The second season of BMF premieres on Jan. 6, and viewers will see a lot of change — changes in location, changes in the drug business, and changes with the cast.
Season 2 of the Starz crime drama introduces several new characters. There’s “Goldie” played by Mo’Nique; special agent “Tracy Chambers” portrayed by Leslie Jones; “Deanna Washington” played by rapper Yung Miami; “Peaches” played by Rama Montakhabi; and Kelly Hu joins the cast as the only Asian-American female detective on the streets of Detroit.
In a recent interview, series stars Russell Hornsby and Michole Briana White told Urban Hollywood 411, the new season will be much more diverse.
“There are a lot more ethnicities,” Hornsby explained. “We’ve added more cultural nuances in the show this season.”
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The second season is set in the late 1980s, and follows Detroit’s Black Mafia Family as they expand their drug business into Cleveland, St. Louis, Atlanta and Los Angeles.
Hornsby noted that series creator Randy Huggins, who is from Detroit, wanted the new season to better reflect the cultural diversity in his hometown.
“I didn’t know that there was an Arab population in Detroit at that time. We get to see aspects of that,” Hornsby explained. “The relationships with the Asian community, we get to see a lot of that unfold. And that’s Randy saying, ‘We have to open this up. We can’t just have such a narrow focus, we have to open up the scope of the city of Detroit.’”
Hornsby and White play Charles Flenory and Lucille Flenory, parents of BMF founders Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory and Terry “Southwest T” Flenory.
Like the Flenory brothers’ parents in real life, the TV couple faces growing hardship.
“We struggle a lot more in season 2 than the first season, in many ways,” White explained. “The financial struggle gets a lot greater in season 2, which causes a lot of problems. Lack of money can make you do a lot of things.”
White added that she got insight into her character from the real Lucille Flenory.
“There’s such a kinship and understanding,” the actress said. “She helped me through a lot. I would call her in between takes and I got to talk to her a lot before we shot things and really got a lot of information from her about her journey.”
BMF debuted on Sept. 26, 2021. Four days later, Starz renewed the series for a second season and announced it was the most-watched premiere on the network that year.
Season 2 of BMF is executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson through his G-Unit Film and Television in association with Lionsgate Television for Starz. Heather Zuhlke, Anthony Wilson and Anne Clements also serve as executive producers.
Costume designer Keia Bounds transports the cast back in time with the fashion of the ’80s and the soundtrack comes from Derryck (Big Tank) Thornton.
The series returns on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, at midnight on the Starz app, all Starz streaming and on-demand platforms and on the Lionsgate+ premium streaming platform in the UK and Brazil. On television, the series debuts the same day at 8:00 PM ET/PT in the U.S. and Canada on Starz.
Watch the interview above.