January 14, 2021 – Lil’ Meech is playing his pops and Avon Barksdale is on board, too. Starz announced this week that Demetrius (Lil’ Meech) Flenory, Jr. will play his father, storied drug kingpin Demetrius (Big Meech) Flenory, in the upcoming Black Mafia Family television show and Wood Harris, famous for playing fictional drug lord Avon Barksdale on HBO’s The Wire in the 2000s, will play his mentor in the dope game.
Flenory, Jr, is an aspiring rapper, but has never acted before. Big Meech is serving 30 years in prison for overseeing the biggest domestic narcotics organization in American history during the late 1990s and first half of the 2000s.
In other casting news released this week, Da’Vinchi is slated to play Terry (Southwest T) Flenory, Big Meech’s little brother and BMF co-founder. Da’Vinchi is known for roles in All-American (CW) and The Boys (Amazon).
Black Mafia Family tells the 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. They both pleaded guilty to charges in the epic Operation Motor City Mafia case in 2007. Southwest T walked out of prison early due to COVID-19 concerns back in the spring.
Harris will play “Pat,” the Flenory brothers first boss in the drug world. The character is said to be a composite of real-life BMF mentors Edrick (E.D.) Boyd and Harold (H-Town) Mills. Boyd led The 50 Boyz crew. Mills was the Flenorys’ first wholesale supplier.
Actors Russell Hornsby and Steve Harris and rapper Kash Doll all joined the production last month; 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.
Rap superstar and actor 50 Cent helped create Power for Starz in 2014, which ran for six years and became the network’s signature scripted drama. Power told the fictional story of a New York drug lord named “Ghost” (played brilliantly by Omari Hardwick) and has been hailed as the “Black Sopranos.”
Producer Randall Emmett and writer Randy Huggins, who worked with 50 Cent on Power, have joined him in the BMF project. Huggins, who is from Detroit, is show-running the series.
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