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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Especially the 'Why?"

“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

Born this day in 1970, 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.  Just renewed for a third season, the show centers on the life – both personal and professional – of a successful black broadcaster in L.A.     

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. 

Mara Brock Akil

“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.”

So far, so good, as the saying goes.  Happy Birthday Mara.

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