Netflix has today released the trailer for their upcoming comedy “#blackAF,” a mockumentary style comedy from the creator of “Black-ish” that arrives on April 17.
Kenya Barris created the series and makes his acting debut, portraying a fictionalized version of himself. The trailer opens with a whole host of cameos, as Barris asks Ava DuVernay, Tim Story, Issa Rae, Will Packer and Lena Waithe during a video-chat what they think of his show “Black-ish.”
The following is the synopsis for the series as posted on the official Netflix website:
With new money and expensive tastes, Kenya Barris and his family navigate success and explore the struggles of being unapologetically Black and wealthy.
Rashida Jones (“Parks and Recreation”) stars as Barris’ wife, along with Justin Claiborne, Richard Gardenhire Jr, Iman Benson, Genneya Walton, Scarlet Spencer and Ravi Cabot-Conyers. Barris and Jones also serve as executive producers.
The series centers around Barris’ daughter creating a documentary on her family’s everyday life. The trailer suggests it will take the same approach as other mockumentaries such as “Modern Family” and “The Office,” with Jones and Barris seen several times throughout addressing the camera.
Barris is a three-time Emmy Award nominee for “Black-ish” and created the spin-off series “Mixed-ish” which debuted last year. He has also written a couple of feature films including “Shaft” and “Girls Trip,” the latter of which earned Tiffany Haddish the NYFCC Award for Best Supporting Actress as well as a dozen other critics awards.
Other comedies arriving on Netflix in April include the second season of Ricky Gervais’ “After Life” and “The Big Show Show” which stars WWE superstar Big Show playing a fictionalized version of himself.
The full trailer for “#blackAF” can be found below, which Netflix published on their official YouTube channel today: