Netflix Renews #blackAF for Season 2

Rashida Jones
Santa Monica, CA, USA; February 25, 2012; Rashida Jones arrives to the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica. (Krista Kennell / Shutterstock.com)

Kenya Barris’ #BlackAF is coming back for a second season at Netflix.

The ‘Black-ish’ creator will play an over-the-top version of himself alongside Rashida Jones as his wife Joya.

Netflix ordered #blackAF (originally titled Black Excellence) as the first series under Barris’ deal with them. Announcing the production of the show, Netflix said, “Inspired by Barris’ irreverent, highly flawed, unbelievably honest approach to parenting, relationships, race, and culture, Black Excellence looks to pull the curtain back and reboot the ‘family sitcom’ in a way we’ve never seen before.”

BlackAF received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 41% based on 22 reviews, with an average rating of 6.96/10. The website’s critical consensus states: “Solid one-liners and some sharp social critiques can’t save #blackaf from feeling more like a stale retread than a fresh step forward for creator Kenya Barris.”

Barris is arguably one of the most powerful content creators in Hollywood. The news for renewal comes after Deadline reports he was teaming up with Pharrell Williams to develop a Juneteenth musical feature for Netflix. He explained to Deadline, “I won’t really, really, really get into it until we’re in the room because I want it to be fresh, but I definitely know I want to talk about real shit. We want it to be really special.”

#BlackAF is a comedic and honest perspective to parenting as a Black man in Hollywood and explores race, relationships, and culture. The series explores the world of becoming a rich Black family and trying to get it right while exploring cultural norms.

Barris, Jones, and Hale Rothstein exec produce the single-camera comedy through Barris’ production company, Khalabo Ink Society.

In relevant news, Netflix is now looking for aspiring writers.

Imagine Impact from Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s production company, is looking for submissions as part of their deal with Netflix. The open submissions are looking to identify and help develop feature film ideas in four different genres, over the next year. The first four genre-specific application windows open Wednesday. The first round of projects is considered “large scale action-adventure movies for all audiences.” Applications will be accepted now until July 6th.

In relevant news, Netflix is now looking for aspiring writers.

Imagine Impact from Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s production company, is looking for submissions as part of their deal with Netflix. The open submissions are looking to identify and help develop feature film ideas in four different genres, over the next year. The first four genre-specific application windows open Wednesday. The first round of projects is considered “large scale action-adventure movies for all audiences.” Applications will be accepted now until July 6th.

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