The cast of “BMF” (aka Black Mafia Family) sat down with The Knockturnal to discuss the captivating new series from executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. A show that uncovers decades-old hidden truths with its authentic retelling of the true story of brothers Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory and Terry “Southwest T” Flenory, who birthed one of the most influential crime families in the country.
Demetrius “Lil Meech” Flenory Jr. leads the cast in his acting debut, portraying his real-life father in this explosive saga. Demetrius spoke on the opportunity BMF has given him, not only as an actor but also to share his father’s truth by creating a platform to tell the unheard side of Big Meech’s story.
When asked about his personal connection between him, his father, and the real-life story of BMF, Demetrius said,
“It’s one of those things where you wanna make sure that it’s right and it’s natural. For one, because my dad’s still living, and he wants people to know his story, the real story, and he wants it to get told right. … I’m his son, I know him best, but I didn’t know what he had to face back then, sixteen, seventeen years old. … So, me and him have to get that connection with each other where he had to tell me his hardships and obstacles he faced back then growing up in Detroit.”
I had to use my emotional connection with him from when he got taken away from me at five, six years old. … It was amazing playing him because I get to do what he wanted. I get to show people exactly what he wanted me to show people and exactly how he really was so people could understand the real Flenory brothers and the real story and not just what they hear.”
Michole Briana White who portrays Lucille Flenory, the matriarch of the Flenory family, revealed the part of her creative process that gave her a deep insight into her role like she’s never had before.
When asked about her creative process, Michole shared,
“Well, I am actually playing a real person, so I [got] to meet her, and … it was amazing. [When] we FaceTimed for the first time … we were both weeping, but I got to ask her so many questions.
“There’s something about her. …. She looks like my family; she feels like my family.”
I would be between scenes and going, ‘Oh my God, I’m not sure what she was thinking at this time,’ and I would text or call and she would send me a Bible verse. … She was just so available, so most of my information came from her and just what I sensed intuitively.”
Starring Demetrius Flenory Jr. and Da’Vinchi, BMF is a harrowing tale that follows two brothers from southwest Detroit in the late 1980s as they build a drug empire and establish a notorious name for themselves.
Da’Vinchi spoke on the motivation and hard work he and Demetrius put into the series.
“Me and Meech, we’re very similar.
We’re hustlers, we’re dogs, so it’s just like, we want to win, we want to succeed. This is a story about Meech’s bloodline. … He’s directly tied to this.
We both want to propel into the next level.”
BMF stars Demetrius Flenory Jr., Da’Vinchi, Arkeisha “Kash Doll” Knight, Eric Kofe-Abrefa, Russel Hornsby, Michole Briana White, and Myles Bullock.
Randy Huggins serves as showrunner and producer alongside executive producers Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Tasha Smith with Smith directing season one.
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