Kenya Barris, wife Rania Barris try divorcing for third time

After 20 years and nine months of marriage, “Black” creator Kenya Barris and his estranged wife Rania “Rainbow” Barris are breaking up. Again.

The writer-producer filed for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, citing irreconcilable differences, according to documents reviewed by The Times on Wednesday.

The couple married in 1999 and Kenya Barris gave September 9, 2020 as the date of their separation. They have four children aged 16, 14, 12 and 5.

The #blackAF creator and star is seeking joint physical and legal custody of the children, as well as spousal support to be paid to his soon-to-be ex-wife.

The couple filed for divorce back in 2014 but withdrew the petition a year later. Kenya Barris filed for divorce again in 2019, but canceled it at the time as well.

Barris’ “black-ish” on ABC and “#blackAF” on Netflix are both loosely based on his life. #blackAF ran for one season on the streamer in 2020, and black-ish, from which he retired in 2018 over a creative dispute, ended its eighth and final season in April.

Black-ish spinoff mixed-ish was based on Rania Barris’ early life. The mixed-race anesthesiologist, also known as Rainbow, was transformed into the character of Tracee Ellis Ross in both series. Mixed-ish ran for two seasons on ABC between 2019 and 2021.

Next up, Kenya Barris is slated to produce Civil: Ben Crump, a documentary about famed civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, due out on Netflix later this month. He is also on board the romantic comedy You People and is writing and producing a re-imagining of the 1992 classic White Men Can’t Jump.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-06-08/kenya-barris-rania-barris-divorce-again Kenya Barris, wife Rania Barris try divorcing for third time

Sarah Ridley

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