Mara & Salim Akil Discuss Being Muslim In Today’s Political Climate

Mara and Salim Akil have been powerhouse content creators for well over a decade.  They are behind hits such as Being Mary Jane, Girlfriends, Soul Food, and more.  In the above video, the couple discuss what it was like to leave Being Mary Jane for new ventures, and how politics influences their work.  The couple also gave their perspectives on the presidential candidate and how the potential of a Trump win made them feel. Check out the Slate video above!

The Akils recently landed an ABC pilot production commitment for a new comedy series titled Documenting Love.  This marks the Akil’s first broadcast sale under their three-year deal at Warner Bros. TV, which started in May.  Documenting Love draws inspiration from the Akils’ real-life relationship, and is described as a multi-camera comedic love story about a modern-day power couple.  In addition to Documenting Love, the power couple has received a pilot production commitment by Fox for DC Comics super hero series Black Lightening.

The Akils spent the last five years under overall deals at BET where Mara created and she and Salim executive produced Being Mary Jane, the network’s first one-hour scripted series, which stars Gabrielle Union. The duo is expected to consult on the series’ upcoming fourth season, and will maintain their executive producer credit on the BET series.

In addition to Being Mary Jane, Mara created/executive produced the 2000 sitcom Girlfriends,which aired on UPN and its successor the CW for eight seasons, and its spinoff The Game, which ran on the CW and BET for combined nine seasons. Salim was director on both and executive produced The Game.

The Game set a ratings record in its move to BET, with 7.7 million viewers tuning in for the sitcom’s premiere on the cable network.



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