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It has definitely been a wild ride these last few months with the cast (s) of About Him! Last summer this talented group of young men took the nation by storm with a story that brought to the forefront the pain and pleasure of young Black gay men coming of age. As you already know, one of them was Rico Pruitt, who starred as “Justin,” on the hit web series, and later in About Justin. We were already enamored with Brandon Karson and Gary Lavard on screen, but adding Rico into the mix was liking adding a little extra spice to make the show “extra nice!”

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However, all things come to an end eventually; and from the looks of it Rico has decided to end his relationship with Signal 23 TV!

The popular web star took to Facebook and Instagram announcing not only his departure from About Justin, but the company as well. Check out his post below:

Signal 23 TV declined to comment. We are surprised to see Rico and Signal 23 TV are parting ways, but this is not unheard of. As you recall other original About Him stars, Brandon Karson (Damien) and Rahim Brazil (Kendall) parted ways with the company in December of last year. Rico is a good friend to our site and we definitely wish all parties involved the best of luck in their future endeavors.

You can catch an in depth interview with Rico Pruitt and his new project soon on HeyMikeyATL EXCLUSIVELY!

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Welcome To Greatness! Martel Star Leads Us To Emerald City!

When it comes to who in Atlanta has and who does not there is a short list and then there’s a list that practically scrapes the stratosphere. Thankfully one Atlanta artist and actor is daring to break the stratosphere, becoming a rising star of the Web World and music world!

Martel Star is his name, winning is his game, and if you haven’t heard of him there’s a ledge on Spaghetti Junction you can step off of!

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Welcome To Emerald City

When it comes to who in Atlanta has and who does not there is a short list and then there’s a list that practically scrapes the stratosphere. Thankfully one Atlanta artist and actor is daring to break the stratosphere, becoming a rising star of the Web World and music world!

Martel Star is his name, winning is his game, and if you haven’t heard of him there’s a ledge on Spaghetti Junction you can step off of!

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We first met Martel back in 2015, when he first began his acting career in a fledgling web series that never quite made it to production. That project may have fizzled but Martel has done everything, but that. “I’m just always determined to be the best me I can be. God’s blessed me with the ability to do a lot and I just know that my talent is going to take me some really amazing places…it is already is actually!” 

Indeed, Martel Star has made some serious moves in the last year with his appearance in noted web series, 7th & Love and Rahim Brazil’s Twisted. “Acting has really been taking off for me and I’m very happy about that [He laughs]. I definitely consider myself blessed for the opportunities I’ve been given and I’m actually about to be in a new web series that I can’ give the details on yet…” Martel made waves in his role on Twisted as “Nick,” an HIV positive gay man looking for love in all the wrong places. “Y’all know y’all love Nick! I’ll definitely be reprising that role in ‘Twisted 2’ [sequel/Season 2 of Twisted]…I really enjoyed playing that character because I feel like people relate to him a lot…we’ve all been played a little or been the person pining after someone. But he has a lot of strength and he really grew as the season progressed…”

As aforementioned Martel is not only a great actor, but an equally amazing artist. The boy can rap with the best of them and is constantly working to be greater and push the envelope to stardom. His latest musical venture involves a new EP, Welcome To Emerald City! The EP not only showcases his talents, but really set the bar for other indie rappers out there. “This [EP] has been a long time coming and I’ve put a lot of love and time into it–it’s my baby! The album definitely has something for everyone and you will be able to have fun and turn up to it!” Martel goes on to reveal the origins of his EP’s name. “Well I absolutely love ‘The Wizard of Oz!’ [And] I feel like Atlanta is Emerald City…It’s Black Hollywood, all the music and entertainment is coming from out here. It’s like the Black Mecca and land of opportunities just like Emerald City is where Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and The Lion went to get what they needed.”

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Atlanta may very well be the launching pad for what will undoubtedly be an amazing career for Martel Star. However, it will be his charisma, talent, and will to be the best that will keep him there and rocket him to the top. “I’m ready for it all, and it’s going to be lit! I know I’m ready for it all and I’ll be giving the people a show!” Still, don’t take our word for it. If you are in Atlanta come and check him out at Welcome To Emerald City’s Release Party!  It all goes down at the Liquid Lounge, 150 Pine Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30308 at 5 PM EST! You can download Welcome To Emerald City on ALL digital platforms! Happy Listening!

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Gary Lavard (@garylavard) Did A Wrestling Video–GET OVER IT!

It is another Monday and that means our e-mail at HeyMikeyATL is poppin’ like Redenbacher–a little more than usual. Surprisingly, but unsurprisingly, one Web Star was the talk of the town when it came to our subject material.

Apparently, Gary Lavard recently did a couple recorded wrestling matches on Blackwrestling.com. One of them, interestingly, was against ArQuez, and it has the Web World buzzing.

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It is another Monday and that means our e-mail at HeyMikeyATL is poppin’ like Redenbacher–a little more than usual. Surprisingly, but unsurprisingly, one Web Star was the talk of the town when it came to our subject material.

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ArQuez

Apparently, Gary Lavard recently did a couple of recorded wrestling matches on Blackwrestling.com. One of them, interestingly, was against ArQuez, and it has the Web World buzzing.

gary lavard and arquez wrestling

We were first alerted about the video via our e-mail and then saw ArQuez posting it on his personal Instagram account, @stillarquez. Check out a few of the clips below:

💪🏽 #LinkinBio

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#BWN #DoubleUTV #💪🏽

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#TheCoolKids! #HeyMikeyATL Talks w/ Trey Love & Freshie, Star & Director of “BREATHE!”

The Web World continues to grow! 2017 witnessed the birth of dozens of new series, each with their own unique cast, stories, and following. Still, few can compare to one of the newest and more popular web series to debut in 2017–BREATHE!
Created by Freshie, and starring Trey Love; the series centers on Trey as he balances being a local celebrity, gay, family drama, and a few love interests that will throw you into a tailspin!

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trey love and freshie breathe web series

The Web World continues to grow! 2017 witnessed the birth of dozens of new series, each with their own unique cast, stories, and following. Still, few can compare to one of the newest and more popular web series to debut in 2017–BREATHE!

Created and directed by Freshie, and starring Trey Love; the series centers on Trey as he balances being a local celebrity, gay, family drama, and a few love interests that will throw you into a tailspin!

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Freshie, director of “BREATHE” web series

We are definitely fans of BREATHE! The show is not only well written and acted, but visually it is stunning too. The Sun decided to make a rare winter appearance this past Sunday, and coincidentally Trey Love and Freshie were coming through Atlanta for a little fun and work. Our very own Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning managed to grab an interview with the two of them at one of Atlanta’s hottest brunch spots, Two Urban Licks.

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Trey Love, star of “BREATHE” web series

The pair shared with us their hopes and dreams for Trey, their personal endeavors, future projects, and of course gave us some amazing details on BREATHE as it now has over 200K views! Check out the interview below, courtesty of Freshie Productions! Happy viewing!

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