December 22, 2020 – The upcoming Starz scripted-television drama, Black Mafia Family, has begun making casting announcements for hip-hop mogul 50 Cent’s feverishly-anticipated follow-up to the smash-hit Power. The show is scheduled to begin shooting in Michigan and Georgia in 2021.
Black Mafia Family tells the true story of the notorious Flenory brothers, who rose from meager beginnings in Detroit to form “BMF” and stage a takeover of the American drug game coast-to-coast at the dawning of the New Millennium. Demetrius (Big Meech) Flenory and Terry (Southwest T) Flenory pleaded guilty to narcotics conspiracy charges in 2007 and were sentenced to 30 years in prison apiece for their role as lead defendants in the DEA’s historic Operation Motor City Mafia case.
In casting news, it was recently announced that Russell Hornsby, Steve Harris and rapper Kash Doll have all joined the production; Hornsby will play Charles “Pops” Flenory, the musician patriarch of a Midwest family struggling to make in a smoggy section of Motown in the decaying malaise of the early 1980s. Harris will play Detective Bryant a childhood friend of Big Meech’s who is assigned to breakup his burgeoning crack empire and Kash Doll will play Monique, a paralegal to a high-priced criminal defensive attorney in Detroit being romanced by Big Meech.
Detective Bryant and Monique are semi-fictional composite characters, while Pops Flenory was Big Meech and Southwest T’s jazz-obsessed father. Pops Flenory was indicted in Operation Motor City Mafia.
Hornsby is known for roles on shows like Lincoln Heights, In Treatment, Grimm, Seven Seconds, Playmakers and The Affair. Harris is most remembered for his Emmy-nominated portrayal of attorney Eugene Young in the legal drama, The Practice, on ABC in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Kash Doll was born and raised in Detroit and is considered one of the more promising female MCs in the industry. She was on a nationwide tour and opening for best-selling Philly rapper Meek Mill when the pandemic hit. Lil’ Wayne and Big Sean have both collaborated with her.
Terry Flenory aka “Southwest T,” 50, was released back in the spring due to COVID-19 related concerns. Big Meech, 52, had his bid for early release rejected in August and isn’t slated to walk free until 2032.
Rap superstar and actor 50 Cent helped create Power for Starz in 2014. Producer Randall Emmett and writer Randy Huggins, who worked with 50 Cent on Power, have joined him in the BMF project. Huggins, a native Detroiter, is show-running the series.
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