Being Mary Jane vs. Being Joan

    Mara Brock Akil is set to bring another savvy, successful career gal to TV when Being Mary Jane premieres tonight. But fans of Mara’s work might draw some comparisons between title character Mary Jane Paul and Joan Clayton of “Girlfriends.”

    Initially some people might assume that Mary Jane is just another version Joan, but a quick look at their lives shows that nothing could be further from the truth. They may have some similarities, but they’re very different women. For starters they come from different types of families.

    Mary Jane has two brothers, both of whom live at home with their still-married parents. Joan, on other hand, is the only child of a divorced couple. Flip ahead to see what else sets Mary Jane and Joan apart!

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