Profile: Kenya Barris (1974-)

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


Early life and education

Barris was born in Inglewood, California, and is an alumnus of Clark Atlanta University.


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 FoodBarris co created and produced America’s Next Top Model with Tyra Banks.  He penned the film Girls Trip. He co produced the 2019 film, Little. He co wrote the screenplay for the 2019 theatrical release, Shaft.

In 2019, Barris made his acting debut in a series developed by himself and ordered by Netflix. Titled #BlackAF, it co stars Rashida Jones.

Personal life

He was married to Rania “Rainbow” Barris, an anesthesiologist and the inspiration behind Tracee Ellis Ross’ character on Black-ish, but, on August 9, 2019, he filed for divorce.

They have six children.

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