They're the women game changers making moves behind the scenes. From entertainment to the military, see the 10 African-American shot callers we're keeping our eyes on in 2013.
Mara Brock Akil
A seasoned writer and producer, Brock Akil is currently one of the most successful Black women on television (besides Shonda Rhimes), having created hit shows like Girlfriends, The Game, and, in 2013, Being Mary Jane starring Gabrielle Union. In 2012, the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood honoree and her husband, director Salim Akil, became the first African-American couple to write, direct and produce a major studio film when they remade the 1976 classic Sparkle, starring Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston in her final acting role.