Thursday, October 6, 2022

Kenya Barris’ ‘Black Excellence’ Cast Sparks ‘Colorism’ Charges from Social Media – PHOTO

*Kenya Barris, the creative mind behind the ABC hit “Black-ish” has a new show coming to Netflix called “Black Excellence” and he’s got a huge problem.

You see, ever since Barris revealed the cast (along with a photo), social media has been none too thrilled,  accusing him of colorism

With this new series, Barris will be in front of the camera where he will star alongside Rashida Jones as parents of a large brood. The key thing to keep in mind is that “Black Excellence” is said to have been inspired by Barrish’s real-life family.

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Kenya Barris - Rashida Jones
Kenya Barris – Rashida Jones

Here’s more via Urban Hollywood 411:

Over the weekend, Netflix released a photo and details on the supporting cast.

“Black Excellence has found its family,” the streamer’s Strong Black Lead account tweeted. “Introducing: Genneya Walton, Iman Benson, Scarlet Spencer, Justin Clairborne, Ravi Cabot-Conyers, and Richard Gardenhire Jr.”

The photo immediately sparked a backlash.

Some social media users accused Barris of “colorism,” and said he repeatedly casts biracial women and children in his shows, which include Mixed-ish and Grown-ish.

“Kenya Barris gotta stop putting ‘black’ on stuff if he’s just gonna use light-skinned and mixed-race black people,” one person responded to the Netflix tweet.

Another person tweeted: “There is something amiss with how Kenya Barris shows are cast, and to be blunt, that thing is colorism, and stereotypes.”

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Rania Edwards-Barris - Kenya Barris
Dr. Rania Edwards-Barris – Kenya Barris

As you can see, folks are thoroughly pissed over this. Well, there’s lots more info about the situation, including Barris’ response to the critics – as well as a photo of Barris’ actual family – at Anita Bennett’s Urban Hollywood 411.

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