It has been a wild ride as we counted down twenty-three long days to the season premiere of Signal 23 TV’s About Him Season 2: The Revolution!
Well now the show is out and Sunday night we were in the mix of one amazingly poppin’ premiere party! It all went down at Atlanta’s very own Suite Food Lounge. Media sponsored by Rolling Out, The drinks were wonderful, the ambiance was positive and crazy cool, but the best part was meeting the amazing cast of this highly anticipated web series! Yep, our boy Gary Lavard is back as the face of About Him in a new role, with a set of new and familiar faces to tackle homophobia, isolation, and true love against the backdrop of the AIDS epidemic of the eighties.
As you recall, the new season of the series on the network will not be a continuation of the first season. Gary Lavard is now “Dustin,” a gay college student hopelessly in love with campus hottie, “Armani” (Chris June). For Dustin it is love at first sight and he wants nothing more than to be with his dream boy, but is haunted by memories of homophobia and his own painful lessons in what it means to be Black and gay in this time period. Dustin is inquisitive and hopeful, but like so many gay men has filled his emptiness and pain with man after man. He prays Armani is the one. His prospects finally seem to be looking better when he finds himself in an African-American Studies class with Armani and the two reluctantly hit it off–with a little nudge from his best female friend (or friend-girl, as The Kidz like to say).
The budding couple’s pleasure is soon tainted by pain, however, when while trying to hook up they witness a hate crime so graphic and vile you will feel your heart wrenching. For Dustin love will always be “About Him,” but he may soon learn everything comes with a price and sometimes with a fight. Let The Revolution begin…
We have to say this is by far the best web series we have yet to see. It was worth the wait and anticipation. The story line’s timing is right on, especially in a renewed age of social activism. This series reminds us of darker times when being gay was deemed wrong on every level and systemic homophobia was rampant. Henderson Maddox has truly outdone himself with this piece of work. Be sure you subscribe to Signal 23 TV’s Vimeo to catch the first two episodes now by clicking here! Happy viewing!
The Premiere Party
Our very own Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning was on location to check out the premiere party and screening and the web stars were out in full effect. Gary Lavard, Valerie Payton, Sherrod Willis, Rion Deshon, Darius Lavale, and Zahir Roberts along with newbies, Corey Thompson, Levi Erik, Danny Rowe, Jaquay Wilkerson, Thomas Mackey, and Toni Bernard were all there in full effect! Check out some of the pictures below!
Photo Credits: Henderson Maddox, Sr. of Madd Studios
Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning
Last night the true talent and beauty that is K.Michelle debuted her new drink for Jack Daniels.
Cleverly titled Southern Peach, the drink marks the first time its’ history to feature an African American as the face for their upcoming flavor. Never the one to be low-key, the R&B songstress decided to hold her event at the illustrious Opera Nightclub in downtown Atlanta. This being my first event for HeyMikeyATL, I couldn’t contain my excitement as I and Kontrol Magazine’s new brand coordinator Chanel Scales made our way to the venue. The place was packed wall to wall with K.Michelle fans vying for a chance to get a peek at the petite star as well as to taste the drink of the hour.
When it comes to celebrating one celebrity’s birthday is definitely worth the hype–Happy Belated Birthday Laz Alonso!
On Saturday March 25th Hollywood star Laz Alonso celebrated his birthday with Rémy Martin and Culture Creators at Vandal NYC. Laz’s close celebrity friends and family enjoyed a private dinner and custom cocktails by Rémy Martin. Guests included Regina King, Josh Lucas, AJ Calloway, Yandy Smith.
Check out some of the pictures from the event below:
Laz is definitely one of Hollywood’s rising leading men. We are definitely looking forward to seeing more of Laz this year in two new films, If and Stranded. 2017 may very well be his year! Happy birthday again Laz!
Check out a video from his amazing party below! Remy Martin really knows how to party!
Last night, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network celebrated the second season of the hit series “Greenleaf” with a screening and after-party in Atlanta.
The Fox network is rolling out a new special series called “Shots Fired”. The show will be a 10 hour event series that will focus on race relations in our country. The show will also focus on racial profiling of African Americans by the police force. “Shots Fired” will follow two racially charged shootings that take place in a small Southern town and the aftermath which occurs from the situations. The new drama series will star Sanaa Lathan, Stephan James, Mack Wilds, Stephen Moyer, Will Patton, Aisha Hinds, Clare-Hope Ashitey, Conor Leslie, Dewanda Wise, Richard Dreyfus, Helen Hunt, and Jill Hennessy.
Recently, Fox held a screening for the anticipated series in Chicago. The event was attended by the shows creators and executive producers Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood. The screening was held in the AMC River East 21 theater and there were over 200 guest in attendance. Also, in attendance were the stars of the series Sanaa Lathan, Stephan James, and Mack Wilds.
(ATLANTA) January 24, 2017: On Monday, musical superstar and social critic/activist, Janelle Monáe and civil rights icon, Andrew Young engaged with students, press and influencers at a private screening of I Am Not Your Negro.
Hosted by famed visual artist and scholar, Fahamu Pecou, the evening kicked off with a special presentation by Janelle Monáe who shared background on a special connection that her label, Wondaland Records, has to James Baldwin and his work. She then recited a moving excerpt from Baldwin’s Notes from a Native Son, which set an empowering tone for the event.