Kenya Barris’s Black-ish is an American comedy that has become rather successful. This show is classified as a mockumentary. The acronym AF, which stands for “as fuck” in online slang, inspired the show’s title. blackAF’s success may be attributed to the show’s interesting cast, well-executed banter, and profound commentary on racism.
The show’s protagonist, Kenya Barris, plays an exaggerated and fictitious version of himself. Relationship, racial, and cultural obstacles were all explored in this series’ depth. Because of this, the show has gained a significant following among people of African descent and viewers of other races.
#blackAF Season 2 Renewal Status
In June 2020, the second season of the comedy will premiere. A year later, though, Netflix reconsidered and overturned its original decision. Deadline reported in June of 2021 that Netflix has canceled its order for a second season. It has been rumored, however, that Barris is in preliminary talks with Netflix to adapt #blackAF into a comedic film series.
#blackAF Season Cast
- Rashida Jones as Joya Barris
- Kenya Barris as Kenya Barris
- Iman Benson as Drea Barris
- Genneya Walton as Chloe Barris
- Scarlet Spencer as Izzy Barris
- Justin Claiborne as Pops Barris
- Ravi Cabot-Conyers as Kam Barris
- Richard Gardenhire Jr. as Brooklyn Barris
- Gil Ozeri as Danny
- Bumper Robinson as Broadway
- Nia Long as Lavette
- Angela Kinsey as Leeza
- Doug Hall as Marquise
#blackAF Season 2 Storyline
Season 1 follows Drea, the daughter of Kenya and Joya, as she strives for excellence in the documentary she is filming for her film school application. The over-the-top family fights throughout the season over mundane matters, just as any other family would. Joya’s feelings of confinement as a full-time mother after having abandoned her work as a lawyer contributes to a deterioration in her relationship with Kenya. While on vacation in Fiji, Kenya stormed out at Joya for not telling him about her book signing. He watches an episode of “Black-ish,” his own program, and realizes he was wrong to be unsupportive of his wife’s decision to pursue a new profession. After reconciling, the family returns home.
It’s possible that the Barris family’s raw honesty and vulnerability may be shown more prominently in Season 2. Kenya and Joya are likely to improve their relationship and become more responsible parents as a result. Kenya may get insight into how to cope with his wayward children, and Joya could try to start over professionally.
#blackAF Season 2 Release Date
On April 17, 2020, the first season of the show debuted on Netflix. Due to its early renewal, we expected season two to premiere in the same month the following year. Since the program has been canceled, however, that will no longer be the case. There have been no rumors of a film adaptation returning to the franchise.
Will #BlackAF return as a movie?
The films will follow Barris and his TV family, including his wife Rashida Jones, as they take a vacation, with the idea inspired by the National Lampoon’s Vacation movies that were famous in the 1980s. Kenya Barris told the Hollywood Reporter in an extensive interview that the streaming giant had already purchased Season 2, but that he and Netflix were planning to make two independent #blackAF features instead. Both Brazil and Mexico are significant markets for Netflix, so it seems to sense that both films would be made there.
#blackAF Season 1 Review
Each episode features a mini monologue about black history, which is clearly on Barris’ mind here, as evidenced by episode titles like “Because of Slavery,” “Because of Slavery Too,” and “Hard to Believe, But Still Because of Slavery.” This strange but entertaining mix of genres makes for a surprisingly watchable series. This joke is a little slapdash, but it perfectly captures Kenya’s perspective on the world.
After generations of hardship, Barris is ready to live it up, both to honor his family’s legacy and to prove to his neighbors that you don’t have to be a rapper, an athlete, or a drug dealer to flaunt your wealth. Since he was a young child, when he saw successful individuals flaunting jewelry as a status symbol, Barris has wanted to be just like them. He’s merely a brilliant TV writer, not any of those things, yet he still cares about how others see him because of it.
One potential turnoff for viewers is that Kenya and Joya aren’t portrayed as model parents, which is a major theme throughout the show. While I found their mix of sour and sweet to be delightful, I can see how it would turn off others looking for a more traditional family-friendly program. Yes, this is a program about the black experience, but it’s also about the richest 1% of the population, and I find that mix to be intriguing and perhaps divisive.