Girl Power: Top Ten Behind-the-Scenes Power Players

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  • Mara Brock Akil, Debra Lee
  • Mara Brock Akil
  • Shonda Rhimes
  • Cheryl Boone Isaacs
  • Queen Latifah
  • Jada Pinkett Smith
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Gina Prince-Bythewood
  • Kasi Lemmons
  • Ava DuVernay
  • Debra Lee

Mara Brock Akil

From The Jamie Foxx Show to The Game, Akil is the voice behind some of the most defining shows of this generation. With her husband Salim Akil, Mara has created and executive produced nearly a dozen hit shows and movies. The couple's most recent success is the BET hit drama Being Mary Jane, starring Gabrielle Union.

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