Kenya Barris

Screenwriter, ABC's "Black-ish", Producers Guild Visionary Award Winner, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing

Kenya Barris Biography

Kenya Barris is a writer and producer who has made his mark on the small screen with hits such as "Black-ish" and its spin-off "Grown-ish."

Barris attended several high schools in Los Angeles and upon graduation attended UCLA for his freshman year. Obsessed with becoming the next Spike Lee and tiring of life in the city, Barris left Los Angeles for Atlanta, where he attended Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College, studying under the tutelage of Spike Lee’s mentor, Dr. Henry Eichelberger.

While in Atlanta, Barris wrote and directed the one-act play “Bopping,” which was produced by Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis for the Atlanta Theatrical Society. He also took to comedy at Earthquake’s Comedy Corner where he began to develop relationships with several comedians who would soon take center stage (Chris Tucker, Earthquake, Bernie Mack…).

Upon returning home to Los Angeles after graduation, Barris took a position as a writer’s assistant on the WB sitcom, “Sister /Sister”. It was there that Steve Stark took note of him and assisted him in entering the Paramount Comedy Writer’s Workshop. After leaving the program and receiving an episode on Sister/Sister, he was placed in the WGA Writer’s Trainee program on Fox’s, “The Keenan Ivory Wayan’s Show,” a late night talk/sketch show.

From there, Barris went on to work on several other short-run sketch shows and eventually, thanks to a feature script that was sold to Artists Production Group, he was placed with his life-long mentor, Felicia D. Henderson, on the Showtime drama series “Soul Food,” where he stayed four seasons. While on “Soul Food,” he co-created UPN’s breakout reality hit “America’s Next Top Model” with Tyra Banks.

After leaving “Soul Food” he returned to his comedy roots on shows like “Listen Up,” “Like Family,” and “The Game.” He also worked as a writer on CBS’s “Listen Up,” UPN/The CW’s “Girlfriends,” and Fox’s “I Hate My Teenage Daughter,” and directed and executive produced a ten-part mini-documentary music series entitled “Music Love” for Warner Brothers. Additionally, he wrote and created BET’s “The Start Up” and Hulu’s first half-hour comedy series “We Got Next.”

His first feature film, "Barbershop: The Next Cut," was released in 2016. Soon after, he signed a three-year deal with Netflix to produce series exclusively for the streaming service.

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Kenya Barris Videos

Kenya Barris on Netflix: "They've Allowed Creators, to be Creators"
Kenya Barris and Anthony Anderson on Living Through Their Children
ABC's "Black-Ish" Creator Kenya Barris

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Kenya Barris is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Kenya Barris for your event is $20,000 - $75,000. Kenya Barris generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Viola Davis, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer, Rashida Jones and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Kenya Barris for an upcoming event.

Kenya Barris Videos

Kenya Barris on Netflix: "They've Allowed Creators, to be Creators"
Kenya Barris and Anthony Anderson on Living Through Their Children
ABC's "Black-Ish" Creator Kenya Barris

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