American crime drama BMF (short for “Black Mafia Family”) depicts the criminal activities of the titular narcotics trafficking and money-laundering gang. Based on actual events, BMF tells the story of two brothers who emerged in the late 1980s from the deteriorating streets of southwest Detroit to form one of the most powerful crime families in the country.
Due to the combination of Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory’s charismatic leadership, Terry “Southwest T” Flenory’s commercial savvy, and the brotherly partnership’s foresight beyond the drug trade and into the realm of hip hop, the brothers would become globally recognizable figures. Their shared dedication to the family would serve as the bedrock of their partnership and the fulcrum of their eventual split. This is a tale of thug capitalism, romantic betrayal, and the American ideal.
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2. Power Book III: Raising Kanan
The third installment of Sascha Penn’s criminal drama series Power Book, titled Raising Kanan, debuted on Starz on July 18, 2021. It’s the second offshoot of Power, and it serves as a prologue. The show was picked up for a second season in July 2021, much before it ever aired the first time. The launch of Season 2 will occur on August 14, 2022.
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It is streaming on Amazon prime video.
4. The Chi
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6. Godfather Of Harlem
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It is streaming on Lionsgate Play.
8. For Life
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It is streaming on Sony LIV.
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It is streaming on Amazon prime video.
10. The Family Business
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