Kenya Barris is the man behind hits like Black-ish, Grown-ish, and Mixed-ish. His latest, a mockumentary of sorts, blackAF, premiered on Netflix. The show has already received mixed reviews for its content, delivery, and other race-specific issues. Here’s what you need to know before tuning in.

What is ‘blackAF’?

After an episode of Barris’s hit Black-ish was pulled from ABC, Barris sought out a new deal and he found one in a $100 million deal with Netflix. This resulted in the creation of the now available blackAF.

The show follows an upper-middle-class family as told from daughter, Drea’s (Iman Benson) perspective. She’s documenting her family’s way of life for an NYU application.

The show, much like Barris’s others, has the same comedic tone — but with a more unfiltered approach.

Is ‘blackAF’ based on a true story?

Black-ish took on aspects of Barris’s life via Anthony Anderson while blackAF uses Barris, playing some version of himself. The show isn’t exactly a true story but is said to be loosely based on Barris’s life much in the way Barris’s other shows have.

The family in the mockumentary isn’t real, as proven by actress, Rashida Jones, who plays Barris’s wife, Joya. However, the show does showcase six children, just like Barris has. And, his character, Kenya, is also a successful TV writer and producer.

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