When asked during our recent audio interview (listen to the exclusive podcast above) about the awards recognition for “Black-ish,” creator Kenya Barris divulges that he is “beyond appreciative,” adding, “we’re trying to say, how do we get eyes to watch our show?, and I think those types of things help.” The second season of this ABC family comedy about Dre (Anthony Anderson), an African American father raising his family in a predominantly white neighborhood, received Emmy nominations for Best Comedy Series, Best Comedy Actor (Anderson), and Best Comedy Actress (Tracee Ellis Ross) in its second season last year. Ross recently won the Golden Globe for playing Rainbow, Dre’s doctor wife.
One of the standout episodes this season was “Lemons,” which found Dre struggling with the election of President Donald Trump in the days leading up to his inauguration. Barris wrote and directed the episode, basing it on his own experiences at home and at work. “We wanted it to have a healing, and also a very prescient, effect on the viewer,” he reveals, “and hopefully it did.”
Before “Black-ish,” Barris co-created the reality competition series “America’s Next Top Model” and penned episodes of “The Game,” “Are We There Yet?,” and “Soul Food.” He also wrote “Barbershop: The Next Cut” and the upcoming “Girls Trip.” Could he win his first Emmy this year?
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