Rodney Barnes

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Award-winning writer/producer Rodney Barnes is one of the most sought after African American writers and creatives in Hollywood, known for his often race-related, hard-hitting, edgy, honest and intelligent humor.

Barnes has written and produced more than two hundred episodes of popular half-hour comedies, including The Boondocks, My Wife and Kids, Everybody Hates Chris, Those Who Can't, and the upcoming Starz show Heels.

He has also earned top honors for his work from the BET Comedy Awards, NAACP Image Awards, and Writer's Guild of America.

Early life[edit]

Rodney Barnes[1] was born September 19 in Annapolis, Maryland. During his childhood he quickly gravitated to comic books, primarily superhero style, horror and science fiction. He attended Howard University in Washington, DC. In 1995, Barnes decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of screenwriting.[2]


Rodney was a co-executive producer and writer of Chris Rock’s TV series Everybody Hates Chris from 2005-2009. He was a producer and writer for the Damon Wayans show My Wife and Kids from 2002-2005. He was the co-executive producer of 'Til Death in 2010 and a consulting producer of Brothers in 2009.

After completing 4 seasons of the critically acclaimed animated comedy The Boondocks,[3] where he served as executive producer and head writer from 2005-2014,[4] he was a consulting producer on the TruTV sitcom Those Who Can't, co-executive producer for the second season of the Comedy Central animated sitcom Legends of Chamberlain Heights and co-executive producer for the unproduced second season of Vinyl for HBO. He then served as Co-Executive producer/Writer on Hulu's upcoming adaptation of Marvel's Runaways. In between he was nominated for writing special material by the Writers Guild of America for his work on the 88th Academy Awards, hosted by comedian Chris Rock.

Rodney is currently executive producer of the upcoming Starz one hour drama Heels. He has also been developing the animated series 'Vandaveon and Mike' based on characters created by and starring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele for Comedy Central and "Killogy", a graphic novel series from creator Alan Robert.

In 2017 Rodney ventured into writing for his first love, comic books. He authored "Birth of a Patriot" a short story in Marvel Comics Secret Empire spin-off "Brave New World" #2.

Currently, Rodney co-wrote the adaption of Arc of Justice, which is set to be produced/financed by the Mark Gordon Company, directed by José Padilha and starring Russell Crowe and David Oyelowo. It is the story of the landmark civil rights case of Ossian Sweet.

He is also the co-founder of Dark Apocrypha Productions,[5] a production company based in Los Angeles, that creates both traditional and branded content projects. Formerly, he was a columnist for the Huffington Post.[6]


Barnes has received a Peabody Award for the "The Return of the King" episode of The Boondocks.[7] and the American Film Institute Award in 2007 for Everybody Hates Chris.

He has also been nominated for a BET Comedy Award for My Wife and Kids, the NAACP Image Award[8] for The Boondocks and Writers Guild of America Award for Everybody Hates Chris and the 88th Academy Awards .

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