Kenya Barris

Kenya Barris

Highest Rated: 94% Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali (2021)

Lowest Rated: 34% Shaft (2019)

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).




No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheaper by the Dozen Screenwriter,
- 2022
94% 100% Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali Producer - 2021
49% 38% Coming 2 America Screenwriter,
Executive Producer
- 2021
49% 33% Roald Dahl's The Witches Screenwriter - 2020
34% 94% Shaft Screenwriter,
Executive Producer
$21.4M 2019
46% 59% Little Producer $40.6M 2019
92% 78% Girls Trip Screenwriter $115.1M 2017
90% 66% Barbershop: The Next Cut Screenwriter $54.0M 2016


97% 45% grown-ish Creator,
Executive Producer
No Score Yet No Score Yet We the People Executive Producer 2021
No Score Yet 55% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2020-2021
92% 57% black-ish Director,
Executive Producer
76% 60% mixed-ish Creator,
Executive Producer,
No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Guest 2017 2020
46% 74% #blackAF Kenya Barris (Character),
Executive Producer
100% 86% Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show Executive Producer 2019
No Score Yet 100% Desus & Mero Guest 2017
No Score Yet 15% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2017
No Score Yet 50% The History of Comedy Self 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Problematic With Moshe Kasher Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Our World With Black Enterprise Guest 2015
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