Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and his wife, Dr. Rainbow Barris, recently showed the masses just how important it is to never forget where you came from, as the pair just donated $1 million to their alma mater, Clark Atlanta University.
The Kenya and Rainbow Barris Annual Scholarship Award kicks off the universities year-long 30th anniversary celebration and will be divided among students studying mass media arts and biology, according to a statement from the institution.
— Clark Atlanta Univ. (@CAU) May 22, 2018
“Mr. Barris has lifted his powerful voice in the entertainment industry to explore issues of classism and racism in creative and humorous ways,” said Dr. Ronald A. Johnson, president of Clark Atlanta University. “In giving back to their alma mater, he has again used his powerful voice to articulate the importance of supporting this beloved institution that is giving our students the skills and confidence to find and lift their own voices in the field of their choice.”
Kenya and Rainbow Barris both graduated from CAU in 1996 with degrees in mass media arts and biology respectively. Mr. Barris also recently spoke during the HBCU’s commencement ceremony.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.