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Opportunities are often given, but seldom made. It takes a truly creative and powerful person of mind, body, spirit, and skill to take what is inside of them and put it on display for all the world to see. There is so much more to The Web World than its stars–think directors, show runners, bloggers, writers, content creators, and networks. Destiny seldom calls on anyone at a moment of their choosing, and these ten amazing people did not wait they are blazing their own paths and shaping the lives of others.

Check out the true dream makers on our list of The Top Ten Influencers of The Web World!

#10.

Davien Harlis

davien harlisIt is rare when anyone can say a year and been “their year.” However, for Davien Harlis this has definitely been the case as 2017 tipped her hat to this director and Web Star. His hit indie film Red Carpet, Hashtags, & Heartbreak is critically acclaimed and we are all clamoring for a sequel. Davien is a relative newbie to the Web World, but his sphere of influence has cultivated a full feature length film that was sold out both nights. If any hashtag suits this rising star and influencer, it is “Tastemaker!”

red carpet hashtags and heartbreak#9.

Alex Jante

alex janteOne of the hottest Web Stars is easily its most brilliant. Alex Jante is a triple threat being able to act, model, and most of all WRITE! 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! A series is only as good as its writing and acting; and when Alex puts his pen to paper you are guaranteed to have a hit series. In fact, the only thing greater than his repertoire of work is his stellar reputation. Few can boast that they are loved and respected throughout the Web World. Issa Rae meet your newest colleague!

alex jante#8 & 7.

The Jones Sisters (Alvin Agarrat & Kimberly Jones)

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Kimberly Jones & Alvin Agarrat

Web Stars come talented, but all too often they come young and fresh to the industry. Who teaches them the ropes?i.e. How to do interviews, what to say, when, how to dress, efficiently learn lines, etc.–pretty much being their surrogate parent. Meet Kimberly Jones and Alvin Agarrat!

kimberly jonesKim is practically the “Mama of The Web World” and a number of Web Stars actually affectionately refer to her as that. Kim has been in the industry for decades as a writer, author, producer, publicist, and currently a talent manager with Talent Connects. Here, she cultivates and guides the next generation of leading men and women on their way to the rarefied air of Hollywood.

alvin agarratAlvin is an amazing writer and producer who has mostly made his moves behind the scenes. However, the work he has done on many Signal 23 TV shows and their various cast; and his own projects is nothing short of phenomenal. In 2018 he releases a new web series, We Are Fam, that will set the Web World ablaze. If you aren’t down with Alvin consider yourself down and out!

#6.

HeyMikeyATL

hey mikey atl logoWhether you hate it or love it, blogs are the way most people get the news on the Who’s Who of the entertainment world. The Web World is no different, and HeyMikeyATL serves as the nexus to all things Web World-related. Began by Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning in January 2014 this site has consistently brought much needed press and recognition to a community all too often underrepresented and stigmatized.

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Mikey

Upfront, if you want to know about your favorite web series and Web Stars then this is your first destination. Behind the scenes is a pool of piping hot tea ready for your to dive in (VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED, LOL). The site currently garners more hits daily than most Web Series have views PERIOD. To put it simply, HeyMikeyATL is the nexus of the Web World!

#5.

Anthony Bawn

anthony bawnWhen it comes to someone who truly knows the business of entertainment you need look no further than Anthony Bawn. He came on our radar back in January and we only feel foolish we did not know of him sooner. It is thanks to this visionary that we have Cheetah In August, Blackville, and the continuance of the story line of the first season of About Him, repackaged as H.I.M., in addition to an entire network of programming on Bawn TV. There you will find a good deal of programming consisting of web series, short films, and feature films.

anthony bawnAnthony’s influence comes from his ability to reach across the table and his willingness to work with others. This gives him the rare ability to work with just about anyone while being able to draw out the true talent of his actors. There is much in store for Anthony Bawn in 2018 that we have to keep under wraps– you just be sure you are watching!

#4.

Corey Knott & Lyrik London

corey knott and lyrik londonLit, Lit, LIT! Pun totally intended! Corey Knott and Lyrik London are two amazingly popular and talented content creators, directors, and show runners all while being the faces of HD Productions. These two best friends turned business partners specialize in series that push the envelope, showcasing the grittier aspects of LGBT community. Their shows have collectively grossed over six million views and continue to climb. This is no easy feat, but when you have hot shows like LIT, Dirty Talk, Living For The Weekend, Fallacies, and Real Eyes, Realize, Real Lies (which returns for its fourth and final season in Spring 2018) and a host of new series debuting in 2018 it is not surprising.

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Corey Knott

Corey Knott is truly one to burn the midnight oil spending his time and energy creating amazing content and working even harder as the CEO of HD Productions to take it to the next level. Corey is also a Web Star in his own right as the star of his own hit web series, Living For The Weekend. We, however, are living his latest web series to debut soon, Twenty20 and House Boys. We are watching Mr. Knott and you’re becoming a force to be reckoned with!

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Lyrik London

There seems to be literally nothing that Lyrik London cannot do. Whether he is on set filming for Chasing Atlanta, or shooting one of HD Productions’ own web series, he proves himself to be an artist through and through. Perhaps the only thing we are more impressed by than his skills are his dance moves. Tall, light, and dreamy–we see you!

#3.

Tyson Anthony

(Tyson wishes to remain faceless)

There is much to say about anyone who can take the stories and experiences of a community and not only turn them into novels, but equally amazing web series. This is a feat Tyson Anthony boasts with ease! The book that the now hit web series, About Him, was based off of us is just one of many projects Mr. Anthony has gifted to the masses. Tyson’s influence comes from his unique storytelling, the stories he chooses to tell, and the artistic actors he chooses to bring his characters to life.

raisin eli chris june promo posterThis has truly been an amazing year for Tyson as he launched his own network, Tyson PLUS and released a second season of Raising Eli, as well as premiering Ellenwood and Honest Men. The latter has easily become one of the most popular and complex web series to hit the net. If Tyson Anthony has proven anything it is that his stories are viable, relevant, relatable, and above all else CAPTIVATING!

tyson anthony's honest men#2.

Lamont Pierre

lamont pierre art house tvHave you ever seen cinemaphotography so beautiful it puts you in awe of everything on the screen? That is the mesmerizing feeling you get watching any of Lamont Pierre’s many projects. This taste maker is the creator and father of Free Fall, the web series that foreshadowed the rise and popularity of most LGBT web series to come after it. Lamont not only pushes the envelope with his series, but pushes you to your limits with a full body reaction to characters you cannot help but have yourself intricately connected to and invested in.

free fall web seriesLamont’s network, Arthouse TV, has some of the net’s premium web series and is honestly a journey and joy to explore. Mr. Pierre’s influence comes from the confidence of knowing what he is doing and that he is truly one of the best to ever do it. Have you seen Red Skin? ‘Nuff said!

#1.

Henderson Maddox

henderson maddoxAll hail the Kingpin! Henderson Maddox tops our list thanks to the sheer popularity of his web series, his skill as a director, and prowess as a business man. (He makes shit happen!) When it comes to web influencers he is immediately atop anyone’s list. As the CEO and founder of Signal 23 TV he has introduced the masses to the likes of Gary Lavard, Brandon Karson, Alex Jante, Rahim Brazil, Rico Pruitt, Tripp Ali, and Jaquay Wilkerson; each of them talented and top Web Stars.

henderson maddoxSignal 23 TV is the giant of the Web World and there is no navigating around its sphere of influence. However, as Henderson proves with great power comes great responsibility and consequences. Heavy is the head that wears the crown, especially when it comes to controversy. Still, we do not see Henderson Maddox bowing out anytime soon and we just know that 2018 will see him to take his company mainstream.

Web Star Watched

Web Star Watched- Ryan K. Sanders (@iamryanksanders)

The good thing about the Web World is that it’s always growing. Sure we have our favorite, veteran Web Stars, but there is always love for the newbies! One newbie in particular, Ryan K. Sanders,  has big dreams, major acting chops, and even bigger dreams. What’s the trivia behind this new beau making waves on AConnectionTV? Find out in our latest edition of Web Star Watched!

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Ryan K. Sanders

The good thing about the Web World is that it’s always growing. Sure we have our favorite, veteran Web Stars, but there is always love for the newbies! One newbie in particular, Ryan K. Sanders,  has big dreams, major acting chops, and even bigger dreams. What’s the trivia behind this new beau making waves on AConnectionTV? Find out in our latest edition of Web Star Watched!

Ryan K. Sanders

1. Have you always wanted to be an actor? What’s been your favorite role?

 It was not until I began acting that I knew I wanted to do it for the rest of my life moving forward. My favorite role so far has been playing O’Neil on H.O.E. I connected so well with role because of the similarities to one of my prior relationships and some of the events that took place.

2. How do you prepare for a role?
   I prepare by learning the characters background and trying to develop how I see them speaking, walking, their mannerisms, etc.

3. Who are biggest personal influences?
   My parents and my brother. My parents each have instilled in me work ethic that won’t allow me to be mediocre while my brother has constantly reminded to be true to myself no matter what anyone says.

4. Who are your biggest professional influences?
   Issa Rae & Rome Flynn

5. How do you manage your personal and professional life?
   I’ve recently had a difficult time managing the two; I’m still working to find that true balance.

6. What do you do in your downtime? Any hobbies?
   In my downtime, I play video games, listen to music, watch movies & (my two favs) sleep and eat! I also enjoy being outdoors, playing sports or working out.

7. What is the biggest misconception people have about you?
   The biggest misconception is that I’m mean or stuck up.

Ryan K. Sanders

8. Single, taken, or “it’s complicated?”
    Single

9. What do you think is your best physical feature?
   My lips and arms

10. Is there anything you don’t like about yourself, or feel you can work on?
    My confidence

11. Last movie you saw
    Greta

12. Your favorite web series
    Awkward Black Girl

13. Your favorite web star (you can’t pick yourself)
    Tina Christine

14. LGBTQIQA or straight?
    Gay

15. Something you can’t live without
    A peace of mind.

16. Biggest pet peeve
    Being cut off from speaking repeatedly and being ignored.

17. Tell us something you’ve never told anyone
    I really don’t have a peanut allergy

18. Age
    27

19. Sign
Capricorn

20. Quote to live by

    “To be yourself… is the greatest accomplishment”

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Web Star Watched- Alon’Zo Fri’zon (@aerrodynamic)

Web Stars are usually pretty popular, but they are not always this hot or well put together! Meet Alon’Zo Fri’Zon a true veteran in the world of web series, debuting on the now classic show, Freefall. For these reasons alone, he has earned his spot as the latest addition to Web Star Watched. Get ready to learn a little trivia about the coolest Web Star around!

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alon'zo fri'zon

Web Stars are usually pretty popular, but they are not always this hot or well put together! Meet Alon’Zo Fri’Zon a true veteran in the world of web series, debuting on the now classic show, Freefall. For these reasons alone, he has earned his spot as the latest addition to Web Star Watched. Get ready to learn a little trivia about the coolest Web Star around!

alon'zo fri'zon

1. Have you always wanted to be an actor? What’s been your favorite role?
 Yes I’ve always wanted to be a actor. I started acting very early around fifth  Grade. So far my favorite role has been the role of Tony in the series Freefall by The Arthouse Productions 
2. How do you prepare for a role?
 To prepare for role I usually will study and read over the characters description and envision how the character would act how he would speak how he would think. Right before the director yells action I clear my mind of everything “Alonzo” and truly embody the character that I am playing at that time 
3. Who are biggest personal influences?
 My biggest Personal influence would be my grandfather who recently passed away in December 2018. He was my modern-day Superman, my hero. He taught me so much and have always been a tremendous part of who I am as well as a huge contributor to all of my success.
4. Who are your biggest professional influences?
As an actor my biggest professional influences are Sandra Bullock and Will Smith.  In my opinion both actors are well versed in their roles and resume and have been successful across multiple genres 
5. How do you manage your personal and professional life?
 Simple just bling discipline. The desire to succeed should allow you to have the mindset of separating what’s important and being aware of what sacrifices need to be made. Being  determined and hungry for success will allow you to become mature and organized when it comes to balancing personal life and professional life 
6. What do you do in your downtime? Any hobbies?
 In my downtime I like to play video games I have both PS4 and Xbox game consoles so I usually flip-flop between the two. I also like listening to music. Music is always been a form of therapy for me. I love hanging out with friends laughing joking and just having a good time. One of my hobbies is interior design so you can always catch me watching HGTV, coming up with new creative concepts and ideas to implement around the house. 
7. What is the biggest misconception people have about you?
 I’ve heard that I was stuck up LOL but I’m far from it.  I’m just very confident and comfortable with  who I am. Those who think ill of me  probably do not know me because I think that I’m a pretty dope dude 
8. Single, taken, or “it’s complicated?”
Single
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9. What do you think is your best physical feature?
My legs and my smile
10. Is there anything you don’t like about yourself, or feel you can work on?
 Honestly I love me I love everything about me I love my uniqueness is no one like me. But if I had one thing that I could modify it probably would be my height. I would love to be a couple inches taller. I’ll come for me family of 3 boys where I am the oldest and happened to be the shortest. I don’t like that LOL 
11. Last movie you saw
Isn’t it Romantic
12. Your favorite web series
Love at First Night. I think that series is pretty dope
13. Your favorite web star (you can’t pick yourself)
alon'zo fri'zon
14. LGBTQIQA or straight?
LGBTQIQA
15. Something you can’t live without
Food! Lol
16. Biggest pet peeve
People who smack or make loud noises when they eat
17. Tell us something you’ve never told anyone
I used to have fever seizures at an early age … very frequent and very random … It stopped as I got older, but it was very scary as guy can imagine.
18. Age
40
19. Sign
Aries
20. Quote to live by
“Tomorrow is a Gift that may not be promised to any of us, so enjoy the Present” 

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Web Star Watched

Web Star Watched-Lando King (@LanKingOfficial)

He puts a new face to tall, DARK, and handsome! Yep, Lando King is our latest addition to HeyMikeyATL’s Web Star Watched series. You think you know his life, love, and even his drama, but we have a little trivia to pique your interest. Long live a king–Lando King, that is!

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lando king

He puts a new face to tall, DARK, and handsome! Yep, Lando King is our latest addition to HeyMikeyATL’s Web Star Watched series. You think you know his life, love, and even his drama, but we have a little trivia to pique your interest. Long live a king–Lando King, that is!

lando king

1. Have you always wanted to be an actor? What’s been your favorite role?
No, I first aspired to be A Fashion stylist, My Favorite Role was Jimmy in a Horry Film “The Ghost”
2. How do you prepare for a role?
study my lines, while eating grapes
3. Who are biggest personal influences?
My little sister & Mom
4. Who are your biggest professional influences?
5. How do you manage your personal and professional life?
I keep all personal things aside from my work life. I try to never let the two meet one another!
6. What do you do in your downtime? Any hobbies?
Chill, I’m a Home body so I just like to lay around the house! I like to play cards, smoke Hookah, and Drink wine!
7. What is the biggest misconception people have about  you?
They think they know my life , but little do they know…. Nothing!
8. Single, taken, or “it’s complicated?”
Happy & Overjoyyyyyyyed 
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9. What do you think is your best physical feature?
My smile
10. Is there anything you don’t like about yourself, or feel you can work on?
I love Everything About Me!
11. Last movie you saw?
Madea’s Family Funeral 
12. Your favorite web series?
13. Your favorite web star (you can’t pick yourself)
14. LGBTQIQA or straight?
Straight
15. Something you can’t live without….
ICE
16. Biggest pet peeve….
Liars
17. Tell us something you’ve never told anyone….
I like riding horses 
18. Age…..27
19. Sign……King ♌️ Leo
20. Quote to live by: Everything seems impossible until you try God!
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