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It’s a new day, new year, and we have a new attitude at HeyMikeyATL. We understand that our previous lists have been the talk of the town (and a few death threats), so we decided to let previous list makers decide who in the web community is making moves.

These individuals all have the potential for greatness and in some cases are one break out role from being the next big Web Star in their own right. Meet the Next 15–Rising Web Stars to Watch in 2018!

#15.

Caleb Perry

caleb perryKnowing who you are and where you are going are two of the most invaluable tools to have in any game of life. Singer and actor, Caleb Perry, is definitely winning since he has both in copious amounts. We came across Caleb courtesy of Rahim Brazil’s Twisted where he plays the role of “Alex,” a street hustler determined to care for his older brother. Caleb knocks this role out the park, but it is his music that really has us tantalized. Check out his single, Nothing But Love from his EP, To the Top–you’ll find yourself baby making–or at least practicing to make one when you hear it!

caleb perry#14.

Cardo Wanzer

cardo wanzerWe really miss our Pharm Boys (Tyson, wassup?), but we understand all good things must come to an end. Not for Cardo Wanzer, however, 2018 is shaping up to be his year. Word on the wind is this kid will be appearing in quite a few web series this year alongside the likes of Brandon Karson, Rico Pruitt, Rahim Brazil, and Chris June. If Pharm is any indication of Cardo’s acting prowess then we have really just scratched the surface of his potential. Think icebergs–small peak, vast depth and reach! We see you Cardo Wanzer and from one blerd (black + nerd) to another we salute you!

cardo wanzer #13.

Channing Harral

channing harralRespect the grind, admire the hustle, and worship the talent. These are three actions due to Mr. Channing Harral. We have known of him for years, but became fans of his talent thanks to the web series T.R.A.D.E. Channing is a natural at the acting game and his talent is only rivaled by his desire to be one of the best. You will be able to see more of this rising star this year as he stars in HD Productions’ newest web series, House Boys.

channing harral in T.R.A.D.E. #12.

Desjuan Zaire

desjuan zaire The roles that always stand out to us on web series always come from characters that are marginalized. In the case of Desjuan Zaire, his character, “King,” a college student struggling with social anxiety disorder was all too real. It is easy to dismiss disorder or mental disabilities until you action see them in action and how the affect someones life and interaction with others. Desjuan definitely pulled this off making us love and hate King, all while bringing some much needed attention to a little discussed issue in the community. This year, however, Desjuan takes on bigger tasks as he tackles new web series and roles on HD Productions.

#11.

Martel Star

martel star“I got a grind, won’t stop, hustle won’t quit Shine like no other, I be on some other shit…” Those may be the words to TI’s hit single, Go Get It, but they were never more appropriate than when it comes to actor, rapper, and rising web star, Martel Star! Martel knows the rise to fame is a gradual one, and the price to breathe rarefied air involves constant practice, sacrifice, and most of all diligence. Martel stars on 7th & Love, as well as Rahim Brazil’s Twisted where he plays the role of “Nick.” Martel’s versatility in his roles, amazing sense of humor, and dedication has earned him the awe and respect of his peers and the respect of many of us here at HeyMikeyATL. 

martel star#10

November

november hey mikey atlWhat’s in a name? EVERYTHING when your name is November–you are either extremely unique and destined for greatness or some poor woman’s attempt to be different in naming her child something unconventional. When it comes to New York rapper and actor, November, the former statement is definitely the case. This amazing guy is one of the few straight web stars on this list and more interestingly has become a fan favorite thanks to his role as “Duke” on Rahim Brazil’s Twisted. You would never know this is his first role and more importantly that he is quite the rapper and producer. November’s non nonsense, get the job done, “it ain’t personal approach” makes him a joy to work with and definitely a force to reckon with. There is no limit to what November can accomplish, especially when his wife, Ebony Spratley(Ebony Inc. PRC), is one of the rising publicist in Atlanta. We may very well be witnessing the rise of The A’s next power couple!

november #9.

Brentley Bawn

brentley bawnBrentley Bawn where have you been all our lives? Making power moves apparently. Brentley is one half of the power couple known as The Bawns. However, his husband’s accomplishments should never eclipse his own. Brentley is multi-talented, being an actor as well as a very gifted singer. We love him as “Cory” in Bawn TV’s Cheetah In August, and his brief cameo in About Him Freshman Year (H.I.M.) definitely set the tone to just how crazy Damien’s (Brandon Karson) first year of college would be. Still, 2018 may very w ell shape up to be his year as he releases a new album and continues to make moves throughout the entertainment and music industries. (Side note, we miss you BB!)

brentley bawn #8.

Sherrod Willis

sherrod willis Your past does not define your future. Indeed, it is within every man’s power to radically change his life’s destiny and fulfill his wildest dreams. Sherrod Willis seems to be doing just that as he grinds his heart out to become a respected actor and true professional. He knows a setback is truly a hiccup on the road to greatness. Others are seeing that as well as he nabbed roles on web series like Steel River, Tex Brown, Dirty Talkand soon you can catch him on a new web reality series, G-Status! We see you Sherrod, just know in time you will accomplish wonders…

sherrod willis #7.

Rion Deshon

rion deshon“Jeepers Creepers, where’d you get those peepers?” And how are you stealing our hearts? Those are the questions we find ourselves asking whenever Rion Deshon is on screen. When we first heard Signal 23 TV was making a prequel to Steel River we had our reservations, being attached to the original series. However, Rion’s portrayal of a young “Ivan” was moving and in many ways relatable. We all know what it’s like to fall for someone who just won’t fall back! His portrayal of “Emmett” in About Him Revolution so him take on a stronger, darker role as he fought for gay rights in the second season of the anthology series.

rion deshon #6.

Eli Liberty

eli libertyThe most valuable guy in the world will always be one who can make you laugh; and that’s exactly what Eli Liberty brings whenever he shows up and shows out! Eli is one helluva a comedian, and his series, About Percy, brings some much needed diversity to the Web World. (Why so serious guys?) To not know Eli is a true disservice to yourself and disrespectful of his talents. The kid WORKS and makes everyone around him live a little, just check him out in Signal 23 TV’s movie, The Big Gay Hangover. You may try and tell him to “shut his fat ass up,” (DISCLAIMER: we are not size-ist, watch his shows and you’ll get the joke) but we will be quick to remind you he is a rising star. Don’t worry Mr. Liberty we got your back!

eli liberty#5.

Zahir Roberts

zahir This guy here has us channeling Bruno Mars and Cardi B! “…out here drippin’ in finesse, It don’t make no sense, Out here drippin’ in finesse You know it, you know it!” When it comes to Zahir there are other web stars that come just as hot, but very few are as well put together. Zahir first came on our radar thanks to About Justin. There, this dark skinned wonder not only won us over with his talent and sex appeal, but as we learned more about him that really big BRAIN of his. It’s easy to be sexy, but when you have something of substance to say and a vision for your life that is the real prize. Zahir joins Chris June on his new radio show Last Call w/ Chris June and currently stars in The Big Gay Hangover and About Him The Revolution. You be sure to catch him in all of his projects, trust he is definitely worth the watch–it’s poetry people.

zahir#4.

Trey Love

trey loveBREATHE! Then inhale the exuberance and amazement that is Trey Love. Trey is the star of one the net’s newest and hottest web series, Breathe. Here he is re-imagined as Trey Love a famous local performer in Charlotte, North Carolina who has dreams of stardom, but struggles with his sexuality thanks to his disapproving mother. Trey is amazing actor, and it is no easy task to be the face of  a series no matter how big or small. He handles his growing popularity with fun, grace, poise, and most of all humility. We cannot wait to see what is next for him. Kudos, Trey, Kudos!

trey love#3.

Nelson J. Davis & Toni Bryce

We had a tie! Both of these amazing people tied in votes for third place!

nelson j. davis The love and respect for Nelson J. Davis are very real on the net! He first came on our radar via few angry fan post insisting he be apart of our list of the ten hottest Web Stars on the net. In a rare admission of guilt we have to say they were right as Nelson is extremely hot! He is also extremely BOOKED having starred in a number of web series in the last two years including Christian Brothers, Bondage, Raising Eli, and To Catch The Killer. Nelson shows no signs of slowing down and rumor has it he is executive producing and starring in even more series this year!

nelson j. davis


toni bryceSome people truly do have raw talent and when it comes to this acting game Toni Bryce has the lion’s share. This woman is a true natural and she reps hard for the transgender community. It is hard to believe that Twisted is here first starring role, but after watching her in action we see why Rahim Brazil cast her as his leading lady, “Vanessa.” On Twisted, she plays a former prostitute who reforms and runs a local clinic to help others through drug addiction and HIV. Toni rarely sees just how much of a bombshell she is, but we know rising star when we see one and this girl is a real class act.

toni bryce in red dress#2.

Donta Hensley

donta hensley There is something seriously sexy and inspirational about a man who is all about his craft. Donta Hensley is one helluva an actor who takes amazing pride in all of his work. Currently he stars as “Mark” in Tyson Anthony’s Honest Men, a web series that not only explores sexuality, but the complicated relationships between fathers and sons–subject matter no web series, let alone few mainstream series have dared to do. For Donta, acting seems to be as easy as breathing to him which only proves his mettle as actor and true professional. We cannot wait to see him in his upcoming project, Angel Food. Who is “Jackson Smith?”

donta hensley #1.

Jaquay Wilkerson

jaquay wilkerson The best feeling in the world happens when you get to do what you love and experience all the amazing things that come along with that. This must be how Jaquay Wilkerson feels as he has quickly risen up the ranks at Signal 23 TV to become the face of the network in a relatively short amount of time. Uncle Joey, About Him Revolution, The Big Gay Hangover, and Kingdom Heights are all series he has given audiences nationwide laughs, tears, and a lot of love. In person this kid is extremely charming and humble, with the ability to win you over with his swag, finesse, smile, and good nature. Jaquay is doing a lot of things right and we cannot wait to see what 2018 holds for him. You can be sure we will be watching, and you will be too–because he is simply irresistible!

jaquay wilkerson

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.

gary lavard blow hoodie

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…”

gary lavard blow hoodie

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:

gary lavard blow hoodie

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- 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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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
alon'zo fri'zon
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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