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“Black-ish” Creator Kenya Barris and Wife Donate $1 Million to Alma Mater (1140 hits)

TV producer and writer Kenya Barris, and his wife, Dr. Rainbow Barris, have given a gift of $1 million to Clark Atlanta University (CAU). Kenya Barris will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during Commencement Convocation at Clark Atlanta University on Monday, May 21, at 8 a.m. in the Panther Stadium, 735 Beckwith St, S.W.

The gift – which will be named the Kenya and Rainbow Barris Annual Scholarship Award -- kicks off the University’s 30th anniversary yearlong celebration, which officially starts on July 1, 2018, and will include a host of national events. Half of the gift, $500,000, will go to support mass media arts majors, with the remaining half going to students who major in biology.

Barris, who graduated from CAU in 1996 with a degree in mass media arts, is the creator of Emmy-nominated, Golden Globe-winning television series, “Black-ish.”

“Mr. Barris has lifted his powerful voice in the entertainment industry to explore issues of classism and racism in creative and humorous ways,” said Dr. Ronald A. Johnson, president of Clark Atlanta University. “In giving back to their alma mater, he has again used his powerful voice to articulate the importance of supporting this beloved institution that is giving our students the skills and confidence to find and lift their own voices in the field of their choice.”

Rainbow Barris, who is also a 1996 graduate of CAU with a degree in biology, is a board-certified anesthesiologist and has worked for a major hospital group in Los Angeles for the past six years. She has recently decided to devote herself fulltime to raising the couple’s six children.

“Black-ish” is a prime-time example of art imitating life. The series, which debuted in 2014 and is now in its fourth season, centers on Andre “Dre” Johnson, who, like Barris, is the father of a large family, the husband of a doctor, and is a highly successful black professional with inner-city roots. Dre, again like Barris, is often bewildered by the world of privilege in which he is raising his children.

Barris has previously worked as a writer for television “Sister/Sister,” “Listen Up,” “Like Family,” “The Game,” “Girlfriends,” and “I Hate My Teenage Daughter,” as well as the hourlong “The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show” and the Showtime drama series “Soul Food.”

In 2003, he teamed up with childhood friend, model Tyra Banks, to create the reality television show, “America’s Next Top Model.” He also wrote and created BET’s “The Start Up” and Hulu’s first half-hour comedy series, “We Got Next.” His first feature film, “Barbershop: The Next Cut,” was released in 2016, and he co-wrote the 2107 blockbuster, “Girls Trip.”

Barris has a three-year deal with ABC studios to write and develop future projects. Among them is “Grown-ish,” a spinoff of “Black-ish” focusing on the Johnson family’s eldest daughter who is attending college.

This tremendous gift represents the first million-dollar commitment from alumni of the consolidated Clark Atlanta University,” said Getchel Caldwell, II, senior vice president for Institutional Advancement and University Relations. “We hope this anchor gift will ignite alumni giving across the nation.”

For more information on Clark Atlanta University’s 2018 Commencement Convocation, visit www.cau.edu.

Contact: Getchel L. Caldwell, II
(404) 880-6040


Posted By: Elly Moss
Thursday, May 24th 2018 at 1:06AM
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