Women Rock: Mara Brock Akil

6th Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon held at the Beverly Hills hotel

Who is Mara Brock Akil?

Mara puts pen to paper and creates real people who share (via television and film) authentic experiences we face in this thing called life. Girlfriends, The Game, Cougar Town, Sparkle, South Central, The Jamie Foxx Show, and Moesha… Mara’s had a hand in them all. Check her resume, she rocks!

Girlfriends, the first show created by Mara, is one of my all-time faves. It was so good that I had to buy boxed sets. I’m anxiously awaiting her new series Being Mary Jane, which debuts in 2014 and stars Gabrielle Union.

Mara captures the complex lives of individuals (esp. African American women) and serves them up on a plate of awesome with the help of her diverse team. That team includes her husband/partner Salim Akil.

You know they’re the bosses over at Akil Productions (formerly Happy Camper Productions), right? Let’s say it together: Power couple!

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of spending time with Mara and Salim as they honestly (not Hollywood honest) uncovered their relationship in a panel at the BET Experience. They shared how they keep their marriage in tact and manage their business relationship.

Aside from dynamic partner and skilled writer, Mara also proudly hold the titles; successful producer, devoted wife and nurturing mother. From where I stand, she does it all with style and grace.

Mara is an ah-MAy-zing Los Angeles born, Kansas City raised individual rocking the world. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Unlike Dorothy and Toto, Mara worked hard to create the life she lives, she didn’t just click her heels.

Fun Fact: (Cue Kanye West’s Through The Wire) She’s a Delta, so she’s been throwing up that dynasty sign.

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Au Naturale Anggg

[singing my rendition of  You Will Know by Black Men United]

Mmm…hmm…hmm…mmm…hmm…
Yeah, yeah

When I was a young girl
I had visions of fame
They were wild and they were free
They were blessed with my name…

I L.O.V.E. that song!

Anyway, one of my visions included attending Spelman College and stomping across campus chanting “Oo-ooop!” with the Delta’s or “Skee wee!” with the AKA’s. None of that happened. I missed the undergrad pledge opportunity, but at the end of 2011, I kind of joined a sorority called the natural hair movement.

I imagine the sisterhood, empowerment and bonding is pretty similar to a sorority. Don’t burst my bubble! (insert side eye)

Last month, my friend Angela hosted about two handfuls of her curlfriends for an au naturale girls day. It included girl talk, bonding, motivation, hair makeovers, sharing tips, a product exchange, yummy healthy food and adult refreshments.

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience (minus sitting under the dryer) and gained a few new curlfriends. Good times!

Check out the photos below.

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81bb4a3cb08911e2a67b22000a9f188a_7Angela & I gave Valeka a hair makeover using Curlformers

f0ccd932b06f11e2914322000a1f984e_7Me unhappily under the dryer with flex-rods

e9750fd6b10711e2ac8a22000a9e2947_7This is the next day. I was over sitting under the dryer, so I left w/ the rods in and allowed my hair to air dry.

cb70a1ccb07f11e28c1022000a9e08e0_7Product exchange items

E0F57D1B-5E02-4842-9453-21F9E487A3D7Everyone left with a bottle of Kinky-Curly‘s Knot Today & Curling Custard samples. Both were provided courtesy of Kinky-Curly, thanks to their PR rep Erica.
IMG_1260Yummy food & refreshments