Meet Grambling State Alumni Randy Huggins, Executive Producer of ‘Rebel’

Rolling out sat down with Randy Huggins to get an exclusive interview regarding the new show. Huggins told them about his experience at an HBCU, Grambling State University to be exact and how it helped prepare him for Hollywood. He also discussed his journey of being a writer to becoming an executive producer. Check out the interview below!

What Has Randy Done

“The Shield,”

“Crash,”

“The Unit,”

“Trauma,”

“Criminal Minds”

“Prime Suspect”

before landing on STARZ hit drama series “Power,”

How did the concept for the show “Rebel” come about?

I didn’t come up with the concept … Amani Walker did and sold it to BET. John Singleton brought me into MarVista Entertainment for what I thought was a meet and greet. They asked me to pitch my idea of the series, which meant I had to come up with a story on the fly. I did and they approved me, then we all walked into BET to do the same. We were blessed to get the green light.

It debuts Tuesday, March 28, on BET at 9 p.m. EST. What can we expect to see in the debut episode?

The premiere is a dope episode because it’s a universal theme that everyone can relate to: grief. John Singleton shot it and Danielle Moné Truitt, Angela Ko, Brandon Quinn, Mykelti Williamson, and Giancarlo Esposito are all dynamic.

Truitt, the lead character, is a detective with the Oakland [California] Police Department when she sees her brother get shot to death by other cops she works with. She winds up quitting the PD to become a private investigator and bust the cops responsible. In a nutshell, she’s a Black female Shaft.

Hollywood has been good to you. Previously, you were a writer for the popular Starz TV series “Power.” Now you’re the executive producer/show runner for the new show “Rebel.” Tell us about your journey to get you from being a writer to being an executive producer.

Being a staff writer and executive producer/showrunner is a difficult transition because you go from being only responsible for yourself to being responsible for the whole on everything from actors to budget to network and studio execs. And it’s never enough time or money to do it effectively, so there’s always pressure.

You attended Grambling State University, an HBCU (Historically Black College or University) – “Where everybody is somebody” – and you most certainly have proven to be “somebody.” How has attending an HBCU prepared you for where you are today?

The only reason I became a writer was because of GSU [Grambling State University]. I took a theater class as an elective and one of my classmates (Erica Wright, now affectionately known as Erykah Badu) told me I should start writing down stuff because she’s never heard such crazy stories. Twenty-five years later, here I am.

Where can our readers find you on social media?

I’m on Twitter: @TVsrandyhuggins

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