Open main menu

Kenya Barris (born August 9, 1974) is an American writer and producer. He has created numerous television shows, including the critically acclaimed Black-ish, and briefly also co-executive produced The Game.[1][2][3] Barris also co-created and produced America's Next Top Model with Tyra Banks.[1] He also penned the blockbuster Girls Trip.

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 44)
Inglewood, California, United States
Alma materClark Atlanta University
OccupationTelevision producer, screenwriter
Notable workBlack-ish
Girls Trip
Rainbow Barris (m. 1999)


Personal lifeEdit

Barris was born in Inglewood, California [4] and is an alumnus of Clark Atlanta University.[5][2] He is married to Rainbow Barris, a doctor, and they have six children.


Black-ish was the 2018 NAACP Image Awards big winner. 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.[6]

Kenya Barris and Black-ish also won the 2017 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.[7] He was nominated for the same award in 2018.

Barris 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.[8]

In 2016, Barris won the Rod Serling Award for Advancing Social Justice Through Popular Media.[9]

In 2018, he donated $1 million to Clark Atlanta University, which gave him an honorary doctorate in humane letters.[10]


  1. ^ a b Nussbaum, Emily (April 25, 2016). "In Living Color" – via The New Yorker.
  2. ^ a b "Kenya Barris On 'Black-ish' And What Kids Lose When They Grow Up With More".
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 21, 2015). "'black-ish' Creator Kenya Barris Inks Overall Deal With ABC Studios".
  4. ^ "Film Bio: Kenya Barris - The Talk - Race in America - PBS". 10 January 2017.
  5. ^ "You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes : Kenya Barris Returns".
  6. ^ "75th Annual Entertainment & Children's Programming Winners". Peabody Awards. Peabody Awards. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  7. ^ "48th NAACP Image Awards". 48th NAACP Image Awards. NAACP Image Awards. Archived from the original on 19 March 2017. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Kenya Barris Awards". IMDB., Inc. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  9. ^ Lewis, Dave. "Creator of 'black-ish' Kenya Barris to receive the 2016 Rod Serling Award". ENTERTAINMENT/TELEVISION. L.A. Times.
  10. ^ "Blackish creator to give million-ish to Clark Atlanta University in Grown-ish gift". AJC. AJC.

External linksEdit