Kenya Barris Biography, Wife, Family, Kids, Movies, TV Shows and Net Worth

Ever heard of Black-ish? Most probably but did you know the creator of the show is Kenya Barris? Well, you do know that now.

Kenya has written and produced multiple TV shows and movies that have gone on to become major hits not just across the United States but also, globally. Some of them especially, Black-ish which he is best known for having won multiple awards. Black-ish won the 2017 Golden Globe awards for Best Television Series (Musical or Comedy). Also that year, it won the Best American Story category at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards.

In 2020, it was announced that Kenya had landed a $100 million deal with Netflix and made his acting debut with the series, #blackAF which featured American actresses, Rashida Jones, and Iman Benson.

Kenya Barris Biography

On the 9th of August, 1976, Kenya was born in Inglewood, California, USA. He got his first name “Kenya” after his father visited the African country also named Kenya and loved it. He attended Daniel Murphy High School and later graduated with a degree in Radio, Television, and Film at Clark Atlanta University.

Kenya had a rough childhood. His father was an abusive parent who regularly assaulted his wife, Kenya’s mother. By the time he was five (5) years old, his parents got a divorce and went their separate ways.

Kenya Barris

Kenya started working as a writer for TV shows in the late 90s but before then he was a production assistant before his longtime girlfriend then and now his wife, Rainbow got pregnant for Kaleigh (their first child) in 1998.

One of his biggest works apart from Black-ish is America’s Next Top Model which he co-produced with popular American actress and writer, Tyra Banks who is also from Inglewood, California.

He is currently still married to his wife and they have six (6) children together.

Kenya Barris Profile


Kenya “Yee” Barris


Dr. Rania “Rainbow” Edwards Barris


Kaleigh, Leyah, Lola, Beau, Kass, and Brooklyn Barris.

Business Owned

Khalabo Ink Society

The year he was born




Net Worth

$75 million

FAQs About Kenya Barris

Below are the most frequently asked questions about the TV writer below.

Is blackish based on Kenya?

The Black-ish storyline is inspired by the life of Kenya.

Is Kenya Barris married to Rashida Jones?

No, he isn’t.

Is Black AF a real story?

The story is a loose documentary of the whole Barris family.

What is Kenya Barris net worth?

$75 million as of 2021.

Is the family in black af a real family?

No, it isn’t.

Who is Kenya Barris wife?

Dr. Rainbow Barris, an author & anesthesiologist.

Is Kenya Barris’s wife white?

She is biracial.

Kenya Barris Wife

Kenya Barris Wife

Although, Rashida Jones played the role of Joya, a wife to Barris in the Netflix series,”#blackAF”, she isn’t married to him. Kenya Barris’s wife is Dr. Rania “Rainbow” Edwards Barris. She is an author and anesthesiologist by profession. They faced issues in 2019 whereby, Kenya filed for divorce as reported by but they later reconciled as was announced by the TV writer in 2020.

Kenya Barris Family

His Netflix show, #blackAF is centered around his life and that of his family, only Kenya is the real-life character portraying the Barris family. Below is a picture of Kenya Barris and his family.

Kenya Barris Family

Kenya Barris Kids

The names of his kids are (we are ranking from the oldest to the youngest); Kaleigh, Leyah, Lola, Beau, Kass, and Brooklyn. They are all six in number.

Kenya Barris Movies and TV Shows

Below is a list of all the movies he has worked on to date.

  • Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)
  • Girls Trip (2017)
  • Little (2019)
  • Shaft (2019)
  • Soul (2020)
  • The Witches (2020)
  • Coming 2 America (2021)

Below is also the list of all the TV shows he has worked on to date.

  • Girlfriends (2000 – 2008)
  • Black-ish (2014 – 2021)
  • Grown-ish (2018 – present)
  • Mixed-ish (2019 – 2021)
  • Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show
  • #blackAF (2020 – present)

Kenya Barris Net Worth

His estimated net worth sits at $75 million.