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The sun always seems to shine on Gary Lavard. Whether he is acting, modeling, or producing; the man may very well be a living example of “Never Not Working!” In Gary’s latest venture, his production company, GLO Media, has partnered with Victory Productions Network, owned and created by Augusta filmmaker and director, Karlton T. Clay, to produce a new web series, “My Life!”

The series centers on Kevin (Gary Lavard) a 35 year old man with a wife (Kiara Bennett) and kids struggling with his sexuality. He manages to keep his secret lives apart until Troy (Marquis Woolford), the man he had an affair with unwittingly shows up at his birthday party. Kevin’s life begins to unravel as he struggles to maintain his life as is while dealing with his growing desire for other men.

The series will be released biweekly on GLO Media and Victory Production Network’s YouTube channel, but if you can’t wait (like we can’t) you can purchase the entire series by clicking here.

Grade: A-

The first episode episode, “If You Look At My Life, See What I See” can be viewed below:

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The cast of “My Life,” (l-r) Jesse Bingham (Vaughn), Keena Buoy (Yvette), Kiara C. Bennett (Malinda), Gary LaVard (Kevin), MarQues Woolford (Troy), Lakeisha Sherron (Ashley), Patrick Lamont, Jr. (Harrison)

We managed to see the first two episodes of “My Life” and we are definitely left wanting for more. Gary is amazing as Kevin, and we are loving seeing this “grown and sexy” vibe he is giving. His character’s journey, to self-acceptance, however is not quite as beautiful however. You can tell it is intertwined with the trope of love coupled with tragedy. Kevin seems to have it all, but he cannot act on his desires openly without losing his family as he knows it. This can only end with him losing on at least one front, but such is life–his life–“My Life.”

What We Liked:

-We loved the overall story line and the realism of the character’s angst. The acting is real, fluid, and to many men it will be relatable.

-An appearance from our very own Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning. Kevin was choosing!

What We Loved:

-Seeing Gary all grown up. Usually, he’s the young, fly playboy, but in this series he’s a legit daddy, husband, and executive. His future looks bright on and off screen.

-Marquis Woolford is “Man Crush Everyday” worthy! We have seen him around on Instagram, but had no idea he is also an actor. His sex appeal is robust and his presence has its own gravitational field just for your eyes. We are interested in seeing just how far his character will go to make Kevin his.

-The collaboration between GLO Media and Victory Productions Network. It is great seeing Gary move to the production side of things, and Karlton T. Clay is a true jewel of Georgia. We have been watching his work and series from afar and he is a force to be reckoned with, churning out web series faster than any other indie network we have come across. Somebody give this man an app, he seems to be on his way to creating his own Black Netflix!

What We Hated:

-The episodes are way too short! We need at least 25 to 30 minutes with this series. There’s so much to flush out and we would like to see more of the other characters’ backstory at least for development sake. There is so much more to see and know beyond Kevin and Troy, like Kevin’s wife, Belinda’s perspective, or what is going on with Vaughn? No one is a jerk for no reason and he and that coworker seemed a little too annoyed with another.

Check out a few more photos from “My Life” below:

 

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[REVIEW] Nostalgically LIT! “Noah’s ARC: The ‘Rona Chronicles” We NEEDED You!

It is hard to believe it has been fifteen years since Patrik-Ian Polk’s “Noah’s ARC” first debuted on LOGO TV Network.

Since then Noah’s ARC has spawned two iconic seasons, an independent film, and now a reunion centered on the affects of the coronavirus pandemic on Noah, Wade, Alex, Ricky, and Chance–“Noah’s ARC: The “Rona Chronicles!”

Needless to say this reunion was right on time and just what we needed during these trying times. A true breath of fresh air! The show was preceded by a pre-show and collection of well wishes with notable Black LGBT stars and fans of the original Noah’s ARC since its early 2000’s inception. The show paved the way for a number of Black LGBT productions like Pose, About Him, Twenties, and so many others.

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It is hard to believe it has been fifteen years since Patrik-Ian Polk’s “Noah’s ARC” first debuted on LOGO TV Network.

Since then Noah’s ARC has spawned two iconic seasons, an independent film, and now a reunion centered on the affects of the coronavirus pandemic on Noah, Wade, Alex, Ricky, and Chance–“Noah’s ARC: The “Rona Chronicles!”

Needless to say this reunion was right on time and just what we needed during these trying times. A true breath of fresh air! The show was preceded by a pre-show and collection of well wishes with notable Black LGBT stars and fans of the original Noah’s ARC since its early 2000’s inception. The show paved the way for a number of Black LGBT productions like Pose, About Him, Twenties, and so many others.

noah's arc the rona chronicles

The show centers on our motley cast dealing with the overcast of the coronavirus pandemic. Noah tells Alex he and Wade are at odds over a “situation” between him and three friends, meanwhile he has life altering news he needs to share with his crew. Alex’s son OJ is now identifying as non-binary, while his husband Trey struggles to deal with being a medic witnessing the onslaught of the pandemic. Chance now lives in Mississippi with a new position at a new college, while his husband and stepdaughter, Eddie and Kenya (all grown up and beautiful), are in Florida caring for the other’s aging mother. Finally, Ricky is STILL Ricky, trying to find safe ways to hook up with guys during the pandemic, while possibly reconnecting with his former love, Junito.

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The show’s format was based on Zoom calls, allowing them to safely film the series while being true and entertaining to the source content of the series. The guys have all aged well and you can tell they were happy to be back in the swing of things. The timing of this reunion is everything AND creative. Mainstream television had the right idea with rebooting its older series and Patrik has the right idea with bringing back this amazing cast of actors.

There is a real lack of positive and quality Black LGBT content in media nowadays and The ‘Rona Chronicles may be what we need to satiate and fill this empty space. Welcome back guys you were all missed–dearly!

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Patrik-Ian Polk, write and creator of “Noah’s ARC”

What We Liked 

-Seeing the entire main cast back together, including Brandy (Jennia Fredrique) and Junito (Wilson Cruz), making this project happen.

-Wade and Noah are still together and HAPPY.

-The dynamic of Noah and his ARC are still there. The chemistry, the way they play off each other, and their sense of family and community are as strong as ever.

-The show addressed the dangers and effects of the coronavirus pandemic. It really lets audiences know we are all in this together!

What We Loved

-Wade and Noah are going to be daddies!!! It’s the natural evolution of their relationship and family. This kid is going to be an amazing mix of both his/her fathers and we cannot wait!

-Alex is truly MAMA! Everything he does is a hoot, but we love him nonetheless.

-Meeting Wade’s father and Alex’s brother! It was good to see more family in the mix. Wade’s father definitely set him straight–in a parenting sense, and the duet with Alex and his brother of “Don’t Lose This Feeling That We Have” from “The Wiz” was EVERYTHING!

-The inclusion of Black Lives Matter issues and police brutality. RIP Rayshard Brooks!

-Brandon Karson, formerly of “About Him,” making an appearance on the show! It was a shocker, but well received! Check out his involvement with the series in a brief interview below:

What We Hated

-We didn’t get to see Alex’s child, OJ!

-What happened to Brandon (Gary LeRoi Gray) from “Noah’s ARC: Jumping The Broom?” We need an update!

 

 

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#QuarantineAndCackle w/ HD Productions Network’s New Limited Series, “COVID!”

While the world has been set on pause, thanks to coronavirus, Corey Knott and the boys at HD Productions Network have seemingly been working away. The indie network’s latest projects is a comedic new limited series entitled, “COVID!” The series features characters from HD’s Daytime Emmy pre-nominated series (for Outstanding Digital Drama Series), “Living 4 The Weekend,” now in its fifth season! 

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While the world has been set on pause, thanks to coronavirus, Corey Knott and the boys at HD Productions Network have seemingly been working away. The indie network’s latest projects is a comedic new limited series entitled, “COVID!” The series features characters from HD’s Daytime Emmy pre-nominated series (for Outstanding Digital Drama Series), “Living 4 The Weekend,” now in its fourth season!

“COVID” really spoofs the isolation and fear we are feeling globally. In its own way, it lets us all know we are all truly in this together, dealing with a common problem. We spoke with Cory briefly for a quick Q&A on the series. Check it out below:

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1. Why’d you decide to a limited series and entitle it episode entitled “COVID” and make it a comedy?

In the wake of the pandemic and social distancing precautions. I felt that it would serve purpose to loyal fans who are experiencing the same thing we all are worldwide. The series was created to make us laugh at the things we really want to scream about. Let’s face it. We all want to go back OUTSIDE! 

2. How has your production company adapted to the new restrictions since the outbreak?

Luckily for HD Productions Network, we had just wrapped filming Fallacies The Final Season and Living 4 The Weekend Season 4 the week before the shutdown. The COVID Series was created as a “stall” tactic to ensure that we wouldn’t run out of NEW episodes until the studios reopened to begin filming other series. I didn’t want to have a gap in time until the next group of series dropped on our network which realistically  would be early Fall.

3. Have you seen a positive or negative jump or slump in views on your series since the outbreak?

Well of course. Sales have doubled this month. Everyone is home. People are bored and want to watch something relatable. Living 4 The Weekend is breaking barriers while COVID is breaking the internet with views out the world. For example. I posted episode 2 of COVID at midnight. I woke up at 8am to 10k views! I say its pretty impressive.

4. What other shows can we expect?

Normally I would say expect the unexpected but lucky for you readers I have nothing but time. No pun intended. Throughout this pandemic, my team and I put in some work. HD Productions Network celebrated 6 years on 4/15/20. As part of the HD6 Upfronts, I present to you… House Boys S1 The Pier (Feature Film) Pieces S2 Ex-Hell (Limited Series) Ronnie and Klyde (Limited Series) and Living 4 The Weekend S5

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COVID is seriously funny and there are now two episodes to view. The second episode has already garnered over 25K views! You’ll even catch an appearance from our very own, Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning. We have to say we are impressed with HD’s progress and the series they are churning out. You can catch “COVID” by subscribing at www.hdproductionsnetwork.tv/!

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Indie Director, Alex Jante Announces 2nd Season of Hit Web Series, & Announces Multiple Spinoffs!

It looks like Marvel, DC, and The CW are not the only productions with an entire “universe” of interconnected series. Atlanta-based director, Alex Jante, has released a second season for his popular web series, “The Unanointed” (2017), which as you recalled focused on a fictional world where vampirism was spread like an STD.

The victims contracted “VIC” and grew glowing eyes, fangs, and became hyperactive at night. The characters sought to find love, their place in the world, and deal with a murderer. Now, “The Unanointed” is spinning off into multiple other series set in the same world but with even more dynamic characters in “The Ordinary” and “The Enslaved!”

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It looks like Marvel, DC, and The CW are not the only productions with an entire “universe” of interconnected series. Atlanta-based director, Alex Jante, has released a second season for his popular web series, “The Unanointed” (2017), which as you recalled focused on a fictional world where vampirism was spread like an STD.

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The victims contracted “VIC” and grew glowing eyes, fangs, and became hyperactive at night. The characters sought to find love, their place in the world, and deal with a murderer. Now, “The Unanointed” is spinning off into multiple other series set in the same world but with even more dynamic characters in “The Ordinary” and “The Enslaved!”

It has been quite some time since we discussed web series, but we do still love them AND we love vampire lore. These series will definitely incorporating that albeit with some real world anchors that deal with the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The discrimination and stigma of the disease is still prevalent, as showcased with VIC in the world all of the series are set in. We do not know for sure what “The Ordinary” and “Enslaved” are completely about but we do have the casts for each series:

the unanointed season 2 web series cast

(l-r) Alex Jante, Christian Emile, Chris June, Tramel Harris, Hope Lisa, Steven Marcus, Vincent Mathis, Ryan Marcus, and Brandon Karson Jordan

the ordinary web series cast

(l-r) Hope Lisa, Brandon Karson Jordan, Kurtis Dejon, Rico Cassodine, Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning, Darius Lavelle, Vincent Mathis, Nicole Sky, and Ryan Marcus

the enslaved web series cast

(l-r) Tramel Harris, Steven Marcus, Christian Emil, LaVar Norman, Chris June, Christopher Moten, B. Dwayne, Devante Wright, and Martel Star

We have to say these are quite the casts, and this is quite the undertaking! We know most of the cast. One in particular is our very own Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning, another is family, others are friends and colleagues, and still others we know in passing. Regardless, this is monumental. Thus far only Jante Productions and AConnectionTV boast a “universe” of series in the Web World. We will keep you posted as more about “The Unanointed Universe” becomes available! Congrats to everyone involved!

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