AWARD-WINNING PRODUCERS MARA BROCK AKIL AND SALIM AKIL PARTNER WITH OPRAH WINFREY FOR NEW OWN ORIGINAL SERIES ‘LOVE IS ___’
Created and Executive Produced by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil (“Being Mary Jane,” “The Game,” “Girlfriends”), New Dramedy from Akil Productions and Warner Horizon Scripted Television, Tells the Love Story of a Modern-Day Power Couple
Brock Akil Will Serve as Showrunner
Los Angeles – Oprah Winfrey and Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, the award-winning producers behind such hits as “Being Mary Jane,” “The Game” and “Girlfriends,” have partnered together to create “Love Is ___” a new original one-hour series for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
The Akils will create and executive produce the series through their Akil Productions banner with Mara Brock Akil also serving as showrunner. Drawing inspiration from their real-life relationship, the humorous drama tells the love story between a modern-day power couple. Produced in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television, the series will premiere on OWN in 2018.
The new series joins OWN’s growing lineup of top-rated scripted dramas including “Queen Sugar,” “Greenleaf,” “The Haves and the Have Nots” and “If Loving You is Wrong,” which year-to-date comprise four of the top six original scripted series on ad-supported cable for women 25-54.
“I've dreamed of working with the Akils,” said Oprah Winfrey. “I've been a huge fan of their work since first viewing ‘Girlfriends.’ They know just how to hit the cultural nerve to make you think and laugh at the same time.”
“To have a partner that brings the attention to detail and sheer excellence that Oprah has built an empire on is an absolute dream come true for Salim and me,” said Mara Brock Akil. “That, and it’s Oprah! ‘Love Is ___’ is not only a passion project, but is a personal one for us as well. We’re grateful to have her wholehearted support and magic touch behind this story.”
A 20-year anniversary calls for a two day celebration of Stone Soul concert magic! The 20th Annual Stone Soul Concert is this Memorial Day Weekend featuring a heavy hitting line up of 10 musical acts. Saturday’s lineup is headlined by the Isley Brothers, Joe, Cameo, Average White Band and Hip Hop Icon, Doug E. Fresh. Sunday’s lineup is led by Frankie Beverly and Maze, Chaka Khan, Lalah Hathaway, After 7 plus Jalil and Ecstasy of Whodini.
102.9 KBLX Program Director / Operations Manager, Elroy Smith said “The Stone Soul Concert is one of the biggest traditions in the Bay Area. Since this year marks our 20th anniversary, we wanted to double the excitement by making this iconic event two days and the reaction from our listeners is overwhelming.”
Memorial Day Weekend – Saturday, May 27th and Sunday, May 28th2017
Concord Pavilion– 2000 Kirker Pass Rd. Concord, CA 94521
Time Inc.’s (NYSE: TIME) 2017 ESSENCE Festival® presented by Coca-Cola®, now among the largest consumer live events in the nation, announces the all-star, night-by-night schedule for its concert series, from June 30 to July 2 at the Superdome in New Orleans, LA.
he A-list nighttime concerts will feature more than 40 acts across five stages in the Superdome throughout the weekend on the festival’s renowned Mainstage and in the intimate Superlounges. Festival first-timers Diana Ross and Chance the Rapper will open and close the weekend concert series with unforgettable headlining performances on Friday and Sunday night respectively – along with a special all-female Saturday night lineup, inspired by headliner Mary J. Blige’s forthcoming album Strength of A Woman.
The 2017 ESSENCE Festival® presented by Coca-Cola® night-by-night musical lineup is as follows: