We no longer live in an era when colored people were considered less talented or less intelligent. There are now a number of people of African descent in the United States who have clearly shown that they have the necessary skills to make it in the entertainment industry or any other field.
Anyone who has heard the African-American comedy knows that it is relentless and extremely rib-breaking, in fact, it is downright hilarious. Probably the largest African-American family in film comedy is the Wayans family.
Keenen Ivory Wayans Bio, Net Worth, Career
From the entire Wayans breed we will focus on one of their cubs; the multi-talented Keenen Ivory Wayans. Born June 8, 1958, in Harlem, New York City, the son of Howell Stouten Wayans, a devout Jehovah’s Witness and supermarket manager, and his wife Elvira Alethia, a housewife and social worker. He was the second of ten children. He was the second of 10 children. Ten gifted children.
Keenen Ivory Wayans grew up in the Fulton Projects in Manhattan and attended high school at Seaward High School when college rolled around him and he went to Tuskegee University on an engineering scholarship. In his early days, he was a victim of racial discrimination, which was prevalent in society at the time.
Very early in his life, he was aware of his chosen path – to become a comedian. His friends in college already knew him as an entertainer. So it was no surprise, at least probably not too much so, when he decided to leave college with only one semester until he finished his main studies to pursue his ambition to become a full-time stand-up comedian. This proved to be the right decision in the long run.
He met Robert Townsend, who was his early mentor when he went to work at the famous comedy club The Improv in New York City. It didn’t really work out in New York, so in 1980 he decided to move to Los Angeles. His first regular role came in a series called “For Love and Honor” in which he played the role of a soldier with the desire to become a professional boxer.
In the mid-’80s, the young Keenen met his comedian colleague Eddie Murphy, with whom he later worked together to write “Eddie Murphy Raw”. “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka” was produced in 1988, and it appeared in the screenplay. In 1990 FOX Network gave him the opportunity to produce his own comedy show “In Living Colour”. It proved to be a massive success and the show helped him launch the careers of his siblings Damon, Shawn, Marlon, and Kim.
He left the show in 1994 to concentrate on movies. In 2006, he teamed up with his brothers for a remake of “Clifford” in “Little Man” with the concept of the adult in a child’s body. Now, do you remember when I said that leaving college one semester before graduation proved to be the right choice for Keenen? He has net worths estimated at approximately $65 million.
Keenen Ivory Wayans Siblings
Keenen was the pioneer of the Wayans comedy empire, and he helped put his siblings’ talents in the spotlight. Damon Wayans Sr. is best known for The Last Boy Scout and My Wife and Kids. Elvira Wayans is best known for her work in My Wife and the Kids, she also wrote for the series, her only script credit.
Kim Wayans is one of the more serious Wayans, she had a role in Pariah. She also starred with the family in “In Living Colour”, “My Wife and Children” and in “Dance Flick”. Shawn Wayans had great work in Scary Movie and White Chicks. Marlon Wayans, the youngest of the first generation of Wayanses, tried his hand at some serious work in Requiem For A Dream.
Marlon is also known for his roles in White Chicks and Dance Flick. More recently he has appeared in “Naked” – a comedy series named after him (Marlon) and the role of Mr. Black in the parody romance 50 Shades of Black.
Keenen Ivory Wayans Wife, Girlfriend, Children
Keenan married Daphne Wayans in 2001, the connection was broken and finally dissolved when they separated in 2004. The marriage produced more Wayanses, five of them to be precise, four daughters and a son. Bella, Jolie, Nala, Daphne and Keenen Jr.
Since the separation from his wife, there have been rumors about his personal life and who he may or may not be seeing. He had a girlfriend in Brittany Daniel, but even that ended. So at the moment he really seems to be single; maybe not for long.