Kenya Barris Bio, Age, Height, Wife, Net Worth, Black AF, Awards and Nominations
Kenya Barris Biography
This is what you need to know about Kenya Barris, an American television writer, and producer. Over the years, he has written and produced numerous television shows, including the critically acclaimed ABC Original Television Series Black-ish, as well as co-executive produced The Game for a while. Kenya is a long-time friend of Tyra Banks co-creating and producing America’s Next Top Model with her.
Kenya Barris Age
Barris was born on August 9, 1974, in Inglewood, California, and is 47 years old in 2021.
Kenya Barris Height
Barris stands at a height of 190 centimeters /six foot three inches tall.
Kenya Barris Family
Barris was born in Inglewood, California, the second of five children. He was named after his father’s motherland. Barris’ parents divorced when he was five years old after his mother left Barris’ physically abusive father
Kenya Barris Sister
Barris has a sister called Colette Barris. Writer, director, and actor Kenya Barris, creator of the TV series “Black-ish” seeks a restraining order to be legally standoffish when it comes to his sister, Colette Barris.
Kenya Barris Wife
Barris is married to Rainbow Barris, a doctor, and they have six children. She met Kenya in high school, although they didn’t start dating right away.
Kenya Barris Net Worth
Barris has an estimated net worth of $75 million U.S dollars.
Kenya Barris Netflix
In August 2018 Kenya Barris signed a $100 million deal to produce content exclusively for Netflix. This meant that he had to first get out of his contract with ABC, the network home of Black-ish following creative differences between Barris and ABC that resulted in an episode of the show being pulled from the air. Barris has signed a $100 million development deal with the streaming platform that will have him producing original Netflix series over the course of several years. The contract puts him at the top of the list of the highest-paid creators on TV.
Kenya Barris Black AF
inaugurating “Black-ish” producer Kenya Barris’ deal with Netflix, “#blackAF” is as messy as its title — an unwieldy, self-indulgent show in which Barris, much like Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” plays a version of himself.
It’s both a tired concept and an awkwardly constructed one, something that cute hashtags and the occasional clever Hollywood/L.A. reference can’t fix. Barris stars as a fictionalized Kenya Barris, the highly successful producer of “Black-ish,” with Rashida Jones as his wife, Joya. The framing device is that we meet and learn about the family through a documentary that his teenage daughter (Iman Benson) is producing, complete with her own crew as further evidence of how much the producer spoils his six kids.
It’s an approach that almost instantly manages to make the show feel derivative and artificial, especially during the “Modern Family”-Esque direct-to-camera interviews, where participants (especially the parents) regularly say things that contradict their caught-on-tape actions.
It doesn’t help that the kids are a nondescript bunch, basically your average smart-alecky sitcom sextet. That’s a big part of why — despite Barris’ intentions to do something irreverent and distinctive — the series comes up short on both counts.
The main preoccupation of “#blackAF” is the spiritual and intellectual challenge that being filthy rich poses, as Barris luxuriates in his opulent trappings and toys while constantly feeling required to reaffirm his identity. While the timing is nobody’s fault, that internal struggle can’t help but feel a trifle unfortunate at the current moment.
The season closes, for example, with a two-part episode in which Kenya and Joya squabble over what fabulous place they’ll go on vacation, with him attempting to one-up her — in order to win the argument — by chartering a private jet to Fiji. There are, scattered along the way, a few funny moments.
In one episode Barris intensely dislikes a movie by an African-American director that everyone else is praising, convening a de facto council of black filmmakers via video conference (including Lena Waithe and Issa Rae), only to spend most of the time insulting their work and vice versa.
Part of Netflix’s appeal to talent is the ability to produce series with a deeply personal bent, catering to various segments of the subscriber base. without having to be all things to all people.
Barris, who at times chafed at restrictions imposed by ABC, clearly welcomed the freedom to undertake such an experiment — not only by casting himself as the star but by making the series, as he put it in a letter to critics, “unapologetically black.”I wanted this to be something bold, honest, and unfiltered,” he wrote.
“Something where I could take off all the straps and really hang out of the plane — even if it felt terrifying at times.”Presented that way, the show is certainly a leap. Still, watching “#blackAF,” it was hard not to think that if you could do pretty much anything, the first thing you wanted to make was this? #WTH?
Kenya Barris Awards and Nominations
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.
Kenya Barris and Black-ish also won the 2017 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series. 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.
Black AF Cast
- Richard Whitney Gardenhire Jr
- Iman Benson
- Genneya Walton
- Scarlet Spencer
- Ravi Cabot-Conyers
- Justin Claiborne