Not that Barney’s race is important or relevant at all, but… nothing about the purple dinosaur indicated that he was black. If you didn’t already know this then you have to be surprised to find out. I don’t think there’s a single person in the world who watched Barney in action and even considered the fact that he may be African American. This shocked me. It blew my mind. It rocked my world… and it made me go to IMDB.com to make sure it was true. It is. The dude’s name is David Joyner and he’s definitely a black guy.