Meet Randy Melton, Jaheem on Black Enough
Randy Melton is an actor, filmmaker, musician, and content creator from Waterbury, Connecticut. He is a proud alumnus of Howard University (as you’ll see below). Randy plays Jaheem on Black Enough.
How did you get interested in acting/performing?
I remember when I was about 6 or 7, I was talking to my mom and I told her I wanted to be an actor. I had no clue what an actor was because this was before I had done any performances or plays. I was a very quiet child at the time. I didn’t really speak out or act out. I just knew I wanted to make people smile and feel good. That feeling has remained to this day. In everything I do, I kind of just try to figure out “How can I make someone feel a way they haven’t before?” or “What perspective can this be viewed from?” I just want us as humans to get better at understanding each other.
Tell us about your work, VICES - The prelude.
OOOOOOOOOO VICES - The Prelude, is a “pre-series” to my web series (in the making) called VICES. The Prelude is simply about human flaw. How we cope or handle our pain/habits when no one else is watching. What causes us to break. It’s a more serious approach, compared to the webseries.
Tell us about your music.
I’ve been making music since I was about 13-years-old. We ain't gonna talk about those earlier projects though lol. I have about 3 projects out right now. 2 mixtapes and 1 EP and I’m currently working on my 2nd EP now. My sound is kind of its own thing. I like to do something different each time if I can. I rap, so people would always say they hear a Kanye West or Childish Gambino influence. Which makes sense because they’re in my top 3. Most of my music is on Bandcamp and Soundcloud, but I am working on getting it on streaming services.
How did you get involved in Black Enough?
Well I recently graduated from Howard University, THE REAL HU, no discussion necessary. While I was there I was auditing an acting class with a brilliant professor named Professor Ruffin. He had sent an email out to his class about the opportunity and I jumped on it. It was something I resonated with and wanted to be a part of in any way that I could.
Speaking of Howard... how is the HBCU experience different than what is portrayed in Black Enough? How is Black Enough still relevant for HBCU students?
Honestly, it’s not too different. Since Black Enough is focused on a group of Black students, in a Black Environment, there are a lot of similarities. The differences are that at an HBCU there’s gonna be some focus on the financial aid office lol, and the cafe food. There are certain major events that remind you that an HBCU is one big family, but honestly on set and just being in Black Enough felt like an extended part of my HBCU. Which again is THE HU, The Mecca, Howard University.
What excites you about Black Enough?
The cast, crew, story, everything really. It’s just a phenomenal piece of work. The cast is like family and the crew is as well. It’s like a reunion every time we’re on set. It’s beautiful and rare honestly. You don’t often find people who click so well together, that can ALSO work together without any difficulties. I can’t wait for you guys to see it.
What do you hope our audiences feel after watching Black Enough?
Excitement. I want them to be on the edge of the seat wondering what happens next. I want them to be able to relate and feel relieved as well. I kind of want them to feel many emotions. I hope they get the opportunity to say “oh I know where she/he is coming from.” I also want it to open up doors to conversation though about serious topics.
What does it mean to you to be Black Enough?
To me being Black Enough means to be you. Being Black already makes you enough. Despite what may have been instilled by the corrupt education system. Being Black and flourishing/being happy is all that you need to be. You are enough.
What's one fun fact about you?
Uhh fun fact is, I didn’t come from much but I made my way. I also tend to have these whole scenes with myself...like I will play both roles… you can ask Denise (Black Enough co star) about that.