Creator, Executive Producer
Kenya Barris is the creator of the Emmy-nominated series “Black-ish” for ABC (which is loosely based on his own life). In its second season, the show won a Peabody Award as well as an AFI Award, among others. Barris was awarded the Humanitas Prize in 2017 as well as NAACP Image Awards in 2016 and 2017 for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series and a show win for Outstanding Comedy Series for the fourth year in a row. In 2018 Barris premiered the hit spinoff series, “Grown-ish”, starring Yara Shahidi for Freeform.
As a writer, Barris has worked on several television shows including: CBS’s “Listen Up,” The CW’s “The Game” and “Girlfriends,” and Fox’s “I Hate My Teenage Daughter”. He has also sold a number of pilots including “America’s Next Top Model,” which he co-created and is currently shown in 49 countries with 21 internationally-formatted offshoots, BET’s “The Start Up,” Hulu’s first half-hour comedy series, “We Got Next,” and most recently, NBC half-hour comedy, “Bright Futures.” On the feature’s side, he is most recently credited as co-writer for “Barbershop 3: The Next Cut” and the hit comedy, “Girls Trip.” Barris’ upcoming feature titles include a remake of “Son of Shaft”, “Coming to America 2”, and an animated film based on the songs of Bob Marley.