This documentary about the infamous Black Mafia Family (BMF) originally aired on the History Channel (US television) in September 2010.
The Black Mafia Family (BMF), was an drug trafficking organization originally based in Detroit, Michigan. Founded by the Flenory brothers Demetrius and Terry, the organization began in the late 1980s. By the year 2000, they had established cocaine distribution cells in cities throughout the United States. Through their Los Angeles-based drug source, they had direct links to Mexican-based drug cartels. They established two main hubs for their operation: the Atlanta, Georgia hub, for distribution, was operated by older brother Demetrius, while the Los Angeles, California hub was operated by Terry to handle incoming shipments from Mexico.
Around 2000, the organization tried to legitimize itself by entering the hip-hop music business, starting a company called BMF Entertainment. Through BMF Entertainment, it helped promote a number of artists, including Young Jeezy, as well as BMF Entertainment’s sole artist, Bleu DaVinci.
In 2005, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) indicted members of the Black Mafia Family, ultimately securing convictions by targeting the Flenory brothers under the Continuing Criminal Enterprise Statue. Both were sentenced 30 years to life. Subsequent indictments eventually targeted over 150 members of the organization. Prosecutors alleged the organization made over $270 million over the course of the conspiracy.
The whole situation with BMF used to sicken me. They were practically worshipped. I remember when rappers used to run around praising and name checking the crew (some still do it today) like they were these virtuous human beings. But the reality is they were evil scum bags who helped to flood and destroy neighbourhoods with their poison and then left a trail of fear and destruction in their wake.
Also the attention that they drew to themselves was just ridiculous. The huge BMF billboards in the city of Atlanta, walking around with the entire contents of a jewellery store wrapped around their necks, the cars and dragging an ELEPHANT (poor thing) in to a night club for Big Meech’s 36th jungle themed birthday celebrations just leaves me shaking my head in disbelief.
This is definitely a lesson in what not to do when running a huge drug trafficking operation.
The votes are in and website Brown Eyez has finally announced their Man And Woman Of The Year.
First let me congratulate Sunday Show founder and event organiser Marvyn Harrison who has been crowned Man Of The Year. It couldn’t have gone to a better man :)
As for Woman Of The Year…. well the coveted title goes to industry outsider and perceived “trouble maker”, founder of Mad News Janice aka Miss Mad News.
I know it’s crazy! I’m still shocked.
Thank you to everyone who took time out to vote for me and for continuing to support Mad News and my daily rantings. :D
Click HERE to read more about the winners.
The extravagant farce that is the Cosmopolitan Women Of The Year Awards 2010 took place last night at the Banqueting House in London, and Daybreak presenter / the overly hyped Christine Bleakley for some unknown reason won the Ultimate TV Presenter award. Dizzie Rascal also took home the Ultimate Man Of The Year award.
All I can do right now is laugh.
Check out the full list of winners below.
Ultimate TV Presenter – Christine Bleakley
Ultimate Theatre Star – Sheridan Smith
Ultimate UK Music Star – Alexandra Burke
Ultimate UK TV Actress – Karen Gillan
Ultimate International Music Star – Katy Perry
Ultimate Fashionista – Nicola Roberts
Ultimate Catwalk Queen – Crystal Renn
Ultimate Celebrity Who Made Us Care – Fearne Cotton – what????
Ultimate Man of the Year – Dizzee Rascal
Ultimate Film Actress – Gemma Arterton
Ultimate Hottie – Mark Salling
Ultimate US TV Actress – Christina Hendricks
REAL LIFE WINNERS
Ultimate International Angel – Victoria Ferguson
Ultimate Sports Star – Jessica Ennis
Ultimate Friends – Joanne Lock and Meghan Fleet
Ultimate Love Story – Jane and Kevin Whitehead
Ultimate Campaigner – Leyla Hussein
Ultimate Fearless Female – Kate Nesbitt
Ultimate Woman’s Woman (Avon’s award) – Jasvinder Sanghera
Ultimate Editor’s Choice – Katie Piper
Err how did Fearne Cotton make us care??? About what exactly???
Complete and utter FOOLISHNESS Cosmo.
Click HERE to view pics and to read about last night’s laughable event.
Actress Gabourey Sidibe will feature on the front cover of October’s Elle Magazine.
Via The Lala Report
Is Cassie still making music? Or have they just included her because she’s in a relationship with Diddy?
And the talented Janelle Monae is featured on the front cover, but why isn’t her name also listed on the left-hand side of the cover?
For those who care…. it’s Mercury Prize time again folks!
Singer Corrine Bailey Rae and Dizzie Rascal have both received Mercury Prize nominations, alongside “Modfather’ Paul Weller (he seems so up himself) and Biffy Cyflo (who?).
Last year Speech Debelle took home the Mercury Prize and then promptly disappeared after THIS embarrassing incident.
*Note: A Mercury win is supposed to boost sales and the artist’s profile. But that didn’t happen in Speech’s case. *
Then she later quit her label blaming them for her poor album sales. According to Digital Spy, to date her winning album has sold just under 13,000 copies.
I personally don’t think the label was to blame……
But anyway, I was informed today that Speech is currently working on a new album.
Well the 2010 World Cup is fast approaching, and next week promotion/marketing of the event which will take place in South Africa will go in to full effect.
Check out the brand new England 2010 World Cup commercial from Carlsberg, featuring various sporting greats from the past.
I would love for England to bring home the World Cup but when I look at the England squad, I just don’t see it happening.
With the preparation for the World Cup in South Africa and the excitement of 17 African nations celebrating their 50th year of independence – all eyes are on Africa. For the first time in the UK, you can experience an authentic taste of modern day Africa right on your doorstep. For one long weekend in May (21st-24th), a 72-hour entertainment extravaganza with live performances by top African artists as well as engaging activities for all the family will bring a new zest of life to the UK’s favourite family holiday park, Camber Sands. From traditional and contemporary dance, comedy, independent film screenings, fashion shows and art exhibitions and theatre – there is something for everyone.
The African Promoters Alliance (APA) is committed to enlighten, entertain and inspire through the delivery of live performances, exhibitions, showcases and a variety of programmes. Seyi, Co-founder of the APA said, “This is an opportunity for us to celebrate and showcase the positive side of Africa”. As well as organising a communal hub with a line up of events, the APA will be donating proceeds from ticket sales to various charities with strong links to the African community including; AfriKids, Sickle Cell Society and Plan UK.
Click HERE for more information.