The journey of Big Meech, who has been somewhat of an urban legend, has arrived to television screens and serves as a reminder — we should control the way our stories are told.
Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory and his younger brother Terry “Southwest T” Flenory hailed straight from Detroit with a mission to make it big and they did just that. The dynamic duo was responsible for one of the largest drug organizations that oversaw cocaine distribution across the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, and Tennessee.
That was until things came to a halt when the pair was arrested by the Drug Enforcement Agency in 2005. They were hit with a slew of charges including possession of more than 500kg of cocaine with intent to distribute, running a criminal enterprise, and more.
In 2008, both brothers were sentenced to 30 years in prison. Terry was released in 2020 thanks to laws in place to clear prisons due to the effects of Covid-19. Now, 13 years later, their story is available for the world to see through the new series “BMF” brought to the world by executive producer Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson and writer, executive producer, and fellow Detroit native, Randy Huggins.
BMF, short for Black Mafia Family, was the name that the Flennory brothers operated under around the early 2000s. Not only did the Flenory brothers own the drug game, but they quickly became heavy hitters in the music industry too, responsible for helping to launch the career of Atlanta rap royalty, Young Jeezy.
Through his rap label and promotions business, BMF Entertainment, Big Meech threw some of the most larger than life hip-hop parties in Atlanta that the culture has ever seen. It was only right that the premiere lived up to his name with a star-studded event in the mecca for trap music.
Thursday (September 23) night’s premiere event included everyone from Snoop Dogg to Young Thug, Monica, Gunna, and a host of others, including the cast and crew.
In true family affair fashion, Big Meech is portrayed by his son Demetrius “Lil Meech” Flenory, Jr. who says that this is a dream come true for the family.
“This is all my dad ever wanted, for people to know his origin story,” said Lil Meech during the premiere. “How he started off poor, holes in his shoes, walking to school and came from nothing to something, taking care of the household at just 15 years old.”
He further explained why his father wanted the world to know more about how it all began.
“He just wants people to understand how and why the choices he made make him who he is,” he continued. “Or even how loving his family was and how much he went on loyalty and brotherhood. That it was more than just drug dealing and gang banging or whatever you see on the surface, but in between the lines is soul, love, and loyalty. Everyone should be able to read and see BMF in a different light thanks to this series.”
For writer and executive producer, Randy Huggins no one else can tell our stories the way that we do.
“It’s essential for us to tell our own stories because who better, to tell the truth than yourself,” he expressed. “I think [that] we have to absolutely take command and ownership of our own story. This is a show about family, it’s a show about brotherhood and it’s a show about love.”
Catch “BMF” Sundays on Starz @ 8 pm ET.