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BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family

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What you didn't know about BMF--you soon will

I read an exerpt of Mara Shalhoup's BMF-The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and The Black family Mafia in The Atlanta Magazine. I was very intrigued. I immediatley went to barnesandnoble.com to pre-order 3 copies. One for myself and two to give away. I couldn't wait unti...
I read an exerpt of Mara Shalhoup's BMF-The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and The Black family Mafia in The Atlanta Magazine. I was very intrigued. I immediatley went to barnesandnoble.com to pre-order 3 copies. One for myself and two to give away. I couldn't wait until the book came out in early March 2010.
Mara Shalhoup definitely did her reasearch! The book is very detail oriented and gives so many actual names and occurences of things that the BMF were involved in from the late 90's to 2006. It tells the feelings up uproar not only for the members of the gang but the Atlanta Police Department too.
Being from Atlanta, I knew that BMF stood for Black Mafia Family. You would see it advertised not only on billboards, music videos, but mainly on black t-shirts. Not only was it a gang, but it was a family--it was friends. Names from Young Jeezy to Bobby Brown are all throughout the book. The book is very informative. The author reterates names frequently to remind the reader since so many people were involved. Big Meech almost seems like a character instead of a real person. It was amazing to learn that the Flenory brothers started small and blew up in not only Atlanta but L.A. as well. I really recommend this book for any reader that wants to learn more about BMF and how their drug trade entagled so many people and caused so much violence but at the same time made millions of dollars.

posted by 2884297 on April 8, 2010

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BMF and Meech -- Why do I care?

Mara Shalhoup stays true to her news reporting style and writes a reporter story of Meech and his brother, Terry, their rise to create BMF, and BMFs ultimate dismantling by federal law enforcement. The story opens with a promise to give you the inside story behind two ...
Mara Shalhoup stays true to her news reporting style and writes a reporter story of Meech and his brother, Terry, their rise to create BMF, and BMFs ultimate dismantling by federal law enforcement. The story opens with a promise to give you the inside story behind two Detroit brothers and what led to the federal bust of the largest crime organization recorded thus far in the 21st century. There is some interest in the overlay of the Hip Hop Music industry and the BMF characters. Yet, the reader soon becomes frustrated as they struggle to get closer to the character of the men and their lives so that we can connect, empathize, love or hate. Shalhoup character builds come from a lens of a survellience camera leaving the reader emotionless to care about the families and the cities impacted. The title with Meech at the center belies the book's real intention. Mara can't seem to help herself as she gets distracted on a side story of Kiki's BMF involvement--the son-in-law of Shirley Franklyn, former Mayor of Atlanta. Shalhoup, as if tired herself by her own characterless neutral reporting, quickly wraps the story up toward the end with what inevitably is for the reporter the end of the story-- imprisonment. Shalhoup's book only wets the appetite for a story that really satisifies those really interested. For now we are still left wondering who is Meech and Terry and what is the real story behind the story of the incredulous BMF legend.

posted by rmaitland61 on April 18, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Waste of time

    Could of easily been shortened by 100 pages. Overly repetitive and boring.

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