Lights, Camera, Action: Starz Gives 50 Cent Go-Ahead For Black Mafia Family Project

April 12, 2020 — The BMF television show was green-lit by the Starz network last week, officially giving hip hop mogul 50 Cent the okay to begin shooting his new show about the Flenory brothers and their colossal Black Mafia Family drug organization which reigned supreme in the 1990s and first half of the 2000s. Demetrius (Big Meech) Flenory is the most iconic African-American crime lord in recent memory, holding a ubiquitous status of reverence in rap and pop-culture even a decade and a half after his imprisonment.

50 Cent helped create the hit show Power for Starz in 2014. Power tells the story of fictional drug kingpin James “Ghost” St. Patrick played by Omari Hardwick. Producer Randall Emmett and writer Randy Huggins, who worked with 50 Cent on Power, will join him in the BMF project. Huggins is a native Detroiter and has been hired as the showrunner.

Big Meech Flenory, 51, and his younger brother Terry (Southwest T) Flenory started BMF in their hometown of Detroit in 1990. By the 2000s, BMF had satellite franchisee set up all around the country and controlled large swaths of the wholesale American narcotics markets from coast to coast.

The DEA’s Operation Motor City Mafia bust brought Big Meech and his whole BMF kingdom tumbling down in October 2005. Both Flenorys pleaded guilty to the charges on the morning their trial was supposed to start in 2007, each agreeing to do 30 years behind bars for their crimes.

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