Black women in film are making waves in 2017! With so many talented minds at the table, MadameNoire and XFINITY had to celebrate their achievements and contributions to the movie and television sphere. As we celebrate Black History Month and all of its magic, we proudly present to you three producers, who are paving the way for the future by making a splash in Hollywood. To see their work and more, visit Black Film TV on XFINITY On Demand, where Black History is always on.
Courtney Kemp Agboh
We are pretty sure that the street series ‘Power’ starring rapper 50 Cent and Omari Hardwick has you sitting on the edge of your seat weekly. But did you know that the TV producer behind the intense drama is Courtney Kemp Agboh? The African-American writer and producer who is from Westport, Connecticut knew that she had the qualities and vision to make impactful hits in Hollywood. Early in her career, she was staff writer for The Bernie Mac Show. After a successful run she picked up speed and wrote for The Good Wife.
Oh Issa Rae! The witty actress and producer who has been generating a buzz for her remarkable work for years has finally made her mark in the film and television industry. Applauded for her web series Awkward Black Girl and HBO hit Insecure, Issa Rae has become the new heartbeat of Hollywood. Interestingly enough, Issa Rae like many other black standout women in film and television hails from Los Angeles.
Mara Brock Akil
You know Mara Brock Akil from her production work on The Jamie Foxx Show and the short-lived, South Central, but did you know that the Los Angeles native also wrote for Moesha, which starred sultry singer, Brandy? Behind the scenes, this superwoman also produced every black woman’s favorite show, Girlfriends, along with the sports inspired, The Game. Although Mara Brock Akil has a production portfolio worth bragging about, her humble spirit shines bright in Hollywood. The business savvy woman is also the creator of Being Mary Jane, which stars actress, Gabrielle Union.