‘BLACK-ISH’ CREATOR KENYA BARRIS DIVORCING WIFE OF 20 YEARS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Kenya Barris, creator of the sitcom “black-ish,” has filed for divorce from his wife of 20 years, Dr. Rania “Rainbow” Barris.
Los Angeles Superior Court documents show that Kenya Barris filed to end the marriage on Friday, his 45th birthday.
Kenya Barris, who also produced the “black-ish” spinoff “grown-ish” and co-wrote the film “Girls Trip,” and Rania Barris, an anesthesiologist, married in 1999 and have six kids.
Rania Barris previously filed for divorce in 2014, but the couple reconciled and withdrew the request a year later.
The married couple on “black-ish” played by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross is loosely based on the Barrises, and Kenya Barris has said in interviews that the recent relationship struggles seen on the show have reflected his own.
COSBY LAWYERS ASK APPEALS COURT TO TOSS (hash)METOO CONVICTION
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania appeals court questioned why Bill Cosby’s legal team never got a supposed non-prosecution agreement in writing as his latest lawyers fought Monday to have his sexual assault conviction overturned.
The 82-year-old actor was not in court Monday as his lawyers attacked the trial judge’s decision to send Cosby to trial and to let five other accusers testify.
The three-judge Superior Court panel asked why Cosby’s lawyers never got the supposed agreement in writing or approved by a judge in 2005. He was arrested by another prosecutor a decade later after dozens of other accusers came forward.
Cosby was the first celebrity tried and convicted in the (hash)MeToo era. He is serving a three-to 10-year prison term.
The court typically takes several months to rule.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN GIVES THUMBS UP TO “BLINDED BY THE LIGHT”
LONDON (AP) – Bruce Springsteen rarely gives his consent to his music being used in films, so the makers of the new movie “Blinded by the Light” knew they had to find a different motivation for him.
Co-writer Sarfraz Manzoor says Springsteen has “more money than God,” so they could not buy his approval. Manzoor says he figured Springsteen had to trust in the story and believe that his music was being cared for.
Co-writer and director Gurinder (gur-IN’-der) Chadha says Springsteen saw the film and thanked her for taking care of him so beautifully. She says he told her not to change a thing.
“Blinded by the Light” hits theaters tomorrow.