So while I’ve never written about a web series before, I felt compelled to write about the new smash hit About Him. Without hesitation or pause, I can genuinely say that this Signal 23 TV show represents some of the best original programming online. Having only watched two episodes so far, I’ve been thoroughly impressed and entertained.
I for one have been somewhat critical of the representation of black gay men in media. Prior to the character Jamal Lyon on Empire, I found myself disheartened by the often one-dimensional portrayal of my demographic in both scripted and reality film and television. If you think about it long enough, you’ll realize I have a very valid point. But thankfully, there seems to be a shift occurring in recent years. And About Him is definitely lending its hand in propelling this shift.
A major reason why I love this show, is because the main character Damien really speaks to who I was a few years ago. I knew deep down I was gay, but was struggling to accept what that meant for me and my relationships going forward. Now while I didn’t have a brother and his hot friend to face on a daily in my coming of age story, I shared many of Damien’s struggles. As many know, self-acceptance is not easy and often doesn’t happen overnight. So I appreciate a series tackling this issue.
This show also has captivated my attention because the nostalgia of the 90s. As an 80s baby that grew up in the 90s, I’m a fan of the throwback essence of the show. From the clips of Nickelodeon’s Doug, to old images of R&B sensations like Monica, to some musical cuts I haven’t heard in a while (i.e. Busta Rhymes’ “Put Your Hand Where My Eyes Can See”), I’ve enjoyed it all.
In addition to the great writing, fantastic acting, and exceptional music selection, let me point out just how fine the actors are. Lead actors Brandon Karson and Gary Lavard definitely will hold your attention with each ab they flex, every smile they flash, and there overall brown skin stature. And when these two engage in the moments of passion onscreen, my goodness! It’s HOT!
All in all, I encourage all those that haven’t seen the show to watch it. Trust me, you won’t be sorry. And if you love the show like I do, as I’m sure you will, don’t be afraid to donate to the campaign to continue funding this project. We need to keep series like this on-air, or on the web as is the case. Congrats to The Jones Sisters, Tyson Anthony, Henderson Maddox, and all those attached to the project and its success!