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Meet Tyrone Blassingame of Overly Dedicated Network & Bare Monkey Rebel Clothing

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tyrone Blassingame.

Tyrone, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was born in Monterey, California but raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania most of my life. My interest for acting came after my senior year of high school when I played in the school production “West Side Story”. After I was on set as an actor for Jamal Hill’s “Brotherly Love”, my passion for storytelling began.

From there, I hit the ground running by producing my own web-series, “The Break-Up”, under my own production company “Overly Dedicated Productions”. The web-series was selected in several film festivals. During this time, I began to have interest in giving other people opportunities to tell their own stories. So then I created my talk show, “Kickin’ it with Ty” that can be seen on cable network T.V. which highlights people, events and locations around the world that are relative and impacting creative culture. I interviewed people such as the late John Singleton, Damson Idris, YBN Almighty Jay, and a list of many others.

I was also fascinated with the arts, street culture, and fashion which inspired me to develop my streetwear brand “Bare Monkey Rebel Clothing”. I was always a person who rebelled against the society norms and encouraged others to be their authentic selves. My brand is dedicated to “Embracing your individuality through Streetwear”. My greatest accomplishment was becoming a father of 3 beautiful children, Gabriel, Nai’Lynn and Liam. My children are what give me my motivation. I want to be a living example to them that anything is possible if you put everything you have into it. Be Overly Dedicated to your goals and never give up.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s definitely haven’t been a smooth road for me. Raising three children and pursuing the arts is hard alone. What really affected me was when one of my close friends Paul was killed do you gun violence. In Philadelphia, this is a normal thing but has never been so close. It was times when I was scared to go outside in fear of the same happening to me. His death also motivated me as well. Me knowing that he was proud of me and this is what he would have wanted for me, keeps me going.

Overly Dedicated Network & Bare Monkey Rebel Clothing – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Inspired by Complex and Buzzfeed, Overly Dedicated Network focus on all things creative. From Media, fashion and music to Web-series and movies. Overly Dedicated Network strive to highlight those people who are extremely committed to following their dreams. We are most proud of giving people the opportunity to experiment their creativity on our platform.

I also have a brand I developed called “Bare Monkey Rebel Clothing”. I was always a person who rebelled against the society norms and encouraged others to be their authentic selves. My brand is dedicated to “Embracing your individuality through Streetwear”. What we do is bring film and fashion together.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
The proudest moment of my career was having my web-series premiere. That was important to me because my kids were able to see all the hard work daddy put in. All the night’s daddy had to leave to go to work. All the sacrifices I have made was all worth it just to see the smiles on their faces.

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