we are still having the conversation about  diversity and African American firsts in entertainment. Actress Kelly M. Jenrette and Actor Melvin Jackson, Jr., a Hollywood husband and wife duo are being considered for a total of 3 Emmys. They are raising awareness on how far the industry has come and how much farther it has, yet, to go.

When asked how this would change the industry, both Kelly and Melvin contributed to say, ''A win to become the first Black couple to secure a nomination in the same year chips away at the existing mold and will show continued growth within the industry."

Melvin co-wrote "This Eddie Murphy Role Is Mine, Not Yours," alongside Kelly, which he produced and stars in as himself and Eddie Murphy. It is a web series on YouTube. Kelly M. Jenrette is being considered for an Emmy for her Guest Star role, as Annie, on The Handmaid's Tale, Season 2, Episode 4. A nomination for Kelly and Melvin, each, in the same year would be historic. Likewise, a nomination for Melvin in either of his categories would be landmark.

In their web series, "This Eddie Murphy Role Is Mine, Not Yours. (https://youtu.be/LKVILugHOMs)," Melvin is being considered for 2 Emmys as a producer and an actor; for outstanding short form comedy or drama series and outstanding actor in a short form comedy or drama series.



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Kelly and Melvin explain in this Emmy campaign YouTube (https://youtu.be/6BBAQjqCVS4) video.

While making history isn't this young couple's sole focus, Melvin shared. ''All races should be recognized and given equal opportunities, as others. As a power couple, the nomination allows us to utilize our platform to bring awareness to social issues we are passionate about.''

Together, they co-wrote a children's book, "The Adventures of Jimmy The Fly (https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Jimmy-Fly-Melvi...)," which was conceived by Melvin in 2000 but the couple decided in late 2017 to turn Melvin's idea into a series of children's books. It is an epic adventure that African American children can see themselves in.

To learn more about Melvin Jackson Jr., visit https://imdb.com/name/nm1812926/ (https://m.imdb.com/name/nm1812926/) and www.melvinjacksonjr.com. For more information about Kelly M. Jenrette, visit https://imdb.com/name/nm2424757/. For press inquiries, contact Alecia Jones, publicist, at contact@validitymediagroup.com and (240) 630-2691.

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ABOUT Kelly M. Jenrette - a decorated actress being considered for her role as Annie in HULU's The Handmaid's Tale and has been seen as a recurring guest star on HBO's Here and Now, a series regular on the FOX comedy, Grandfathered, starring John Stamos. She's had recurring guest star roles on Pitch (FOX) and Graves (EPIX). Her talents extend onto the stage in the nominated musical, The Color Purple. It earned Kelly an individual Ovation Nomination for best-featured actress as Nettie. Atlanta is her hometown.

ABOUT Melvin Jackson Jr. -  Jackson secured a reenactment role on "America's Most Wanted" with only natural talent. After auditioning 14 times, Melvin won over the producers and landed the role of Bernard on HBO's "The Wire."Separately, he portrayed the role of The Bully on CW's Award-Winning "Everybody Hates Chris." He has balanced out some of his dramatic roles with stand up comedy. His recurring role on "Everybody Hates Chris" further highlighted his acting talents. Starring roles and the opportunity to direct and star in a police drama, followed.  One of which he co-starred in Disney's "Step Up" alongside Channing Tatum. He recently portrayed the legendary rapper Kurtis Blow in the NAACP award-winning BET's miniseries "The New Edition Story." Melvin advocates for depression and suicide prevention since his father's suicide in 2014. Kelly and Melvin reside in Los Angeles.

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