“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, who celebrated her 48th birthday this past week, has been a trailblazer for black women, making her impact as an award-winning television writer and producer, including creating the highly successful BET show Being Mary Jane. That show centers on the personal and professional life of a successful black broadcaster in L.A. Her writing for the show has earned her both Outstanding Screenplay and Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series awards. In January, she and her husband Salim Akil also created the show Black Lightning, based on the DC Comics Black Lightning superhero series, for the CW Network
A screenwriter for more than 20 years, Brock Akil 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.”