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Mara Brock Akil

Trailblazing Screenwriter and Television Producer behind "Girlfriends" and "The Game"

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Trailblazing Screenwriter and Television Producer behind "Girlfriends" and "The Game"

Groundbreaking Hollywood visionary and power player Mara Brock Akil has written and produced nearly 400 episodes of television, truly leaving her mark on the industry. A trailblazer in many ways, Akil created the seminal television series Girlfriends-- a witty, intelligent and honest exploration of the many facets of black womanhood. Additionally, Akil developed the spin-off series The Game, which became the most-watched scripted-series premiere ever on ad- supported cable. The series continued on for a total of 9 seasons, earning praise throughout its run for its verisimilitude and, during the reality television boom, as one of the few shows on television that felt truly specific to its moment. Akil is also the creative force behind BET’s Being Mary Jane, which further cemented her ability to tell powerful and engaging stories that speak to women through honest, true-to-life reflections, The CW’s Black Lightning, and OWN’s Love Is___. Now, she is co-executive producing Netflix's adaptation of Ibram X Kendi's three anti-racism books, which will be a mix of a documentary and scripted features. 

A regular on the Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment Power100, Akil is a leader in her field. She's been honored with the prestigious Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award; Essence magazine’s Visionary Award; named to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter’s Showrunner Power Lists; and been inducted into Northwestern’s Medill Hall of Achievement.  

A passionate, dynamic, and empowering speaker Akil has been sought-out to speak everywhere from Google to The Wing. She shares remarks on self growth and love, finding the power to be bold, loving life at every age, and breaking barriers in all facets of life. 

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During her time at GW, Mrs. Akil brought her bright perspective on navigating professional and personal life after college. Further, Ms. Akil offered invaluable advice on finding your true calling telling the audience, 'If you are unsure and uncomfortable for what is supposed to come, then you are in the right place and the right movement.' This inspiring event was a huge success for The Mu Beta Chapter and the larger GW community thanks to Mrs. Akil’s moving words.

- George Washington University

During her time at GW, Mrs. Akil brought her bright perspective on navigating professional and personal life after college. Further, Ms. Akil offered invaluable advice on finding your true calling telling the audience, 'If you are unsure and uncomfortable for what is supposed to come, then you are in the right place and the right movement.' This inspiring event was a huge success for The Mu Beta Chapter and the larger GW community thanks to Mrs. Akil’s moving words.

- George Washington University

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