“Times are changing everyday and we can’t get by with those same old ways!” 227’s Mary knew that and it still rings true today. Inclusion and representation are more important than ever before; and though Hollywood and television have made great strides racially, the gay spectrum could definitely use more diversity. Especially, if we talk about Black gay male characters. Traditionally they are over the top caricatures, not indicative of most of the community. Where are the everyday Black men who just so happen to love the same sex? Enter Signal 23 TV, a network dedicated to bringing some of the best web series the internet has ever seen.
However, it is the man behind the vision, “Mr. 23” himself, Henderson Maddox, we have to thank for all of this!
Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Henderson Maddox has become a rising star in the world of entertainment thanks to his hard work, dedication, and unyielding desire to be the best. He is often described as “the new Tyler Perry.” The formation of Signal 23 TV came about as he tired of his teaching career and sought to do what he was really passionate about. “I did it to build a fan base, to put myself out there as a director…I had done events and projects and wanted expand my brand outside of Atlanta and become bigger. So I came up with the idea to make a website–little stuff, little shows–and it all went from there…”
Our first introduction to Signal 23 TV came with the network’s flagship series, Steel River, but before its inception were a number of other shows there including cooking shows, talk shows, comedies, and other dramas. “Steel River was the first show that really took off. It was my first LGBT series and it kind of just blew out of the stratosphere and resulted in me having this huge LGBT following…I think a lot of what it is, is there are a lot of untold stories; and there are other content creators out there, but there are very few of them create quality content…” This definitely rings true, as another series written and directed by Henderson, About Him, proved to be a runaway hit this past summer largely due to its quality and superior storytelling.