Mara and Salim Akil seem to work very well together. They met when they were both working on the Showtime series "Soul Food", where Mara was a writer and Salim was one of the Executive Producers.
Salim directed numerous episodes of Mara's hit series "Girlfriends" and was the main director on the recently canceled "The Game".
According to her she hired him to direct because, "no one else was" and he "is incredibly talented and shouldn't be unemployed!"
Hmmmm, she had opportunities her husband didn't so she "shared the pie". Instead of competing with him and throwing him under the bus, she extended to him an opportunity. As the creator and executive producer of the show she had a chance to help *someone* get a job so why not her husband! Makes sense to me.
Anyway, the two are working on an upcoming film together which Mara will write and Salim will direct. Good luck to both of them and kudos for surviving in Hollywood of all places.