BET Networks Chairman and CEO Debra Lee and 'Being Mary Jane' Executive Producer Mara Brock Akil.
While the District is certainly no stranger to a star-studded movie or television show premiere
, it's still nevertheless a standout moment when such projects bow and are homegrown.
Such was the case Saturday afternoon, as BET Networks
hosted the exclusive Washington, D.C. screening of the entertainment powerhouse's latest original series: Being Mary Jane
Starring actress Gabrielle Union
as a successful TV news anchor "who remains devoted to a family that doesn’t share her motivation", the intense drama follows her character, Mary Jane, as she juggles work, love, life, and her family commitments.
Beyond an early look at the show itself inside the gleaming glass interior of BET's Northeast corporate headquarters, guests to this weekend's private D.C. premiere were treated to an intimate conversation with Executive Producer Mara Brock Akil
Akil, of course, was the creator of the network's previous award-winning comedy The Game
and the smash box office romantic comedy Jumping the Broom
. A testament to her longstanding working relationship with BET, she was proudly introduced on Saturday by company Chairman and CEO Debra Lee
Being Mary Jane
premieres on BET on Tuesday, July 2nd at 10:30pm/9:30c.