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'Black-ish' Creator Kenya Barris Requests Joint Custody of 4 Minor Children In Divorce

By Gary Trock

Producer Kenya Barris is asking for joint custody of his children with his wife of 20 years, and according to the documents it looks like they are about to split up a considerable amount of money.

The Blast obtained documents filed by the "Black-ish" and "Girls Trip" creator in his divorce with Dr. Rania "Rainbow" Barris.

Kenya and Dr. Barris wed on December 3rd, 1999 ... and he lists the date of separation as "TBD."

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The Barris' have 4 minor children; Lola, 13, Beau, 11, Kass, 9 and Bronx, 3. They have two other children who are apparently over the age of 18.

Kenya lists the cause of the breakup as "irreconcilable differences" and is asking for joint physical and legal custody of all the minor children.


He also lists that support should be paid to his estranged wife, and that the court should determine how much child and spousal support he will pay.

It's unclear if the couple have a prenuptial agreement, but the documents do not give indication that one exists.

Kenya reportedly signed a $100 million deal with Netflix to produce exclusively for the streaming platform, and it's possible the date of their separation will play a huge part in the ultimate amount of support determined by the court.


The Blast first reported on Kenya filing for divorce from Rania, who is a successful anesthesiologist in West Hollywood. He filed for the split on his 45th birthday.

She has previously filed for divorce, in 2014, but the couple was able to reconcile and she withdrew her petition.

Kenya based his real-life marriage on the ABC sitcom, "Black-ish," which follows Andre “Dre” Johnson and Rainbow “Bow” Johnson.

The season 4 finale of the show highlighted the characters' marriage troubles, which is now possibly revealed as art imitating life.

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