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 wrote for two seasons of Chelsea Handler's Netflix show, Chelsea, where she also frequently appeared on camera. Since then, she has written for The People's Choice Awards, The BET Awards, Fullscreen, and most recently, NBC's A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy. She has also written for Kevin Hart, TBS, MACRO, The New York Times, and The Root and was 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.”