Born in Los Angeles and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Mara Brock Akil is a trailblazer for women in television. This Northwestern University alum began her writing career in 1994 on Fox’s groundbreaking comedy-drama South Central. She moved on to the UPN series Moesha, earning the title Producer after four seasons. Later, Akil served as Supervising Producer on The Jamie Foxx Show, and in 2000, she created her own show, Girlfriends, which she and Kelsey Grammer executive produced. Read More >
She also created and executive produced The Game, which moved from CW to BET, becoming the number one scripted show on cable TV. Vibe magazine listed Akil on its “Top 100 Hottest People List” and Essence magazine featured her as one of their “Outstanding Women under 40.” In 2013, she created and produced Being Mary Jane for BET. The first scripted drama in BET’s 30-year history, the 90-minute movie debuted to over 4 million viewers, and was immediately commissioned for a full series order. Currently, Akil is hard at work on Season 2 of the series, which is set to premiere in early 2015.
Akil is an active philanthropist, serving on the Board of The Samburu Project, a clean-water non-profit that drills wells in remote regions of Northern Kenya. She also contributes to numerous other charities, including: Dance Studio Harlem, The Rebecca Project, The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts, Girls Inc. and The Studio Museum in Harlem.
She is married to executive producer/director Salim Akil, with whom she created the hit Being Mary Jane. Mara Brock Akil never ceases to amaze, working as an acclaimed businesswoman and proficient producer in addition to being a wife and mother. Using her career to advance and challenge the entertainment business, Akil strives with every project to affect, encourage and entertain all who watch and work with her. Read Less ^