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It is no secret that the Web World has its factions, families, and differences. However, when it comes to what is important it is touching that the community can gather together to speak out against homophobia and their support of hospitalized Empire star, Jussie Smollett. As you may already know, he was the victim of hate crime earlier this morning and the support and defense of his plight has been overwhelming–even from our favorite Web Stars and web series directors, writers, and producers. Here, near, and far they have gathered together for a cause for greater than any of them individually. Check out their touching messages of solidarity and support below:

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I’m am deeply saddened and disheartened by the heinous crimes against Jessie Smollett. To image something like this happening in 2019 is beyond me. We must stand against the hate that is consuming us as a country. Intolerance of any kind is unacceptable. This could have been anyone of us. Jessie has become another victim of what this country has become. My heart goes out to him, his family and loved ones.

-Tripp Ali 🙏🏽 @iamtrippali

brandon karson

It truly pains me to know that this is STILL our reality in 2019. This just goes to show you that the strides that we’ve made from the Stonewall riots in 1969, to the aftermath of the Pulse Nightclub shooting back in 2016; we have a LOT of work to do as a community. As an artist, I’ve looked up to Jussie since his performance in “The Skinny”, and to know that something so crazy can happen to someone so influential, it’s scary to say the least. My deepest, and most sincere regards go out to Jussie and ALL victims of hate crimes. This is a wake up call for me, and I only hope that the rest of the Black LGBTQ community can stand together in solidarity to fight for righteousness against homophobia & transphobia.

-Brandon Karson-Jordan @brandonkarsonjordan

chris june

Jussie Smollett represents the foremost progress of our generation as a black gay man. I believe this hate crime was an effort to intimidate an already stigmatized and discriminated community. I’m grateful that Jussie is ok, but by no means am I happy. Upon discovering the news the first feeling that came over me was disgust. It hit home for me as a black gay actor, the visibility Jussie has reached are places I will go in my career, and I will get there with my dignity intact or I will go down with the baton for someone else to pick up. I will not be intimidated by the MAGA era we are living in. 

My effort in this response is to encourage my fellow black gay men, It’s time we stop with the shade, it’s time we deal with the internalized homophobia. We can not afford to spend anymore energy destroying one another. We can no longer stand to fan an ember toward the bundle of sticks disguised as self loathing heterosexuals. We can no longer support the self hate packaged into opportunities that don’t resonate with our own integrity. We can not argue against discrimination with our words but then for it with our habits. Our purpose is not to diss one another, but to uplift and root for each other. How foolish is that we have so much of the world against us yet find comfort in dissing our own. Let any pressure to snuff out your light be a provocation to action and intention to be the light we so desperately need.
 It’s time to mentor, its time to teach, its time to hone in on our gifts. We’ve replaced intimacy with sexuality because we’ve grown fearful of getting intimate with ourselves out of fear of social rejection. We’ve been taught that we aren’t allowed to acknowledge our most intimate feelings, that characteristics are more important than character. If you knew your value you wouldn’t strangulate it with labels, boxes, and the confinement of closets we’ve long sought to leave. You do make a difference, you possess the capacity for greatness and being black and gay aren’t descriptive enough to detail the spectrum of light you radiate out into the world. 
We live in a country with access to free information, we break the bank to acquire the smartest phones yet we use them to take more detailed pictures of our bodies than to search for a more detailed description of our experience. We possess the capacity to film and tell our experience and can’t keep the camera waist up long enough for someone to see the humanity in our eyes. I’m calling my community to action, we need you. I need you. You’re born now for a time like this. 
Make no mistake, your enemy is not the next gay man, its the ignorance and entitlement that seeks to breathe our air, eat our fruits, but then poison our water. Make no mistake, gay people come from straight people, you are not here in error, Make no mistake, the battle is not us against them, its us against ourselves as it is for heterosexuals who seek to destroy the intimate feelings we represent. Please, learn to love yourself, wholly, completely and unconditionally, until you know how much of a difference you make, no one will treat you like you do. Your gift will make room for you, find it, create it, speak, write, act, sing, run for office, do it and do it now while we still have access to knowledge. This is a fight, and it must be fought with love, so love yourself and love your neighbor. I know you believe that you can do more, and that you can be more its time to be the change we want to see. 
Love Chris June @itschrisjune

ryan kennedy rah rah

To be honest I feel real bothered by it because it’s 2019 already and things like this are still going on, it can make a person feel so uncomfortable about going anywhere alone. It is so sad what happened to Jussi– it’s real sad–and I keep him in my prayers. To hate someone because of their race or sexuality is a shining reflection of who you really are; and to attack a defenseless person shows how much of a coward, and how truly weak the people that did this to him really are!
They will reap what they sow.” My  prayers for @jussiesmollett 🙏🏾
-Ryan “Rah Rah” Kennedy @itsrahrah

david j. cork

Jussie is one of the people that has inspired me to stand in my truth and be proud. This attack hurt my heart but makes me want to stand stronger than ever in my truth and in who i am. I am a black, bisexual man living in America and I’m not going to change for anyone. I am
Standing in my truth and in my power and I love it.
David J. Cork @davidjokay

Its more important than ever to remember no matter our style of art – that we as gay men,  black men, or both – are spreading the same message – that we are here. And this event is a reminder that MAGA hat or not – somebody out there wants to silence us. But after decades they have failed and will continue to fail as we remain standing together…near…just remember we are all bros.

-Tyson Anthony @authortysoninsta, @watchtysonplus

 

 

trey love

After hearing what happened to Jussie, it really opened my eyes to the sad reality that we live in. He is someone I truly look up to. Seeing him the first time on TV; I finally had a reflection of myself and a piece of my struggle. It let me know one day that can be me. This hate crime he endured also let me know that too can also be me. It hurts!! I’m joyful of all the love and support he’s receiving. I’m extremely happy people are realizing what we go through on a daily in our community. I just feel bad that Jussie had to be the face of bringing this to light (mainstream). There’s been so many hate crimes like this that just get tossed under the rug. I just want justice for Jussie and for this not to be forgotten tomorrow! #IAmJussie 💛

-Trey Love @threaltreylove

ken sings

Hearing the recent tragic and devastating news about Jussie Smollet’s homophobia attack, is yet another eye opening experience that touches so dear to my heart. Not because he is a celebrity, but because it’s another attack against a human being that is doing nothing but living their life. It saddens and frustrates me that we have to continuously have these instances where someone’s sexual preference or the color of their skin can result in physical, emotional, and systematical abuse. My prayers goes out to Mr. Smollet, his family, and the many victims of such hate crimes.
-Ken Sings

alvin agarrat
Today as our country remains deeply divided, we must all unite against hate, racism and homophobia. Those that assaulted Jussie Smollett sought to silence us all through fear and intimidation. Together we can show Jussie the love and support he’ll need to heal. Together we can remain vigilant and ensure that the Chicago PD treat this like the Hate Crime it is and find and arrest the perpetrators. Together we will never be silenced ✊🏽
-Alvin Agaratt @atumusic/@wearefamtv

eli liberty

No one should be afraid to live their life from day to day. Everyone should be able to be who they are and love who they love. I hope that everyone can come together in every community and hopefully we don’t need more tragedies to remind us why it’s important to stick together. We have a bigger picture to accomplish. This goes beyond black lives matter, this goes beyond homophobia. 

Eli Liberty @eliliberty_

henderson maddox

There are times where we are reminded where we are. No matter how many colors they paint on the cross walks in our city they can never mask the hate the lurks on every corner. Today was a devastating day for our community. Today was a day where disgust, prejudice, and inhumanity was painted in history books once again. Today was indeed a day of sadness. However we can not let this day detour us from what is ours. The opportunity to have equality in a nation that is built upon that promise. Let these actions motivate us to come together to build a movement that will change our circumstance. If there is anytime to stand strong it is now. For the days to come we will be beaten a few more times, but if we stand together it will be harder for these unjust acts to continue. The future of the beautiful colors of the LGBTQ community rest in our hands. We can stand back and watch them be washed away, or we can protect them. If not for ourselves let’s do it for the future generations that will one day be able to look at those colors and feel proud for their meaning. I can see the future pages in American history and there  is no way we have come this far to lose this fight today. 

-Henderson Maddox @mr23atl, @signal23television

 

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From The Cast of Single Man Problems:

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november

As a straight male and supporter of the LGBTQ+ community, I worry for my friends often. Those late nights when they headed home from a good time, or doing good business, or doing something for someone who it’s nee more than them. Or when they just hungry at 2am and can’t go to the store cause they fear what may happen to them after hours. No one deserves UNWARRANTED violence to be taken out on them, let alone on they heart, stay up Jussie, we rooting for you my brova 🙏🏿

-November @crown_me_november

diamond kesawn

There comes a time where we realize we are stronger in numbers. It’s incidents such as this that should drive the motivation to force change. 
Injustice happening to one of us is like it’s happening to all of us. We have to be tired of being tired and begin to turn up the volume on change, equality, and freedom. 
My heart goes out to Jussie and I hope that as he wounds begin to heal, we start to come together to force change. 
Fear Not. Press Forward. Demand Justice.
-DiamondKesawn @diamondkesawn/@raynbowaffairmagazine

 

alex jante

It’s like we are really moving backwards . I wonder will he get much support being black and gay. If he was just gay we would’ve heard the rally cry already.
Civil rights only have ever had time with one thing at a time, with the women’s rights, gay rights, or black rights. Never all at the same time.
As soon as gay rights take a step forward, affirmative  action goes back. You gays can be married, but you blacks can’t vote. You women can get equal pay but you gays lose military service rights. You women won’t be touched sexually anymore…maybe.
-Alex Jante @alexjante

javonte brownlee

It baffles me that in 2019 “homophobia” is still a thing. God made us all equal as people be it that we’re white, black, gay, straight, yellow, or brown. Discrimination is discrimination regardless of what form it comes in. GOD LOVE ALL HIS CHILDREN so we as people have to do better. Praying for a speedy recovery. #LGBT #Equality #Justice 🌈

-Javonte Brownlee @javontaee_

armani dodd
It’s mean and cruel. No one deserves to be treated that way no matter what sexual preference they like. Jussie is one of the most humble people on this earth who definitely didn’t deserve what happen to him. This most definitely is an eye opener for me. I pray that one day all this will change and we all can be counted equal as one. Praying for Jussie aswell#Justice4Jussie
 
-Armani Dodd @armani_doff

desmond fletcher

Sometime people don’t understand how much  hate gay men receive. Hate will not win! I stand with #JussieSmollet and his right to exist without fear and harm. Prayers for his Healing and for Justice. 

-Desmond Fletcher @thebeastwithin3

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Sherrod Willis

 I SHERROD WILLIS AM DEEPLY  SADDENED BY WHAT HAS HAPPENED  TO JUSSIE AND VERY DISAPPOINTED THAT THIS IS STILL GOING ON. I FEEL AS THOUGH WE HAVE TO TAKE A STAND… I’VE RECENTLY DEALT WITH THIS ISSUE AT A WORKPLACE AND ITS SAD WE CANT GO MAKE MONEY AND TRY TO SUPPORT OURSELVES WITHOUT BEING HARRASSED. WE SHOULD STAND TOGETHER– ALL SEXES, RACES, AND GENDERS AND SPEAK UP AND OUT! WE NEED TO MAKE SOME SORT OF STAND SO THIS CANT HAPPEN AGAIN THAT COULD’VE BEEN ME, YOU, OR A CHILD! LETS STAND UP AND STAND OUT #JUSTICE4JUSSIE

-Sherrod Willis @sherrodantionne

ebony spratley
As a Black Woman and Supporter of the LGBTQ+ Communities I am both heartbroken for Jussie as a Black Man as well as a saddened that such a beautiful soul has become a Victim of A Hate Crime. I blame all of this on our administration, if the US President doesn’t stand for unity how can his minions. We stand alone and we should make more efforts to protect one another, it no longer matters if you are black or gay…Jussie is a gift to the world just like we all are and they had no right 💪🏾
-Ebony Spratley – Actress/Model CEO Of Ebony Inc. PRC & ForEver DOPE Management

 

ken sings

Hearing the recent tragic and devastating news about Jussie Smollet’s homophobia attack, is yet another eye opening experience that touches so dear to my heart. Not because he is a celebrity, but because it’s another attack against a human being that is doing nothing but living their life. It saddens and frustrates me that we have to continuously have these instances where someone’s sexual preference or the color of their skin can result in physical, emotional, and systematical abuse. My prayers goes out to Mr. Smollet, his family, and the many victims of such hate crimes. 
-Ken Sings @DBlackKen

adrien canon

It’s horrible to hear that as a society we haven’t grown past racism and homophobia. We as a people should be striving to to better everyday. We need to stop making the same mistakes continuously. My prayers go out to Jussie Smollet and everyone who has endured pain and strife due to ignorance. 
-Adrien Cannon @adrien_cannon

tre floyd

This is one of the reasons why I did the stage play “Love Sex and Marriage.” Many people are ignorant and fear what they do not know. By putting out entertaining yet informative content I’m trying to get more allies to the LGBT community so we can all work together to end hate crime and ignorance in this matter. From the LSM family, we love you Jessie and we pray for his physical healing and his we pray for his accuser’s healing of the mind.

-Tre Floyd

lando king

I , Lando King demise the fact that in today’s society these type of things are still going on. Whether we agree or not NOONE should be attacked for being who they are or being known as a LGBT activist! Hate crimes are real, Hatred for another brother is Real, demonic  spirits still live in our world … we have to protect one another! For someone to be brutally attacked and injured is so heart breaking .   Jussie didn’t deserve that.I’m praying for a better world we live in.

-Lando King @thelandoking

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I’m honestly disgusted with the situation. How could anyone have so much anger in their heart to attack someone who’s living their truth?! Events like this take place daily and it’s our job, as a community, to stand up for injustices. Marching and panel discussions can only do so much! We have to find alternative solutions to tackle this issue. There’s another generation behind us and it’s our duty to make the path a little easier for them. It’s our job to educate and mentor. Imagine what can take place if we all use our platforms and come together!

-Jaquay Wilkerson

kimberly jones

I believe in art as a way to promote empathy among us. I’ve tried to do that with my writing, so I was deeply saddened when I landed today and my phone begin to ding as it does when service is resumed after a flight but that it was not with text messages and social media likes from friends and family but of overwhelming information flooding my emails, timeline and texts about the brutal racist and homophobic attack on the amazing Jussie Smollett. Jussie has used his platform as an artist to showcase the real life of a Gay Black man living in America, and in the spotlight through his groundbreaking role as Jamal on Empire . Now here he stands victimized as a result of the ongoing divisive rhetoric associated with this current Administration. It broke my heart , it makes my soul sad, but I will continue as other artists should to use my voice to showcase empathy, vigilance, and resistance against all hate because only when

-Kimberly Jones @kimberlyjones

freshie
I think its important that shows like mine and the newer LGBT shows/characters are trying to express the realism of homosexual lives. Our perspectives and our desire to just promote love and happiness. Freedom and less judgement. The fact that the LGBTQ community is probably the most accepting humans on this planet because LOVE is more important than anything to us. It was even harder to hear about the rope/noose around his neck and the extent people are willing to go to “prove a point” or to “make a statement” and I think the MAGA individuals in this country and the man that leads them are showing how arrogant and self-absorbed people really are. That no matter how good/genuine of a person you are, if people don’t accept the way you live your life – that they’d rather you be dead than to let you walk home and live in peace. It’s a sad day man… it’s been bothering me all day because I’m tired of seeing this – WE are tired of seeing this… and NOBODY DESERVES TO BE TREATED LIKE THIS!!
When I woke up and scrolled my social media this morning the last thing I was expecting was to see the attack on Jussie Smollett. It made me sick to read the article about what happened, especially to such a bright, uplifting and beautiful human being. No, I don’t know him personally… nor have I met him. But just seeing how he treats and interacts with people on and off camera made this “attack” even more harder to bare. I definitely am not trying to say that any other attack is less important … but as I stated in my caption on social media “It’s crazy that people will go to any means to make sure no matter your background or success … that they’re agenda and they’re lifestyle should be forced on others … people would rather kill than love. It’s fucking ridiculous. That even when you “get OUT” and “make it” or even when you’re finally open and free to be who you are, people STILLLLLLLL hate you. And yes HATE because LOVE is not this. Sad to be hearing about this today but we are definitely sending prayers your way @jussiesmollett 🙏🏾”
– Freshie, Creator of Breathe Series @freshieofficial, @officialbreatheseries

zahir roberts

What has happened to Jussie is sick! it is also a reminder that we must not get comfortable. Continue to call those out who make homophobic and racist remarks. To them it’s a joke to others it’s a call to action! We’ve made so much progress in making this world safe for everyone but there is still work to do!! 😘✌🏿

-Zahir Roberts @zahoutloud

karon gemini filmz

When I heard about this news my heart dropped. I was very disgusted and hurt to hear about this violent attack, it’s so sad that we still have to worry about walking on this earth afraid to be us. My thoughts and prayers go to him and his family and any victim of such hate crime. I really hope and pray that the world can change very soon because many of the LGBT community go threw this on a daily basis unfortunately.
-Karon @therealkaron

tramel harris

It’s disheartening that I’m 2019 a young black gay man like Jussie Smollett can be attacked like we live in the 1960s. When has it ever been ok to attack someone for who they genuinely are. That is what is been happening for over 400 years we will never move forward with out each other black and gay we are both we must stand together #justiceforjussie #justiceforusall

-Tramel Harris @iam_tramel

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Jah Jah Katai, creator and director of “G-Status ATL Hustle”

My heart is hurt and I will continue to pray for him. Moments like this will hopefully change peoples minds and open peoples eyes I truly believe that this moment is bigger than him. It takes a very strong man to go through what he’s going through at this moment and unfortunately it’s a reflection of the many people in the LGBTQ community and in the black community unfortunately people are facing this type of discrimination everyday. He is such a huge celebrity and having such a huge platform will allow people to see the pain and the discrimination on a grander level and I hope and pray that it evokes change and allows people to have a open conversation about what we can do to change the hate, the evil and, the discrimination accumulating on this earth. He is such a intelligent man and I truly believe that God is working through him through this moment and it will impact millions.
-Jah @jahjahkitai

toni bryce

What happened to Jussie Smollet is something that we as everyday people without a platform go through on a daily to weekly basis, from our gay and lesbian community members being harassed and beaten to our Trans* and non-binary community members being murdered. I can only hope that we as a community can unite, support and protect each other as we wish the world to do for and with us. As intersectional people, I pray our black community can see pass our genders and sexual orientations and prioritize our “blackness” as we do for murdered little black boys, men and women. We, both, LGBTQ+ and Black people will NOT be erased, PERIOD! Jussie, don’t let this mentally defeat you but prepare you for greater, your best is yet to come! We love you! 

-Toni Bryce @thetonibryce

donta hensley

[Unfortunately] Today, let Jussie’s experience be an example of the stories we should promise our next generation. I love our web series world! It’s the pathway to our hearts. Our people of color, in this community, are being attacked. I stand corrected – these are our stories. Let’s tell them!  

– Donta Hensley

 

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marco reed

In my humble opinion what happened wasn’t something that shocked me , surprised me or stunned me . It’s a common story that many people in the LGBTQ community has either witnessed , heard of or has had happened to them personally. However having this issue being showcased on a huge platform to start conversations and wake people up to the reality that so many people have , had or haven’t yet lived through. Part of change is simply just having the knowledge that responsibility doesn’t just start or end with celebrities but with all of us individually. 

-Marco Reed @actormarcoreed

carl levonzell

I feel that the acts against Jussie Smollett are completely inhumane and disgusting. It showcases how we are going backwards in this society. Racism and homophobia are still so prevalent today and it is saddening. I feel like this hate crime is something that we can use as a wake call to stand together and protect each other. Support each other. That could have been any one of us at anytime! The time to act and speak out is now! ✊🏾

– Carl Levonzell (Web Star, Media Personality) @kyngrockstarr

anthony bawn

I’m outraged! I practice peace but for this to happen to someone that support the same venues and organizations in the Los Angeles market as I do I don’t tolerate this! Jussie has been nothing but kind to us and everyone he encounters and for 2 individuals to violate an ambassador for our community is an act of war! 
I have already hit the ground running to reaching out to my Chicago peeps to get these names! Cuz I am the one that will roll up on they ass! (And that’s an On the record statement) So word to the wise IF you try MY PEOPLE you will get handled “PERIOD!”
-Anthony Bawn @anthonybawn, @bawntv

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We would like to personally thank each and everyone who participated in this post. It is comforting and powerful knowing so many of us cannot put our differences aside for a greater cause. We at HeyMikeyATL are wishing each of you nothing but love and light, and Jussie Smollett a very speedy recovery! #StopHomophobia #JusticeForJussie

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Web Star Watched-Javontae Brownlee (@JavonteBrownle1)

When it comes to “cool” Web Stars, few can match the swag and appeal of Javontae Brownlee. You may be familiar with him thanks to his roles on the hit web series, L.I.T., Living 4 The Weekend,  and now starring alongside veteran web stars, Tripp Ali and Gary Lavard in Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You; but you still don’t know the ins and outs of this awesome guy. Check Javontae out as he spills a little trivia in our latest bout of “Web Star Watched!”

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When it comes to “cool” Web Stars, few can match the swag and appeal of Javontae Brownlee. You may be familiar with him thanks to his roles on the hit web series, L.I.T., Living 4 The Weekend,  and now starring alongside veteran web stars, Tripp Ali and Gary Lavard in Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You; but you still don’t know the ins and outs of this awesome guy. Check Javontae out as he spills a little trivia in our latest bout of “Web Star Watched!”

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1.Have you always wanted to be an actor? What’s been your favorite role?
Yes I’ve always wanted to be an actor ever since I had got into performing arts in high school. My favorite role as far a today would have to be playing the role of Justin in “Someday This Pain would be useful to you”. It was something different for me going in another direction as an actor.
2. How do you prepare for a role?
My process as preparing for a role I get feed back from close friends or people that I take serious in that category & I go from there. As well as going over my lines with my partner which we both are actors so we help each other out preparing for our roles.
3. Who are biggest personal influences?
My mom & dad , they keeps me going & keep telling me that I will make it just keep striving for the top & my time is most definitely coming!
4. Who are your biggest professional influences?
Denzel Washington, I pray one day I become an great actor just as himself.
5. How do you manage your personal and professional life?
I manage my personal & professional life by separating work & play , setting priorities, managing procrastination, eliminating destractions & setting boundaries.
6. What do you do in your downtime? Any hobbies?
Well I love sports so I’ll like to hit up the gym & hoop around or I’ll rather sit back & chill & play the game. I really don’t be doing too much. I like to just chill most of the time .
7. What is the biggest misconception people have about you?
Most people view me as a play boy that I don’t take relationship seriously, but if you know me you would understand that I take relationships serious as well as thrive. Not only just personal relationships but I take friendships very seriously too.
8. Single, taken, or “it’s complicated?”
I’ve be seeing someone for quite sometime so I would label it as I’m taken. 
9. What do you think is your best physical feature?
I would have to say my eyes .
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10. Is there anything you don’t like about yourself, or feel you can work on?
What I don’t like about myself & feel I need to change & work on is I feel like I should focus more on my dream than being focused on a boring job. I should put more into my craft & live my dream.
11. Last movie you saw
American Gangster 
12. Your favorite web series-
My favorite web series is “living for the weekend” which I play the role of “Travis”.
13. Your favorite web star (you can’t pick yourself)
My favorite web star I would have to say none other than Ryan Kennedy .
14. LGBTQIQA or straight?
Either or 
15. Something you can’t live without
I would have to say music , what’s life without music. Helps me get through the day.
16. Biggest pet peeve
Wow I have so many of these , but one of them are when like people’s asking me the same question over & over again like that really gets to me for some reason. & being ignored is one of them as well . I would turn to an a**hole so fast.
17. Tell us something you’ve never told anyone
If I never told anyone something that means it’s best unsaid & kept to myself.
18. Age
23
19. Sign
Scorpio
20. Quote to live by
Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!

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Web Star Watched-Brandon Karson (@brandonkarson)

It’s time for a little trivia! You’ve watched them on your favorite web series, and even admired them from afar; but how much do you really know about your favorite Web Star? We’re starting off our weekly series with an oldie, but goodie, Brandon Karson, of “About Him” fame!

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It’s time for a little trivia! You’ve watched them on your favorite web series, and even admired them from afar; but how much do you really know about your favorite Web Star? We’re starting off our weekly series with an oldie, but goodie, Brandon Karson, of About Him fame!

1. Have you always wanted to be an actor?

BK: Not at all. When I was younger, I wanted to be an attorney. Specifically a divorce/family attorney. That came from me talking debate and speech classes growing up.

2. What’s been your favorite role?

BK: I have to give it to my role on “About Him” as ‘Damien’. It touched so many people and it opened a lot of doors for me both in my professional and personal lives. However, the one that comes in close second would be me on BRTB TV’s “Triangle”, as ‘Logan’. I get to have so much fun with this character. From the filming process, to the amazing story line, I love being apart of the “Triangle” family.

3.How do you prepare for a role? 

BK: When I get the script for the first time, I read it three times: once for clarity on the story, another time for clarity of my role, and a final time to determine a character choice. Throughout all three of these initial reads, I’m remembering to gather other information I need to further clarify why my character is relevant to the story. I then breakdown the character by dissecting the character using the 5 W’s. From there, I then read for memory.

4. Who are biggest personal influences?

BK: More than anything, both my mother and my father. My mom has seen me through EVERYTHING, and sometimes she knows me more than I know myself. As for my father, we may had a more  sporadic relationship in the beginning. Now, we’re much, MUCH better. His journey taught me strength & perseverance. My mom’s taught me work hard and take nothing from no one.

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5. How do you manage your personal and professional life?

BK: It’s quite the task, honestly. I try my best to stay off the radar when it comes to exposing certain things. So new business ventures and new personal connections, I’m keep them on the hush until I know everything is solid. All in all, it’s pretty tough, but I take it day by day.

6. What do you do in your downtime? Any hobbies?

BK: I write…a lot. From my thoughts, to random feelings of passion or frustration, the written word has become my best friend. I’ve also grown quite the liking to both fashion and fitness over the past five years. Indulging in them both helps me to decompress.

7. What is the biggest misconception people have about you?

BK: That I’m mean…and that I’m a “player”. I have a natural stank face in public sometimes, and I honestly don’t know until someone checks me behind it. With the whole “player” label, I want to be clear about one thing…when I’m single, I’m single. I’m a firm believer in multi-dating. I think it’s healthy. I’m vocal with EVERYONE I’ve ever dated about me talking to other guys. So I do think people choose to be upset and call me names.

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

BK: I’m taken. Happily.

9. What do you think is your best physical feature?

BK: My Lips. They call them “soup coolers”.

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

BK: I can be really impatient sometimes. I can definitely work on that, and my listening skills. They’re more selective than I’d want them to be.

11. Last movie you saw

BK: “Fyre Fraud” Documentary on Hulu. AMAZING WATCH!

12. Your favorite web series

BK: When it’s on, SlayTV’s “Love at First Night”. Currently, it’s HereTV’s “#SingleManProblems”. 

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

BK: One of my favorite on screen actors and such an amazing spirit, Donta Hensley. 

14. LGBTQIQA or straight?

BK: C’mon now…Lol.

15. Something you can’t live without

BK: Silk Pajamas…or silk anything for that matter.

16. Biggest pet peeve

BK: Bad Hygiene…it’s disrespectful.

17. Tell us something you’ve never told anyone

BK: I’m scared of being alone one day. Never finding real love, you know? I mean, I’m in a relationship now…but who knows what the future holds?

18. Age

BK: 25

19. Sign

BK: Scorpio

20. Quote to live by

BK: “You never win when you play dirty.” – NeNe Leakes

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[VIDEO] YIKES! Signal23TV’s Henderson Maddox Releases Diss Track Against Former “About Him” Web Stars & Staff Members!

Some things really come as a shocker–even to us–when it comes to the ongoings of the Web World. Much to our suprise, Signal23TV’s CEO/Executive Director and Content Creator, Henderson Maddox released a diss track against former About Him Web Stars, Brandon Karson, Rahim Brazil, Gary Lavard, Chris June, and Tripp Ali; in addition to former adult star turned mogul, Arquez, and former staff members, Davien Harlis and Kimberly Jones! 

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Some things really come as a shocker–even to us–when it comes to the ongoings of the Web World. Much to our suprise, Signal23TV’s CEO/Executive Director and Content Creator, Henderson Maddox released a diss track against former About Him Web Stars, Brandon Karson, Rahim Brazil, Gary Lavard, Chris June, and Tripp Ali; in addition to former adult star turned mogul, Arquez, and former staff members, Davien Harlis and Kimberly Jones!

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Henderson’s diss track is set to the tune of There For You from Fox’s hit series, Star. He first performed the song at The Signal23TV Awards Show this past Sunday while a video played with the aforementioned people in it. They were nominated for an award, Lost The Signal Award. A source close to the network states alleged reasons ranging from lying and big egos all the way up to stealing and inappropriate sexual contact with talent. Check out the post Henderson set on his Instagram account below:

We reached out to each of the individuals named above and Davien, Rahim, Chris, and Kimberly all declined to comment. However, Brandon, Gary, and Tripp have these statements:

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Gary Lavard & Brandon Karson

“Personally, I thought it was pretty catchy. It was well written, and it showed that he’s still dealing with personal hardships as it pertains HIS decision to stop the series (“About Him”). This is obviously a cry for attention. At the end of the day, it saddens me to know that there’s so much strife and hate coming from such a “professional” production company. I chose not to speak on everything more so because I’m in such a different place in both the personal & professional avenues in my life. I pray that he finds the help that he needs, and I hope that this production company continues to put out some amazing adult content. Clearly, that’s the direction they’ve gone in, and it’s one of the main reasons I left in the first place.”

-Brandon Karson

“Thanks for the free press ☺️”
-Gary Lavard
😂🤣😂 Please check out my new series, “Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You” airing January 31st on thearthousetv.vhx.tv.
-Tripp Ali
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Tripp Ali

Again, we are really quite shocked Henderson released something like this. We never pegged him to be a rapper, but we guess he had to express his anger and disappointment. We just hope somehow these factions of the Web World can come to some peace by agreeing to disagree. Henderson has stated he is done with the petty after this diss track, but the year is young and we will see! As always, HeyMikeyATL serves as the center of the Web World and our opinion is we don’t have one. We would love to hear yours though! Sound off in the comments’ section below.

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