In the beginning it was Max Literature Group, or M.L.G….
MLG was created by Gerald Royster and his now fiancé, Colleen, as a way to self publish, promote, and expose the world to Gerald’s ability as an independent writer. Gerald’s interest expanded to YouTube as a way to broaden his art in a different medium.
Gerald knew he wanted to expand to YouTube but hadn’t come up with any plans on how to begin. Until one night when he was having wings with his very close friends, Justin Holden and Alex Hull. ESPN was on the TV and it started a discussion between Gerald and Justin that doing a sports show would be cool; they could talk about the sports they wanted to talk about. Alex is a local Filmmaker with Maryland film company Chill Out Productions, and the three of them realized that this was a golden idea. The heart of Lit Sports Online was born!
CouchSide was created between Gerald and his best friend, Mario Meza. They were hanging out, sitting on the couch, talking about how horrible modern rap music has become. The 20+ minute discussion on the topic gave them the idea of doing something like that on camera. It was that moment where they came up with the show, CouchSide.
The idea for two completely different shows were created! Gerald, Mario, Alex, and Justin, all friends, decided to bring together their varying arts, knowledge, and ideas. LitTube was now officially created under the MLG organization. The first broadcast for LitTube was in September of 2016. The broadcast was an episode of Lit Sports Online. It was an NFL Season Preview show starring Justin and Gerald. A week later, the first episode of CouchSide premiered featuring Mario and Gerald. All of LitTube is filmed and edited by Alex hull of Chill Out Productions.
One of the goals of LitTube is to break the barriers of editorial journalism. We created this blog/site to bring you stuff we may not be able to touch or film on our channel. It was created to bring you information in a timely and convenient way. Most people nowadays get their information via the internet, and we want to help you get that information faster and from a reliable source. Of course this means, open invitation to criticize and comment. We’re not perfect and we have a lot of room for growth, and together with your help we can only get better! We understand the nature of our topics can bring on high emotions. Our goal is to always be mindful and respectful to our viewers and in return, we hope any criticism comes in a constructive and respectful manner as well.
At LitTube our motto is to be the “voice of the voiceless, and the “image of the invisible!”. We’re told everywhere what to think, how to think, and where to stand. Yes, we will have quite a few opinion pieces. But, we are not expecting you to follow us on every word, you have to make that decision on what to believe on your own.
To those of you new to LitTube, welcome! We hope you check back often, and don’t forget to subscribe to our actual YouTube channel up above. To those of you who have been around for the ride already, thank you for the continued support and love!
Edited by- Colleen McGaunn