Mara Brock Akil is a trailblazer for women in television. This Kansas City–raised Northwestern University alum began her writing career in 1994 on Fox’s groundbreaking comedy-drama South Central. She moved on to the UPN series Moesha, earning the title Producer after four seasons. Later Akil served as Supervising Producer on The Jamie Foxx Show, an in 2000, she created her own show, Girlfriends, which she and Kelsey Grammer executive produced. She also created and executive produced The Game, which moved from CW to BET, becoming the number one scripted show on cable TV. Vibe magazine listed Akil on its “Top 100 Hottest People List.” She is married to executive producer/director Salim Akil, with whom she created the hit BET series Being Mary Jane.