Being Mary Jane is a highly watched series on Black Entertainment Television (BET). The show is written by Mara Brock Akil who is also behind Girlfriends. The show follows Mary Jane, a journalist, on a national cable news network. Why am I bringing this up? In the last episode, “Primetime“, the Inglewood (NFL) stadium project was discussed. Plus Ms. Akil let a secret out the bag that developers use to gain favor in exchange for contracts, which eerily helped lead to the demise of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.[adsenseyu2]
Mary Jane’s brother, PJ, is trying to secure funding for a development he wishes to build. His would be investor instead brings up another project she is working on and wants his help with. The project happens to be the Inglewood stadium project. She offers to put him up in a nearby home, for free, along with a multi-million dollar salary, to be her eyes and ears.
As you may recall, Ray Nagin was convicted for living for free in a Houston townhouse, courtesy of the developer, who was awarded a contract to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
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Coincidentally, a lawyer wrote an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times discussing how Inglewood residents lost their right to vote on the project and how Carson residents will suffer the same fate.
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BET discussed Being Mary Jane’s 2nd Season back in November 2014. How did Mara Brock Akil know about the Inglewood stadium before Inglewood residents and the public found out January 5, 2015?