|Mara Brock Akil|
Brock Akil in 2013
May 27, 1970 |
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Other names||Mara Brock Ali or Mara Brock|
|Spouse(s)||Salim Akil (m. 1999)|
I love writing about black women, but if you go beyond that, we're human beings – and because we're human beings, it's universal for everybody.
Being black, Latino, or Asian is not a genre. Romantic comedies, thrillers, action – those are genres. I think there's a lot of people who want to have the conversation. I don't think people are afraid of it, I just think it's the time to have that conversation. Race is not a genre.
Any form of media is an opportunity to be a mirror and reflection of what we are experiencing more in the details of our life. What makes it fun and unique in a lot of ways is how that journey is changing just by the mere fact of the current time.
I think pregnancy, like life, is what you make it. I received a good hand. I'm thankful and blessed and so peaceful and can't wait to welcome my son.
I'm trying to talk about challenging subjects people might not like and trying to find relief as we discuss it.
I often attribute my screenwriting to journalism because they drill in the who, what, when, where and why – but we really need to land on that why. That's what I've been exploring in my writing for many years and trying to get better at.
A staple of my personality is that I want what I want – and I'm willing to do without until I get it.
We still have a lot of work to do in American culture. More open-mindedness is happening – in some cases rapidly, in some, slowly.
If you want something, work hard for it, go after it. I can't worry about all the 'no's, because I believe there's a yes, and I've been very fortunate to find those in my career and made the most of those opportunities.
I'm not afraid of stereotypes. There are some truths to it – but the problem is that people keep sort of owning that one thing to be the truth.