Kenya Barris Net Worth 2022: How Rich Is The Famous American Director In 2022?

Kenya Barris is an American Television and Film Director, producer, and Actor. He is a well-known personality all over the world. Here we will talk about Kenya Barris net worth, early life, and much more.

Early Life

As the second of five children, Kenya Barris was born on August 9, 1974, in Inglewood, California. He received his name as a result of his father’s trip to the country. Barris’ parents separated when he was five years old. He attended Clark Atlanta University, the first historically black college in the South, for his higher education.

Kenya Barris

Career in television, 2000–2014

As a writer for the eight-season UPN sitcom “Girlfriends,” which starred Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks, Persia White, Jill Marie Jones, and Reggie Hayes, among others, Barris made his television debut in 2000. In 2003, while he was still writing for the program, Tyra Banks, a model, and Barris teamed together to co-create and produce “America’s Next Top Model,” a reality television competition series that ran for 24 seasons (referred to on the show as “cycles”) until 2018.

Kenya Barris worked as a writer for the Showtime drama series “Soul Food” from 2002 to 2004 in addition to his other early television endeavors. The Joseph family, a Black family residing in Chicago, Illinois, was the subject of the program. Barris then worked as a writer for the CBS sitcom “Listen Up!” from 2004 to 2005, which starred Jason Alexander as a sports show host who was partially modeled on Tony Kornheiser.

The Game, a spinoff of Barris’ prior series “Girlfriends,” hired him as a writer in 2006; he worked there until 2014. Barris also contributed scripts to the TBS sitcom “Are We There Yet?” which was based on the same-named movie, during this time. Terry Crews, Essence Atkins, Coy Stewart, Teala Dunn, and Christian Finnegan all starred in the program.

For the short-lived Fox sitcom “I Hate My Teenage Daughter,” starring Jaime Pressly and Katie Finneran, Barris contributed writing from 2012 to 2013.

Franchise “Black-ish”

In 2014, Barris created the ABC sitcom “black-ish,” which features Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson, Marcus Scribner, Yara Shahidi, and Laurence Fishburne among many others. The show centers on the lives of an upper-class Black family as they deal with various personal and sociopolitical events.

Barris not only created “Black-ish,” but also wrote and directed many of the episodes. Over the years, the program has garnered numerous honors and nominations, including several NAACP Image Awards and a Golden Globe Award for Tracee Ellis Ross as Best Actress.

Barris and Larry Wilmore produced “grown-ish” in 2018 as a spinoff of the wildly popular “black-ish.” The story follows Zoey, the Johnson family’s eldest daughter, as she embarks on her journey into adulthood.

The cast of “grown-ish” also includes Deon Cole, Francia Raisa, Chloe Bailey, Trevor Jackson, and Chris Parnell, Yara Shahidi, who plays Zoey. “Mixed-ish,” a second “Black-ish” spinoff that was developed as a prequel to the original series in 2019, was co-created by Barris with Tracee Ellis Ross and Peter Saji.

The drama is partially based on the early years of Barris’ wife, Dr Rania Barris, who is represented as a young woman by Arica Himmel. Tika Sumpter, Gary Cole, and Mark-Paul Gosselaar were additional cast members. “Mixed-ish” was canceled in 2021 after two seasons.

$1 billion Netflix Agreement

Kenya Barris and Netflix agreed to an exclusive production and development contract worth $100 million in August 2018.

Further Television Career

Barris worked as an executive producer on the 2019 Netflix series “Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show,” in addition to his other television work. The following year, Barris produced his sitcom for the streaming site called “#blackAF,” in which he also made his acting debut as a fictionalized version of himself.

In addition to others, he shared the stage with Rashida Jones, Iran Benson, Genneya Walton, Justin Claiborne, and Scarlet Spencer. After just one season, “#blackAF” was ultimately canceled. Over the years, Barris has stayed with Netflix, executive producing “We the People” and “Intergalactic,” two of its animated programs.

Movie Career

As a co-writer of the 2016 comedy sequel “Barbershop: The Next Cut,” Barris made his debut in the world of feature filmmaking. To write the 2017 successful rom-com “Girls Trip,” starring Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish, he once again teamed up with Tracy Oliver, his co-writer from that movie.

Then, in 2019, Barris co-wrote the action comedy sequel “Shaft” with Alex Barnow and produced the fantasy comedy “Little.” He later co-wrote “The Witches,” a 2020 fantasy comedy based on the titular Roald Dahl book. And starring Anne Hathaway, Stanley Tucci, Octavia Spencer, and Chris Rock, with Robert Zemeckis and Guillermo del Toro.

Barris collaborated on the writing of the 2021 comedy “Coming 2 America,” a follow-up to the 1988 film, with David Sheffield and Barry W. Blaustein. Eddie Murphy plays Prince Akeem Joffer in the movie again, and Arsenio Hall is back to play Semmi. Barris co-wrote the 2022 Disney version of “Cheaper by the Dozen” with Jenifer Rice-Genzuk Henry, among his other cinematic credits.

He co-wrote the Netflix film “You People,” which he directed for the first time in the same year, with actor Jonah Hill. Hill is a member of the film’s ensemble cast, which also includes Eddie Murphy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mike Epps, Rhea Perlman, Deon Cole, and Bryan Greenberg.

Personal Life

Dr Rania “Rainbow” Edwards, an anesthesiologist, and Barris were married in 1999. Together, the couple has six kids. Even though they declared their separation in 2019, they later called it off in 2020.

Kenya Barris Net Worth

Kenya Barris Net Worth is estimated to be around $75 Million. He spent $7.6 million on a mansion in Encino, California in July of 2019.

In May 2020, Kenya paid $4.6 million for a home in Studio City, California.

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