The End of “Tex Brown?” Tripp Ali (@iamTrippAli) Parts Ways w/ Signal 23 TV!

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The world of web stars and web series changes quicker than Atlanta weather! One day we are happy to announce there is new web series to debut or a new web star to meet, and then on other days a web star is announcing his departure.

This time, unfortunately, it is the latter as Tripp Ali, host of The Plug and star of Tex Brown, has announced he and Signal 23 Tv are parting ways!

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The news of Tripp’s departure was made known via an ominous Instagram post where he announced that today he was parting ways with Signal 23 TV.

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His departure from the network comes as a surprise to many as his show has undoubtedly been one of the network’s biggest successes due to its content, grit, and the combined talent of Tripp Ali and Henderson Maddox. In recent months Mr. Ali he had even become of the faces, alongside Gary Lavard and Lando King, of the network and a highly anticipated tour, The Kings of Stream, has been in the works.

Naturally, we had to get a more in depth from Tripp about his departure. He sent this response:

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Tripp Ali

I am an entertainer and when my craft is no longer respected or honored I need to move on. Entertainers must always be true to their craft and never allow themselves to be placed in an unfair contract or situation that goes beyond the realm of professionalism and decency. Continue to sign on to “The Plug” @ worldstarhitradio.com and I will updates on my next role.

We definitely wish Tripp the best in his future endeavors, but at the same time we hate to see Tex Brown end. The series may just be released in a similar fashion to About Justin upon Rico Pruitt’s departure earlier this year.  This has been quite the week for Mr. Ali, as you recall he announced he would be the sole host of The Plug after Brandon Karson’s allegedly abrupt departure. We reached out to Signal 23 TV, but at the time this post went live we had not received a response. What are your thoughts on Tripp Ali’s departure? Sound off in the comments section below!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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Tripp Ali (@iamTrippAli) Goes Solo! “The Plug” Releases Official Statement Regarding Brandon Karson’s (@mrbrandonkarson) Departure

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The rumor mill of Atlanta is always churning, but often its rumors turn out to be facts. Yesterday, we reported that Brandon Karson may have departed his hit radio show, with Tripp Ali, The Plug, and as of this morning we can confirm he is definitely no longer a part of the show.

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A representative from The Plug reached out to us late last night with an official statement regarding Brandon Karson’s departure.

You can read the statement below in its entirety:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE PLUG CO-HOST BRANDON KARSON DEPARTS INDEFINITELY

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JUNE 8, 2017

ATLANTA, GA- ON MAY 19TH, A PLUG ATL PRODUCER WAS CONTACTED BY BRANDON KARSON REGARDING DETAILS OF THE SHOW. THE CONVERSATION SWITCHED OVER TO DETAILS REVEALING THAT BRANDON HAD SEEN SEXUALLY EXPLICIT CONTENT FROM TRIPP ALI’S TV SHOW “TEX BROWN” AND HAD MADE COMMENTS REGARDING TRIPP’S CHOICE OF REVEALING HIS GENITALS AND OPPOSING TO HIS DECISION. THE PLUG ATL PRODUCER DEFENDED TRIPP’S DECISION FOR IT BEING A INDUSTRY AND BUSINESS MOVE FOR THE ACTOR. IT WAS ALSO NOTED MR KARSON ALSO MADE A SIMILAR DECISION IN A PREVIOUS PROJECT.

SHORTLY AFTER THE EXCHANGE, THE PLUG ATL PRODUCER SHARED IMAGES OF THE CONVERSATION TO TRIPP ALI. DURING THE LIVE TAPING OF THE SHOW, TRIPP ALI VERBALLY CONFRONTED BRANDON LIVE ON THE AIR. ALI WAS PARTICUALLY UPSET BY THE FACT THAT IT WAS NOT BROUGHT TO HIS ATTENTION AND RATHER SAID TO A MUTUAL FRIEND/SHOW PRODUCER. AT THE END OF THE SHOW, KARSON REVEALED THAT IT MIGHT BE HIS LAST SHOW.  SHORTLY AFTER THE SHOW BOTH ALI AND KARSON MADE AMENDS BUT KARSON NEVER MADE PEACE WITH THE SITUATION AND UNFOLLOWED BOTH TRIPP ALI AND FORMER MUTUAL FRIEND/SHOW PRODUCER ON SOCIAL MEDIA. LATER KARSON PLEADED WITH A VIDEOGRAPHER TO EDIT OUT THE CONFRONTATION FROM THE SHOW ON THE BASIS OF AN ALLEGATION THAT THE PLUG ATL PRODUCER AND TRIPP ALI WERE TRYING TO DESTROY HIM AND HIS CAREER.

ON JUNE 8TH, IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT THE SHOW WOULD REBRAND AND RELAUNCH WITHOUT BRANDON KARSON. THE PLUG IS YOUR NEW SOURCE FOR URBAN POP CULTURE. THE SHOW WILL RETURN MID-LATE JUNE ON WORLDSTARHITRADIO.COM AND SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS (@WEARETHEPLUGATL) AND WEARETHEPLUGATL.COM

YIKES! We are surprised to see Brandon and Tripp at odds, the two have definitely seemed to be very “ride or die” for each other. Brandon, we definitely invite you to reach out to us with your side of things as well. Still, with Brandon’s “indefinite” departure, we wonder is he looking for a new co-host, or will he be flying solo? Hopefully these two can mend this rift between them. Nevertheless, we wish all parties involved the absolute best!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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[VIDEO] “The Show Must Go On?” Did Brandon Karson (@mrbrandonkarson) Leave “The Plug?”

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It is officially Thursday evening in Atlanta and the rumor mill is turning–at least  in our inbox, thanks to a few dozen of our minions. It seems things are always changing in the world of Web Stars and their other ventures seem to be no different. As you know web stars, Tripp Ali (Tex Brown, Steel River: When Were Young, About Him) and Brandon Karson (About Him: Freshman Year, District) have a popular radio show, The Plug. For over a year now they have entertained thousands of people everywhere with their fresh perspective and the chemistry from their very different viewpoints.

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As awesome as they seemed together it appears Tripp Ali and Brandon Karson have parted ways, leaving the former as the sole host of The Plug!

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Panic Grips Manchester Arena After An Explosion At Ariana Grande’s (@arianagrande) Concert!

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Ariana Grande performing in Manchester, England before terrorist attack

Children were among 22 people killed in a suicide attack after an Ariana Grande concert at Britain’s Manchester Arena

Manchester Arena in England was shaken by an explosion at the end of a performance by the pop star Ariana Grande on Monday night. At least 22 people, including children, were killed and 59 others wounded in an explosion around 10:35 p.m. on Monday in the foyer outside the main hall of the arena. The police said they were treating the case “as a terrorist incident.” They believe the blast came from a man who set off an “improvised explosive device” and who died in the explosion.

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[VIDEO/TRAILER] “Hey Best Friends!” Rico Pruitt Breaks The Internet w/ BlackBoysAddicitionz!

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From About Him to About Justin, we have fallen head over heels for web star and model, Rico Pruitt! Is it any surprise? The boy haas never shied away from giving his fans what they demand, be it hot scenes on his various web series, your daily thirst trap picture, or unwittingly that sex tape his ex-boyfriend leaked late last year. It seems now, however, all of that risque activity has culminated in our favorite boy not only baring it all but getting it in thanks to BlackBoyAddictionz. 

Yep, Rico Pruitt has just dropped his first porno!

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News about Rico’s porn have been swirling in our inbox for months now, and not only are they true, but we will soon be posting an exclusive interview where he is revealing all! Everything you wanna know, the who’s, the whats, they whys, and even the how comes! You can check out a few pictures and a preview from the former About Justin star’s adult film on the next page!

We have to warn you the images and footage you are about to see are graphic and mature. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED, NO ONE UNDER 18!

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Signing Off? Rico Pruitt & Signal 23 TV Part Ways!

It has definitely been a wild ride these last few months with the cast (s) of About Him! Last summer this talented group of young men took the nation by storm with a story that brought to the forefront the pain and pleasure of young Black gay men coming of age. As you already know, one of them was Rico Pruitt, who starred as “Justin,” on the hit web series, and later in About Justin. We were already enamored with Brandon Karson and Gary Lavard on screen, but adding Rico into the mix was liking adding a little extra spice to make the show “extra nice!”

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However, all things come to an end eventually; and from the looks of it Rico has decided to end his relationship with Signal 23 TV! The popular web star took to Facebook and Instagram announcing not only his departure from About Justin, but the company as well. Check out his post below:

 Signal 23 TV declined to comment. We are surprised to see Rico and Signal 23 TV are parting ways, but this is not unheard of. As you recall other original About Him stars, Brandon Karson (Damien) and Rahim Brazil (Kendall) parted ways with the company in December of last year. Rico is a good friend to our site and we definitely wish all parties involved the best of luck in their future endeavors.

You can catch an in depth interview with Rico Pruitt and his new project soon on HeyMikeyATL EXCLUSIVELY!

Chin Check Her! Emmett Till’s Accuser, Carolyn Bryant Donham, ADMITS SHE LIED!

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Carolyn Bryant, the woman who accused Emmett Till of whistling at her, and ultimately resulted in his brutal murder, has ADMITTED SHE LIED!

Carolyn has never spoken to the press about what exactly happened between herself and Till, but her then husband, Roy Bryant and his half-brother, J.W. Milam were both acquitted of his torture and murder in 1955. They later revealed in an interview with Look Magazine the brothers gloated and said they had no choice but to do what they had done in defense of Carolyn’s honor. They were each paid $3600 for their interviews.

Carolyn has since remarried twice over the years and is now known as Carolyn Bryant Donham. While speaking to author and scholar, Timothy Tyson she lied about her testimony.

via Vanity Fair:

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In a new book, The Blood of Emmett Till (Simon & Schuster), Timothy Tyson, a Duke University senior research scholar, reveals that Carolyn—in 2007, at age 72—confessed that she had fabricated the most sensational part of her testimony. “That part’s not true,” she told Tyson, about her claim that Till had made verbal and physical advances on her. As for the rest of what happened that evening in the country store, she said she couldn’t remember. (Carolyn is now 82, and her current whereabouts have been kept secret by her family.)

Tyson’s book, to be published next week, was preceded by the definitive study of the case, Devery S. Anderson’s masterful Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement, which was published in 2015 by the University Press of Mississippi. (Last week, John Edgar Wideman’s meditation on Till, Writing to Save a Life, was named a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award.) Still, no author save Tyson has ever interviewed Carolyn Bryant Donham. (Her ex-husband and brother-in-law are both dead.) “That case went a long way toward ruining her life,” Tyson contends, explaining that she could never escape its notoriety. His compelling book is suffused with information that Donham, over coffee and pound cake, shared with him in what he calls a “confessional” spirit.

Carolyn, in fact, had approached Tyson because she was writing her memoirs. (Her manuscript is in the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill library archives and will not be available for public view until 2036, according to Tyson.) Her daughter had admired Tyson’s earlier book, Blood Does Sign My Name, about another racism-inspired murder committed by someone known to Tyson’s family. And Tyson himself, a Southern preacher’s son, says that when he sat down with Carolyn, she “could have fit in at a Tyson family reunion”—even at its local church. Clearly, he observed, she had been altered by the social and legal advances that had overtaken the South in the intervening half century. “She was glad things had changed [and she] thought the old system of white supremacy was wrong, though she had more or less taken it as normal at the time.” She didn’t officially repent; she was not the type to join any racial reconciliation groups or to make an appearance at the new Emmett Till Interpretive Center, which attempts to promote understanding of the past and point a way forward.

But as Carolyn became reflective in Timothy Tyson’s presence, wistfully volunteering, “Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him.” She also admitted she “felt tender sorrow,” Tyson would note, “for Mamie Till-Mobley”—Emmett Till’s mother, who died in 2003 after a lifetime spent crusading for civil rights. (She had bravely insisted that her son’s casket remain open at his funeral in order to show America what had been done to him.) “When Carolyn herself [later] lost one of her sons, she thought about the grief that Mamie must have felt and grieved all the more.” Tyson does not say whether Carolyn was expressing guilt. Indeed, he asserts that for days after the murders, and until the trial, she was kept in seclusion by her husband’s family. But that “tender sorrow” does sound, in its way, like late-blooming regret.

This is ENRAGING! Lock her in the nearest Black Gate Prison! Trump is about to reopen them! A boy lost his life over her lies and his mother, God rest her soul, lost her only child! The only good that came out of this was that it galvanized The Civil Rights Movement as African-Americans across the nation realized that not only were Black men and women in danger but so were children; and that racism was not just a Southern problem. Rest in peace Emmett, your death was not in vain!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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