The Chi

Outstanding Drama Series


On Chicago’s south side, an average day finds kids prepping for school as their parents head off to work, young adults trying to make a living, and the elders keeping an eye on things from their front porches. But in this tough neighborhood, real dangers threaten daily to squelch dreams, and the simplest decisions can have life or death consequences. From Emmy® winner Lena Waithe, The Chi is a timely coming-of-age drama series centered on a group of residents who become linked by coincidence but bonded by the need for connection and redemption.

For Your Consideration

Outstanding Drama Series

Executive Producers: Lena Waithe, Justin Hillian, Aaron Kaplan, Common, Derek Dudley, Shelby Stone, Rick Famuyiwa, Jet Wilkinson
Co-Executive Producers: T.J. Brady, Rasheed Newson, Marcus Gardley
Supervising Producer: Lolis Eric Elie
Producer: Kelly A. Manners

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

Jet Wilkinson

Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series

Carmen Cuba, Casting Director

Outstanding Cinematography

Jesse M. Feldman, Director of Photography

Outstanding Contemporary Costumes

Mercedes Cook, Costume Designer

Outstanding Contemporary Hairstyling

Denise Baker, Hair Department Head

Outstanding Contemporary Makeup

Karen Lynn Accattato, Makeup Department Head

Outstanding Production Design

Bret August Tanzer, Production Designer

Bryony Foster, Set Decorator

Outstanding Editing

Scott Powell, ACE

Daivd Lebowitz, ACE

Victoria Grimsley

Dianara Aprymova

Outstanding Sound Editing

Outstanding Sound Mixing

Outstanding Writing

Lena Waithe & Justin Hillian


Ntare Guma
Mbaho Mwine

as Ronnie Davis

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Jacob Latimore

as Emmett Washington

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Alex Hibbert

as Kevin Williams

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Yolonda Ross

as Jada Washington

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Shamon Brown Jr.

as Stanley ‘Papa’ Johnson

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Michael V. Epps

as Jake Taylor

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Birgundi Baker

as Kiesha

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series


S3 E1 | “Foe ‘Nem”

A wedding alters Kevin and Kiesha’s lives. Emmett juggles his business and his growing family. Ronnie struggles to find his way. Jake’s estranged brother Trig lands back in town on a mission.

S3 E2 | “Brewfurd”

Kevin rallies Papa and Jake for help. Emmett finds a short-term solution to his food shortage problem. Jada samples the dating scene and a local trap kitchen run by Dom. Trig devises a plan to get custody of his brother Jake from Douda.

S3 E3 | “Buss Down”

The Williams family goes into a tailspin. Emmett and Tiff devise a plan to move in with Jada while he gets his new business off the ground. Ronnie gets a not-so-friendly reminder that his neighborhood has a long memory of his past deeds.

S3 E4 | “Gangway”

Ronnie finds a new calling in his bid for redemption. Emmett lets his dad Darnell and his insecurities get the best of him. Kevin is weighed down by a lie. The mayoral race heats up when candidates Douda and Camille Halloway face off.

S3 E5 | “Terror Town”

An unexpected visit threatens Trig’s battle for custody of Jake.

S3 E6 | “Woo Woo Woo”

Kevin’s birthday finds him in far from a celebrating mood. Ronnie takes his grandmother Ms. Ethel on a whirl back in time. Emmett goes on a cannabis run with Tiff. Douda’s campaign hits another speed bump when a past wound draws fresh blood.

S3 E7 | “A Stain”

Ronnie laments a loss. Emmett and Dom get help from landlord Zeke in their new effort. Kiesha is resigned to her fate but vows to fight. Jemma melts Kevin’s heart. Politics pit Douda against Camille.

S3 E8 | “Funchroom”

Kiesha remains trapped in her own personal nightmare while Kevin, Nina and Dre worry about the future. Emmett and Jada bring comforting words and food to the Williams’. Ronnie hopes to be absolved of his past transgressions.

S3 E9 | “Lackin'”

Ronnie is praised by his church community, while others won’t let him forget his mistakes. Emmett and Dom prepare for their grand opening. Kevin tries to balance his relationships with his obligations.

S3 E10 | “A Couple, Two, Three”

Ronnie finds absolution. Emmett and Tiff take a step toward their future. Jada offers advice. Trig plays his final card against Douda. Life events mature Kevin, Jake and Papa. Season finale.