‘#blackAF’ Review: Netflix’s New Series Is a Drab Vanity Project for Kenya Barris
Published on Apr 15, 2020
In Netflix’s “#blackAF,” television writer and producer Kenya Barris plays a television writer and producer named Kenya Barris. This sort of meta-sitcom is nothing new. Performers have been playing fictionalized versions of themselves for decades, but it does serve as a note of concession. The show allows Barris to comment on his life, family and career on his own terms, sending up what he chooses to send up. It feels like a kind of confessional — although it rarely rises above surface-level self-aggrandizing — and it meanders due to the absence of a clearly expressed series arc.
Framed as a documentary about the Barris family — his wife and their six children — directed by daughter Drea (Iman Benson) as required for her film school application, the resulting meta family sitcom suffers from an identity crisis. If its ultimate goal is to make audiences laugh, it doesn’t fully succeed. Except for the occasional one-liner that lands,
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Author: Tambay Obenson