Netflix Renews Kenya Barris Comedy ‘#BlackAF’ for Second Season

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#BlackAF is returning for a second season.

Netflix announced Tuesday that it has renewed the Kenya Barris comedy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series is inspired by Barris’ real-life family, and stars the Black-ish creator and Rashida Jones as parents of a large brood.

Originally titled Black Excellence, the single-camera comedy is the first project released under Barris’ production deal with Netflix. The series is exec produced by Barris, Jones and Hale Rothstein (Black-ish, Grown-ish).

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#BlackAF premiered on April 17. The series immediately faced criticism for its casting and for perpetuating stereotypes about the African-American community. Black viewers also accused Barris of colorism and said he repeatedly casts biracial women and children in his shows.

The writer and producer addressed the backlash on the podcast expediTIously, saying he wants fans to have an open mind.

“I think we just need to inform ourselves a little bit more,” he said. “Everyone’s experience and everyone’s opinion in terms of colorism are real. And I understand that. But If you just dug just a little bit under the surface you will understand that this was based upon, it is biographical, and I was trying to duplicate a version of what my family was.”