OWN’s series, Love Is__ is our new summer TV obsession and it was all inspired by the true love story of Girlfriends and Being Mary JaneΒ creator Mara Brock Akil and her husband and 19 years, director Salim Akil.

Not familiar with the Akils?Β Here are seven things to know about the two Hollywood heavy hitters whose real-life romance will sweep you off of your feet!

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