Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil are a power couple in Hollywood who’ve achieved success making television about African-American characters. They discuss diversity in the business and their new film-- the remake of “Sparkle” starring Whitney Houston. Plus, how the 1972 movie “Deliverance” impacted a town, its economy, and its people.
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Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil don’t have a hybrid name like Brangelina but they are a Hollywood power couple. Mara’s created two hit shows starring African American characters-- ‘Girlfriends’ and its spin-off ‘The Game.’ Salim is a Producer-Director on ‘The Game’ and has directed ‘Jumping the Broom.’ Now they’ve worked on their first movie together, the remake of ‘Sparkle’ starring Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston in her final film performance.
Documentary filmmaker Cory Welles travels to Rabun County and learns the fractured legacy that the 1972 movie ‘Deliverance’ left there. This story was produced for radio by KCRW’s Matt Holzman. Support the Kickstarter project here.