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Akil, an acclaimed producer and writer, is responsible for successful television shows and movies featuring African-American casts.

Her company, Happy Camper Productions, partnered with Kelsey Grammer’s Gramnet Productions and CBS Paramount to create the groundbreaking series “Girlfriends.” In 2012, she produced “Sparkle” starring the late Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks. Akil is preparing to debut her new show, “Being Mary Jane,” starring Gabrielle Union.

Thompson will present Harris with the Lincoln Shining Star Award. Last year she grabbed the attention of Hollywood with her star-turning performance in the highest-grossing Bond film of all time, “Skyfall.” The London-born actress also has appeared in hits such as “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.” She will star in the upcoming Nelson Mandela biopic, “Long Walk to Freedom” opposite Idris Elba.

“Naomie’s critically acclaimed work in film, television and theater represents the dynamic group of today’s African-American women who are such a crucial part of the premium market space,” says Thompson.

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