Black-ish creator Kenya Barris is stepping out from behind the camera and putting himself in front of it in the upcoming Netflix series #blackAF.
The series will mark the writer and producer’s acting debut and will have him playing a fictionalized version of himself in the new Netflix original.
#blackAF is loosely inspired by Kenya Barris’ irreverent, highly flawed, unbelievably honest approach to parenting, relationships, race, and culture.
The mockumentary style comedy is loosely based on Barris’ own life and flips the script on what we’ve come to expect a family comedy series to be.
Check out the trailer for #blackAF below!
#blackAF pulls back the curtain and uncovers the messy, unfiltered, and often hilarious world of what it means to be a “new money” black family trying to get it right in a modern world where “right” is no longer a fixed concept.
The Netflix original series stars Kenya Barris as a fictionalized version of himself and Rashida Jones — best known as the beautiful, talented, brilliant, powerful musk-ox Ann Perkins from Parks and Recreation — as his wife Joya.
Kenya and Joya’s children in #blackAF are played by Genneya Walton (Xtant), Iman Benson (Suits), Scarlet Spencer (Bright), Justin Claiborne (Reverie), Ravi Cabot-Conyers (The Resident) and Richard Gardenhire Jr.
Kenya Barris is a successful writer and producer who is probably best known for being the creator of the ABC hit comedic series Black-ish, which is likewise based on Barris’ life. The success of the series spawned two spin-off series — Grown-ish starring Yara Shahidi and the prequel series Mixed-ish.
In addition to his Black-ish franchise, Kenya Barris also wrote the films The Game and Soul Food, wrote the massive hit movie Girls Trip, co-wrote the screenplay for the 2019 film Shaft, and co-produced the 2019 film Little.
He likewise co-created and produced America’s Next Top Model with Tyra Banks.
#blackAF will debut on Netflix on April 17.