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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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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[FIRST LOOK/VIDEO] Making Moves! Tami Roman (@TamiRoman) & Brandon Anthony (@brandonanthony_) Star in “District!”

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Bawn TV is back with new content, fresh faces, and a familiar star–Tami Roman!

Yep veteran reality star and actress, Tami Roman, joins newcomer, Brandon Anthony, to star in a new web series, District, written by none other than Tyson Anthony!

District centers on Miller (Brandon Anthony) a man coming into his own as he struggles with his sexuality and life on the streets. His mother, Tasha (Tami Roman) struggles to deal with how his life has spiraled out of control while she has been incarcerated. It is a moving story of love, sexuality, family, all surrounded by the grit and dangers of the street life.

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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

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[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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Web Series & Masterpiece…Tyson Anthony’s (@authortysona) “Raising Eli” Season 2!

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How many times can we say that Tyson Anthony is a true genius? Definitely once more, because it has never been truer!

The writer and creator of About Him, who also brought us Pharm: The Series and Entercourse is back with a second season of his hit web series, Raising Eli!

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When we last left off in the first season finale Eli (Chris June) seemed to overwhelmed with personal, romantic, and financial issues. Meanwhile, Travis (Monnie Isham) and Shad (Desmond Fletcher) grew closer, bonding over pizza, video games, and general laziness. Elsewhere, we learned King (Desjuan Zaire) suffers from social anxiety disorder. In the second season a few months have passed and things seem to only have gotten even harder for Eli. He was evicted from his house and has moved into a home his grandmother left for him–with Travis in tow. To make matters worse his insensitive and obnoxious cousin, Monte moves in too when his lack of finances threaten to have their home foreclosed on.

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