(Photo: Tiffany Haddish) Credit: James Anthony

Award-Winning Producer Mara Brock Akil Makes Surprise Appearance To Present Veteran Producer Ralph Farquhar with the “Legend Award” 

LOS ANGELES –– Brand Maverick Entertainment (BME) president and event series creator, Steve Jones (Producer of OWN’s “Black Love,” “Motherly Love”) moderated a conversation with actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish (“Night School,” “Girls Trip”) who received the “Trailblazer Award” at the ninth installment of Hollywood Confidential on Friday, July 6, 2018 at the The Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, CA in partnership with Essence Magazine.

  • Jones shared, “…it is through Hollywood Confidential that I have come to learn that service breeds purpose. Purpose, and its discovery is why we are all here on earth. It is our job to look within, to listen, and to discern our heart’s song—allowing the lyric and melody to lead us into our God-given destinies…my #1 tip to the aspiring entertainer, you have the power to change the course of your life, simply by creating what you want to be a part of; manifest.”

Powered by Bumble and sponsored by Walgreens, the conversation with Haddish focused on her personal journey and becoming a breakout star, staying true to oneself while in pursuit of one’s career and the importance of mentorship within the entertainment industry.

  • Haddish shared, “When I read scripts, I always think of 16-year-old Tiffany. Would 16-year-old Tiffany want to see this? Would 16-year-old Tiffany be telling all of her friends “Guess what I’m about to do, let’s go to the movies, let’s see if we can get a fake ID and sneak into this, you think your big sister would want to see this?”

Award-winning producer Mara Brock Akil (“Love Is__,” “Being Mary Jane,” “Girlfriends”) made a surprise appearance for a special moment to present the “Legend Award” to veteran producer Ralph Farquhar (“Moesha,” “The Parkers,” “Real Husbands of Hollywood”)—Farquhar has been a mentor for both Haddish and Akil throughout their careers.

  • Akil shared to Farquhar, “Thank you for changing my life, for seeing something in me. Thank you for creating a space that I could do what I do, so that I could have a dream realized. I know I’m not the only one so I’ll speak for everybody, there’s probably thousands of lives that you have touched.”

Hollywood Confidential is a free panel event series designed as an open forum to inspire and motivate aspiring actors, producers, directors and writers while also educating them on the inner workings of the entertainment industry. Past participants include Emmy award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown, Golden Globe-nominated actress Issa Rae, Grammy award-winning recording artist Snoop Dogg and Emmy award-winning actress Regina King.


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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and Entertainment Critic at, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board and tour coordinator of the Television Critics Association’s press tours. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and DAP Health, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.