#blackAF on Netflix: Should you watch the new Kenya Barris series?

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#blackAF is the newest series from Kenya Barris. If you’re a fan of Black-ish, Grown-ish and Mixed-ish, you’ll love the new Netflix Original series.

If you’re a big fan of Black-ish, Mixed-ish or Grown-ish, then you’re probably already familiar with the name Kenya Barris. But if not, he’s the man behind those three sitcoms.

Okay, so yeah, they’re pretty popular, but depending on your level of humor, you either really love them, or really hate them. So I’m not surprised that I saw mixed reviews about his new Netflix series #blackAF all over social media once it was released. People either hate it or really love it.

The series stars Barris as a fictionalized version of himself and Rashida Jones who plays his wife Joya. Their children are played by Genneya Walton, Iman Benson, Scarlet Spencer, Justin Claiborne, Ravi Cabot-Conyers and Richard Gardenhire Jr.

So should you bother watching #blackAF on Netflix?

If you’re not already a fan of Black-ish or Mixed-ish, skip it. #blackAF is filled with the same dry humor Black-ish and Mixed-ish comprises of, and if you’re already not a fan of those shows, you’re probably going to hate this too. Personally, I never got the hype behind Black-ish, and I couldn’t even finish episode one of Mixed-ish.

When I started watching #blackAF, it was apparent that these shows all had one thing in common – dry humor. And, that’s just not my thing. But if it’s yours, you’re definitely going to dig this show.

There’s really only one reason I’d suggest you watch #blackAF

And that’s for the messages embedded into every episode.

In the first episode, Kenya addresses why black people always feel the need to “flex” on others (aka buying fancy things to show off) including their own people, and how he thinks this problem of ours started because of slavery.

I mentioned in my review of #blackAF the messages sprinkled throughout the first episode were golden. Despite the humor not being my cup of tea, the messages are definitely eye-opening and conversation starters

So if you like a show with a message, then you should watch #blackAF asap.

All eight episodes of BlackAF are now streaming on Netflix.