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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!”

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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!

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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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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

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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!

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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.

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Homecoming? Rico Pruitt (@TheRicoPruitt) Returns to Signal23TV!

It has been quite awhile since Rico Pruitt’s name has run through the blogosphere. As always, the boy delivers some banging news. In a surprise turn of events Rico seems to have a new lease on life and has opted to return to the network that made him popular, Signal23TV!

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It has been quite awhile since Rico Pruitt’s name has run through the blogosphere. As always, the boy delivers some banging news. In a surprise turn of events Rico seems to have a new lease on life and has opted to return to the network that made him popular, Signal23TV!

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As you may recall Rico left Signal23TV nearly two years ago, accusing the network of mishandling his money and plaguing his life after starring in shows, “About Him” and its spin off, “About Justin.” He then went on to do independent projects that included a short porn stint and web series, “Too LIT” and “DM Diaries” with his now ex-boyfriend, ArQuez. We spoke to Rico about this turn of events, early last week, and he had the following to say:

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“It’s the right time in my life to return and make amends. I realize I was not ready for the fame and opportunities my time with them [Signal23TV] afforded me…Now I’m out here running my own life and doing things my way. It’s time to get back to what I love, which is acting, and really make some boss moves. Stay tuned this is only the beginning of big things!”

We are happy to see Rico getting back to real acting and blazing his own path. His reconciliation with Signal23TV shows a lot of growth and both sides willingness to allow bygones to be bygones and perhaps recreate the days of old when the network was nothing short of a phenomenon. The “signal” has been lit–pun intended–and we are excited to see all the great things coming from this reunion. Check out the promo Signal23TV released welcoming our boy back! Good luck Rico!

Hot right? What do you guys think of Rico’s return to Signal23TV, sound off in the comments section below!

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[VIDEO] The King Returns! Rahim Brazil (@rahimbrazil) Releases New Music Video & Teases New Album!

We love our Web Stars here at HeyMikeyATL, as indicated by our content and numerous lists–yes we decide who and what’s poppin’ in the Web World! When it comes to who’s poppin’ right now Rahim Brazil sits near the top of our list with two hit web series, Twisted and Cheaterz Never Win, he has created and now his long awaited return to music with a promo video for his forthcoming album entitled Elevated.

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We love our Web Stars here at HeyMikeyATL, as indicated by our content and numerous lists–yes we decide who and what’s poppin’ in the Web World! When it comes to who’s poppin’ right now Rahim Brazil sits near the top of our list with two hit web series, Twisted and Cheaterz Never Win, he has created and now his long awaited return to music with a promo video for his forthcoming album entitled Elevated.

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The promo video looks pretty amazing and leaves us wondering what we can expect from Elevated. We know Rahim is an awesome rapper and even more amazing performer. We got to see him up close and personal at Twisted star, Martel Star’s album release party for Emerald City. HE WENT IN!

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The grapevine has told us that Rahim may have some collaborations with not only Martel Star, but November as well. Another circulating rumor is he is interested in working with another Web Star turned artist, Kvng David. We have to admit a collaboration between these two would be epic, but the song we heard at Martel’s aforementioned release party, Go Off, would be LIT. Maybe if we mix Eli Liberty in there somewhere too…hmmm… Honestly we would love to see him release a ballad somewhere on his new album. We first fell for Rahim’s music after hearing him sing on Facebook Live late 2016. (Rahim–hint, hint!)

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Rahim Brazil proves yet again that he is living fire, and there really is nothing he cannot do. Check back here for updates on Elevated and a review. You can also catch our boy as he returns back in front of the camera in Twisted 2 this fall! Congrats on EVERYTHING Rahim, we expect nothing but GREATNESS from you!

What do you all think of Rahim’s newest venture? Sound off in the comments’ section below! Happy viewing and future listening!

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Poolside Pretty! 10 Web Stars We’re Dying To See Shirtless This Summer!

Memorial Day weekend is upon us and that means lots of sun, barbecue, good times, and SKIN! Yep, the Sun decides to finally show herself after the winter that would not end and we are stoked to see a few hot bods sitting pretty and poolside! We know there are a lot of downright sexy Web Stars, but there are few we definitely want with a few less items of clothing. You’ve seen them sexy, we told you who’s popular, and you already know who’s influential–now learn who we are dying to see WET!

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poolside pretty top 10 web stars we're dying to see shirtless this summer

Memorial Day is upon us and that means lots of sun, barbecue, good times, and SKIN! Yep, the Sun decides to finally show herself after the winter that would not end and we are stoked to see a few hot bods sitting pretty and poolside! We know there are a lot of downright sexy Web Stars, but there are few we definitely want with a few less items of clothing. You’ve seen them sexy, we told you who’s popular, and you already know who’s influential–now learn who we are dying to see WET!

10.

Toni Bryce

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We are currently singing in unison with the late and great Keri Hilson (y’all know she is one single away from UnSung) “All eyes on me when I walk in, no question that that this girl’s a 10, don’t hate me ’cause I’m beautiful!” Ms. Brynce believe us when we tell you we don’t hate you! Toni has been making some serious moves in the last year we have known and becoming more and more gorgeous by the day. Whether she’s getting “Twisted” on set with Rahim Brazil and company, or “kiki-ing” on Girls, her “Pretty Girl Rock” is real, mesmerizing, and her curves would look awesome in a wet suit. Cocktails with Toni anyone? YES PLEASE!

9.

Brandon Karson

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Summer is hot and Brandon Karson is FINE! Yes, the man that showed the world it’s all “About Him” still has it and we want it! Brandon consistently serves face, fashion, and verbal ferocity, but as of late he’s been a one man show in making light skinned sexy again. We have to say it is working and we LIVE for his shirtless Instagram Stories. Is there any way we can make them last longer than 24 hours though. IG we need you on that ASAP!

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