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Where do we go from here? That’s not just the title of an Olivia song, but a question many LGBT viewers are asking when it comes to the web series they have come to love and know. You can say the phenomenon of these web series began with the adoration and success of Freefall and then later fully catapulted to an entire genre after the runaway success of the first season of Signal 23 TV’s About Him. 

Since then LGBT web series number in the dozens, each with their own stories love, tragedy, mayhem, lust, desire, and personal joy. However, in the last couple of years a few fans have become disgruntled with LGBT web series, relegating them to drawn porno scenes. In fact one infamous blogger, Jamari Fox, has likened them to being “just porn with a plot!”

via Inside Jamari Fox

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a typical signal23 production?
i love a good web series.

you know i love good tv.
with the right plot and characters,
it can really pull you in.
that being said,
i have noticed something with 98% of gay web series:

“PORN WITH A PLOT”

i mean,
am i lying?
i got a dm from foxholer malcolm about this today.
this is what he had to font

it’s hard to watch a gay web series because you’re so busy jackin off to it.
i’m seeing an abundance of porn stars in them too.
can i be honest?
no pun intended.

even tho this is a “tyson plus” production,
and i love everything he does,
i don’t even know what “honest men” is really about.
tried to get into it,
but all i saw was tripp ali:

it’s hard to watch a gay web series because you’re so busy jackin off to it.
i’m seeing an abundance of porn stars in them too.
can i be honest?
no pun intended.

even tho this is a “tyson plus” production,
and i love everything he does,
i don’t even know what “honest men” is really about.
tried to get into it,
but all i saw was tripp ali:

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We recently came across Jamari’s article after we were informed that it was seemingly bashing our good friend, actor, and Web Star, Tripp Ali; and we have to say Jamari’s assessment of him is rash and harsh. Yes, Tripp has participated in simulated love scenes in his web series, but that should not subtract from the time, love, and effort he puts into his craft of learning his characters–literally breathing life into them! Additionally, adding Tyson Anthony’s Honest Men to the lists of web series that may be sex dominated is wrong. If you ever actually watch the series it actually explores the little known or discussed relationships between gay men and their sons. We all know gay men with biological children, many who have struggled with how to be good fathers and men when society has demonized them simply because of who they love and what they are attracted to.

We definitely believe in presenting both sides of any story and feel that writing off the majority of web series as “porn with a plot” is irresponsible. We know and have worked with a number of gay content creators who have created and are creating some amazing and quality content. Ultimately, however, the audience dictates what is popular, and if the community would like better then they have to support better, or simply not watch at all. Signal 23 TV’s CEO, Henderson Maddox, recently said in an interview on WTTRadio’s Currently Mikey w/ Rocc, that this was all business and he was simply giving the people what they asked for. The choice is yours.

The Web World–Web Stars, actors, directors, and content creators–have their own response to Jamari’s article, that you can catch below:

*** Jamari we definitely welcome you to talk with us and debate this more.***

alex jante

Alex Jante

What i read i agree with, which is why I,as a creator, decided to drive my own narrative and storylines to disconnect from that and bring stories I’d like to see on those platforms and hope people enjoy it as well without baiting with porn or no substance. I can drive a disease that even makes the main character sexy driven and never expose the audience to anything uncomfortable. I drive for storyline and content , not just scene by scene for the next sexual encounter Which is why i created The Unanointed . Check out all 6 episodes on YouTube now

tre floyd

Tre Floyd, director and creator of “Love, Sex, & Marriage” Web Series and Stage Play

Some shows are overly sexualized but there are still quality gay shows out there that are entertaining without too much nudity. If u take away the sex scenes and the show is no longer entertaining, you may be watchin porn with a plot but hey sex sells.

henderson maddox

Henderson Maddox, CEO/owner of Signal 23 TV

“I love to create films, but as a business man I’ve learned to create what the fans want so I can continue to live this dream.. However I have a lot of content that is true art (Deficiency Notice) available on signal23tv.com “

anthony bawn

Anthony Bawn, CEO/Owner of Bawn TV

Well I can see their point of view if they have selected the series mentioned within this article however I tend to make sure all sex scene have a purpose to move the story along and done tastefully So everyone has their own methods either you watch or you don’t watch! 💁🏾

Tyson Anthony, Owner of TysonPlus

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It depends on what you choose to focus on – I’m aware the sexual aspect brings attention but the art of storytelling matters most. Jamari is my homie and thanks you also Mikey for every review you have ever typed.

david king

King David; actor, Web Star

Point received and point acknowledged from the general scope of what we see often in lgbt web series. However, I must correct the assertion directed toward Tripp Ali. His character (JT) has one of the most fluid storylines of the bunch in relation to his sexuality and how it relates to his scenes. Knowing him personally, I can tell you this is someone who studies their character and becomes them. What I will add from the perspective on an web series actor myself, one who takes my craft as serious as my livelihood, is that we strive to be recognized and appreciated for our Talent. We want to create memorable moments for our viewers to hold onto for years to come. In a new “World of Web Series”, we serve as pioneers. It’s our job to make this industry what we want it to be and that is what people like Tripp Ali, Donta Hensley, Gary Lavard, myself and many others are making it our duty to change, develop and mold. 
In closing, are gay web series just porn with a plot? No, gay web series are a true and unique entertainment outlet, one that has been pivotal in the visibility of the straight, gay, bi, and trans black male.
In any film market there will always be those who see profit in saturating and overcompensating with sex and they will sell that… they’re invested in payout, not art. There’s nothing we can do about that.
However, Don’t be so fast to question whether quality art exists in lgbt web. Great art is and will always be harder to find. 
Be sure to check out Honest Men starring myself “Kvng David”, Tripp Ali, Donta Hensley & Gary Lavard on www.tysonplus.com Not only is it art but It may even be ahead of its time!
Freshie director of breathe web series

Freshie, director of “BREATHE” web series

It’s crazy that this article came out… because I was just watching a YouTube video on how some HOLLYWOOD producers have switched their leading roles with pornstars to make a more realistic sex scenes in HETEROSEXUAL movies. And that was THEIR decision for THEIR movie(s). Thus proving sexual preference or being of LGBT content has nothing to do with it.
If you don’t like the director and their projects or their style… don’t watch THEM. But don’t classify all “gay webseries” under the same umbrella because not all of them are like that. Period.
brandon karson

Brandon Karson; Web Star, actor

“When I was on the first season of ‘About Him’, I felt like the story line called for a good, passionate sex scene here and there because of the build up of characters. The story followed a young guy in discovery of his sexuality. Naturally, when that happens in anyone’s life, there’s a sexual exploratory journey that happens. Due to the success of the show, every show afterwards followed that same path, hoping for that same amount of success. The problem comes about when the sex overshadows the storytelling, but it’s all because it sells. All in all, it’s up to the community to demand more substance & storytelling in the content that is supposed to tell our narrative in the most authentic way possible.” 
rahim brazil

Rahim Brazil; actor, director, Web Star, CEO of Big Dreams Productions

My professional advice would be for people to look for quality entertainment that not only has impactful storylines but acting that is just as inspirational as the narrative. In a world full of sex People don’t need more of it! We need stories that are relatable, interesting, and carefully written so that way the viewer can understand the story in its totality! Some of these series do not provide that within their productions. We at Dream House respect art in all of its forms and creativity, however, when it comes to the representation of the LGBT community particularly, there is a stigma that is being created within the community from creators who do not respect the community and all of what it has to offer, we are not just sex!! 

chris june

Chris June; actor, Web Star

Theres a problem in the creativity department when the narrative of the LGBT experience takes a symptomatic, reactionary approach to deeper causes of sexual promiscuity in the community. The guarantee of monetization has come at a cost that has muddled an opportunity for a broader discussion of the queer experience. Long drawn out sex scenes have capitalized on burgeoning actors and vulnerable populations who could benefit from investment in acting classes between seasons instead of pay bumps for nudity. There’s a clear eager population of LGBT creatives who want to tell their stories but are beholden to quickly written scripts with hot pocket sex scenes. Furthermore, those of whom are shuffled out for fresh faces at the cost of developed story line and talent. My hopes are that the writers and directors will soon put purpose before click bate in a greater effort to legitimize the stories they hope to bring to life. Sadly many are not reflective of the parameters that shape queer lives, but an exploitation of the coping strategies that de-legitimize and off-put a larger conversation. There are great web-series rising up through the ranks though so I’m hopeful they’ll inspire more contemplation and less masturbation.

robert rocc sherrill

Rocc

If we want quality content we have to put out a quality product. That means casting real talent and giving an awesome story. What I and many of my colleagues do is not porn, it’s acting. We know what we want to do and we are trying to live our dreams. There are some web series that denote that, but it is reckless and wrong to generalize LGBT web series. Take some responsibility on what you as a consumer choose to watch and support. Honest Men definitely should not be added to the list of web series that are just sex. There is a deep and moving story there as well as some amazing talent. 

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[REVIEW] SEX, Suspense, & Surreality! Tyson Anthony’s (@authortysona) “Honest Men” Already Delivers in Season 2!

If the formula works don’t fix it–that’s what we always say! Clearly, Tyson Anthony has found a formula that works for him with his critically acclaimed and award-winning series, Honest Men!
 Starring Tripp Ali, Donta Hensley, King David, and now Gary Lavard, the series is back with second season and we could not be happier! The second season premiere begins the week after Mark (Donta Hensley), Colby (King David), and JT’s (Tripp Ali) menage a trois (threesome) and not much has changed for Colby and JT. Mark, however, finds himself “incapacitated” for the time.

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If the formula works don’t fix it–that’s what we always say! Clearly, Tyson Anthony has found a formula that works for him with his critically acclaimed and award-winning series, Honest Men!

 Starring Tripp Ali, Donta Hensley, King David, and now Gary Lavard, the series is back with second season and we could not be happier! The second season premiere begins the week after Mark (Donta Hensley), Colby (King David), and JT’s (Tripp Ali) menage a trois (threesome) and not much has changed for Colby and JT. Mark, however, finds himself “incapacitated” for the time.

JT still struggles with his porn addiction and hallucinations, while Colby reconnects with one of his “best friends” in a special way, much to the latter’s dismay. I n fact Colby’s enticing ways have fully evolved into someone who loves being the object of everyone else’s desire which may erupt into a very messy and explosive “love hexagon” when Solo (Devon Toran), Andre (Gary Lavard), and Ryan (Corey Wade). Then there’s the appearance of two new characters played by Christopher Deloatch and Shawn Deon.

Although this is only the first episode of the season, flashback scenes still show us that deep down inside JT still wishes to reconnect with his son. His current demons may prohibit that, but his and Colby’s desire to make amends with and come to an understanding with the men they are related is easily the deeper story line to delve into. Only in Honest Men does the Web World dare to explore the complexities of gay men who happen to be fathers and wayward sons trying to find their way through manhood. Tyson you never fail to deliver a story that both entices us and makes us think. Depth people! There is definitely more to stories about the community than hard bodies and boys wanting what they cannot have.

Be sure you subscribe to TysonPlus by clicking here. There are more new episodes of Honest Men coming soon and a spin-off, Honest Men: Devil’s Den! Check out the teaser trailer below!

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[REVIEW] Alex Jante (@alexjante) Land an Unholy Hit with “The Unanointed” Web Series!

Spring is here and that means it is time for change and growth! Thus, what better way for a writer and Web Star to prove his own season of transition than with the debut of his first Web Series! The Web Star is none other than Alex Jante, and his series, The Unanointed, is an unholy hit!

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Spring is here and that means it is time for change and growth! Thus, what better way for a writer and Web Star to prove his own season of transition than with the debut of his first Web Series! The Web Star is none other than Alex Jante, and his series, The Unanointed, is an unholy hit!

alex jante

Alex Jante

As we previously reported Alex has delivered the Web World’s first supernatural thriller rooted with some real sentiments. The series centers around Demetrius (Alex Jante) a man diagnosed with VIC, a sexually transmitted disease that gives its victims vampiric traits and tendencies including biting, pheromones, fangs, and a powerful urge to engage in “nocturnal activities.”

Demetrius finds it hard to date and find love when he suffers from a disease that makes him seem like a monster. However, finding a boyfriend may be the least of his worries when there’s a serial killer on the loose. You will just have to tune in to see how this all plays out!

We have to say we love this new web series, and not just because of its subject matter, but “the fresh blood”–we mean new faces–it brings to the game. Honestly, the casts of many web series have become monotonous where you see the same Web Stars in different series, often typecast in the same roles–NO SHADE, JUST FACTS.

However, as we have mentioned before Alex, like Issa Rae (Insecure, Him or Her) simply “reached across the table” to his family, friends, and boyfriend to make this series happen. The acting is good, the delivery is great, and we got to see a few familiar faces–namely Brandon Karson–like we’ve never seen them before. We also have to add you will absolutley LOVE the soundtrack of the series. Clearly someone took a page from Lyrik London and made the music match the mood.

Thanks to Mr. Jante, we were able to see the first two episodes of the series and now we are truly smitten and ready to see how all of this goes down. You’ve done some really dope work Alex, you and your crew rock! You all just be sure to tune in on Monday, April 23rd! Happy Viewing!

 

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We Are Here For It! Alex Jante (@alexjante) Teases New Supernatural Series, “The Unannointed!”

New Web Series are coming out by the day and we have to admit it is getting a little hard to keep track. However, those web series that grab our attention nowadays are those that defy the norm. Web Star and writer, Alex Jante definitely has our attention with his own original web series, The Unanointed! 

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New Web Series are coming out by the day and we have to admit it is getting a little hard to keep track. However, those web series that grab our attention nowadays are those that defy the norm.

alex jante

Alex Jante

Web Star and writer, Alex Jante definitely has our attention with his own original web series, The Unanointed! 

alex jante the unanointed

The Unanointed centers on “Demetrius” (Alex Jante) a man suffering from VIC, a mysterious, supernatural STD that has for all intents and purposes made him a vampire! VIC not only turns humans into vampires, but has become an epidemic as there are no contraceptives that prevent its passage from one person to another. As you can see, the series is marked by some social commentary, but does so through a fantastic supernatural filter.

The series stars Alex, but there are a (FINALLY) some new faces, Christian Emile Dacus, Lyndon Chivers, and Lisa Hope; and a few familiar ones like Cardo Wanzer and Brandon Karson. Alex took Issa Rae’s approach and “reached across the table” to complete his series by enlisting the time and talents of his boyfriend and friends.

The Unanointed may be Alex’s first web series, but it is not the first time he has had a hand in writing a series. In fact, this amazing man has written episodes of About Him: The Revolution, Tex Brown, Climax, Uncle Joey, Kingdom Heights and Steel River: When We Were Young, and most recently the first Black LGBT horror film, The Get Away!

We are here for Alex’s latest venture and are sure it will be hit! You all just be sure to tune in the moment it drops. Currently there’s no set date for the series premiere, but it will be this Spring. Follow the series on Instagram @theunanointedseries and check back here for more news! Congratulations Alex this is huge!

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