The Most Powerful Women in Hollywood

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  • Shonda Rhimes
  • Mara Brock Akil
  • Soledad O'Brien
  • Debra Lee
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Queen Latifah
  • Beyoncé
  • Kerry Washington
  • Jada Pinkett Smith
  • Tyra Banks

Mara Brock Akil

Mara Brock Akil was barely 30 years old when she pitched Girlfriends to the CW. The show was a massive hit and lead to the spin-off, The Game. Last year she wrote her first screenplay, a remake of Sparkle, starring the late Whitney Houston.

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