The Game, which was a spin-off of Girlfriends, became Akil’s second show. Premiering on The CW in 2006, it featured Tia Mowry-Hardict and Wendy Raquel Robinson and other women who were in relationships with professional football players. Although the show was canceled by The CW in 2009, BET brought it back to life in 2011 and it stayed on air until 2015.
In 2000, Mara Brock Akil upgraded from writer to series creator, and brought to life of our favorite Black sitcoms in TV history, Girlfriends. Joan, Toni, Maya and Lynn became our BFFs in our heads, and the fab Tracee Ellis Ross launched her acting career. Jill Marie Jones and Golden Brooks also started their careers on the show.