Connect with us

Published

on

 I feel like I’ve been blacklisted from the world of black gay web series in a lot of ways.

Honestly, my start as an actor on film was a learning experience. I got my start on Free Fall. It’s still doing very well I hear. I learned a lot from the guys and especially Lamont Pierre. I didn’t always agree with his direction or his personal advice when we spoke about love and relationships but I understood his feelings and the maturity in a lot of his ways. I learned to humble myself in a lot of my experiences on that show which I did four episodes. Free Fall started a movement in the black gay web series world. I was happy to be a part of it. The reaction from the fans was unreal. I couldn’t believe it.

free fall web series

When I was let go from the show I was sad and hurt. I found out like everyone else; online. I wasn’t given any notice or heads up by any of the guys. I was dealing with a lot at the time. Free Fall wasn’t a paid gig and I knew that going into it. I was so young but my first priority was finding a job to be the thing that allowed me to continue acting. I didn’t want to play the “struggling actor” role and pretend I was Hollywood. On top of that, I was having strong feelings for one of the guys on set. During that time, just before I was let go, I didn’t know how to deal with it. I was still new to becoming me; new to my sexuality, new to dating, new to sex, new to all of it.

langston john blaze

Just before Free Fall, I had become very social with the cast of VH1’s Single Ladies. Travis Winfrey was my boy; like we were so cool. My first day on set, he knew exactly who I was from my playfully flirty tweets and admiration for him. After two extra roles and almost getting in trouble on set for taking photos together, I was given a small feature role to play Winfrey’s love interest on an episode. I was so excited, I announced it on twitter. My followers were excited. Days later, to my surprise, Travis called me “a liar” on social media. He said I had no part on the show, not knowing I was cast. I was hurt by this. He knew me. I didn’t understand why he wouldn’t just direct message me to ask what I was talking about, but this inevitably got me fired from the role.I felt like my dreams were done. I was dramatic yet the thing that hurt the most was losing a connection with someone I thought was my friend. At the time, my friend, Landon and sister, Sydney, got me through the pain.

Travis Winfrey

Travis Winfrey

Eventually, I ended up with a new role on the short-lived drama, Necessary Roughness, weeks later. I never reconnected with Travis. I felt even sillier when months later, the Single Ladies role aired and only featured my character on photos, no lines or even physically interacting on set whatsoever. Yet I learned a lesson in Hollywood about only getting one chance, professionalism, and separating friends from work.

Recently, I was given roles on two of Tyson Anthony’s productions, Pharm and About Him: Freshman Year. I was considered the veteran actor on set since a lot of the younger talent (fresh faces) were familiar with my work from Free Fall. I carried myself professionally on set. I even took note from some of my favorite actors. I stayed to myself a lot. I was friendly but not over the top. I played a young emo-inspired drug dealer who dies by the hands of another drug dealing friend, who my character haunts after death. The character was a goofy yet challenging concept. I was inspired to do well. I grew up a quiet kid. As an adult people took this quality in me the wrong way. Later, I would discover one of the actors on the set of Pharm had an issue with me. I didn’t know why. I was hurt by this; not because I wanted to make a friend but I’d really been working on myself and it felt like all that work was for nothing. It took awhile but eventually I realized nothing was wrong with me. I was me. I liked who I was. I felt like I had been handling myself like a professional actor; nothing more or less.

Written By: Langston John Blaze

langston john blaze

From HeyMikeyATL

Langston’s experience with various web series is exactly that–his experience and perspective. We cannot confirm or deny if he has been blackballed from doing web series, but he did ask to use our site as a platform. However, we do believe there are two sides to every story. Langston states he wants to teach others to learn from his mistakes and  what they are getting themselves into with these web series.  We found his experience worth noting and reached out to various actors from the shows he participated in for a balanced perspective. Only three from About Him: Freshman Year and a show runner cared to comment. However, they do not care to be identified.

about him freshman year

The cast of “About Him freshman year (l-r) Rocc, Darren Johnson, Brandon Karson, Rahim Brazil, and Desmond Fletcher

“We treated everyone on set like family and wanted to provide a united front when it came to drama and nonsense. It is really unfortunate Langston felt alienated, but no one actively went out of their way to hurt him. We wish him the best.”

“He [Langston] has a bad habit of being the person who throws the rock and hides his hand…you can’t be on set talking mess about a person to another person and then turn around and talk mess about the person you were just talking to, to someone else thinking it won’t get back to them…Langston is very standoffish and acted grand like he just knew everything and that did rub a  lot of people the wrong way. If he felt alienated it’s because he did it to himself.”

“It’s just really sad that some people want attention or do some things for personal gain. Langston is a very bright person. But his personality and mind is just too fucked up for me to even form a relationship with the boy. But hey that’s life.”

“I Like Lang [Langston]…he’s always delivered for me when he was on set and took his job seriously. I would still cast him again.”

 

 

 

Interviews

[VIDEO] “Hey Mikey Goes Virtual” w/ Toni Bryce!

The intersections of race and sexuality can be as complicated as being between a proverbial “rock and a hard place.”

However, Toni Bryce, an amazingly talented young woman is navigating them with poise, grace, and a growing voice in the fight for her right to exist, a budding acting career, and a new role in Starz’ new series, “P-Valley!”

Published

on

toni bryce

The intersections of race and sexuality can be as complicated as being between a proverbial “rock and a hard place.”

However, Toni Bryce, an amazingly talented young woman is navigating them with poise, grace, and a growing voice in the fight for her right to exist, a budding acting career, and a new role in Starz’ new series, “P-Valley!”

toni bryce

Talking with Toni is always a treat! In the first part of her interview our very own, Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning (in regards to COVID-19 limitations) snagged a Zoom interview with Toni as she spoke on the frequent murders of transgender people of color, the role of transgender women like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera in LGBT American History, and Black Lives Matters unwittingly overshadowing Pride Month.

Toni went on to discuss “The Beauty in Colors March,” created by Atlanta councilman, Antonio Brown; which began near Atlantic Station and ended at the Rainbow Walkway in the heart of Midtown Atlanta. Here, she discusses fighting for justice for all oppressed people, the power of words and pronouns in relation to transgender people, the erasure of transgender people from LGBT community causes, and how she got her role on the upcoming series “P-Valley!”

Toni Bryce is one of those rare people who “talks the talk AND walks the walk!” Her work and service to various communities of people, while reconciling her own personal feelings and experiences.

toni bryce

Toni’s story is far from over and as you can see she is only scratching the surface of her potential! We are happy to witness her rise and will always be down for the ride when it comes to Ms. Bryce! Congratulations Toni on EVERYTHING!

To book your own interview contact us at HeyMikeyATL@gmail.com.

**We reserve the right to edit, use, or not use any footage we see fit. Thank you!**

Continue Reading

Interviews

The Divine Shine of Divinity Mychael!

“A Star is Born!” Those are just four words which describe Divinity Mychael, singer, fashion designer, and rising star! Divinity is truly a young woman on the go, working hard for her dreams and to share her voice in an industry where the competition is only becoming fiercer by the day.

Published

on

divinity mychael

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

divinity mychael

“A Star is Born!” Those are just four words which describe Divinity Mychael, singer, fashion designer, and rising star! Divinity is truly a young woman on the go, working hard for her dreams and to share her voice in an industry where the competition is only becoming fiercer by the day.

Divinity, however, is not phased, she has all the talent in the world and God on her side. “I’m determined and have a dream I’m going to make happen…there’s nothing easy about it, but nothing worthwhile really is.”

divinity mychael

Like many artists, Divinity Mychael has known she wanted to be a singer since she was a child. Also, like some of the greatest singers who ever lived like Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin she learned to sing in church. “Church is definitely one of the best training grounds in the world for singing. I sang in the choir for years and sang different parts. I can sing soprano, alto, and even tenor [she laughs]–the last one is a little hard for me though.” Indeed there is true versatility in her voice allowing her to hit the highest notes or smooth undertones, making her music a true treat. Her single, “SCAR,” is a real bop and gives us real Tinashe vibes. 

They say life and experience are the best teachers, but for Divinity, it is the source of her music. “My music tends to reflect things I’ve been through and situations I’ve dealt with. It makes your music relatable and you’re transparent…that’s how I want to be with my fans and supporters. I want them to get the authentic me when they hear my music.” SCAR may be Divinity’s most popular single, but it is not her newest piece of work. In fact, she has an unnamed EP ready to drop this summer! “I really feel like everyone is going to enjoy the tracks. I put a lot of work and love into them, and can’t wait for you guys to hear what I’ve come up with. You’ll see I’m no stranger to hard work!” 

divinity mychael

As aforementioned, Divinity is definitely no stranger to working for what she wants, having another venture in fashion with her own fashion line, “Div Life!” “My line is made of clothes every woman can wear. I really want women to feel empowered, sexy, and beautiful in my clothes. Currently I’m looking for models for an upcoming fashion show I’m planning and from there it is more work getting it off the ground.” There are few things more trying than being an entrepreneur on top of being an artist as well, but she handles the combined pressures well. “I have an amazing team and support system behind me. You know I still work a day job, I’m an artist, and a [fashion] designer, so for me it’s really a balancing act, time management, and remaining focused. There’s so much to do when you’re on the rise.”  Divinity’s many hats are currently her “true loves.” Determined to remain focused, she is not dating or looking to date anyone at the moment. “I’m nineteen [she laughs] love will come, but for now I’m in my bag! I don’t need any distractions.”

Divinity Mychael is destined for greatness. We can hear it in her music, see it in the way she moves, and watch it manifest itself in her drive. She advises other independent artists and rising stars to “never give up…I know it’s hard, we’re all trying to make it, but we have to keep at it. Nothing happens overnight–nothing.”

divinity mychael

Instagram: @divinitymychael, @divlifeonline

Continue Reading

Interviews

Easy, Breezy–BOLD! Meet Aina Brei’Yon!

Chicago is one of the greatest cities in America, so it is not surprising that it would also produce some of the nation’s most talented, upcoming artists. One of those amazing artists is none other than Aina Brei’Yon!

Published

on

aina brei'yon

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

Photo Credit: 3K9Visions

Chicago is one of the greatest cities in America, so it is not surprising that it would also produce some of the nation’s most talented, upcoming artists. One of those amazing artists is none other than Aina Brei’Yon!

Aina escaped some of the most dangerous parts of Chi-Town to become a true sensation, and a rapper with skills that can stare down some of the music industry’s greatest emcees. She is truly a woman in “Kontrol” of her life; speaking with us on her music, being a mogul, and navigating her personal life. “To have it all, you gotta do it all…You can’t be out here procrastinating.”

As aforementioned Aina Brei’Yon is a native and gem of Chicago. She grew up seeing the best and worst the city had to offer, using the latter to motivate her to greatness. “Chicago’s home, but when you are surrounded by an environment that isn’t always safe you learn a lot. How to be resourceful, survive, and most importantly realizing you have to make it out of there to help yourself and somebody else if you can.” Aina goes on to reveal her family also greatly influenced her drive to be the best. “Just growing up and seeing some the things my brothers were involved with kept me on the straight and narrow path and motivated…Somebody had to break the cycle.” Aina definitely seems to be breaking the cycle with her music and business ventures.

aina brei'yon

As a rapper, music comes to Aina as easily as breathing. Her lyrics are the epitome of a wordsmith on fire! All of her songs are true bops, bringing her own flare and Midwestern style with real skill and true passion. Our favorite songs by her are “13 Questions” and “Caught Up!” She counts preceding female emcees and rappers like Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, and Lady of Rage as her musical influences. When asked how she feels about the recent resurgence of female rappers, she goes on to say, “It’s becoming more diverse, but there’s still more to be done….History is redeeming itself though, by acknowledging the greats [aforementioned influential rappers/emcees listed]…” Aina like many artists draws inspiration for her music from real life experiences, which is undoubtedly why many find it so relatable. “You can’t rap or make music about what you don’t know. You have to keep it real with your audience, they can tell when you being fake [she laughs].” 2020 is set to be great year for the Chicago rapper, as she reveals she will be releasing new music. “It’s gonna be fire, believe that.”

Besides being an amazing rapper, Aina Breyon is now making mogul moves, launching her own music production company, “3K9 Productions!” The company will not only create amazing beats, but produce songs, and eventually develop artists. “It’s my baby [she laughs]! I love being a boss and working for myself. I knew kind of early own I have an attitude and needed to do things my own way [she laughs]!” She goes on to admit that finding the time to do everything she needs to do has become a bit challenging. “I’m learning and realizing a lot. I try to balance things out, and everything is coming together. I just can’t be as active on social media.” Launching 3K9 Productions is definitely a power move and one in the right direction. You can check out the website for the new company by clicking here.

aina breiyon

When it comes to love Aina is no stranger, and is in fact in a relationship of her own. “I have a woman now. I was single for five years, but we’ve been dating for five months. She’s a private person so I try to keep us privately.” As a rapper who happens to like women, she is often compared to Young MA. “It’s nothing to compare and I don’t get offended. She’s a masculine presented female, it’s a surface level comparison.” Aina Breyon is destined for greatness and is already carving and blazing her own path to become one of the greatest rappers in the country. Her strength and drive to be the best is beyond admirable. She tells up and coming rappers to “Stand in your truth. If you aren’t doing that then what are you doing? You have to know what you want, and have the bigger picture in your mind. Stay consistent and always pick yourself back up. The ‘no’s’ will get you through the door.”

 

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Facebook

Trending

%d bloggers like this: