African-American Television Writers: Breaking Barriers & Creating History

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The Power Couple: Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil
Dynamic duo Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil are perhaps best known for their combined talents on “Girlfriends” and “The Game,” for which Mara was the writer and executive producer and Salim acted as director. Mara’s writing and producing credits stretch to include “South Central,” “Moesha,” “The Jamie Foxx Show” and, more recently, “Cougartown.” The Akils earned fiercely loyal fans who supported “The Game” in its move from being a network series to a cable series. They recently signed a very promising three-year scripted programming deal with BET, coinciding with the Salim’s directorial feature debut “Jumping the Broom.”

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