New Starz series 'BMF' shows the beginnings of Detroit's most influential crime family
A new show inspired by a real-life crime family from Detroit is coming to Starz this month, and News 12 is giving you a first look at what you can expect when the show premieres.
Set in the late 80s in southwest Detroit, BMF, which stands for Black Mafia Family, is the true story of two brothers who work to rise from the streets, giving birth to one of the most influential crime families in the country.
"It's a family drama. It has crime in it, but it's also for the culture," says Myles Truit, who plays B-Mickie in the show.
The Starz series, produced by rapper 50 Cent, follows Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory and his brother Terry "Southwest T" Flenory as they navigate the drug business in pursuit of the American dream.
"You see the dynamic between Terry and Meech," Eric Kofi Abrefa, who plays Lamar, explains. "And also, the poverty in Detroit. How that made them feel - like we have to survive, we have to do something that makes us feel bigger than where we're living."
Big Meech is a notorious drug king pin and Detroit legend, who is being portrayed in the series by none other than his real-life son. Demetrius "Lil Meech" Flenory Jr.
He's making his acting debut on the show.
"I'm just happy that I can show him and play him and show everybody how he really was. That's all my dad really wanted. For people to know the real him," says Demestrius.
While the show centers around love and money, the cast says the biggest takeaway is family.
BMF debuts on Sept. 26.