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Here TV, America’s first and largest LGBTQ+ video channel, today announced the January 4.th premiere of the comedy series “Single Man Problems,” co-created, written and directed by Bobby Ashley and Robert McCullough. In an exclusive deal, Here TV picked up the eight-part series as part of its incubator initiative. Bobby Ashley is a young, multi-talented filmmaker, writer and director.

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“Single Man Problems,” set in New York City, is an eight-part comedy that follows Ronnie Maxwell, a 20 something, self-conscious gay black man, who catfishes his way into finding love and navigates difficult career and social situations. The show explores the millennial experience from the perspective of Ronnie, who grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from City College. Currently living in his best friend’s apartment, Ronnie works odd jobs while trying to pursue a career in screenwriting. His desire to find love, or even a great date, raises the awareness of color-ism within the on-line dating realm. This episodic comedy highlights universal themes at the intersection of contemporary Black, Gay, and heterosexual experiences.

“After the positive responses “Single Man Problems” received from festival audiences and sponsors this past summer, my producers and I felt strongly that the show deserved a genuine partnership with a special network and streaming platform,” states Bobby Ashley. He goes on to say, “When Here TV approached us everything clicked. We are proud and excited to partner with Here TV, a true media ground-breaker.”

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(l-r) Michel Vidal, Shaniqua J. West, & Keefe Grimes

“The Here TV Incubator is designed to creatively and structurally support emerging LGBTQ video artists during their artistic process, and to see their works exhibited not only on digital services, but also on cable, satellite and even theatrically where we have extensive expertise,” said John Mongiardo President and Managing Director of Here TV.

“Single Man Problems” features a diverse ensemble cast which includes principals; Keefe Grimes, Michel Vidal and Shaniqua J. West.  The show began production in November of 2017 and enjoyed a successful run on the 2018 summer film festival circuit, which notably included the HBO New York Latino Film festival.  Mr. Ashley, who is based in Brooklyn, New York, has one previous web series, “The Ave,” an urban saga which he self-presents on Amazon Prime Video. In two seasons, “The Ave” has garnered more than 20 Million streams since its launch in 2017.

“Bobby Ashley is a creative, independent force whose storytelling adds a distinct voice to the cultural mainstream. I’m thrilled to welcome him to the Here TV family,” said Christopher Donaldson, Director of Content at Here Media.

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[FIRST LOOK/TEASER TRAILER] Javontae Brownlee (@JavontaeBrownle1) & Lamar Daric Star in “Red Skin” Season 2!

Just when we thought we had seen the last of Red Skin, Arthouse TV pulls one over on us and gives us a first look at a long awaited second season of the critically acclaimed, hit web series. However, things are not the same. The couple we knew and loved to hate, Santana (Karras Jordan) and Kaleb (Kevin Glen), are not the center of this new season. In fact, Red Skin has taken the American Horror Story and About Him approach; becoming an anthology series with a different couple, “Cassius” and “Duke,” played by Javontae Brownlee and Lamar Daric.

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Just when we thought we had seen the last of Red Skin, Arthouse TV pulls one over on us and gives us a first look at a long awaited second season of the critically acclaimed, hit web series. However, things are not the same. The couple we knew and loved to hate, Santana (Karras Jordan) and Kaleb (Kevin Glen), are not the center of this new season. In fact, Red Skin has taken the American Horror Story and About Him approach; becoming an anthology series with a different couple, “Cassius” and “Duke,” played by Javontae Brownlee and Lamar Daric.

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There is not much we can tell you about the teaser trailer Arthouse released, but we can tell there is tension between Cassius and Duke. The caption on the poster reads, “Two tortured souls. One tortured love.” Also, those long “over it” and “I’m tired” expressions on their faces do not paint the picture of a loving relationship to be envied.

We would definitely have liked to seen how things played out with Santana and Kaleb a little more, but we have been watching Javontae’s acting in various web series and feel it is time he have a leading role. The second season of Red Skin, is set to debut this summer and we are looking forward to angst, passion, grit, and drama, as we learn yet again how two people so in love, can hate each other just as equally.

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[REVIEW] Interesting…The Curious Contact in Bawn TV’s “Conframa!” (@Conframa)

Web series are definitely here to stay, and we are  here for most of them. In fact, Here TV now boasts a new series that will make you curious and consider a little “open-minded” contact in Conframa. The series centers on a gay married couple, Angel (Anthony Bawn) and Bretton (Maximillian Morten), decide to spice up their love life buy adding a handsome stranger, Chase (Robert Love), for a threesome. However, things do not go as planned as Chase soon finds himself running from his problems, and Angel and Bretton both find themselves falling for him.

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Web series are definitely here to stay, and we are  here for most of them. In fact, Bawn TV now boasts a new series that will make you curious and consider a little “open-minded” contact in Conframa. The series centers on a gay married couple, Angel (Anthony Bawn) and Bretton (Maximillian Morten), decide to spice up their love life buy adding a handsome stranger, Chase (Robert Love), for a threesome. However, things do not go as planned as Chase soon finds himself running from his problems, and Angel and Bretton both find themselves falling for him.

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(l-r) Maximillian Morten, Anthony Bawn, & Robert Love as “Bretton,” “Angel,” and “Chase,” respectively in “Conframa”

“Conframa,” as explained by Anthony, is a portmanteau of confusion and drama, as became the title of the series when his uncle, mentioned it in regards to a situation he was going through at the time. Indeed, the story line is peppered with a little confusion and drama, as it the gay love triangle you have heard of, but never seen played out. The series has a beautiful cast (We’re serious!) and definitely keeps us on our toes thanks to the humor and antics. We were privy to the first two episodes of the series and can tell you it is definitely worth watching, beautifully filmed and well-acted. However, the series leaves us wanting to see more of the build up and what happens between our “throuple” (three-way couple) when the door closes. You can check out Conframa for yourself by clicking here and subscribing to Bawn TV!

Grade: B+

What We Liked

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-The cinematography was perfect. Lighting, editing, and sound are principles of any type of filmmaking and this series nailed it.

-The chemistry between the actors is believable and at times comical. Wordplay is the name of the game in Conframa prepare yourself for it.

-Seeing Anthony Bawn back on screen. He is an amazing director, but we forget he is also a good actor.

-New Web Series actors-We love all our Web Stars, but seeing new faces–especially from Los Angeles–just made the Web World a little larger.

 

What We Loved

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-The story line- You always here stories of couples bringing a third person into their relationship, but you never really see how or why it is played out.

-Maximillian Morten you rock! It’s not easy to pull off sexual frustration in a scene, but crawling from that bed to the bathroom was cinematic gold!

-Alexandra McGaughey as “Keisha!” Keisha might as well be the Tiffany Haddish of this series. Every scene with her was nothing short of hilarious. She is easily the voice/mind of the viewer watching this series.

 

What We Hated

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-The lack of love scenes. In a series with this subject matter, a love scene–tastefully done–would have given the series the spice it is lacking. We see the characters discuss the previous night’s events after hooking up, but what made it great? What did it look like when they were all together? What does Chase do for Angel and Bretton that they cannot do together alone?

-The backstory of why Angel and Bretton decided to even have a threesome needs to be discussed and explained more. Seeing a handsome stranger at a party and deciding to take him home out of the blue is a bit offsetting.

 

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[REVIEW] Love & Tragedy…”A Beautiful Cruel Thing”(@ABCTseries) is Breathtaking

What’s love without tragedy? It’s an age old question that we still don’t have an answer for. Love and tragedy. The juxtaposition of these aspects of life is paired so frequently in literature and cinematic history that one might liken them to a “cosmic peanut butter and jelly sandwich.” Romeo and Juliet, Mark Antony and Cleopatra, Bonnie & Clyde–each amazing, but all star-crossed. Enter the premise of A Beautiful Cruel Thing, based on Chad (JoVanni Colon) and Myron (Rico Milan), a couple who has just moved from Atlanta to Miami to get a new lease on life. However, this new lease is hampered by Myron’s health; leaving them with a limited amount of time for their love.

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What’s love without tragedy? It’s an age old question that we still don’t have an answer for. Love and tragedy. The juxtaposition of these aspects of life is paired so frequently in literature and cinematic history that one might liken them to a “cosmic peanut butter and jelly sandwich.” Romeo and Juliet, Mark Antony and Cleopatra, Bonnie & Clyde–each amazing, but all star-crossed. Enter the premise of A Beautiful Cruel Thing, based on Chad (JoVanni Colon) and Myron (Rico Milan), a couple who has just moved from Atlanta to Miami to get a new lease on life. However, this new lease is hampered by Myron’s health; leaving them with a limited amount of time for their love.

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A Beautiful Cruel Thing is unique among the web series we have seen that it is a primarily a “mockumentary “(fake documentary) of an ill-fated romance. The series truly centers on their love and experiences, while foreshadowing Myron’s imminent demise. It truly a beautiful, yet cruel thing to experience and watch the love between the two of them knowing in just a matter of time it will end in tragedy. Still, the series is worth watching, and for those hopeless romantics out there it truly tells you that it is better to have love and lost, than to never have loved at all.”  You can watch A Beautiful Cruel Thing when you subscribe by clicking here.

Grade: B+

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What We Liked

-The mortality throughout the film made the relationship all the more believable and endearing. These men are on borrowed time. You truly have to measure your life in love.

What We Loved

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-The chemistry between the two actors is so amazing and it flows deeply and smoothly.

-The execution and cinematography of this series is breathtaking. From the beach scenes, to the lovemaking, even them getting ready for the day. There was love throughout the series in the

-As aforementioned we loved the originality of this web series. There is no other like it! Indeed a mockumentary of an ill-fated romance is worth watching and exploring.

What We Hated

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Rico Milan

-The series needs a supporting cast. Yes, it is a love story between Myron and Chad, but more characters–friends and/or family–would’ve added depth to the series.

-Some of the scenes dragged on entirely too long. In as series like this some momentum is necessary to keep your attention.

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