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Northwestern University graduate Mara Brock Akil began her career with a Bachelors in Journalism fresh to the kick start of being a supervising producer and writer for The Jamie Foxx Show in addition to writing for the UPN hit show Moesha. Akil created her first show, Girlfriends, which she and actor Kelsey Grammer executive produced and was very successful. She is also the master behind popular dramas The Game and Being Mary Jane which have both have had record breaking ratings. Akil draws inspiration for the storylines from her own group of good friends, including Felicia D. Henderson (creator of Showtime's "Soul Food") and Gina Prince-Bythewood (writer/director "Love & Basketball"). In light of her work, she has been recognized by Vibe Magazine, Essence Magazine, Newsweek, The Hollywood Reporter's "Top 50 Power Showrunners", NAACP Image Awards, and rewarded a SHINE award. She is the wife of producer Salim Akil in which they partner to run Akil Productions all while being a superwoman mother. "If you want something, work hard for it, go after it. I can't worry about all the 'no's, because I believe there's a yes, and I've been very fortunate to find those in my career and made the most of those opportunities."