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Mara Brock Akil
Screen writer, Producer

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

Muslim American born in Los Angeles, California, Brock Akil 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.

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. 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. 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.

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

In 2012, Brock Akil became a producer and writer for BET’s Being Mary Jane.

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