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ESSENCE Festival Path To Power Conference Adds Mara Brock Akil, Kandi Burruss And More

Announced earlier this year, the ESSENCE Path To Power Conference will take place as part of the 2017 ESSENCE Festival experience. In addition to the previously announced conference lineup, which included names like Carol’s Daughter CEO Lisa Price, Hip Hop mogul Master P, Morgan Stanley Vice Chair Carla Harris, Stubhub executive Bari Williams and former White House Social Secretary Deesha Dyer, attendees will now also get a chance to hear from screenwriter/producer Mara Brock Akil and entertainer/tv personality/businesswoman Kandi Burruss, among others.

Grammy-winning songwriter, singer, TV personality and businesswoman are just a few of the hats work by Kandi Burruss. A long way from her initial her rise to prominence as 1/4 of platinum-selling R&B girl group XSCAPE, Kandi has since gone on to establish herself as a solidified entrepreneur and media maven with her recurring role on Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta. Behind the camera, Kandi serves as executive producer of her online talk show Kandi Koated Nights and also has several other executive producer credits under her belt. Apart from her accolades in the entertainment world, Kandi is also the owner of several successful business including her TAGS clothing boutique, the Old Lady Gang Southern Cuisine Eatery, children’s lifestyle brand Raising Ace and luxury home furnishings line Bedroom Kandi.

A respected name in film and television, Mara Brock Akil is most commonly known for her work as the mastermind behind a host of popular programming that brings accurately brings Black culture and everyday life to the big and small screens from every angle. Her television credits include shows like Girlfriends, The Game and Being Mary Jane, while her film credits include films like Jumping The Broom and the 2012 remake of Sparkle. In 2015, Mara and her husband Salim signed a 3-year production deal with Warner Brothers through their company, Akil Productions. As a result of the new venture, the couple is currently slated to premiere a scripted superhero series based on DC Comic’s Black Lightening books on the CW network in 2018.

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