“About Him” Creator Boasts the Return of Tripp Ali with Launch of Streaming Site

By Nick Delmacy | Posted Sep 1 2017 | 40 Comments  


Tyson Anthony, writer of the LGBT novel that spawned the show “About Him” and its’ sequel “About Him: Freshman Year,” launches his own streaming site featuring all of his previous web series.

Premiering on September 5th is his newest show, “Honest Men” featuring the return Tripp Ali, a favorite performer on the Black Gay Web Series Chitlin’ Circuit.


I mean, I guess…


I could (and have) write a whole essay about these web series being too smutty, poorly acted and written so trite & superficially that the script exists merely to set up the next simulated soft core porn sex scene…but who cares, right?

At this point, Tyson Anthony, Henderson Maddox and Lamont Pierre know who their audience is and likely know they won’t be winning any “Moonlight”-like Academy Awards any time soon.


Official “Honest Men” Synosis:

Introducing “Honest Men” A show about fatherhood, their sons, and the boy next door. Featuring the return of Tripp Ali and based on the novel “Fatherly Figure” by Tyson Anthony




Seriously? We’re at the point where the actors just don’t wear clothes at all anymore?


I’m old…I’m tired…and I’m and endangered Nasir Jones loving black gay man.

I live in a world where gay black men discuss the relationship woes of fictional women in Insecure and Queen Sugar more than they talk about the Mayweather/McGregor fight or the Kyrie Irving/Isaiah Thomas trade.

Since this is what y’all want, here you go:






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40 Comments Feel Free To Join The Cypher.

  1. SB3
    SB3 | September 1st, 2017

  2. SB3
    SB3 | September 1st, 2017

    Stop playin Nick! Ladies and gents, Mr. Petty Riley…

    Nick is the one doing the song and dance, I'm the one in the red:

  3. Jai
    Jai | September 1st, 2017

    ….. 😶

    I was actually waiting for an in-depth Cyphernalysis…😓

  4. Omega Level
    Omega Level | September 1st, 2017

    Well I'm just mainly confused with the "Return of Tripp Ali" moniker.
    Where the fuck he been if he returning? And who was looking for him?:dahell:

  5. Omega Level
    Omega Level | September 1st, 2017

    I agree with you on this statement. These modern black gay web series are definitely cringe worthy. But I am taking into account our demographic on Cypher Ave with many of us being mid 30's plus. To the millennial gay men, this is probably their shit. I do tend to enjoy bad acting and ridiculous web series because its fun to hate watch and laugh at sometimes. But even this is just WOW. None of them dudes have on clothes in any of the clips. LMAO

    Maybe this is the formula that works. Soft core porn with a half ass story line. Maybe its his own genre. If thats the case, I can hate on it. I mean dude is actually putting in work and from the looks of it, has a lot of content.

    Until someone else steps up and produces something of more substance in a web series, I guess black gay men get what we get. I mean its not lot the DL Chronicle guys are stepping up and producing series at the rate this guy does. They put out shit 5 years ago and than expect us to just watch that old shit on repeat for the next 10 years.

    • TreDaDon
      TreDaDon | September 1st, 2017

      I think that the problem with the DL Chronicle guys is (or at least the issue) that they produce high grade quality content that can be broadcast on network TV. It’s already mastered, been through legal clearance and that is extremely expensive to produce. It’s also difficult to monetize and make a profit from it. I don’t think they’re the strongest when it comes to business side of the business. I think they thrive more on the creative side.

      These “chitlin’ circuit” web series on the other hand violate so many laws they could get sued for any number of things from people inadvertently captured during filming, the use of unauthorized music, bad lighting, bad sound, bad cinematography and least of all bad acting, writing or directing. These guys can put out show after show of mediocre material easily.

    • Dante
      Dante | November 9th, 2017


  6. OckyDub
    Ockydub | September 1st, 2017


  7. African King
    African King | September 1st, 2017

    LOL I am glad that I really only like 'No Shade' & 'The DL Chronicles'. All these new series are TRASH. They cannot act to save their lives. It is all about soft porn really. Sex sells I guess.

    @SB3 I'm with you. @Nick Delmacy needs to stop being a hater lol. Insecure, Queen Sugar, Being Mary Jane, Empire, and Star are all great shows. Then of course Power, Greenleaf and quite a few of the other newer "black shows" coming out. Especially on BET! They got all these new shows coming out this month!

  8. machoBLKnerd
    machoBLKnerd | September 1st, 2017

    these walter lee hampton-esque rants about gay web series and media at large are piling up, but lack new insight. yes, we know and agree that content is largely sex-crazed and low quality, but, i mean, so are dudes in their 20s lol — their primary demographic.

    luckily, many of us go on to mature into healthy, emotionally available, goal-oriented 30-yr old dudes (who, btw, still like to fuck, but maybe not as often, or at least w/ dudes who can form complete sentences in a convo. but i digress).

    i have friends who reject depictions in “mainstream media” of blk families that aint like the cosby’s. that’s ridiculous respectability politics. i never had a problem w/ tyler perry films and i dont have a problem w/ soft porn web series even if i’m not a fan (though, honestly, tripp ali can get the D). the issue isn’t their existence, but, if anything, the absence of other experiences.

    perhaps, you can focus on the challenges with support and financing, faced by content creators who are more aligned with your vision. you know, things we may not have considered.

    i also think you live in a more complex world than you seem to think: some dudes (like me) discuss thought pieces on fictional characters like issa and molly, attended 2 cavs playoff games last season and think kyrie is a str8 up pussy for leaving.

  9. Nick Delmacy
    Nick Delmacy | September 1st, 2017

    I'm def not ranting, re-read what I wrote…I gave up, threw in the towel and said, "you win." No use continuing to buck the trend/stigma of an over-sexualized community at large when no one but me wants to see it change.

    For years in the past I thought being the only website giving reviews of Black Gay Content would encourage the creators to get better and more substantive, but alas that has not been the case since the majority of viewers like yourself give it all a pass. So I give up, you guys win.

    I posted this info on the site because, although I get no enjoyment from it, it's clearly what most guys want to see…even if they say they don't. Well, that's not entirely true, admittedly the "actors" all look great, so I get enjoyment from that…but they look great in porn too, and on the club flyers, and all over social media too…

    I hit "PLAY" on films and series with the goal to get a good STORY, not to get an erection.

    It begins with the audience, not just the content creators…But if apologists like you feel that these web series are the best we can creatively expect form the "community," then have at it! Grab your tissue & lotion, turn off the lights and enjoy the show!


  10. Omega Level
    Omega Level | September 1st, 2017

    Nick now come on. Yea, Im not quite sure you were exactly ranting, but don't make it seem like you were just innocently sharing information for others viewing enjoyment. It was all kind of "shade" throwing and low key "reading" in your post. LMAO :reallytho:

    I think maybe what @machoBLKnerd is saying is that Cypher Ave's disdain for black gay web series is pretty solidified with how you guys feel about them. So maybe just like I'm sure you don't watch these shows because its the same soft porn, no substance shit, he is saying these type of post are the same things that have been said time and time again on here.

    Not trying to dictate what you write about at all. I actually enjoy the passive aggressive shade you give these shows. But I guess one may argue that why do you continue to even post about these web series when they will never be to your standard.

  11. Nick Delmacy
    Nick Delmacy | September 1st, 2017

    Again, re-read what I wrote:

    The dating articles and the web series posts are the most viewed on the website. Posting this without at least some commentary has never been what we do. So while I no longer write 1000 word reviews, I'll still give nuggets of my opinions.

  12. OckyDub
    Ockydub | September 1st, 2017

    I remember how sex crazed and the situations I found myself in when I was in my 20's.

    Also in my 20s I read a lot of black gay novels. There is a reason E Lynn Harris stood out among a sea of Black gay writers / novels… its because his writing and stories were so much better than the others.

    One has to admit that the market is over saturated with these soft core porn web series. Additionally soft core porn in boring af.

  13. Jai
    Jai | September 1st, 2017

    The DL Chronicles was the shyt! Idk why it got cancelled like Noah's Arc..It must have been an outage from the black community bout the portrayal of such things. I can see any other reason to cancel such well thought out and acted shows.

  14. Nick Delmacy
    Nick Delmacy | September 1st, 2017

    There is a certain B-Movie appeal to this stuff, watching to laugh at it or admire the men….but with the lack of variety, especially content with Masculine leaning black gay characters as the focus, it all blends in as one big train wreck.

    And that's not even touching if these series TRULY depict our experiences outside or being horny & sex crazed.

    Like imagine if all TV shows featuring heterosexual black men was just about them being unemployed, baby mama having, drug dealers.

  15. TreDaDon
    TreDaDon | September 1st, 2017

    I can stomach most of them. Then I saw the trailer for “About “Percy”. Every thing I hate about every black gay web series I’ve ever seen, I saw in those 3 minutes. I wanted to throw my phone out on the freeway! But, until something better comes along, I choose to put it on the ignore list.

  16. OhSheit
    OhSheit | September 2nd, 2017

    if only we could switch these guys with some of the black gay hardcore porn stars and give them a HQ set to fuck on. Oh well.

  17. SB3
    SB3 | September 3rd, 2017

    Like who? Black pron is depressing…

  18. itsumoconfused
    itsumoconfused | September 4th, 2017

    @SB3 & @OhSheit they already had like three of them on signal 23 shows in some minor roles. I don't see why not. They still keep it pretty… softcore even when you watch without the blurring or cutting. And they run around with floppy peepees. I don't wanna see that. lol

  19. SB3
    SB3 | September 4th, 2017

    Yea, I just vote no all around.

  20. OhSheit
    OhSheit | September 4th, 2017

    I was basically saying Trip and David should just do porn… real porn.

  21. SB3
    SB3 | September 4th, 2017

    Idk who David is, but I wouldn't be mad at a Tripp scene. I mean, I would be, because I judge porn performers, but u get my point…

  22. OhSheit
    OhSheit | September 4th, 2017

    the guy in the fourth video

  23. SB3
    SB3 | September 4th, 2017

    Oh. I didn't even watch those.

  24. Lean Lantern
    Champagne_Papi | September 6th, 2017

    ….what's the obsession with this Trip guy?

  25. SB3
    SB3 | September 6th, 2017

    He's a sexy lil dude who seems to actually be masculine, and not just putting on like many of these gay web dudes

  26. Lean Lantern
    Champagne_Papi | September 7th, 2017


  27. Nick Delmacy
    Nick Delmacy | September 7th, 2017

    I get that @Champagne_Papi I think its that he has more sex appeal than being "sexy." Like, he's not traditionally "fine," actually he's kinda rough around the edges and he's got those random tatts.

    Tripp Ali's demeanor gives off a laid back "fuk all dat gay shit" vibe while he ironically is known for some of the gayest shit ever. Plus I like that he's clearly around my age without all the muscles yet still getting as much play as these millennials killing themselves in the gym.

    And in that video interview that was posted here with him in it talking about dating and relationships, everyone in the Squad said he seemed like bae material based on what he was saying.

    He might be the nicest dude in the world who is clearly driven, but I just don't see how doing these soft core porn web series are gonna help him have a career beyond being sexual fantasies for black gay dudes. When I saw him out in ATL over the Labor Day Weekend, there was no fanfare. So its not like he's getting that "celebrity appearance" check from the gays. I just don't get it. Maybe the web series are paying their actors industry standard so they're caking up on them (I doubt it tho).

    Anyway, apparently its his birthday today:

  28. Nick Delmacy
    Nick Delmacy | September 7th, 2017

    FYI, Premiere Episode is now available on Vimeo-On-Demand if anyone really wants to see it and has money to burn:

  29. SB3
    SB3 | September 7th, 2017

    I knew I liked him for a reason

  30. Omega Level
    Omega Level | September 7th, 2017

    Operative word in this is "lil". I like shortish dudes at times, but homeboi looks pocket size as fuck. Anyone know his height? He looks very 5.5 to me from the images.

    I guess I was that stubborn one not going along with this dude being bae material. Cause at most for me it would be a casual late night romp with him only after my other options were not available and me wanting to still be a slut that night. I do agree however that him not being traditionally "fine'' and his rough masculine demeanor would make many find him sexy.

    But I could NEVER take this dude for any amount of bae material or anything serious for the simple fact that I find is obsession with being famous nauseating. Have you seen his instagram? :whut:

    I dont knock him wanting to be an actor but the energy and feeling he has behind wanting to participate in the craft is just off as fuck to me. I could never have my bae wanting so desparately to be famous by all means. A hard as fuck NO for me.

  31. Nick Delmacy
    Nick Delmacy | September 7th, 2017

    Yeah he's about 5'6" tops, saw him this past weekend at a party.

    Yeah, I was def the main dude in that thread not drinking his Kool-Aid:

    Discussion About Being Single in Atlanta with Tripp Ali ("About Him", "Tex Brown")

    And I've seen his IG, the attention seeking there def doesn't match his laid back apathetic demeanor.

    Like I said earlier though, this isn't to bash him, he's probably a really nice dude who is the opposite of his web series persona in friendship & relationships. But the stripper tatts, soft core porn web series work and IG photos like the one below def raises serious eyebrows on the person he really might be…

  32. Lean Lantern
    Champagne_Papi | September 8th, 2017


  33. Lean Lantern
    Champagne_Papi | September 8th, 2017

    And that why he's found attractive…they think he's going to beat them walls in and call them a bitch before telling them to make him dinner?


  34. Nick Delmacy
    Nick Delmacy | September 8th, 2017


  35. Aejae
    Aejae | September 9th, 2017

    1. Another one of the same ol' black gay Web series the way that Nick described.sasmith
    2. Queen Sugar is my shit! Fuck you Nick lol!
    3. I'm glad Conor! He kept talkin' too much shit.
    4. The Kyrie/LeBron trade affects me being that I'm a Celtics fan (didn't even play a game with us asks he's already on the cover of 2k18:pachah1:).
    5. Another one of the same ol' black gay Web series the way that Nick described.:dead1:

  36. hannibal
    hannibal | October 5th, 2017

    I’d do him!

    Anyways, I’m mad. The only show I really looked forward to after About Him went Full porn was Tex Brown which abruptly stopped.

  37. SB3
    SB3 | October 8th, 2017

    It sucked!

  38. Jai
    Jai | October 9th, 2017

    Well, I like looking at naked menz. I watched the first episode & well, honestly, I feel kind of indifferent. Now I'm like the rest of Yu (most of you I assume) over 30 (though I pass for early 20s), & relaxed but I am a VERY late bloomer sex and dating wise. Being a writer myself & watching these shows can be…ummm.. maddening. I think Tex Brown had a deep and dark plot but it got really bogged down with sooooo many random & pointless sex scenes…

    A typical episode is Tex saying "Man fuk all that. I ain't never need nobody!" Then some other guy saying: "It takes more than than that to be a man Tex.", then Tex saying "What?", Then the man saying: "Let's fuk on the pool table!", then Tex saying: "C'mon get this dik bitch.." *They Fuking now*

    The show had a darkness about it and then it turned into Dawgpound USA and really suffered…ummm…no.

    DL Chronicles, both the TV Series and the Return Episode was really good. I still have my DL Chronicles DVDs too. Also, Patrick Ian Polk was a nice director that could actively express his visuals without countless amounts of sex and nudity. He might have been the last capable one. I thought the Skinny movie was an okay film but should have been just another Noah's Arc movie instead.

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