art BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black
7:00PM - 10:00PM
BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family (St. Martin's Press)
In the early 1990s, Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory and his brother, Terry "Southwest T," rose up from the slums of Detroit to build one of the largest cocaine empires in American history: the Black Mafia Family. After a decade in the drug game, the Flenorys had it all -- a fleet of Maybachs, Bentleys and Ferraris, a 500-man workforce operating in six states, and an estimated quarter of a billion in drug sales. They socialized with music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs, did business with New York's king of bling Jacob "The Jeweler" Arabo, and built allegiances with rap superstars Young Jeezy and Fabolous.
Yet even as BMF was attracting celebrity attention, its crew members created a cult of violence that struck fear in Atlanta and threatened to spill beyond the boundaries of the drug underworld. Ruthlessness fueled BMF's rise to incredible power; greed and that same ruthlessness led to their downfall.
Creative Loafing Senior Editor Mara Shalhoup will be reading from her book about BMF, which stems from a series of articles she wrote in 2006. A photography show chronicling BMF in its heyday, including works from Atlanta photographer David Stuart, will also be on display. Be among the first to purchase the book, which hits the streets that day.