Tonight, Starz debuts its latest family crime drama, BMF. Based on the story of how Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory and his brother Terry “Southwest T” Flenory became two of the most notorious drug dealers in history, Russell Hornsby, who plays the boys’ father, Charles, says the TV series adds important layers to the story that’s been told about the Flenory family in pop culture.
“I think it’s important for audiences to know that their parents were present,” Hornsby tells ESSENCE of the origin story that’s laid out in the show’s early episodes. “That their parents were working three and four jobs, that their parents were God-fearing, they were going to church, they were there, and that this was the period that the city let these folks down. They let the Flenorys down among other families in Detroit, Chicago, and Oakland.”