Kenya Barris
Mamadi Doumbouya
United States

Khalabo Ink Society


Barris’ focus is on building an even greater presence in multiple fields, including a landmark deal with Paramount Global that made him a partner in the launch of BET Studios. Barris and his Khalabo Ink Society shingle were behind Netflix’s animated music series “Enter­galactic” and docs “Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali” and “Civil: Ben Crump,” as well as an updated version of “Cheaper by the Dozen” for Disney+. Among projects on the horizon are a reimagining of “The Wizard of Oz,” which he is writing and will direct for Warner Bros.; a scripted Netflix comedy series starring musician Vince Staples; and a team-up with Snoop Dogg in the youth football comedy “The Underdoggs,” set up at MGM. Barris’ landmark comedy “Black-ish” ended its eight-season run in April, but the franchise lives on via spin-off “Grown-ish.” 




  • Clark Atlanta University (GA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2021 Variety500 Honoree
  • Comedy Impact
  • Comedy Leaders
  • Hollywood's New Leaders
  • Inclusion Impact
  • Showrunners Impact
  • TV Producers Impact
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‘You People’ Trailer: Jonah Hill Faces Off Against Eddie Murphy in Star-Studded Netflix Comedy

‘You People’ Trailer: Jonah Hill Faces Off Against Eddie Murphy in Star-Studded Netflix Comedy

Netflix has shared the first teaser for "You People," the feature directorial debut of Kenya Barris, creator of Netflix's "Entergalactic" and the ABC sit-com "Black-ish."The film's official logline reads, "A new couple and their families find themselves examining modern love and family dynamics amidst clashing cultures, societal expectations and generational differences in this comedy from Kenya Barris."Barris produced and penned the film with Jonah Hill, who is also set to star in the film alongside a deep bench of talent....


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