July 5-8
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ESSENCE Path To Power Conference

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Mara Brock Akil began her career as a staff writer on shows like South Central and Moesha, before going on to develop her first original series, Girlfriends.

Other Akil Productions include TV shows The Game, Being Mary Jane, and films Jumping the Broom and 2012’s remake of Sparkle.  Named by Hollywood Reporter as one of the Top 50 Showrunners five years in a row, Mara’s profile continues to rise. Her latest series, Black Lightning, will premiere on the CW in 2018.