“Any form of media is an opportunity to be a mirror and reflection of what we are experiencing more in the details of our life.” – Mara Brock Akil
Brock Akil has been a trailblazer for black women, making her impact as an award-winning television writer and producer and creating the highly successful BET show Being Mary Jane, a show centered on the life – both personal and professional – of a successful black news anchor in L.A. The show chronicles the life of Mary Jane Paul and attempts to address the statistic that within the black community 42 percent of successful women will never marry.
While she has been a screenwriter for 20 years, she started her career as a journalist after graduating with a journalism degree from Northwestern and credits journalistic writing as the key to her success.
“I often attribute my screenwriting to journalism because they drill in the who, what, when, where and why - but we really need to land on that why,” she said. “That's what I've been exploring in my writing for many years.”
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