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Who is Christopher Julius Rock III?

Who is Christopher Julius Rock III? [6] The entertainment and acting world know him as Chris Rock, he is an American comedian, actor, screenwriter, television producer, film producer, and director.


After working as a standup comic and appearing in small film roles, Rock came to wider prominence as a cast member of Saturday Night Live in the early 1990s. He went on to more prominent film roles, and a series of acclaimed comedy specials for HBO.

He was voted in the US as the 5th greatest stand-up comedian of all time by Comedy Central.[9] He was also voted in the UK as the 9th greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups in 2007, and again in the updated 2010 list as the 8th greatest stand-up comic.

Early life

Rock was born February 7, 1965 in Andrews, South Carolina. Shortly after his birth, his parents moved to Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York. A few years later, they relocated and settled in the working-class area of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.[6]
His mother, Rosalie (née Tingman), was a teacher and social worker for
the mentally handicapped; his father, Julius Rock, was a former truck
driver and newspaper deliveryman.[10] Julius died in 1988 after ulcer surgery.[11] His younger brothers Tony, Kenny[12] and Jordan[13] are also in the entertainment business. His older half-brother, Charles, died in 2006 after a long struggle with alcoholism.[14][15] Rock has said that he was influenced by the performing style of his paternal grandfather, Allen Rock, a preacher.[6][16]

Rock was bused to schools in predominately white neighborhoods of Brooklyn, where he endured bullying and beatings from white students.[17][18][19] As he got older, the bullying became worse and Rock’s parents pulled him out of James Madison High School.[19] He decided to drop out of high school altogether and later received a GED. Rock worked menial jobs at various fast-food restaurants.[17][18]

Career

Early career

Rock began doing stand-up comedy in 1984 in New York City’s Catch a Rising Star.[6][17] He slowly rose up the ranks of the comedy circuit in addition to earning bit roles in the film I’m Gonna Git You Sucka and the TV series Miami Vice. Upon seeing his act at a nightclub, Eddie Murphy befriended and mentored the aspiring comic. Murphy gave Rock his first film role in Beverly Hills Cop II.

George Carlin was probably the biggest influence for him.[3] Other major influences have been Sam Kinison, with whom he managed to hang out with,[3] Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy.[1][3] Other influences have been Mort Sahl,[2] Rodney Dangerfield,[3] Bill Cosby, Woody Allen, Bill Hicks, Redd Foxx, Dick Gregory, Flip Wilson, Steve Martin and Pigmeat Markham. Among the contemporaries, in 2008 he said he enjoys Chris Tucker and Adam Sandler.[3]

Saturday Night Live

Rock became a cast member of the popular sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live in 1990. He and other new cast members Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider and David Spade became known as the Bad Boys of SNL. In 1991, he released his first comedy album Born Suspect and won acclaim for his dramatic role as a crack addict in the film New Jack City. His tenure on SNL gave Rock national exposure.

Standup success

A frustrated Rock left Saturday Night Live in 1993, appearing instead as a “special guest” star on the predominantly African American sketch show In Living Color. The show, however, was canceled months later. Rock then decided to concentrate on a film career. He wrote and starred in the mockumentary CB4 but the film was not a success. Acting jobs became scarce, and Rock abandoned Hollywood to concentrate on stand-up comedy.[16]

Rock starred in his first HBO comedy special in 1994 titled Big Ass Jokes. But it was his second stand-up special, 1996’s Bring the Pain, that reinvented Rock as one of the best comedians in the industry.[20][21] For it Rock won two Emmy Awards and gained large critical acclaim.[22] The segment on race in America, in which Rock used the “N word” extensively was most talked about.[22] Adding to his popularity was his much-publicized role as a commentator for Comedy Central‘s Politically Incorrect during the 1996 Presidential elections[20] which earned him another Emmy nomination.[23] Rock also was the voice for the “Lil Penny” puppet who was the alter ego to basketball star Penny Hardaway in a series of Nike shoe commercials from 1994–1998,[20] and hosted the ’97 MTV Video Music Awards.

Rock later had two more HBO comedy specials: Bigger & Blacker in 1999, and Never Scared in 2004. Articles relating to both specials called Rock “the funniest man in America” in Time[24] and Entertainment Weekly.[2] HBO also aired his talk show, The Chris Rock Show,
which gained critical acclaim for Rock’s interviews with celebrities
and politicians. The show won an Emmy for writing. His television work
has won him a total of three Emmy Awards and 15 nominations.[23] By the end of the decade, Rock was established as one of the preeminent stand-up comedians and comic minds of his generation.

During this time, Rock also translated his comedy into print form in the book Rock This! and released the Grammy Award-winning comedy albums, Roll with the New, Bigger & Blacker and Never Scared.

Rock’s fifth HBO special, Kill the Messenger, premiered on September 27, 2008, and won him another Emmy for outstanding writing for a variety or music program.[25]

Film and television

It
was not until the success of his stand-up act in the late 1990s that
Rock began receiving major parts in films. These include roles in Dogma, Beverly Hills Ninja, Lethal Weapon 4, Nurse Betty, The Longest Yard, Bad Company, and a starring role in Down to Earth. Rock has also increasingly worked behind the camera, both as a writer and director of Head of State and I Think I Love My Wife. In the fall of 2005, the UPN television network premiered a comedy series called Everybody Hates Chris,
based on Rock’s school days, of which he is the executive producer and
narrator. The show has garnered both critical and ratings success.[26] The series was nominated for a 2006 Golden Globe for Best TV Series (Musical or Comedy), a 2006 People’s Choice Award for Favorite New Television Comedy, and two 2006 Emmy Awards for costuming and cinematography.[27]
Following the release of his first documentary, 2009’s Good Hair, Rock is working on a documentary about debt called Credit Is the Devil.[28]

Academy Awards

In early 2005, Rock hosted the 77th Academy Awards
ceremony. The decision to have Rock host the awards was seen by some as
a chance to bring an “edge” to the ceremony, and to make it more
relevant or appealing to younger audiences. Jokingly, Rock opened by
saying “Welcome to the 77th and LAST Academy Awards!” During one segment Rock asked, “Who is this guy?” in reference to actor Jude Law seemingly appearing in every movie Rock had seen that year and implied Law was a low-rent Tom Cruise (he made a joke about filmmakers rushing production when unable to get the actors they want: “If you want Tom Cruise and all you can get is Jude Law, wait [to make the film]!”). Subsequently, a defensive Sean Penn
took the stage to present and said, “In answer to our host’s question,
Jude Law is one of our finest young actors.” (At the time, Penn and Law
were shooting All the King’s Men.)
Law was not the only actor that Rock poked fun at that evening,
however—he turned the joke on himself at one point, saying, “If you want
Denzel
[Washington] and all you can get is me, wait!” Older Oscar officials
were reportedly displeased with Rock’s performance, which did not
elevate ratings for the ceremony.[29]
Rock was also criticized for referring to the Oscars as “idiotic”, and
asserting that heterosexual men do not watch them, in an interview prior
to Oscar night.[30][31]

Music videos

Rock’s first music video was for his song “Your Mother’s Got a Big Head” from his album Born Suspect. Rock also made videos for his songs “Champagne” from Roll With the New and “No Sex (In the Champagne Room)” from Bigger & Blacker. Chris Rock also directed and appeared in the music video for the Red Hot Chili Peppers song “Hump de Bump“.

Rock appeared in the Big Daddy Kane music video “Smooth Operator” as a guy getting his hair cut.

He also appeared in Johnny Cash‘s “God’s Gonna Cut You Down“, one of the many celebrities seen lip-synching the song.

Stage plays

In 2011, Rock appeared on Broadway in Stephen Adly Guirgis‘ play The Motherfucker with the Hat[32] with Bobby Cannavale and Annabella Sciorra.[32] Rock was nominated for a Drama League Award.

Comedic style and views

Rock’s subject matter typically involves family, politics, romance, music, class relationships, and race relations
in the United States. Though not strictly autobiographical, much of his
comic standpoint seem rooted in his teenage experience; his strict
parents, concerned about the inadequacies of the local school system,
arranged to have the adolescent Rock bused to a nearly all-white high school in Bensonhurst (an Italian-ethnic neighborhood of Brooklyn known at the time for poor race relations). In his memoir Rock This,
the comedian recalls, “My parents assumed I’d get a better education in
a better neighborhood. What I actually got was a worse education in a
worse neighborhood. And a whole bunch of ass-whippings.”[33]

The comedian has also expressed discomfort with the notion that
success in standup comedy—or, indeed, in any aspect of the entertainment
industry—should oblige him to serve as a role model. In this position, he finds himself directly at odds with one of his comic idols, Bill Cosby. Cosby has reprimanded Rock both explicitly—for his famous/notorious Niggas vs. Black People track—and implicitly, for heavy use of the word “nigger.”[34] Rock has not wavered from a position explored in his 1996 Roll With The New
show, and reiterated in his 1997 memoir: “Why does the public expect
entertainers to behave better than everybody else? It’s ridiculous…Of
course, this is just for black entertainers. You don’t see anyone
telling Jerry Seinfeld
he’s a good role model. Because everyone expects whites to behave
themselves…Nowadays, you’ve got to be an entertainer and a leader.
It’s too much.”[35] Often the subject of tabloids, when asked about paparazzi and the other negative aspects of fame,
Rock says he accepts the bad with the good: “You can’t be happy that
fire cooks your food and be mad it burns your fingertips.”[36]

At the London Live Earth concert on July 7, 2007, which was broadcast live on the BBC, before introducing the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rock called the crowd “motherfuckers
and “shit” after a brief sigh when he said he was joking. Due to the
broadcast being at 5:45 pm Rock was immediately cut off, and the BBC
made several apologies for his use of the word “motherfucker”.[37]

Chris Rock has been an avid fan of the New York Mets
baseball team since childhood. He famously complained that his team
“had no money” in a comedic rant during a 2011 interview with David
Letterman.[38]

Personal life

Rock has been married to Malaak Compton-Rock since November 23, 1996.[39] She is the founder and executive director of StyleWorks, a non-profit, full-service salon that provides free services for women leaving welfare and entering the workforce.[39] They have two daughters together, Lola Simone (born June 28, 2002) and Zahra Savannah (born May 22, 2004).[40]

In November 2006, the entertainment news website TMZ.com reported that Rock was filing for divorce after nearly ten years of marriage to Malaak.[41]
Two weeks later, however, TMZ reported that Rock had not filed divorce
papers, and that it appeared that the couple had been able to work out
their differences and stay together.[42] In response to the reports, the Rocks released a statement to the press denouncing them as “untrue rumors and lies”.[39]

In 2007, freelance journalist and former actress Kali Bowyer filed a paternity suit against Chris Rock, claiming he was the father of her son, and in need of hospitalization.[43] DNA testing proved that Rock was not the child’s father. Rock resides in Alpine, New Jersey.[45]
 

In 2008, Rock’s family history was profiled on the PBS series African American Lives 2. A DNA test showed that he is descended from the Udeme people of northern Cameroon.[46] Rock’s great-great-grandfather, Julius Caesar Tingman, was a slave for 21 years before serving as part of the United States Colored Troops until 1866; Tingman fought in the American Civil War.
During the 1940s, Rock’s paternal grandfather moved from South Carolina
to New York City to become a taxicab driver and preacher.[47]

Work

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1985 Krush Groove Person Standing Next to Phone During Fight in Club uncredited
1987 Beverly Hills Cop II Playboy Mansion Valet
1988 Comedy’s Dirtiest Dozen Himself Direct-to-video Concert film
1988 I’m Gonna Git You Sucka Rib Joint Customer
1989 Who Is Chris Rock? Himself Documentary Short
1991 New Jack City Pookie
1992 Boomerang Bony T
1993 CB4 Albert Brown/M.C. Gusto Also wrote story, screenplay and was co-producer
1995 The Immortals Deke Anthony
1995 Panther Yuck Mouth
1996 Sgt. Bilko 1st Lt. Oster
1997 Beverly Hills Ninja Joey Washington
1998 Dr. Dolittle Rodney Voice
1998 Lethal Weapon 4 Detective Lee Butters
1999 Torrance Rises Himself Documentary short
1999 Dogma Rufus
2000 Nurse Betty Wesley
2001 Down to Earth Lance Barton Also co-writer and executive producer
2001 AI: Artificial Intelligence Mecha Comedian Voice/cameo
2001 Pootie Tang JB/Radio DJ/Pootie’s Father Also producer
2001 Osmosis Jones Osmosis Jones Voice
2001 Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Chaka Luther King Cameo
2002 Bad Company Jake Hayes/Kevin Pope/Michael Turner
2002 Comedian Himself Documentary
2003 Pauly Shore Is Dead Himself Cameo
2003 Head of State Mays Gilliam Also director, producer and co-writer
2004 The N-Word Himself Documentary
2004 Paparazzi Pizza Delivery Guy Cameo
2005 The Aristocrats Himself Documentary
2005 Madagascar Marty Voice
2005 The Longest Yard Farrell Caretaker
2007 I Think I Love My Wife Richard Marcus Cooper Also director and co-writer
2007 Bee Movie Mooseblood the Mosquito Voice
2008 You Don’t Mess with the Zohan Taxi Driver Cameo
2008 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Marty and other zebras Voice
2009 Good Hair Himself Documentary
2010 Death at a Funeral Aaron Also producer, Remake of the 2007 film of the same name
2010 Grown Ups Kurt McKenzie
2012 2 Days in New York Mingus
2012 What to Expect When You’re Expecting Vic
2012 Madagascar 3 Marty Voice
2013 Grown Ups 2 Kurt McKenzie

Discography

Year Album Peak positions Certifications
U.S. U.S.
R&B
1991 Born Suspect
1997 Roll with the New 93 41
1999 Bigger & Blacker 44 26
2005 Never Scared

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1987 Uptown Comedy Express Himself HBO special
1987 Miami Vice Carson Episode:Missing Hours
1990–1993 Saturday Night Live Various Cast member
1993–1994 In Living Color Various Recurring
1994 Big Ass Jokes Himself HBO special
1995 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Maurice/Jasmine Episode: “Get a Job
1996–1998 The Moxy Show Flea Uncredited voice role
1996 Martin Valentino Episode: “The Love Jones Connection
1996 Homicide: Life on the Street Carver Episode: “Requiem for Adena
1996 Bring the Pain Himself HBO special
1996 Politically Incorrect Himself Correspondent
1997 MTV Music Video Awards Himself Host
1997–2000 The Chris Rock Show Himself Cast member, writer
1998 King of the Hill Roger “Booda” Sack Episode: “Traffic Jam
1999 MTV Music Video Awards Himself Host
2000 Bigger & Blacker Himself HBO special
2003 MTV Music Video Awards Himself HBO special
2004 ChalkZone Boris the Burger Episode: “If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Eat ‘Em
2004 Never Scared Himself HBO special
2005 77th Academy Awards Himself Host
2005–2009 Everybody Hates Chris Narrator/Mr. Abbott Creator/Narrator/Chris’ guidance counselor
2008 Kill the Messenger Himself HBO special
2011 Louie Himself 1 Episode
2012 Tosh.0 Himself 1 Episode

Internet

Year Title Role Notes
2012 The Annoying Orange Marty Episode: Big Top Orange
cameo appearance
guest star
2012 Rap Battle Parody Tremendous Repeat Episode: 4

Books


 

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Who is Christina Ann McNichol?

Who is Christina Ann McNichol? The entertainment and acting world know her as Kristy McNichol is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Leticia “Buddy” Lawrence on the television drama series Family and as Barbara Weston on the sitcom Empty Nest.[1] She is also the sister of former child actor Jimmy McNichol. McNichol retired from acting when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1992.[2]

Early life and career

McNichol was born September 11, 1962 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Carolyn McNichol Lucas, a business manager and actress, and Jim McNichol, a carpenter.[3] She has two brothers from that marriage: Thomas and Jimmy McNichol. Her parents divorced when she was six years old. When McNichol was 19 her mother married Siegfried Lucas. In the same year Lucas and McNichol’s mother adopted McNichol’s sister Jennifer Lucas.
McNichol appeared with her brother Jimmy in commercials and later, on her own, in guest appearances on such other series as Starsky and Hutch, The Bionic Woman, Love American Style and The Love Boat, thanks to family friend Desi Arnaz. Her first stint as a series regular came in the role of Patricia Apple in the short-lived CBS television series Apple’s Way (1974).

In 1976, McNichol was cast as Buddy in the television drama series Family (1976–80), for which she earned two Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Dramatic Series (1977 and 1979). Many actors and actresses guest-starred on the show, including Helen Hunt, Michael J. Fox and Leif Garrett. Family, produced by Aaron Spelling, was considered a breakthrough for television drama that dealt with “real life” issues.

In December 1977, McNichol appeared on The Carpenters at Christmas TV special, performing several musical numbers with the duo. In 1978, McNichol and her brother Jimmy made their own foray into music, recording an album, Kristy & Jimmy McNichol, for RCA Records. The album included the single “He’s So Fine” (a cover of The Chiffons‘ 1963 hit)

, which peaked at #70 on the Billboard chart. The McNichols promoted the album at New York’s Studio 54 discothèque, with such other big-name celebrities in attendance as Brooke Shields. In December 1978, McNichol would appear in another Carpenters holiday special, The Carpenters: A Christmas Portrait, this time with Jimmy.
By this time, McNichol was one of the biggest teen stars of the era and appeared on various chat shows, including The Mike Douglas Show and Dinah!, as well as making several appearances on Battle of the Network Stars and other celebrity-based shows. Also in 1978, she starred in the acclaimed made-for-television film adaptation of Bette Greene’s Summer of My German Soldier.
McNichol began her feature film career in the Burt Reynolds comedy The End in 1978. She later co-starred with Tatum O’Neal, Matt Dillon, and Cynthia Nixon in the hit coming of age movie, Little Darlings, in 1980. Her critically acclaimed performance in that film was considered to be of Academy Award caliber by many reviewers. She appeared with Dennis Quaid and Mark Hamill in The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia (1981), for which, at age 19, she received an unprecedented six-figure salary. The same year, she co-starred in Neil Simon’s Only When I Laugh, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.

By 1982 McNichol’s fortunes began to decline. She starred in the multi-million-dollar-budget musical spoof The Pirate Movie alongside Christopher Atkins, but the film flopped at the box office. Later that year, McNichol failed to return to the set of Just The Way You Are after the production had halted for Christmas vacation. By this time, unfounded rumors of McNichol’s alleged drug use were rife and it was often speculated to be the cause of her increasingly problematic behavior later attributed to bipolar disorder. Although McNichol eventually completed the film, her reputation was severely damaged by the incident. Just the Way You Are underperformed at the box office, despite a healthy opening weekend. After one more unsuccessful starring vehicle, 1986’s Dream Lover, McNichol was subsequently offered only B-film titles and television movies. She supported lead actress Susan Sarandon in the 1986 TV movie Women of Valor, about American nurses incarcerated in a Japanese concentration camp during World War II, and also appeared in cameo roles in two theatrical films of 1988: You Can’t Hurry Love and Two Moon Junction.
In 1988, McNichol played Barbara Weston on the NBC sitcom Empty Nest, a spin-off of The Golden Girls, along with Richard Mulligan and Dinah Manoff. But McNichol’s attendance once again became a problem, and she left the series in 1992 when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.[4] She returned to the series for its final episode in 1995, her last screen appearance as an actress to date, though she went on to voice characters in the animated TV series Extreme Ghostbusters (1997) and Invasion America (1998).

Post-acting life

Elisabeth Brooks

The untimely death from cancer of her long-time friend Elisabeth Brooks in 1997 was a great blow to McNichol, who had a near-death experience herself while scuba-diving in Hawaii in 1992.
In March 1999, McNichol was the subject of an edition of E! True Hollywood Story, in which she spoke candidly about her career, alleged drug problems, and her mental health problems. McNichol’s last public statement was in June 2001, when she said:

“A lot of people have wondered what I’ve been up to. I retired from my career after 24 years. My feeling was that it was time to play my biggest part – MYSELF! I must say that it has been the best thing that ever happened to me. So many fans are disappointed that I’m not currently acting, however some may not realize that the process I’m in at this time is necessary and vital for my personal happiness and well-being.”[5]

McNichol resides in Los Angeles, California. Since retiring from the screen, she has taught acting at a private school in Los Angeles and devoted much of her time to charity work.[6]

Filmography

Year↓ Title↓ Role↓ Notes
1973 Love, American Style Steffi Segment: “Love and the Unsteady Steady”
1974 Apple’s Way Rachel Episode: “The Lamb”
1974-1975 Apple’s Way Patricia Apple 12 episodes
1975 ABC Afterschool Specials Jenna McPhail Episode: “Fawn Story
1976 ABC Afterschool Specials Nina Beckwith Episode: “Me and Dad’s New Wife
1976 Starsky and Hutch Meg
Molly Edwards
Episode: “The Hostages”
Episode: “Little Girl Lost”
1976 Sara Episode: “Grandpa’s Girl”
1976 The Bionic Woman Amanda Cory Episode: “The Ghost Hunter”
1976-1980 Family Letitia ‘Buddy’ Lawrence 86 episodes
1977 The Love Boat II Linda Morley TV movie
1977 Black Sunday (scenes deleted)
1977 The Love Boat Kelly Episode: “Graham and Kelly”
1977 ABC Afterschool Specials Carlie Higgins Episode: “The Pinballs
1978 Starsky and Hutch Joey Carston Episode: “The Trap”
1978 The End Julie Lawson
1978 Like Mom, Like Me Jennifer Gruen TV movie
1978 Summer of My German Soldier Patty Bergen TV movie
1979 My Old Man Jo Butler TV movie
1980 Little Darlings Angel
1980 Blinded by the Light Janet Bowers
1981 The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia Amanda Child
1981 Only When I Laugh Polly
1982 White Dog Julie Sawyer
1982 The Pirate Movie Mabel
1984 Just the Way You Are Susan Berlanger
1985 Love, Mary Mary Groda-Lewis TV movie
1986 Dream Lover Kathy Gardner
1986 Women of Valor T.J. Nolan TV movie
1988 You Can’t Hurry Love Rhonda
1988 Murder, She Wrote Jill Morton Episode: “Showdown in Saskatchewan”
1988 Two Moon Junction Patti Jean
1988-1995 Empty Nest Barbara Weston 100 episodes
1989 The Forgotten One Barbara Stupple
1990 Children of the Bride Mary TV movie
1991 Baby of the Bride Mary TV movie
1991 The Golden Girls Barbara Weston Episode: “Witness”
1992 The Golden Girls Barbara Weston Episode: “A Midwinter Night’s Dream: Part 2″
1993 Mother of the Bride Mary TV movie
1997 Extreme Ghostbusters Girl in Sub (voice) Episode: “Dry Spell”
1998 Invasion America Sgt. Angela ‘Angie’ Romar (voice) 13 episodes

Awards

Wins

1977 
Emmy, for Family
1979 
Emmy, for Family
1980 
People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Young Motion Picture Actress”
1982 
Young Artist Award, for Only When I Laugh
1989 
Razzie Award, for Two Moon Junction

Nominations

1978 
Emmy, for Family
1979 
Golden Globe, for Family
1980 
Emmy, for Family
Young Artist Award, for Family
1981 
Young Artist Award, for My Old Man and Little Darlings
1982 
Golden Globe, for Only When I Laugh
1983 
Razzie Award, for The Pirate Movie

 

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Who is Mara Brock Akil?

Who is Mara Brock Akil? The entertainment world knows her as Maria Brock. Brock is an American television writer and producer.

Early life

Muslim American born May 27, 1970  in Los Angeles, California, Brock Akil was raised primarily in Kansas City. She is a graduate of Raytown South High School in 1988. She is also a graduate of Northwestern University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

Career

Brock Akil first began her career in 1994 writing for the critically acclaimed but short-lived Fox series South Central. In 1999, she served as supervising producer and writer on The Jamie Foxx Show after writing for Moesha for four seasons. In 2000, Brock Akil created and executive produced (along with Kelsey Grammer) another UPN series Girlfriends.[1] She also created and executive produced the spin-off series The Game.
In June 2007, Brock Akil and her husband signed to The Weinstein Co. Their first project under the new pact will be a film about a woman who starts a business to investigate the mates of high-powered women after she herself is left at the altar. Mara Brock Akil will write the screenplay and Salim Akil will direct, reports Variety. The pair’s Happy Camper Productions banner will produce.[2]
In 2009, Brock Akil became a consulting producer and writer for the ABC suburban sitcom Cougar Town.

Personal life

She married television director Salim Akil in 1999. She and her husband are practicing Sufi Muslims.[3] They have two sons Yasin and Nasir.[4] She is also sister to Kara Brock.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Series
2005 BET Comedy Awards Won Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Girlfriends
2007 NAACP Image Awards Nominated Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Girlfriends
(For episode “After the Storm”)

 

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Did you know who is the most successful artist of all time?

Did you know that Garth Brooks is the most successful recording artist ever his album sales has went platinum 82 times?


1998 Garth Brooks  Double Live  Capitol Nashville 21× platinum




1990 Garth Brooks  No Fences  Capitol Nashville 17× platinum




1991 Garth Brooks  Ropin’ the Wind Capitol Nashville 14× platinum

1989 Garth Brooks Garth Brooks Capitol 10× platinum 









1997 Garth Brooks Sevens Capitol Records 10× platinum 




 1994 Garth Brooks The Hits Liberty Records 10× platinum
















Did you know what rap artist has not received a diamond award?
Did you know these artist have gone double diamond?
Did you know what The Diamond Award is?
Did you know the Best Selling albums of all time?





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Did you know the Best Selling albums of all time?



 

Did you know that A Diamond Record is the award given to a performing artist (typically musical artist) for the sale of ten million units of records, CDÕs, or cassettes through legal distribution sources. The Diamond Record award was created in 1998 as the industry saw the sales of individual singles and albums reaching ten million units. The Gold Record is awarded for the sales of 500,000 units and the Platinum Record is awarded for the sales of one million units of an album or single.



Did you know the first four artist went double diamond?


Did you know that Michael Jackson and the Eagles almost went triple diamond?

Did you know the Best Selling albums of all time?

1Michael Jackson

Highest selling album by a solo artist and pop artist – Thriller
27x platinum







2 Eagles

Highest selling album by a group – Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975)
29x platinum











Highest selling album by a progressive rock group – The Wall
23x platinum




Highest selling album by a hard rock group – Led Zeppelin IV
23x platinum






Highest selling album by a male Rock artist – Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2
21x platinum





3. Garth Brooks
Highest selling live album – Double Live
20x platinum









4. Shania Twain

Highest selling album by a female artist – Come on Over
20x platinum






Highest selling soundtrack – The Bodyguard
17x platinum

Backstreet Boys

Highest selling debut album by a female artist – Jagged Little Pill
16x platinum









Highest selling album by a Pop group – Backstreet Boys
14x platinum









Britney Spears

Highest selling album by a female Pop artist – …Baby One More Time
14x platinum








Highest selling album by a heavy metal group – Metallica
14x platinum




Did you know who is the most successful artist?
Did you know what The Diamond Award is?
Did you know what rap artist has not received a diamond award?
Did you know these artist have gone double diamond?


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Did you know that Vanessa Williams relinquished her title, it was succeeded by Suzette Charles who was also afro american?

Did you know that Vanessa Lynn Williams was the first woman of African American descent to be crowned Miss America? 




Did you know that Vanessa Williams is an American pop/R&B recording artist,songwriter, and actress who has received GrammyEmmy, andTony Award nominations?






Did you know that because of a scandal Williams had to relinquish her title early?



Did you know that in 1984 when Williams Relinquished her title, it was succeeded by Suzette Charles who was also afro american?




















Did you know that Vanessa Williams studied piano and French horn growing up, but was most interested in singing and songwriting?


Did you know that Williams is most often referenced and publicly recognized simply as “Vanessa Williams? . 






Did you know there is, however, occasional confusion with similarly named actress Vanessa A. Williams, who is just two months younger?










Did you know that Vanessa Williams won a Academy Award For the Color Of The Wind?

1996 Best Song written for a Motion Picture Colors Of The Wind Winner – awarded to the writers of the song

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Did you know that In 2001, Drake played the role of Jimmy Brooks, a character on Degrassi: The Next Generation?


 Did you know that Drake who was performing “Best I Ever Had” fell an injured his knee?

Did you know that Drake underwent surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee on September 8, 2009?

 
Did you know that Drake was born on October 24, 1986, in Toronto, Ontario?

Did you know that Drake is is only the second artist to have his first two top ten hits in the same week.?
Did you know the songs were Best I ever had and Every Girl?



“Best I Ever Had”

http://www.youtube.com/v/oGt4DOl411o?fs=1&hl=en_US

 “Every Girl”

 http://www.youtube.com/v/QGzq2HQ2YRs?fs=1&hl=en_US


Did you know the first person was Canadian as well?  Nelly Furtado who entered the top ten in 2001 with “I’m Like A Birdhttp://www.youtube.com/v/roPQ_M3yJTA?fs=1&hl=en_USthe same week as Missy Elliott‘s “Get Ur Freak On“, http://www.youtube.com/v/xJEj9V_E4Ng?fs=1&hl=en_USa remix of which included a credited contribution from Furtado

Did you know that on June 29, 2009, it was confirmed, that Graham signed a record deal with Young Money Entertainment. This followed what Billboard purported to be “one of the biggest bidding wars ever”. Graham toured with Wayne and other rap artists on the America’s Most Wanted Tour?

Did you know that In 2001, Graham began his acting career, playing the role of Jimmy Brooks, a character on Degrassi: The Next Generation?  In the show, Brooks is a basketball star who became physically disabled after he was shot by a classmate. His role on the show ended in 2009, when his character graduated from Degrassi.  Did you know that he appeared in 138 episodes?

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