I embrace my blackness, and my femininity, and the entire fabric that makes me who I am. My flaws, as well as my strengths. I enjoy being a black woman. Mara Brock Akil inspires me – to strengthen my writing skills, embrace, and further explore the ideas, and the historical and social components that make me and my sisters the complex beings that we are. Love us, hate us, embrace us – or not. I’m a proud woman. I can only hope to share my stories – our stories, as eloquently as Mara Brock Akil does.
Mrs. Brock Akil has written and produced for The Jamie Foxx Show, and Moesha, created her own show Girlfriends in 2001 (executive produced with Kelsey Grammar), and produced the Game, Sparkle (starring Whitney Houston), Jumping the Broom, etc. Her latest project is BET’s new series Being Mary Jane, starring Gabrielle Union – first season airs January 2014.
Her statement about writing and black women was part of her acceptance speech at the Black Girls Rock award show, where she received the “Showcaller” award this past November.
The idea resonates with me first as a black woman, secondly as a writer, and third as a complex being. Or maybe it resonated with me as a complex black women – a product of my environments and circumstances, and the manner in which I chose to allow life forces to shape me. And then as a writer. As a mother. As a daughter. A sister – in several senses of the word.
I rarely watch television, but I’m looking forward to watching her new show on BET. Gabrielle Union’s character Mary Jane Paul is a single, successful black woman dealing with issues I can relate to. I’m here for that.
- Mara Brock Akil talks ‘Essence’ film contest, ‘Being Mary Jane,’ ‘Best Man Holiday’ success: ‘Race is not a genre’ (popwatch.ew.com)
- Monday’s Muse – Mara Brock Akil (sassncurlz.com)
- Gabrielle Union Looks Stunning on ESSENCE’s December Cover (essence.com)
- Solidarity is Still for White Women: #WhiteGirlsRock Trended During “Black Girls Rock” Yesterday (clutchmagonline.com)