Mara Brock Akil
Emily Knecht
United States

Akil Productions


Writer / Producer

Brock Akil has become an essential voice for millennial black women, exploring issues of friendship, womanhood and the workplace in her scripts. The creator topped that trifecta with OWN’s “Love Is__,” an unprecedented tale of a black power couple (based loosely on her relationship with director husband Salim Akil) that weaves in African-American social mores. She and Akil launched The CW’s “Black Lightning” under the pair’s three-year deal with Warner Bros. Television. The superhero drama broke from traditional tropes by foregoing an origins story, instead focusing on character development amid the backdrop of current cultural issues Meanwhile, after four seasons, her flagship BET series “Being Mary Jane” said its goodbyes with a two-hour film in September 2018.




  • Northwestern University (IL, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Showrunners Impact
  • TV Producers Impact
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Mara Brock Akil on Celebrating the 'Humanity of Black Love' in 'Love Is___'

Mara Brock Akil on Celebrating the 'Humanity of Black Love' in 'Love Is___'

When Mara Brock Akil set out to write, produce and direct the series premiere for her new OWN drama "Love Is___" she says she wanted to share the story of black love with a wider audience."I don't really think we've really seen the humanity of black love deep enough," she explains. "I treated the direction of this almost like an independent film or a foreign film because...that is how I feel our existence is in this country is. We're foreigners,...


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