Mara Brock Akil Biography
Mara Brock Akil (born as: Mara Dionne Brock) is a screenwriter and television producer from Los Angeles. She is known as the creator of the UPN comedy series Girlfriends (2000–2008) and its spin-off The Game (2006–2015). She also created the first drama series for BET Being Mary Jane (2013–2019). In 2018, she produced Black Lightning for The CW and created Love Is for Oprah Winfrey Network.
Mara Brock Akil Age
Mara is 49 years old as of 2019. She was born on May 27, 1970 in Los Angeles, California, United States.
Mara Brock Akil Parents – Family
From L.A., Brock Akil was born and raised in a family of three. Her mother is Joan Demeter. Her parents divorced when she was 8 years old with her mother leaving her father. They moved to Kansas City with her two siblings and mother. There Demeter worked her way up from an entry-level position at Marion Labs to a computer programmer to provide for her children.
Mara Brock Akil Sister
Brock Akil has a younger sister by the name Kara Brock. Kara is an actress known for her appearance as Regina Foster in the TV series, The Parkers.
Mara Brock Akil Education
Akil attended high school at Raytown South High and graduated in 1988. She also attended Northwestern University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and became a member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority upon graduation in 1992. She, however, decided to put her career plans in journalism on hold to work as a manager at the Howard Street Gap in Chicago and look for opportunities to work within Chicago’s entertainment industry. She landed a role in the 1994 film With Honors as Ms. Moore and decided to change careers.
Mara Brock Akil Husband | Yasin Brock Akil
The “Girlfriends” writer is married to Salim Akil, a screenwriter and TV producer too since 1999. The couple met while working on the set of Moesha. They have two sons: Yasin Ali Akil, (born on April 16, 2004) and Nasir Lukmon Akil, (born on November 16, 2009).
Mara Brock Akil Career
Brock Akil moved back to Los Angeles to start her career and began writing for television in 1994 writing for the short-lived Fox series South Central. She served as supervising producer and writer on The Jamie Foxx Show in 1999. In 2000, she created and executive produced the series Girlfriends (along with Kelsey Grammer). She also created and executive produced a spin-off to Girlfriends, The Game.
In 2009, she became a consulting producer and writer for the ABC suburban sitcom Cougar Town. She is the creator of BET’s Being Mary Jane (2013).
Mara Brock Akil Girlfriends
This series premiered on September 11, 2000 as part of UPN’s Monday night prime time line up. She began by visiting UPN and selling her idea for the hit series to the network. No filming company wanted to take up the project but got a deal with Kelsey Grammer, and his involvement with Paramount Pictures was able to sign on as an executive producer for the show. The series chronicled the life of Joan Clayton, played by Tracee Ellis Ross, and her three friends, the show ran for eight seasons, lasting through the production switch from UPN and the launch of The CW network.
After the CW network launch, Akil created a spin-off series that follows the life of Joan’s cousin, Melanie Barnett, played by Tia Mowry. She places her dreams of being a doctor on hold and moves to San Diego to be a supportive backbone to her boyfriend, professional football player Derwin Davis, played by Pooch Hall. The series ran on the CW network for three seasons until its abrupt ending in 2009. It was later picked up by BET and began production in Atlanta.
She continued working with the BET network alongside her husband to co-write and produce their first show on BET. Being Mary Jane, starring Gabrielle Union premiered July 2, 2013, and became the couple’s first hour-long scripted show. The show chronicles the life of Mary Jane Paul, a successful news anchor, and attempts to address the statistic that within the black community 42 percent of successful women will never marry.
Mara Brock Akil Net Worth
From her outstanding career, Brock Akil has a reported net worth of $8 million.
Mara Brock Akil Shows
- 2013 – 2019 – Being Mary Jane
- 2018 – Love Is
- 2006 – 2015 – The Game
- 2000 – 2008 – Girlfriends