Mara Brock Akil is an American screenwriter and producer of various television series. She created series like Girlfriends, The Game, and Being Mary Jane. She is also the producer of the superhero series based on DC comics, Black Lightning.
Brock has won several awards for her work. She has received NAACP Image Award for series like "the Game" and "Being Mary Jane". She has won Bet Comedy Award for "Girlfriends" and Black Reel Awards for "Black Lightning".
The well-known and popular screenwriter and producer has been around several controversies. Brock has had a difficult professional as well as personal life, time and again. Here is what you need to know about Mara Brock's life.
Mara Brock Akil Wiki, Age & Parents
Mara Brock Akil originally known as Mara Dionne Brock was born in Los Angeles, California. She was born on 27th May 1970 and her mother's name is Joan Demeter. Brock was raised by a single mother as her mother divorced her father when she was 8 years old. Deter left Los Angeles and moved to Kansas City with her children. Thus Brock is primarily raised in Kansas city though she was born in Los Angeles. She is 52 years old as of 2022 and celebrates her birthday on the 27th of May every year.
The 52-years-old also has two siblings, her brother, William Billa Brock, and her younger sister, Kara Brock who is an actress.
Brock graduated from Raytown South High School and then she went to Northwestern University, Illinois where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Journalism. She has also taken a screenwriting course taught by author and screenwriter, Delle Chatman, during her days at Northwestern University.
Quick Facts About Mara Brock Akil
|Full name||Mara Brock Akil|
|Date of Birth||27 May 1970|
|Place of Birth||Los Angeles California|
|Profession||Screenwriter and Producer|
Mara Brock Akil Career
In her early days, Mara wrote the critically acclaimed but short-lived show "South Central". In 1999 she was a writer for "The Jamie Foxx Show" while she had already written for Moesha for 4 seasons. She got immense recognition for the creation of the UPN series "Girlfriends" in 2000 and its spin-off "The Game". She was also the consultant producer and writer for the sitcom Cougar Town in 2009. She also created BET's Being Mary Jane in 2013 for which she has even won an award. In 2018 she produced a scripted superhero series called Black Lightning.
Mara Brock Akil Husband
Mara is married to executive producer/director Salim Akil who is also the director of the superhero series, Black Lightning. The two supposedly met on the set of Moesha when both of them were working behind the camera. The two soon fell in love after Salim invited Mara to the concert of Wynton Marsalis. According to Mara, she was the one who asked Salim to marry her. The duo got married in April 1999 and celebrated their 23rd anniversary this year in 2022.
The two have worked on several projects together like Girlfriends and Black Lightning. They were also in the process of creating a love saga "Love Is" which according to Mara was the adaptation of their own love journey. The project, however, got canceled after a lawsuit was filed against Brock's husband Salim.
Is Mara Brock Akil Still Married?
Mara's husband had been accused of domestic violence and sued in September 2018 by a woman named Amber Dixon Brenner. The woman claimed he assaulted her during their adulterous affair and mistreated her during their nearly ten years of the love relationship. She had also claimed that during the period of their affair she wrote a script about their relationship which Salim used for a different project supposedly "Love Is" without giving her any credit. The show got canceled after this controversy and the lawsuit is still ongoing. Salim, however, has time and often denied these allegations and said he is innocent.
Despite all the charges Salim faced, Mara is still together with her husband. She is seen sharing his photos time and often on her Instagram. There is no question of divorce between them as of now as Mara seems to trust her man regardless of all the allegations. Though it seemed hard for them to live together after the 2018 controversy the two are together and have celebrated their 23rd anniversary together. Mara was also posting their picture on Instagram on their 22nd anniversary which was in 2021.
Mara Brock Akil Children
Mara has two sons, Yasin Brock Akil who was born in 2004, and Nasir Brock Akil born in 2009. She refers to her sons as the fruit that the love bears and is seen posting their pictures on her social handles time and often.
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According to Celebrity Net Worth, Mara Brock Akil had a net worth of $8 million as of 202. Her latest net worth, however, is yet to be calculated. The major source of income that adds to this net worth is from executive production, screenwriting, and creating the TV series.
Mara Brock is active on her Instagram handle with 253K followers where she is seen sharing her personal moments with her friends and family.