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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What’s Hot In L.A.? It’s RaVaughn!

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Do you remember belting out feel good R&B songs by Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill and TLC? I do and I also recall not having a real clue what the lyrics meant but you couldn’t tell me that. Recently, I’ve been vibing to a few songs that take me back to those days, except I now know the passion behind them all to well.

Talented and gorgeous Los Angeles born and bred R&B song bird RaVaughn is set to drop her first album Love Always this summer, but it’s sure to take you back to the 90s with its soulful story-telling tracks. If the rest of the album continues in the path of the album sampler you will not want to ride in my car summer 2013.

RaVaughn, also known as Ne-Yo’s protege, is signed to CompoundU/Columbia Records. Most people think that she is new to the game but I know otherwise. When I met her about 10 years ago she and music had a full on love affair in progress. Her consistent dedication is paying off and she is receiving well-deserved recognition.

Listen to the Love Always album sampler below and check out the video for RaVaughn’s first official single ‘Better Be Good’ featuring Wale.