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Atlanta continues to be the place where everyone is just one step away from their big break. More times than not, the threshold to that “big break” is accomplished by who you know, rather than what you know. However, one rising star is taking Atlanta by storm, making moves, winning hearts, and making us swoon one role at a time.

Chris June is his name and he is Hollywood’s next leading man!

“I’m just really big on being myself, honing my craft, and doing what I’m suppose to be doing with my talent. I know that doors are opening for me because of that. I get to be Chris [June] everyday and I feel really blessed.”

Chris is indeed blessed with more than his fair share of beauty, body, intellect, and talent. The man can not only act, but is also an amazing singer, model, and fashion designer. When you first meet Chris you assume he is just another arrogant, handsome web star who garnered attention for his body, or who probably lucked out with a few thousand followers, and some pretty good “beyond the bathroom” Instagram photos. You soon learn everything you thought about him is wrong. Chris is the epitome of being down to earth, so much so that humility ebbs from his soul through his skin. “A lot of people have a misconception about me until they get to know me…I’m human just like everybody else, but I believe more than most, I think, that the energy you put out into the universe you get back. So i treat everyone with respect and dignity. The moment you get the big head and think you’re better than the next person then that’s your downfall…”

Mr. June may be humble, but that does not stop him from staying BOOKED. The man is Web Star Royalty when it comes to web series, having starring roles on Signal 23 TV’s About Him: The Revolution, Tyson Anthony’s Raising Eli, Lee Hayes’ BAIT, Big Dreams Productions’ Twisted, Bawn TV’s H.I.M. and Blackville, and is a panelist on Culture Club! Oh, and let’s not forget his upcoming film, Last Night In ATL starring opposite equally hot web star, Thomas Mackey! We find it extremely impressive and a true testimony to his talent that he can adapt to and play so many different roles. Naturally, he is a leading man, but we have really seen some of his best work when he is playing characters out of the box. One role, that of “Marcus,” in Twisted, really stands out to us. Here, he is a drug addict who literally screws and screws over the people in his life. Unkempt and unhinged, Marcus stands to lose it all if he does not get his life together. “That role was really different for me. In the audition process I originally read for a role that would have been, as you say, the leading man role and I remember the casting directors were saying they did not want to see me being typecast, wanting to see me in a completely different role and light. I had never heard anyone say that before so I went with it.” As you will see on Twisted (premiering on YouTube, Wednesday, November 15, 2017.), some of the most emotional scenes of the series involve him. The boy can cry on demand!

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Chris June and LaTamra Smith from scene in Bawn TV’s “Blackville”

Chris’s roles on these series makes him the unicorn of the web star world; working for rival networks who to say the least have rarely played nice with one another. Chris, however, is determined to stay above the drama and out of the fray. “You know I really wish we all could just come together. There’s so much we could accomplish if we all pool our resources. There’s so much money to be made and such a big difference we can make if people would put their egos to the side. Just look at the success of Moonlight, Hollywood is starting to see our stories are powerful and viable and the desire to see more Black LGBT content building. I feel like these web series are a big part of that and are only becoming more and more popular. We need to be united.”

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In just a few years, Chris sees himself living his dreams, having crossed over to mainstream acting and being one of the industry’s leading men. This is definitely something we see for Chris, unlike some of his compatriots who are content with being “Gay Famous”; he is definitely going for the gold! “I see all of this as the means to an end. I can’t speak for everyone else, but I know what I want for myself and how to use this platform–and that’s what it is a platform–to accomplish my goals. This is work and you cannot get caught up in the hype, attention, and likes because it is all fleeting. At the end of the day all you have is yourself, your dignity, the people you love, and a career if you have worked to make something of yourself. Do what you have to do so you can look back over your life and not have any regrets.”

Talking with Chris is never a conversation, or even an interview, it is an experience. He makes you feel like who you are and how you are is perfectly okay–and we love him for it. Are you swooning for Chris June? We are. Chris…consider yourself WEB STAR WATCHED!

Chris June

IG: @the24thofjune

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

 

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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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