Being Mary Jane Creator: ‘I Think Mary Jane Is All of Us’ 

Hollywood powerbroker Mara Brock Akil talks to The Root about her new BET show and what she’s doing to bring out more black voices.

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TR: What other projects are you working on?

MBA: I’m excited about the ushering in of new voices. It’s not enough that me and [husband] Salim get to do our thing, the thing we get to feel very excited about. It is very important to me to get other shows on the air, to help other young writers or new voices have their own shows or to be showrunners. [It’s] about community—helping each other, supporting each other, validating each other, but then also pulling each other up to usher them into more work, more projects, more voices.

Being Mary Jane airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on BET.

Lottie L. Joiner is a Washington, D.C.-based freelance writer and senior editor of The Crisis magazine. Follow her on Twitter.

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