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Black Mafia Family's First Lady Tonesa Welch Relives The Moment Those Prison Doors Shut
 

 
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"EXCLUSIVE – The notorious Black Mafia Family was founded in Detroit by brothers Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory and Terry “Southwest T” Flenory, a drug trafficking and money laundering empire that was ultimately dismantled in 2005 when the feds finally cracked the whip.

While Big Meech will remain behind bars until 2028, Southwest T is already out after a judge granted him a compassionate release last year over COVID-19 concerns. As 50 Cent brings the Flenory brothers’ tale to life on the small screen with his new Black Mafia Family STARZ series, another former member of the infamous crew will get to tell her story.

Tonesa “Toni” Welch, Southwest T’s former longtime girlfriend and “First Lady” of the Black Mafia Family, is one of several queenpins who star in the upcoming BET true crime docu-series, American Gangster: Trap Queens.

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Born to a middle-class family in Detroit, Welch became entranced at a young age by the money and power a street lifestyle could provide. By 19, she was running with BMF and living the life of a wealthy Hollywood star.

“I tell people all the time it’s like a habit … it’s an addiction,” Welch tells HipHopDX. “I had to have it. I had to have this money, I had to do this, I had to. It was crazy. It’s like I was on a high. You were on a high just doing something, making moves and getting away with it. It’s the whole power of it all, the way people looked at you. Then, once you come down, you’re like, ‘What was I doing?'”

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The money came easy — but at a cost. After her arrest, Welch was sentenced to 57 months in prison, a far cry from the lofty sentence her then-boyfriend Southwest T received but long enough to hurt. She’ll never forget the moment those prison doors shut — the loud metal frames slamming behind her, ensuring her freedom was about to become a distant memory.

“It was the worst nightmare ever,” she says of that moment. “I was on a high for about 48 hours. I’d been in those drug addicted years. I was always partying … I don’t know what I was celebrating. It was like I was celebrating going to prison — who does that sh*t? Me and my friends, we partied so hard. So when I first walked in, I was still on this bender going in, and I had to turn myself in like at 11:30 a.m. in Victorville.

“The only thing I could think of was to hurry up and get processed. I wanted to go lay in a bed. I just wanted to hurry up and get processed. But when I woke up, I’m looking around, like, ‘Wait, what happened here?’ When I came down off of that high, it was the worst feeling ever. I felt like crap. I felt like, ‘How do you go from 1,000 count sheets, king beds, flying private to sleeping in here in prison?’ It was the lowest of the low, but I had to go through it. I had to have that crash.”


Welch was eventually released in 2012. Now, she’s actually grateful for her time behind bars because it changed her life. As she explains, the ex-BMF member was on such a high, she didn’t know when (or how) it would ever end.

“I’m happy that I went to prison,” she confidently admits. “Once I woke up, all that junk and all that stuff came pouring out of my body, and I came to reality. I realized that this is not the life. This can’t be it, and this is not my life. I’m better than this. I’ve been doing this for so long. I was happy that prison really changed me.”

Interestingly enough, her first prison was in the middle of a desert, which she took as a sign from her higher power.

“Of all the prisons that I could have went to, my first prison was in the desert,” she continues. “Once I opened my eyes and went outside, I was in the middle of a sandstorm. The only thing I could say is, ‘Why God? Why me?’ Then reflecting on all the pain and suffering I did to other people, myself and my community, I had that ‘why’ epiphany.

“That’s why you here — you going to reflect on it, you going to live in it and you going to understand what was going on in your life. You destroying yourself and others. And then my family. Even though I thought was doing a good thing for them, that wasn’t a good thing, bringing them into that life.”


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There were other signs, too. Welch’s first job in prison was in the prison chapel. Although she always believed in God, that experience made her feel even more connected to a spiritual being.

“I know that was God there,” she says. “One person out of 600 women worked in the chapel, and I end up working in the chapel. I know that was God saying, ‘I’m going to work with you. I’m going to work through you. You going to have to call on me.’ I went there from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day and did not leave until it was count time, because I had to go through it.

“I had to go through that suffering. I had to purge all that stuff that was in me for years. How could I’ve been that person? I wasn’t even raised like that. Somewhere down the line, I got damaged. I wanted that life. I just didn’t understand what I was doing.”

Welch now works in prison reform and has dedicated her life to helping others. Meanwhile, Season 2 of American Gangster: Trap Queens is narrated by Lil Kim and currently streaming on BET+.

Find more information here and Tonesa Welch’s Instagram here. Check back with HipHopDX for Part II soon."

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 2 months ago '21        #2
Still2Highh 
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 2 months ago '15        #3
Baklao 
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BMF bi*ch you mean

Or hoe or wh*re
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 2 months ago '07        #4
RubbahBandMayn 
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She got n*ggas hemmed up. Living and talking reckless
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 2 months ago '07        #5
Avon_Barksdale  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x122
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She ain't got sh*t on Thelma Wright though...



Thelma Wright, a woman who once ruled as Philly’s “Queenpin” during the 1980’s drug epidemic.
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 2 months ago '04        #6
7twelve 
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how much time for jacob jeweler get
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Top 10 most slapped recently  2 months ago '17        #7
Speedy ClapSon 
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 Baklao said
BMF bi*ch you mean

Or hoe or wh*re
why would they let some hoe in there organization?
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 2 months ago '20        #8
Blafy  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x5
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 Still2Highh said



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 2 months ago '05        #9
JohnnyCage202  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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Damn that was a good article tho...
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 2 months ago '04        #10
jaynat603  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 7twelve said
how much time for jacob jeweler get
He got 2 years from what I gather. He got some dope a*s watches now, just laying low crafting. Check out the Bugatti watch with the moving engine he crafted
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 2 months ago '20        #11
nyctoneworleans  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x19
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RIP TO MY JUICE!
THE ONE AND ONLY 1ST LADY OF B.M.F. !! AKA BIG MEECH FAMILY IYKYK

no disrespect to "263" but that's awhole nother side of the family! somebody ask tonesa why she had to change her IG name last week

They getting real carried away with this sh*t!
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 2 months ago '20        #12
nyctoneworleans  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x19
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 RubbahBandMayn said
She got n*ggas hemmed up. Living and talking reckless
FACTS

REAL Talk Meech really didnt fu*k with that whole side!! at ALL!
everybody remotely a*sociated is just trying to get a bag off BMF name, but when it was going down.............................................. ......................

CRICKETS
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 2 months ago '21        #13
Fdotlawless 
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 nyctoneworleans said

RIP TO MY JUICE!
THE ONE AND ONLY 1ST LADY OF B.M.F. !! AKA BIG MEECH FAMILY IYKYK

no disrespect to "263" but that's awhole nother side of the family! somebody ask tonesa why she had to change her IG name last week

They getting real carried away with this sh*t!
Well damn you really know! I always heard of BMF when I was younger. It’s crazy to actually watch everything unfold 10 years later
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 2 months ago '17        #14
becoolhomie2  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x14
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No hips
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 2 months ago '04        #15
7twelve 
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 jaynat603 said
He got 2 years from what I gather. He got some dope a*s watches now, just laying low crafting. Check out the Bugatti watch with the moving engine he crafted
damn how son only get 2. thats wild
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 2 months ago '18        #16
PooPoopops  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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 7twelve said
how much time for jacob jeweler get
I'm frozen thanks to Jacob the jeweler
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 2 months ago '20        #17
nyctoneworleans  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x19
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 Fdotlawless said
Well damn you really know! I always heard of BMF when I was younger. It’s crazy to actually watch everything unfold 10 years later

 2 months ago '13        #18
johndoee1 
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 nyctoneworleans said

RIP TO MY JUICE!
THE ONE AND ONLY 1ST LADY OF B.M.F. !! AKA BIG MEECH FAMILY IYKYK

no disrespect to "263" but that's awhole nother side of the family! somebody ask tonesa why she had to change her IG name last week

They getting real carried away with this sh*t!
People that know knew this would happen . And some from the cali side messed with meech side . But if i remember toni and T part of the reason they got caught up .
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 2 months ago '15        #19
chiladin708  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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 Eclectic said



"EXCLUSIVE – The notorious Black Mafia Family was founded in Detroit by brothers Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory and Terry “Southwest T” Flenory, a drug trafficking and money laundering empire that was ultimately dismantled in 2005 when the feds finally cracked the whip.

While Big Meech will remain behind bars until 2028, Southwest T is already out after a judge granted him a compassionate release last year over COVID-19 concerns. As 50 Cent brings the Flenory brothers’ tale to life on the small screen with his new Black Mafia Family STARZ series, another former member of the infamous crew will get to tell her story.

Tonesa “Toni” Welch, Southwest T’s former longtime girlfriend and “First Lady” of the Black Mafia Family, is one of several queenpins who star in the upcoming BET true crime docu-series, American Gangster: Trap Queens.




Born to a middle-class family in Detroit, Welch became entranced at a young age by the money and power a street lifestyle could provide. By 19, she was running with BMF and living the life of a wealthy Hollywood star.

“I tell people all the time it’s like a habit … it’s an addiction,” Welch tells HipHopDX. “I had to have it. I had to have this money, I had to do this, I had to. It was crazy. It’s like I was on a high. You were on a high just doing something, making moves and getting away with it. It’s the whole power of it all, the way people looked at you. Then, once you come down, you’re like, ‘What was I doing?'”




The money came easy — but at a cost. After her arrest, Welch was sentenced to 57 months in prison, a far cry from the lofty sentence her then-boyfriend Southwest T received but long enough to hurt. She’ll never forget the moment those prison doors shut — the loud metal frames slamming behind her, ensuring her freedom was about to become a distant memory.

“It was the worst nightmare ever,” she says of that moment. “I was on a high for about 48 hours. I’d been in those drug addicted years. I was always partying … I don’t know what I was celebrating. It was like I was celebrating going to prison — who does that sh*t? Me and my friends, we partied so hard. So when I first walked in, I was still on this bender going in, and I had to turn myself in like at 11:30 a.m. in Victorville.

“The only thing I could think of was to hurry up and get processed. I wanted to go lay in a bed. I just wanted to hurry up and get processed. But when I woke up, I’m looking around, like, ‘Wait, what happened here?’ When I came down off of that high, it was the worst feeling ever. I felt like crap. I felt like, ‘How do you go from 1,000 count sheets, king beds, flying private to sleeping in here in prison?’ It was the lowest of the low, but I had to go through it. I had to have that crash.”




Welch was eventually released in 2012. Now, she’s actually grateful for her time behind bars because it changed her life. As she explains, the ex-BMF member was on such a high, she didn’t know when (or how) it would ever end.

“I’m happy that I went to prison,” she confidently admits. “Once I woke up, all that junk and all that stuff came pouring out of my body, and I came to reality. I realized that this is not the life. This can’t be it, and this is not my life. I’m better than this. I’ve been doing this for so long. I was happy that prison really changed me.”

Interestingly enough, her first prison was in the middle of a desert, which she took as a sign from her higher power.

“Of all the prisons that I could have went to, my first prison was in the desert,” she continues. “Once I opened my eyes and went outside, I was in the middle of a sandstorm. The only thing I could say is, ‘Why God? Why me?’ Then reflecting on all the pain and suffering I did to other people, myself and my community, I had that ‘why’ epiphany.

“That’s why you here — you going to reflect on it, you going to live in it and you going to understand what was going on in your life. You destroying yourself and others. And then my family. Even though I thought was doing a good thing for them, that wasn’t a good thing, bringing them into that life.”






There were other signs, too. Welch’s first job in prison was in the prison chapel. Although she always believed in God, that experience made her feel even more connected to a spiritual being.

“I know that was God there,” she says. “One person out of 600 women worked in the chapel, and I end up working in the chapel. I know that was God saying, ‘I’m going to work with you. I’m going to work through you. You going to have to call on me.’ I went there from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day and did not leave until it was count time, because I had to go through it.

“I had to go through that suffering. I had to purge all that stuff that was in me for years. How could I’ve been that person? I wasn’t even raised like that. Somewhere down the line, I got damaged. I wanted that life. I just didn’t understand what I was doing.”

Welch now works in prison reform and has dedicated her life to helping others. Meanwhile, Season 2 of American Gangster: Trap Queens is narrated by Lil Kim and currently streaming on BET+.

Find more information here and Tonesa Welch’s Instagram here. Check back with HipHopDX for Part II soon."


Nobody cares about the life that people USED to live are you still getting it NOW! LOL Not saying that they aren't but online it's a whole plethora of n*ggas and bi*ches from the '80s and 90's talking about who they used to be! LOL
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 2 months ago '05        #20
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 chiladin708 said
Nobody cares about the life that people USED to live are you still getting it NOW! LOL Not saying that they aren't but online it's a whole plethora of n*ggas and bi*ches from the '80s and 90's talking about who they used to be! LOL
In the dope game that’s all you can do...

...sh*t don’t come wit a retirement plan.

Either you get k*lled while you on top, or you do a stretch and come out talkin bout the old days...

...a couple n*ggas beat the odds, but not too many.

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 2 months ago '04        #21
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Men lost lives n freedom. Those lucky enough to stay free n privy to a couple bucks hidden in the bird feed should have the decency to stay the fvck outta spotlight
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 2 months ago '12        #22
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 xbossxplayax said
Men lost lives n freedom. Those lucky enough to stay free n privy to a couple bucks hidden in the bird feed should have the decency to stay the fvck outta spotlight
Exactly.

Ain’t nothing to glorify about her story.
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 2 months ago '18        #23
Proffesor X  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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 JohnnyCage202 said
In the dope game that’s all you can do...

...sh*t don’t come wit a retirement plan.

Either you get k*lled while you on top, or you do a stretch and come out talkin bout the old days...

...a couple n*ggas beat the odds, but not too many.

Greed does us all in in the end
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 2 months ago '21        #24
Mr Wendal  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x9
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Why does society glorify people that poisons their communities and ruin families for soms money ?
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 2 months ago '21        #25
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 nyctoneworleans said

RIP TO MY JUICE!
THE ONE AND ONLY 1ST LADY OF B.M.F. !! AKA BIG MEECH FAMILY IYKYK

no disrespect to "263" but that's awhole nother side of the family! somebody ask tonesa why she had to change her IG name last week

They getting real carried away with this sh*t!
backstory for a kid?



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