Mara Brock Akil on “Being Mary Jane” (Video Interview)

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Sunday evening I had the pleasure of attending BET’s screening for Mara Brock Akil’s latest film (and soon to be television series), Being Mary Jane, featuring Gabrielle Union. We all know Mara Brock Akil, right? She’s one of Hollywood’s flyest power brokers. She’s the creator of one of my all time favorite television shows, Girlfriends, and to be quite honest, she’s the baddest chick in the game. With a natural beauty that glows from within and a sincerity that’s equally refreshing, Mara sat down with In Her Shoes after her New York City screening at the Tribeca Grand Hotel to share the inspiration behind Being Mary Jane. We discussed why it’s so important for women to start having real conversations about our  journeys and life’s imperfections. Like a true girlfriend, Mara also reveals how sex and physical intimacy with her husband and business partner, Salim Akil, is her secret to personal and professional success. She keeps it spicy ladies so take notes and enjoy!

In Her Shoes & Mara Brock Akil at the Screening of “Being Mary Jane” from Renae Bluitt on Vimeo.




Video production credit: Molaundo Jones of The Clever Agency


As a New York City storyteller, filmmaker, digital content creator, and PR strategist, Renae Bluitt created "In Her Shoes" to empower and enlighten women committed to realizing their dreams.


  1. Mischo Beauty

    June 20, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    I HEART Mara and have always loved “Girlfriends”! Looking forward to seeing “Being Mary Jane”. GREAT interview, Renae!

  2. Arlice Nichole

    July 13, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    She said you can’t walk in her shoes; you have to walk in your own. #RealTalk. Loved this Renae!

  3. Toia B.

    July 14, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Love the final statement!

  4. Brandi

    July 30, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Love this great interview!

  5. ForWomentoWomen

    December 11, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Great interview! We absolutely love Mara Brock Ali, she’s a true inspiration for women.

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