Growing up in decaying Southwest Detroit, BMF founders Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory and his brother, Terry “Southwest T” Flenory, faced poverty and rising drug use in their neighborhood.
Before the siblings started the notorious Black Mafia Family in the 1980s, they were kids dealing with problems at home.
In the exclusive clip below for The BMF Documentary: Blowing Money Fast, their mother Lucille Flenory breaks down in tears as she recalls the family was struggling financially and her divorce from Charles Flenory prompted her sons to become drug dealers.
“I don’t think any of my children were happy about it, but I think our divorce really affected Demetrius,” Lucille says. “He was feeling like, ‘okay, now I’m the man of the household.’ He kind of had the way of, ‘I want to help take care of my mom.'”
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In a phone interview from prison, Demetrius says he started hustling to bring in extra money because the family was about to lose their home.
“That was it right there. We had to get on the ball, we had to do something,” he says.
Demetrius and Terry later became key players in the world of drug trafficking and money laundering. But eventually they landed on the DEA’s radar and were sent to prison.
The eight-part docuseries tells their story.
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Per Starz, “Each episode will take viewers through respective phases of the brothers’ journey, beginning as Detroit corner boys, rising to the peak of hip-hop culture, to the end of their reign up to present day.”
The series is produced for Starz by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson through G-Unit Film & Television in association with Jigsaw Productions. Shan Nicholson serves as showrunner.
The BMF Documentary: Blowing Money Fast premieres Sunday, Oct. 23 at midnight on the Starz app, all Starz streaming and on-demand platforms and internationally on the Lionsgate+ streaming platform. On linear, it will debut on the Starz channel at 10:00 ET/PT in the U.S. and Canada.
The project is a companion to Starz’s scripted series BMF, produced and owned by Lionsgate Television. Season 2 of BMF premieres in January 2023.