Kenya Barris
Mamadi Doumbouya
United States

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Barris is always ahead of the curve with his comic explorations of race in America, and his Netflix series “#BlackAF,” which he stars in as a fictionalized version of himself, is no exception. The sitcom is the first product of a deal Barris signed with the streamer in 2018 said to be worth as much as $100 million. However, he is reportedly eyeing an exit to that deal as of October 2020, and weighing a new pact at ViacomCBS. He also scripted a pair of features — “Coming 2 America,” starring Eddie Murphy in the 1988 comedy’s sequel hitting Amazon Prime in 2021 instead of its planned 2020 theatrical release through Paramount, along with an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “The Witches,” which dropped on HBO Max in October after also seeing its theatrical release via Warner Bros. cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.




  • Clark Atlanta University (GA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • Comedy Impact
  • Comedy Leaders
  • Hollywood's New Leaders
  • Showrunners Impact
  • TV Producers Impact
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Eddie Murphy Reclaims His Throne in 'Coming 2 America' Trailer

Eddie Murphy Reclaims His Throne in 'Coming 2 America' Trailer

Amazon Studios has unveiled the first trailer for "Coming 2 America," which sees the return of Eddie Murphy as the charming Prince Akeem.In the upcoming sequel, Prince Akeem, who is set to become the king of the fictional country of Zamunda, finds out he has a son he never knew about — a street-savvy Queens native, Lavelle. To honor the former king's dying wish to raise his grandson as the crown prince, Akeem and his younger brother, Semmi, once again...


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