Kenya Barris and Rashida Jones’ upcoming Netflix series #BlackExcellence has found its family.
Joining Barris and Jones in the comedy are (from L-R of the photo) Ravi Cabot-Conyers, Genneya Walton, Richard Gardenhire Jr., Iman Benson, Scarlet Spencer, and Justin Claiborne.
Barris and Rashida Jones will star in the show inspired by Barris’ irreverent, highly flawed, unbelievably honest approach to parenting, relationships, race, and culture.
#blackexcellence flips the traditional sitcom family on its head. Pulling back the curtain, the series uncovers and explores the messy, unapologetic and often hilarious world of what it means to be a “new money” Black family trying to get it right in a modern world where “right” is no longer a fixed concept.
Cabot-Conyers will play 8-year-old Cam Barris, a miscreant trouble maker and a pathological liar with the best laugh you’ve ever heard and a grin that lets him get away with anything.
Walton stars as 18-year-old Chloe Barris, the effortlessly popular, under appreciative college student with an astounding level of entitlement.
Gardenhire Jr. recurs as 3-year-old Brooklyn Barris, who’s jarringly smart and well-spoken for a toddler. Benson plays 17-year-old Drea Barris, the moral center and Narrator of the show.
Spencer stars as 12-year-old Izzy Barris, who’s difficult for difficulty’s sake, a pain-in-the-ass contrarian whose lack of caring only makes people want to mess with her more. And last but not least, Claiborne plays Pops Barris, 10, as lovable as he is gullible.
Barris and Jones will executive produce alongside Hale Rothstein (black-ish, grown-ish). Barris’ production company, Khalabo Ink Society, will produce via Barris’ overall deal.