CHATSWORTH, Calif.The BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) Adult Industry Collective has created a Mutual Aid Fund that aims to provide monthly grants to industry BIPOC individuals “impacted by COVID-19 or any reason.” As part of the Fund’s kick-off, the organization will host a donation-based event this Thursday, July 30, titled “The History of Black Women in Porn,” with Dr. Mireille Miller-Young as the featured guest. The second in BIPOC-AIC’s educational series “Decolonize Porn,” the event, beginning at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET, will offer Dr. Miller-Young’s unique insight into Black women’s place in the annals of erotic cinema. Elaborated press materials, “For the last 50 years, Black women have graced the covers of adult magazines and movies, garnering household name status yet never quite earning the same pay nor respect of the industry which made them famous. Much like their mainstream Hollywood counterparts, many of these women have played domestic servants, unsophisticated characters or only supporting roles. Many of these women left the industry with little fanfare, disappearing into infamy. The most famous amongst them are still the subject of inquiry by fans who adored them. Sex scholar and historian, Dr. Mireille Miller-Young, has dedicated her career to research and chronicle these pioneers of the blue screen. Dr. Miller-Youngs first book, A Taste for Brown Sugar: The History of Black Women in Porn, is a necessary account of Black women whose struggles for equity, financial liberation, and sexual freedom still impacts the industry today.” BIPOC-AIC founder Sinnamon Love added, “Many younger performers are not aware of the long history of Black performers, directors, producers, and company owners that came before them. To prevent erasure of Black people in the industry, we decided to offer insight into this important archive through one of our first educational events. Before we can ask people to stop working for companies who produce racist content, we have to put money in folks pockets. People need to feed their families and keep a roof over their heads.” Proceeds from this event will go toward both the BIPOC-AIC Mutual Aid Fund and the organization’s operational costs. In addition to the monthly grants it plans to issue through the new Fund, BIPOC-AIC says it has a series of initiatives underway to “help marginalized performers in need through mediation services with licensed clinicians, weekly virtual wellness classes with sex-positive, sex-worker friendly coaches, and virtual peer-to-peer skillshare workshops.” Applications for Mutual Aid Fund grants will open August 1, the group said, and the first grants will be disbursed September 1. Ways BIPOC-AIC suggests to become involved in its efforts include: Sign up for the BIPOC-AIC newsletter. Donate directly via GoFundMe. Purchase a Legends of Black Erotica T-Shirt. Register for BIPOC-AICs donation-based special event, The History of Black Women in Porn with Dr. Mireille Miller-Young on July 30, 2020, at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET. Sign BIPOC-AICs petition to end racism and wage disparity in Adult media. Sign Lotus Lains petition to Stop Fetishizing & Devaluing Blackness in Porn.
written by: Peter Warren