Mara Brock Akil

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Mara Brock Akil
Mara Brock Akil.jpg
Brock Akil in 2013
Born (1970-05-27) May 27, 1970 (age 46)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Other names Mara Brock Ali or Mara Brock
Occupation Screenwriter, producer
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Salim Akil (m. 1999)
Children 2

Mara Brock Akil (born May 27, 1970) is an American television writer and producer.

Early life[edit]

Mara Brock Akil (Born: Mara Dionne Brock) was born in Los Angeles,[1][2] California and was raised primarily in Kansas City. She is a graduate of Raytown South High School in 1988. She is also a graduate of Northwestern University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. After college, Brock returned to Los Angeles to start her career.[3]


Brock Akil first began her career in 1994 writing for the critically acclaimed but short-lived Fox series South Central. In 1999, she served as supervising producer and writer on The Jamie Foxx Show after writing for Moesha for four seasons. In 2000, Brock Akil created and executive produced (along with Kelsey Grammer) another UPN series Girlfriends.[4] She also created and executive produced the spin-off series The Game.

In June 2007, Brock Akil and her husband signed to The Weinstein Co.[5] Their first project under the new pact will be a film about a woman who starts a business to investigate the mates of high-powered women after she herself is left at the altar. Mara Brock Akil will write the screenplay and Salim Akil will direct, reports Variety. The pair’s Happy Camper Productions banner will produce.[6]

In 2009, Brock Akil became a consulting producer and writer for the ABC suburban sitcom Cougar Town.

She is the creator of BET's Being Mary Jane, which premiered in 2013.

Personal life[edit]

She married television director Salim Akil in 1999. She and her husband are practicing Muslims.[7] They have two sons; Yasin Brock Akil, born in 2007 and Nasir Brock Akil, born in November 2009 [8][9][10] She is also sister to Kara Brock Bustos.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Series
2005 BET Comedy Awards Won Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Girlfriends
2007 NAACP Image Awards Nominated Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
(shared with Mark Alton Brown, Dee LaDuke, Veronica Chambers, Michael B. Kaplan, Karin Gist, Tim Edwards, Regina Y. Hicks, Michele Marburger, Kevin Marburger, Shauna Robinson, Prentice Penny)
(For episode "After the Storm")
2012 NAACP Image Awards Won Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
(shared with Salim Akil)
The Game
(For episode "Parachutes...Beach Chairs")
2013 Black Reel Awards Nominated Best Screenplay, Original or Adapted Sparkle
2014 Black Reel Awards Won Outstanding Screenplay (Original or Adapted), TV Movie or Mini-Series Being Mary Jane
2014 NAACP Image Awards Nominated Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series The Game
(For episodes "Blueprint Part 1" & "Blueprint Part 2")
2015 NAACP Image Awards Nominated Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series Being Mary Jane
(For episode "Über Love")
2016 NAACP Image Awards Won Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series
(shared with Jameal Turner and Keli Golf)
Being Mary Jane


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