New Voices, Faces
GO Magazine’s YouTube channel, GO TV, will feature three exciting personalities, each bringing fresh energy and one-of-a-kind perspectives to the video and podcast realms. “Baby Steps with Athena Reich," “Unregulated with Emma Willmann," and “The Cheeky Geek with Shavon Natè” lead the exciting new GO TV lineup.
“After seven or eight attempts over the years to create this channel, we finally put together a perfect recipe for our launch,” says GO Magazine Publisher Amy Lesser. “Each of our featured contributors brings a unique voice to our channel. GO TV aims to be not only a presentation format for our original content, but a platform for community videographers, filmmakers and any of our readers with a video camera to share their voices and stories with our audience. We’ll be approaching those whose work catches our collective eye to showcase their work on GO TV.”
Willmann hails from rural Maine and relocated to NYC to attend graduate school. Willmann’s live comedy and TV credits include Just for Laughs, SiriusXM, Lifetime TV, ID Discovery and South Beach Comedy Festival. Time Out NY listed her as one of the 10 funniest women in NYC. She was a top 10 finalist in “New York’s Funniest” competition and headlined her own sold-out show in the New York Comedy Festival. Willmann now takes the airwaves by storm in “Unregulated” with her quick wit and engaging interviews with fellow comedians, models, DJs and more.
"I am excited to do interviews with GO Magazine because it will give me a chance to pick up where the magazine articles and interviews leave off and go even deeper into who is in the community…slash, we’re doing hair and make up, so at least two days a month I won't be a disaster,” Willmann says.
Award-winning actress and singer/songwriter Athena Reich hosts “Baby Steps,” a video series delving into the joys and challenges of lesbian single motherhood as she discusses her son, Phoenix’s, “firsts” with a relatable, fierce blend of humor and raw love.
Athena Reich’s music videos charted #1 on MTV LOGO, and her one woman Off-Broadway comedy, "Lady Gaga: #ARTBIRTH" received Time Out Critic's Pick and attention from Lady Gaga herself. She also has won numerous awards for her hosting work on the Curious Cook, an LGBT cooking webseries. Most recently, Athena is featured in “haveababy,” a documentary about IVF by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Amanda Micheli in which Athena tells her story as a single lesbian mother by choice facing infertility. Athena finally has the baby she fought so hard for, and she’s stoked to share her journey as a new mom with GO TV viewers in “Baby Steps.”
“Working with GO TV has been amazing as they are completely dedicated to doing whatever it takes to support me and my creative vision for this project,” says Reich. “They want to keep the series authentic so my voice as a single lesbian mother by choice will be heard loud and clear. We tried to strike the right balance between dealing with hard issues and showing the humor in the everyday.” She continues, “I'm really hoping to create an interactive relationship with the show's fans so their feedback can inspire the content of upcoming episodes. So, if you check out the series, please leave comments. I'm curious what interests you.”
GO veteran and social worker/therapist Shavon Natè nerds it up with “The Cheeky Geek” podcast, infusing both her quirky banter and probing questions in interviews with locally and nationally renowned celebrities including: performance artist and activist Staceyann Chin; outrageously funny comic Pat Brown; and community leaders Lisa Cannistraci and Minnie Rivera. Shavon and her guests will tackle topics like comic books, all things fandom related, queer historical figures and everything in between.
Shavon Natè is a native New Yorker, married for five years to her handsome wife; together they’re raising their 2-year-old son. Natè is a social worker/therapist and serendipitously, an avid podcast listener. Natè’s also a gamer, a nerd with a penchant for Dungeons & Dragons and an Anglophile who adores anything Doctor Who. She began her career in media at GO Magazine 10 years ago, working first as a writing intern, and then as GO’s highly-regarded nightlife editor. She brings a unique brand of nerdy goodness all her own, coupled with a fan sensibility, to the GO TV team with “The Cheeky Geek” podcast.
“I am thrilled to be on the GO TV team and have this forum to talk about fandom, gaming, cosplaying superheroes, queer culture and anything else out there of interest to fellow geeks in the world,” says Natè. “This new podcast will be a great way to show that geeks do it better!”
Check out GO TV’s newest additions here!