It's no joke that a lot of NU alums are feeling the consequences of the writer's strike. NU alum Mara Brock Akil is the creator of the hit comedy "Girlfriends" about three close-knit L.A. gal pals. It's now in it's eight season (!). 13 of 22 episodes for this season were filmed before the Writers Guild strike halted production.
A Northwestern University journalism graduate, Mara got her start writing scripts on the critically lauded "South Central" before moving to UPN's "Moesha," where she became a producer after four seasons. She landed "Girlfriends" just days before her 30th birthday. Honey magazine named her as one of the "Top 25 Hottest Women in Urban Entertainment." Mara was profiled by Northwestern Magazine in 2004. More good news: Mara and her husband Salim Akil have been hired by the Weinstein Company to produce, write, and direct a film under the Weinstein's new urban production banner "Our Stories."