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Detroit's Very Own - Donald Huggins

October 15, 2021

BY Minyetta Nelson

Detroit, MI -

Worldwide -   


Donald Huggins, 49, grew up in the Motor City during the same era as Big Meech and Terry (aka Southwest T). What Huggins really wanted to do was become a writer. It took talent and determination for the former Detroit public school teacher to move to Los Angeles and build an impressive career in the TV industry.  After college, Huggins returned to Detroit as part of his scholarship commitment to help the city. For five years, he worked as an elementary school teacher and also mentored new Coleman Young Foundation scholars. Yet his writing dream persisted. He attended the New York Film Academy program in Los Angeles.


Huggins got his foot in the door through the Streetlights Production Assistant Program, which helps men and women of color gain experience for behind-the-camera careers. He started working as an entry-level assistant on TV commercial shoots. Huggins has been a writer and producer for several shows including The Shield, The Bernie Mac Show, Rebel and even Criminal Minds. Huggins knew Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson from working as a writer and producer on the original “Power,” a major hit for Starz. 

Jackson turned to Huggins, who knows and loves Detroit, to shape the series and become its showrunner. BMF series premiered Sept 26th, 2021 on the STARZ network.