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Kenya Barris (born August 9, 1974) is an American television writer and producer.

Kenya Barris
Kenya Barris, the Series Creator and Executive Producer of "Blackish.", May 2016.jpg
Barris at the Peabody Award in 2016
Born (1974-08-09) August 9, 1974 (age 45)
Inglewood, California, United States
NationalityAmerican
Alma materClark Atlanta University
OccupationTelevision producer, screenwriter
Notable work
Black-ish
Girls Trip
Net worth$75 million
Spouse(s)
Rainbow Barris (m. 1999)
Children6

Early life and educationEdit

Barris was born in Inglewood, California,[1] and is an alumnus of Clark Atlanta University.[2][3]

CareerEdit

Barris has created numerous television shows, including the critically acclaimed Black-ish. The award-winning series has also two spin-offs, Grown-ish and Mixed-ish. He was a writer for The Game and Soul Food.[4][3][5] Barris co created and produced America's Next Top Model with Tyra Banks.[4] He penned the film Girls Trip. He co produced the film of 2019, Little.[6] He co wrote the screenplay for the theatrical release of 2019, Shaft.

In May 2019, it was announced that Barris will make his television acting debut in a series developed by himself and ordered by Netflix. Titled Black Excellence, it will co star Rashida Jones.[7]

AwardsEdit

In 2019, Black-ish won several NAACP Image Awards. It was named best comedy series and Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson took acting honors. Black-ish was the winner of the Entertainment and Children's Peabody Award in 2016.[8] Barris and Black-ish also won the 2017 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.[9]

Barris was nominated for the same award in 2018. He was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2016, a Gold Derby Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television Comedy in 2016, and a PGA Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy Black-ish in 2014.[10] In 2016, Barris won the Rod Serling Award for Advancing Social Justice Through Popular Media.[11]

In 2018, he donated $1 million to Clark Atlanta University, which gave him an honorary doctorate in humane letters.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

He was married to Rainbow Barris, an anesthesiologist and the inspiration behind Tracee Ellis Ross' character on Black-ish, but, on August 9, 2019, he filed for divorce.[13]

They have six children.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Film Bio: Kenya Barris - The Talk - Race in America - PBS". 10 January 2017.
  2. ^ "You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes : Kenya Barris Returns".
  3. ^ a b "Kenya Barris On 'Black-ish' And What Kids Lose When They Grow Up With More".
  4. ^ a b Nussbaum, Emily (April 25, 2016). "In Living Color" – via The New Yorker.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 21, 2015). "'black-ish' Creator Kenya Barris Inks Overall Deal With ABC Studios".
  6. ^ Harriot, Michael (January 9, 2019). "#BlackGirlMagic: Black-ish Star Marsai Martin Set to Become Youngest Executive Producer in Hollywood History". The Grapevine. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Andreeva, Nellie (2019-05-10). "Kenya Barris & Rashida Jones To Star In Barris' First Netflix Series 'Black Excellence'". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-09-03.
  8. ^ "75th Annual Entertainment & Children's Programming Winners". Peabody Awards. Peabody Awards. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  9. ^ "48th NAACP Image Awards". 48th NAACP Image Awards. NAACP Image Awards. Archived from the original on 19 March 2017. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Kenya Barris Awards". IMDB. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  11. ^ Lewis, Dave. "Creator of 'black-ish' Kenya Barris to receive the 2016 Rod Serling Award". ENTERTAINMENT/TELEVISION. L.A. Times.
  12. ^ "Blackish creator to give million-ish to Clark Atlanta University in Grown-ish gift". AJC. AJC.
  13. ^ Uwumarogie, Victoria (2019-08-12). "Black-ish Creator Kenya Barris Files For Divorce From Wife — And Inspo Behind "Rainbow" — After 20 Years Together". MadameNoire. Retrieved 2019-09-03.

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