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It’s a new day, and the close of a another year which means lists are BACK and poppin’ on HeyMikeyATL! Last year we counted down a list of ten demigods that left us swooning. Well 2018 has come and now its time we update that list. Yes, there are a lot of familiar faces, some new faces, but above all else some really HANDSOME ones!

Check out this year’s list of the Ten Hottest Web Stars that have left us choking with thirst! (You’re welcome!)

Stevie D.

@theofficialstevied

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When it comes to alluring Stevie D. is like a siren with with a song. This brown-skinned buck has the voice of an angel and the looks of one as well! As a longtime member of the Signal23TV family, Stevie has been in a number of web series, with our favorite being, About Us. Stevie’s smile, charismatic nature, and that glowing smile of his illuminates our hearts. Heaven, did you grant us an Earth Angel?

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9.

Rashad Lawrence

@rashadlawrencee

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He is literally a dancing Polaroid of perfection and he has us captivated. Rashad is sexy for no reason and surprisingly humble. He is the kind of guy you want to take home to mom and then watch pole dance for you in your bedroom. We are sure his “Dirty Talk” is as “LIT” as that amazing body of his. We have seen the kid in action on web series and in local clubs, and we must say (grabs glass of water) we want MORE!

rashad lawrence ten hottest web stars

rashad lawrence ten hottest web stars

8.

Armani Dodd

@armani_dodd

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Adonis your modern name is Armani–Armani Dodd, that is. This extremely handsome man is a walking fantasy with a body that puts Michelangelo’s David to shame. We first came across Armani as we were literally “Living 4 The Weekend,” via his character, “Blue.” Our eyes, heart, and feet have followed him ever since. There is something extremely attractive about a man of few words with who ebbs sensuality from his core. Apparently the world is not as small as we think or our fantasy would be his reality (drinks tea).

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armani dodd ten hottest web stars

7.

Tripp Ali

@iamtrippali

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They say Black women in their forties are bad, bodacious, and winning! The same goes for Black Men, especially when it comes to the sexy specimen that is Tripp Ali! Tripp and web series are like Batman and Gotham City, he’s the undisputed King! We love everything this amazing man does as he continues to push the envelope with his talent, skill, and sex appeal. It will be a truly sad day if he ever decides to retire, but in the meantime we will “retire” to our dreams and meet him there!

tripp ali ten hottest web stars

tripp ali ten hottest web stars

6.

Trey Love

@therealtreylove

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1…2…3…BREATHE! You have just seen Trey Love and you need to catch your breath because this Web Star is truly breathtaking. Trey is the  star of the hit web series, Breathe, and the undisputed King of Charlotte, North Carolina; with a boy next door meets top model kind of appeal. There is no such thing as a bad picture, selfie, or body shot when it comes to this beautiful man. To bask in his glory (trust us, you will never want to take your eyes off him) is to walk the heavenly path, even if he is a little country.

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trey love ten hottest web stars

5.

Rico Pruitt

@ricopruitt

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When it comes to spotlights and Web Stars the limelight is usually set to baster amber (BASTARD, see “Jackie’s Back!”) and focused on Rico Pruitt! That body, that smile, and the goodies in between makes the “kidz” go gaga! Indeed, this year’s list would not be complete without everyone’s “Best Friend.” Rico continued to be his sweet, goofy, sexy self this year with noted appearances in a few minor web series, but has since returned home to Signal23TV, teasing that we may get to see more of this sex siren in the best possible way. Rico has really been on some “growm man shit” as he moves towards independence and living his best life. Honestly, is there anything sexier than that? Anyone still doesn’t think it’s “About Him?”

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rico pruitt ten hottest web stars

4.

Chris June

@itschrisjune

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Work, work, work, work, WORK! Chris June is hands down the hardest working man in the Web World! The man stays BOOKED and we can see why! Chris has always been cute and charming, but this year he pulled a Ciara and truly leveled up in every area of his being–mind, spirit, and BODY! June Swoon, as we like to call him, is the epitome of tall, dark, and handsome with a statuesque physique and chest that makes Superman’s cave in! (#BodyGoals2019)  Sure, there are a lot of sexy Web Stars, hence our list, but very few can honestly say they are beautiful inside and out. Chris is living proof that you get back what you put out into The Universe. There are few epithets more appeasing, alluring, or sexier than that. Mr. June we are loving you and your journey, keep at it Leading Man!

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chris june ten hottest web stars

 

3. 

Justen Ruff

@just_ruff

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We all say with our mouths we want a good man, but truthfully bad boys are no good in the best ways. Justen Ruff definitely takes the cake, or cakes, with this statement. Justen may not have been on our radar last year, but now he’s a beautiful nightmare come true. Everything about this boy–minus the slick mouth and texting fingers–is goals! We are talking body, tattoos, feet, hands, sex appeal, and that massive ass following of his. His IG stories make us “drip drop, drip drippity, drop.” Perhaps the sexiest about Justen though is he easily someone you love to hate. He is completely confident, comfortable with himself, and could care less what the masses have to say. Yeah, Justen can you spare a bottle of that beauty juice you’re drinking?

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justen ruff ten hottest web stars

 

2.5

Justin Rayne

@justin.rayne

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Yes, we know there’s a 2.5 and its only because this extremely handsome guy tied with one other Web Star in votes for our list. He is no less sexy as you can see. Justin Rayne proves BLACK is Hot is and THICK is in. His melanin pops with a serious “Black Effect” (HE GOOD) and we love him for it! Just like we love him on BRBTV (Shout out to Caesar!) Besides having a big ole—HEART—Justin dabbles in activism, especially in the fight against HIV/AIDS. What sexier than man with a body, skin like onyx, and a smile like moonlight–one who gives back. Web Stars take a note and a knee. You may commence to bowing!

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justin rayne ten hottest web stars

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James Bland

@jrbland

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Despite his last name there is NOTHING bland about James Bland! As the director, creator, and writer of critically acclaimed web series, Giants! This web series has set the bar for all who come after it. Sure, we love Giants because of the amazing writing and story line, but it doesn’t hurt that its creator is beyond eye candy–he’s eye turkey, ham, a few slices of pie, a side of greens, and a few black eyed peas too. Yes, James you are a meal, and yes your chest makes us work extra hard on our push ups and weights so we to can give the superheroes something to envy. We will be sure to watch as he makes the Web World mainstream!

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james bland ten hottest web stars

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Kvng David (King David)

@kvngdavidsworld

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Bish let’s–we’ll try to keep it PG! Sorry your majesty we don’t need cooking lessons, but we wouldn’t mind you teaching us a few other tricks. Seriously though, all hail the King–King David that is! There are dozens of amazing and attractive Web Stars on the net, but for the second year in a row none of them can top this demigod. King David is built like an Italian statue, with chiseled features you’d sell pieces of your soul for. No one has made an “Honest Man” out of His Royal Highness, but we dare you all to try. We call dibs! King David has presence and that is something no amount of money can be. Congrats sir, you’ve won all our hearts!

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king david ten hottest web stars

Movie News

Atlanta Actress, Toni Bryce, Stars in Her Own Indie Film, “Best Thing I Never Had!”

We are all for growth and expansion here at HeyMikeyATL, and are always elated when a great light flexes even more of her talent. That is exactly what Toni Bryce, a popular Atlanta actress, is doing with her latest venture, an independent film entitled “Best Thing I Never Had!”

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We are all for growth and expansion here at HeyMikeyATL, and are always elated when a great light flexes even more of her talent. That is exactly what Toni Bryce, a popular Atlanta actress, is doing with her latest venture, an independent film entitled “Best Thing I Never Had!”

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Toni Bryce as “Brittany”

The film centers on the love story between a Black man and woman–with a twist. Toni states, “.. this relationship is no ordinary relationship. Dante, a Black Cis and Heterosexual identifying Man is openly dating Brittany, a Black Trans and Heterosexual identifying Woman. ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ chronicles the journey of their love story as Brittany learns to overcome her apprehension of whether Dante’s intentions are pure or evil. The story shows what it’s like for the two as they deal with raising children, reconciling friendships, and yearning for family acceptance while overcoming societal judgement and criticism. With the many challenges faced and bumps in the road, will this love last or will it all be a fairytale?”

Cast of "Best Thing I Never Had"

Cast of “Best Thing I Never Had”

We have to say based on the synopsis we are highly intrigued by this story. It is out of the ordinary, and with society seemingly becoming more receptive to transgender rights and people, it makes the story timely and necessary for representation and perspective. Toni went on to reveal she wrote the film to show everyone deserves love and to experience something real. This project was formed from an Instagram post I made where I was just speaking on my opinion that the sex work narrative is old and played out. I wanted to see something more. So, the amazing artist, Di Thomas saw my story, screenshot it and sent it to Onyx Keesha and Coley. They wanted to meet with me, we met and I told them where I was speaking from and shared my own experiences…BUT the kicker was, they wanted me write the script because it’s coming from my own experiences…then not only that, but they suggested that I star in it as well. And now a year later, we have ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ short film.”

Toni hopes people will see the film as a real love story, like any other cinematic portrayal of love. I truly want people to see a story where they get to experience and journey with these characters where love between ‘othered’ people is normalized and OK. A story that gives men that are Trans-Affirming or Attracted a visual display of what their own happiness could look like if they’d only live for themselves and not what everyone else thinks about their happiness. A big part of my own reasons for being single is because my worth and value don’t matter to the men pursuing me because society tells them that they’re gay and less of a man for dating me. Where everything is an effort and a life changing decision that they don’t feel they’re ready to make. Thus, I’m hidden in a room and only explored sexually. My health, mental stability, goals, passions, career, desires, and etc are left outside the door for the sake of ‘I’m ready to nut!'”
Production of “Best Thing I Never Had” seems to be well under way as the film has already been cast, and they have already had their first table read. Check them out below:

We are really happy for Toni and excited to see this cast in action. Congratulations Toni on this project and all your future endeavors. It is needless to say, but your 2020 is shaping out to be “lit!”

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Fashion

“BLOW!” Gary Lavard (@GaryLavard) Releases New Hoodie Line Benefiting Suicide Prevention & Awareness!

BLOW= “Because Love Outweighs War,” the new acronym for life, and the name for Gary Lavard’s new line of hoodies! The hoodies hilariously feature Gary’s face on the front of them blowing a big bubble of gum, and come in an array of colors. However, this is not just another hoodie line, instead these new products are adding philanthropy to his already impressive resume. BLOW instead donates a percentage of its profits toward suicide prevention and awareness.

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BLOW= “Because Love Outweighs War,” the new acronym for life, and the name for Gary Lavard’s new line of hoodies! The hoodies hilariously feature Gary’s face on the front of them blowing a big bubble of gum, and come in an array of colors. However, this is not just another hoodie line, instead these new products are adding philanthropy to his already impressive resume. BLOW instead donates a percentage of its profits toward suicide prevention and awareness.

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Gary came up with the idea of BLOW based on his current mood and mental health. He relayed on iHeartRadio’s The Hey Mikey Show, that he once dealt with depression and anxiety, issues that can lead to suicide and wanted to give back. “There’s no shame in me saying that I’m currently in the best shape of life mentally, physically, and emotionally and I owe that doing some work on myself and seeking professional help through therapy…Getting the help you need and talking to someone can really change or save your life…there’s such a stigma in the Black community with mental health and it needs to change, so I’m doing my part to give back…”

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We have to say we are really proud of Gary and the contributions his making in combating suicide and discussing mental health. The Suicide Prevention Resource Center states the following alarming facts:

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Prevention efforts should address increased suicide risk among Black males. While increased suicide risk among Black females also warrants action, rates have typically been higher among males. Depending on the age group, the male-to-female suicide rate ratio has ranged from four-to-one to as high as eight-to-one.5 Young Black males are most at risk, although there has been a recent rise in suicide rates among Black children of both sexes under age 13.

Mental health matters. Having a mental illness significantly increases suicide risk among Black teens and adults.6,7 Although depression must be addressed, the strongest mental health predictor of attempted suicide in this population is anxiety. Prevention efforts should help enhance the existing psychological resources that help to buffer Black people against suicide risk, and also help protect them from sources of vulnerability. For example, Blacks who are socially connected through organized religious affiliation have a lower suicide risk.8 And we are learning that social stressors, such as perceived racism, exacerbate suicide risk among Blacks.

Congratulations Gary on your latest venture! You all be sure to purchase and support BLOW by getting your own hoodie by clicking here! Happy shopping!

**If you, or someone you know is contemplating suicide please contact someone at the National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255.**

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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”

Ryan K. Sanders

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