Kontrol Exclusive (@kontrolmag): Behind The Scenes w/ Actor/Singer Chris June!

Written By: Mark Pollard

Chris June is a young entertainer with a resume that includes some of social media’s most talked-about shows.

With an equally appealing stage presence to match, this DC area native is definitely a star on the rise and someone who is going to make waves this summer all over your social timelines. Get into this inside scoop behind the scenes with About Him and Raising Eli Actor/Singer Chris June.

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Chris June was born Chris Williams and raised in Largo, MD to a single mother. The arts embraced Chris from a young age, indulging him in creative outlets frequently. Theatre, drawing, and even designing clothes in high school were just some of his endeavors. However, it wasn’t until drama class that he’d find belongingness in his ability to embody characters. After a few years, he’d cleaned up his gift and go on to Salisbury University where he’d obtain his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Why a degree in Psychology do you ask? June goes on to explain how he puts to use his degree through every character he portrays on television and stage.

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[VIDEO] In Case You Missed It! Kash Dinero (@Kash_Dinero100) Covers Song for “About Him: The Revolution!”

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Signal 23 TV is definitely full of surprises! No we are not talking about the departure of a Web Star or a new series.

We are, however, talking about Kash Dinero covering Tevin Campbell’s song, “Tell Me What You Want Me To Do” in Episode 7 of About Him Season 2: The Revolution!

 Signal 23 TV posted an exclusive snippet of the song via their Instagram and we have to say we are smitten. Check it out below:

You can see the full video in Episode 7 of About Him: The Revolution. Kash’s cover of such a classic song comes as a surprise not because of the song choice, but because none of us knew he could sing. We are very familiar with the singer’s background (and we are still swooning) and are thrilled he can add this to his “body of work”–we mean repertoire! Dinero is a great singer and we hope to hear more music from him, even some original tracks. This song choice however is just perfect. Dustin (Gary Lavard) and Armani (Chris June) are definitely the super couple of web series in general right now and their love story has the potential to be as deep or legendary as any two star-crossed lovers lining the walls of fictional history.

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What do you guys think of Kash’s song. We definitely would not mind a soundtrack of original music from this season of About Him (HINT, HINT) and are really loving how this season is progressing. The story lines, cast, and more importantly the activism of this series is nothing short of impressive. Kash Dinero drop us a line for an interview, we are definitely ready to get close and personal!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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[PHOTOS/EVENT RECAP] Signal 23 TV’s “About Him Season 2: The Revolution” Premiere Party!

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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.

The Series


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

[VIDEOS] The Countdown Continues! Days 10 Thru 16 of Hotness w/ Signal 23 TV’s “About Him Season 2: The Revolution!”

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(l-r, clockwise) Chris June, Monyetta Shaw, Kimberly Jones, and Levi Erik

THE TWENTY-THREE DAYS OF HOTNESS, ANTICIPATION, AND SHEER EXCITEMENT WE HAVE TO ENDURE UNTIL THE PREMIERE OF SIGNAL 23 TV’S ABOUT HIM SEASON 2: THE REVOLUTION IS JUST WAY TOO MUCH!

Thankfully, the network is continuing to give us tidbits on this upcoming season thanks to their daily videos from the cast of the series. As you recall, the new season of the series on the network will not be a continuation of the first season, but instead is becoming an anthology series focusing on an all-new story line and besides Gary Lavard, a new cast! Check out a few teasers for the series below.

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[VIDEOS] The Countdown Continues! Days 4 Thru 9 of Hotness w/ Signal 23 TV’s “About Him Season 2: The Revolution!”

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Cast members from Signal 23 TV's "About Him Season 2: The Revolution!" (l-r, clockwise) Rion Deshon, Zahir Roberts, and Toni Bernard

The twenty-three days of hotness, anticipation, and sheer excitement we have to endure until the premiere of Signal 23 TV’s About Him Season 2: The Revolution is just way too much!

Thankfully, the network is continuing to give us tidbits on this upcoming season thanks to their daily videos from the cast of the series. As you recall, the new season of the series on the network will not be a continuation of the first season, but instead is becoming an anthology series focusing on an all-new story line and besides Gary Lavard, a new cast! Check out a few teasers for the series below.

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[VIDEOS] 3 Days of Hotness Counting Down 23 Days to “About Him Season 2: The Revolution!”

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Stars of Signal 23 TV's "About Him Season 2: The Revolution" (l-r) Gary Lavard, Chris Juune, and Thomas Mackey

We love About Him!

 Signal 23 TV is still delivering awesome original content and its crowning series, About Him Season 2: The Revolution is about to debut on April 23rd–pun intended, obviously!

As you recall, the new season of the series on the network will not be a continuation of the first season, but instead is becoming an anthology series focusing on an all-new story line and besides Gary Lavard, a new cast! Check out a few teasers for the series below.

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Signal 23 TV’s “Steel River” Makes Waves w/ New Web Star, Sherrod Willis (@sherrod4real)!

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Signal 23 TV continues to deliver some amazing stories to its viewers. Last summer it  brought us About Him, and Fall of last year it debuted Steel River: When Were Young a prequel to the original Steel River series that put Signal 23 TV on the map! Faithfully and diligently, we have been tuning into see watch  William (Will), Kadoe, Ivan, and Addison ten years in the past as they  grow to become the men we know and love. Beyond the drama, sex, intrigue, and craziness; viewers are really getting a taste of what it means to come of age while being Black and gay.

Just when we thought the series could not get any wilder though, a new character, played by Sherrod Willis, has been tossed in the mix!

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Hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan and growing up in Chicago, Sherrod is an amazing addition to Steel River: When We Were Young. Besides being the newest cast member of the series, he is a rising star who has dreamed of the spotlight since his freshman year in college. “I was in a performing arts group back in Chicago and we did little skits and stuff like that, or promotional videos and I think I took an interest in it then. I never really knew what do or where to go so when I moved down here to Atlanta I saw a web series [Kaleidoscope} I wanted to be a part of and went from there….” Sherrod’s enthusiasm and willingness to go after his dreams stems from his desire to be the best version of himself possible. “I always knew I w anted to be something great–somebody great–but I know that depends on me…” Indeed, Sherrod’s raw talent shined through on his debut episode, “Due Process,” as his character, “Jackson,” not only forced Will (Alex Jante) to confront his sexuality, but seduced and coerced him in one of the hottest sex scenes in web series history!

As “Jackson,” he portrays the soldier brother of Will’s girlfriend, who as the series eludes to in another conversation is “trade.” (via Urban Dictionary; A man who messes around with other men, but no one would ever know by looking or talking to him. Used by gay black men to identify masculine gay men or DL Brothas.) Sherrod goes on to state ,“You’re gonna love him [Jackson], he’s a different type of dude, and I love playing him, and the waves he’s gonna make in the story line kinda make you jump!” Although he admits his episode’s sex scene was hot, he feels the scene between Ivan (Rion Deshon) and his trade love interest (Tripp Ali)was hotter. “They really went in on that. It was just so realistic, like I know people who have told me that they’ve hooked up in a shower or bathroom, or know someone who did. Rion and Tripp are amazing actors, so i gotta give it up for them [he laughs].”

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