to “pursue a career in comedy.”
It made sense at the time…
Akilah lived and breathed politics for seven years as a lawyer-lobbyist at a swanky firm on Washington, DC’s infamous “K Street” where she represented companies like Starbucks and Delta Airlines. She was “living the dream.” It just wasn’t her dream. And you can only fake the funk for so long before you get what Akilah calls “going-through-the-motions sickness.”
But hey, as a cab driver (remember cabs?) said to her about quitting her “fancy lawyer job to write jokes,” “Life is once.”
- Cab Driver
So on April Fools’ Day 2013, a year shy of making partner at her firm, Akilah packed her things — just a flat screen and two wine glasses — and moved cross-country to Los Angeles to pursue a career in TV writing.
But hey, as a cab driver said to her about quitting her “fancy lawyer job to write jokes,” “Life is once.”
Akilah currently writes on Perfect Harmony on NBC. She also wrote on HBO's A Black Lady Sketch Show, produced by Issa Rae. Before that, she wrote for two seasons of Chelsea Handler's Netflix show, Chelsea, where she frequently appeared on camera. She has also written for Facebook Watch's Starter Pack, which she co-created, NBC's A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy, and The People's Choice Awards among other shows. Akilah has written articles for The New York Times and The Root, and she worked as a consultant for Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO). See her full list of credits here.
Akilah has been named one of “9 Black Female Writers Changing Hollywood” by VH1 and was chosen for The Young & Hungry List of Hollywood’s “Top 100 New Writers.” She was also recently featured in The Hollywood Reporter article, “No More ‘We Can’t Find Any Black Female Writers’” about Black Women Who Brunch, a networking group co-founded by Lena Waithe.
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