'Big Brother' crowns its first-ever Black winner after 23 seasons

On Big Brother Wednesday, we knew that history would be made on the season 23 finale, with the crowning of the first Black winner of the show. And after it came down to Xavier Prather and Derek Frazier for the final two, we learned who was going to be $750,000 richer.

“Congratulations, Xavier. You are the winner of Big Brother,” host Julie Chen-Moonves said as she pulled out the decisive key.

Prather, who unanimously received all 9 votes to win, was part of a six person alliance called the Cookout, formed early in the season to ensure that the winner of the most racially diverse season in history, would in fact be African American.

And after his historic win, Chen-Moonves asked Prather how he was feeling.

“It's surreal. I wouldn't have been here without all the members of the Cookout, and every single member of the jury, and those members not in the jury who were part of the season. I can't thank you enough,” Prather said. “I'm so blessed to have met every one of you. We all made history this season, so I think we should all be proud.”

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