Connect with us

Published

on

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

mustang nude porn star

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:

cont’d next page

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

cont’d next page…

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. 

web series

Indie Director, Alex Jante Announces 2nd Season of Hit Web Series, & Announces Multiple Spinoffs!

It looks like Marvel, DC, and The CW are not the only productions with an entire “universe” of interconnected series. Atlanta-based director, Alex Jante, has released a second season for his popular web series, “The Unanointed” (2017), which as you recalled focused on a fictional world where vampirism was spread like an STD.

The victims contracted “VIC” and grew glowing eyes, fangs, and became hyperactive at night. The characters sought to find love, their place in the world, and deal with a murderer. Now, “The Unanointed” is spinning off into multiple other series set in the same world but with even more dynamic characters in “The Ordinary” and “The Enslaved!”

Published

on

the unanointed universe web series

It looks like Marvel, DC, and The CW are not the only productions with an entire “universe” of interconnected series. Atlanta-based director, Alex Jante, has released a second season for his popular web series, “The Unanointed” (2017), which as you recalled focused on a fictional world where vampirism was spread like an STD.

the unanointed web series season 2

The victims contracted “VIC” and grew glowing eyes, fangs, and became hyperactive at night. The characters sought to find love, their place in the world, and deal with a murderer. Now, “The Unanointed” is spinning off into multiple other series set in the same world but with even more dynamic characters in “The Ordinary” and “The Enslaved!”

It has been quite some time since we discussed web series, but we do still love them AND we love vampire lore. These series will definitely incorporating that albeit with some real world anchors that deal with the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The discrimination and stigma of the disease is still prevalent, as showcased with VIC in the world all of the series are set in. We do not know for sure what “The Ordinary” and “Enslaved” are completely about but we do have the casts for each series:

the unanointed season 2 web series cast

(l-r) Alex Jante, Christian Emile, Chris June, Tramel Harris, Hope Lisa, Steven Marcus, Vincent Mathis, Ryan Marcus, and Brandon Karson Jordan

the ordinary web series cast

(l-r) Hope Lisa, Brandon Karson Jordan, Kurtis Dejon, Rico Cassodine, Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning, Darius Lavelle, Vincent Mathis, Nicole Sky, and Ryan Marcus

the enslaved web series cast

(l-r) Tramel Harris, Steven Marcus, Christian Emil, LaVar Norman, Chris June, Christopher Moten, B. Dwayne, Devante Wright, and Martel Star

We have to say these are quite the casts, and this is quite the undertaking! We know most of the cast. One in particular is our very own Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning, another is family, others are friends and colleagues, and still others we know in passing. Regardless, this is monumental. Thus far only Jante Productions and AConnectionTV boast a “universe” of series in the Web World. We will keep you posted as more about “The Unanointed Universe” becomes available! Congrats to everyone involved!

Continue Reading

web series

[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.

Published

on

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.

arthouse tv logo

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.

Continue Reading

web series

[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.

Published

on

conframa here tv

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.

conframa here tv

(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

conframa here tv

-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

maximillian morten as bretton in conframa here tv

-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

robert love and maximillian morten in conframa here tv h

-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.

 

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Facebook

Trending

%d bloggers like this: