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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!
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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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Ready, Set, GO IN! Guy Code ATL’s Season 2 Premiere Was LIT!

It is rare that a screening or event leaves us hype and wanting more, but Antonio Mincey and Rajhiv Staten (7th & Love) definitely have us hooked on Guy Code! Guy Code, the hit web series, centered on nine friends in Atlanta determined to make it in the entertainment industry.

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It is rare that a screening or event leaves us hype and wanting more, but Antonio Mincey and Rajhiv Staten (7th & Love) definitely have us hooked on Guy Code! Guy Code, the hit web series, centered on nine friends in Atlanta determined to make it in the entertainment industry.

Antonio Mincey guy code atl

Flash forward to this past Monday and the second season premiere; and not only have one of the series’ regulars been gunned down, but there is more mayhem, drama, and of course DANCE SEQUENCES! Yes this web series stands out in the Web World has being the only series incorporating dance and choreography, much in the same way the cast of Glee broke out in cover songs! This season premiere was the place to be as the event was attended by a few stars of the Web World including Ryan “Rah Rah” Kennedy (Living 4 The Weekend, LIT, House Boys), Lando King (Hurt, About Him: South Africa, Kingdom Heights), Toni Bryce (Twisted, Girls), Tramel Harris (G-Status ATL Hustle, The Corporate Mouth), Carl Levonzell (Twisted 2: Family Secrets, The Corporate Mouth) and our very own Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning.

We have to say this was the best web series screening/event we have yet to attend; setting a new bar. There was food, drink, music, dance routines, and an impromptu dance competition that would put most ballroom “kidz” to shame! The Category was “Dance Realness” and they SERVED!

 

Grade: A+

What We Liked:

-The cast consisted of a slew of new actors we have never seen. FRESH MEAT!

-The cinematography, sound, and lighting were on point. A lot of thought was put into the details of this series.

-Seeing Rah Rah Kennedy! Anything he is in is always worth watching!

What We Loved:

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Christopher Emerson

-THE DANCE SEQUENCES! No other web series is doing this. More so, they were completely on point. The choreography was fresh and new. We felt like we were watching a mainstream music video!

-Christopher Emerson is amazing! His dancing style is so smooth and it flows.

-The acting in the series was on point, you definitely need to binge watch the first season. Trust us you won’t regret it!

-Antonio Mincey’s message of horizontal networking/”reaching across the table” with people on your level to make bigger moves.

What We Hated:

-Absolutely NOTHING!

 

 

 

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[REVIEW] Vanity, Tragedy, & Transparency–Get into AConnectionTV’s (@aconnectiontv) Hit Series, “H.O.E.!”

(Singing) “Once upon a time not long ago I was ‘H.O.E.!'” Sorry guys but we are not talking Mariah Lyn this time. Instead our crosshairs and gaze are set on AConnectionTV’s new hit web series, H.O.E! The series is directed by Toni Bernard (About Him Season 2: The Revolution, Red Carpet Hashtags & Heartbreak) and created and written by Wesley Henderson (Culture Klubb, The Mona Simone Show, While You Were Sleeping) is set in Atlanta and centers on a trio of friends, Hawk (Rodney Glover), O’Neil (Ryan K. Sanders), and Elizabeth (Tiya Rene’e). Together the first letters of their names make the acronym of “H.O.E.”

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(Singing) “Once upon a time not long ago I was ‘H.O.E.!'” Sorry guys but we are not talking Mariah Lynn this time. Instead our crosshairs and gaze are set on AConnectionTV’s new hit web series, H.O.E! The series is directed by Toni Bernard (About Him Season 2: The Revolution, Red Carpet Hashtags & Heartbreak) and created and written by Wesley Henderson (Culture Clubb, The Mona Samone Show, While You Sleep) is set in Atlanta and centers on a trio of friends, Hawk (Rodney Glover), O‘Neil (Ryan K. Sanders), and Elizabeth (Tiya Rene’e). Together the first letters of their names make the acronym of “H.O.E.”

Hawk is Instagram famous with a knack for having casual and selfish sex with his followers (Yeah he’s an asshole). Meanwhile, O’Neil is a hopeless romantic determined to not be a gay, promiscuous stereotype all while struggling to move away from his ex-boyfriend Chance (Ryan Marcus) when the latter cheats on him. Finally, Elizabeth loves the ladies and gents and is perfectly comfortable with and casual about dating multiple people at once. The three friends tackle life and love in Atlanta while struggling to maintain their own near familial bond. The series as a whole will have you questioning what makes anyone a hoe, and you may even question are you a hoe? Overall the series actually has a story and you will find it refreshing to finally see a web series sprinkled sex and not a porn with dialogue! You can see H.O.E. for yourself by SUBSCRIBING to AconnectionTV.com, click the link here.

Grade: B+

What We Liked

rodney glover aconnectiontv H.O.E.

-The story line was unique and actually tells a story. There is not a single series in the Web World like H.O.E. Trust me we checked and it is REFRESHING.

-The show definitely runs off an Insecure vibe at times, especially when Hawk is on the scene.

-The locations and shots of Atlanta definitely did our city justice.

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No More “LIT!” Creator, Corey Knott, Announces New Direction for HD Productions (@HDProNetwork)!

Lit, lit, LIT! That is what we have been yelling since the hit web series, “LIT,” first debuted on HD Productions. For two season we have watched the shenanigans, drama, hijinks, and mayhem of the dancers and their lovers on the hit series. Well now the creator of the series, Corey Knott, has announced its cancellation, opting to end LIT on a high note and in a bid to move HD Productions in a new direction.

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Lit, lit, LIT! That is what we have been yelling since the hit web series, “LIT,” first debuted on HD Productions. For two season we have watched the shenanigans, drama, hijinks, and mayhem of the dancers and their lovers on the hit series. Well now the creator of the series, Corey Knott, has announced its cancellation, opting to end LIT on a high note and in a bid to move HD Productions in a new direction.

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Corey Knott

As you may already know HD Productions has proven itself to be quite the powerhouse this year under Corey Knott’s guidance, earning a slew of awards from the National Youth Pride Services (NYPS) in a host of categories. Corey reveals that he feels LIT has run its course and that he now would like to make content that will appeal to a wider audience of viewers. “There’s a lot of talent here at HD Productions and I want my actors to have all the opportunities I know they deserve. That means working on more content that appeals to more people and hiring quality talent. I want to move away from just Instagram stars and people with a following…”

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We wholeheartedly agree with Corey’s vision for HD Productions, but are really going to miss LIT! The series had an amazingly sexy cast both seasons with beaus like Zahfar, Justen Ruff, Rashad Lawrence, Gorgious Montana, Sherrod Willis, and Mustang. Corey has revealed to us there are a number of new series he will be debuting in January that he is sure will be runaway hits.

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“The audience is really going to like what’s coming next, so they just need to stay tuned!” HD Productions’ flagship series, Real Eyes Realize Real Lies, is also making its curtain call with a series finale set to debut this month. It is the end of an era at the network, but we will be tuning in for all the new series! Check back here for reviews and interviews!, and make sure you catch the series finale of LIT on December 8th! Happy Viewing!

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