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      Kenya Barris

      Kenya Barris

      Highest Rated: 97% Entergalactic (2022)

      Lowest Rated: 26% White Men Can't Jump (2023)

      Birthday: Aug 9, 1974

      Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

      Writer, producer, and showrunner Kenya Barris was best known for creating the groundbreaking sitcom "Black-ish" (ABC, 2014-). Born in Inglewood, California in 1974, Barris' family eventually relocated to a less impoverished neighborhood, when Barris' mother earned her real estate license and his father was given a settlement for having been badly injured on the job. Barris would eventually attend Clark Atlanta University, and began a career in the entertainment industry in 1997 with a job writing for "The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show" (syndicated, 1997-1998). He would go on to write for other series such as the sitcom "Like Family" (WB, 2003-2004) and for the reality series produced by his childhood friend Tyra Banks, "America's Next Top Model" (CW, 2003-). Then in 2014, Barris brought "Black-ish" to the screen. The show depicted an African American family dealing with issues of modern culture and race, and was roundly praised by critics and audiences for its smart, funny, and realistic portrayals of important issues that often went ignored by scripted TV. The series dealt directly with issues like police brutality, and Barris spoke openly about the way his experiences as a father informed the series. As "Black-ish" continued to flourish on television, he spent the show's breaks working on other projects, such as writing and producing "Barbershop: The Next Cut" (2016).


      Larry Wilmore, Kenya Barris at arrivals for 2014 PaleyFest Fall TV Previews: ABC, The Paley Center for Media, Los Angeles, CA September 11, 2014. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection



      40% 58% The Underdoggs Producer - 2024
      26% 60% White Men Can't Jump Screenwriter,
      - 2023
      40% 34% You People Director,
      - 2023
      97% 94% Entergalactic Creator - 2022
      88% 57% Civil: Ben Crump Producer - 2022
      36% 34% Cheaper by the Dozen Screenwriter,
      - 2022
      94% 84% Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali Producer - 2021
      49% 38% Coming 2 America Screenwriter,
      Executive Producer
      - 2021
      49% 32% Roald Dahl's The Witches Screenwriter - 2020
      34% 94% Shaft Screenwriter,
      Executive Producer
      $21.4M 2019
      46% 63% Little Producer $40.6M 2019
      92% 78% Girls Trip Screenwriter $115.1M 2017
      90% 66% Barbershop: The Next Cut Screenwriter $54.0M 2016


      No Score Yet No Score Yet Diarra From Detroit Executive Producer 2024
      92% 92% The Vince Staples Show Executive Producer 2024
      No Score Yet 42% grown-ish Creator,
      Executive Producer
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2023
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2020-2021 2023
      92% 57% black-ish Writer,
      Executive Producer,
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Klutch Academy Executive Producer 2021
      No Score Yet 67% We the People Executive Producer 2021
      76% 60% mixed-ish Creator,
      Executive Producer,
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Guest 2017 2020
      46% 75% #blackAF Kenya Barris (Character),
      Executive Producer
      100% 84% Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show Executive Producer 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Desus & Mero Guest 2017
      No Score Yet 29% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The History of Comedy Self 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Are We There Yet? Writer 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Game Writer 2006-2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Girlfriends Writer 2005-2006
      9% No Score Yet Listen Up Writer 2004-2005
      20% No Score Yet Like Family Writer 2003-2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Soul Food Writer 2002