Ivan of the Puba Network(@IamIvanxxx) introduced me to Arika Lane (@AkiraLane) who introduced me to Migliori personal lubricant. All this took place while enjoying the XRCO awards on the patio at Ohm nightclub in Hollywood, California. It is like living a domino effect in real-time. Every adult industry gathering provides for great networking opportunities.
Migliori products make me excited(pun intended).
Finally, a lube that addresses the fact women need to moisturize from the inside. I have searched for a lube with additional health benefits besides making bedroom fun more pleasurable. Over the years, I have found coconut oil to be the best lube and great for moisturizing with many other health/beauty benefits. However, the downside is coconut oil can cause holes in condoms or for them to completely break. This is a huge drawback to using coconut oil as lube and internal moisturizer, because no one wants to use a condom just to break or get a hole.
My lube research adventure begins. Wish me luck and please reach out to tell me how you decide what lube to use? What is your favorite brand? Why? What do you expect out of your lube?
The 33rd annual XRCO awards were held April 27th in Hollywood, California at the OHM nightclub. As the AVN Awards are the “Oscar’s of Porn”, the XRCO Awards are the “Academy Awards of Porn”. This adult industry awards show is voted on by only adult industry members. Thus, making it an experience of who is who within the adult industry.
The XRCO voters are a group of writer and editors within the adult industry called the American X-Rated Critics Organization. In 1984 when the XRCO awards began, the American X-Rated Critics Organization was only an American based group of voters. However over the years, they have evolved into an international organization. All members of the X-Rated Critics Organization are active members of the adult industry. Thus, making the XRCO awards unique and one of a kind.
“Another great High school reunion of jocks, cool kids, dorks, and that one “medicated” chick crawling around on the dirty concrete. Can’t wait for another reunion!” ~Ivan, The Puba Network (@IamIvanxxx)
As an adult industry journalist, this was first awards show I attended as a guest rather than as press. The differences were astounding. I normally attend adult industry events alone. Award shows are work and not a social function. However this time, I allowed myself the opportunity to enjoy the XRCO awards show as a social function with a slight agenda to capture the events of the night.
Holly Hendrix was one of the favorites of the night. She won the 2017 XRCO “Superslut” award. This matched with her 2017 AVN award for “Best New Starlet” put her on the list of adult actresses to keep an eye on. Greatness awaits her if her she keeps herself in the favor of the adult industry votes and the fan votes. What a great way to start a career and what a beautiful little lady!
Briana Banks won the “Best Cumback” award for 2017. She is represented by OC Modeling and had many great things to say when she found out she was an award winner.
“I’m thrilled to have won this award, I put all my heart and energy into my comeback. I have to thank all the directors that continue to use me in their productions, my publicity team, Star Factory PR, and all the reviewers who are part of the XRCO for recognizing my performances. I have a lot of exciting projects on the horizon, and I can’t wait to share them with everyone.”~Briana Banks 
Kleio Valentien took home the award for “Best Actress” for playing Harley Quinn in the adult movie “Suicide Squad XXX: An Axel Braun Parody”. “Best Actor” awards went to Tommy Pistol for his role in the same movie: Suicide Squad XXX: An Axel Braun Parody. Plus, shockingly enough, “Suicide Squad XXX: An Axel Braun Parody” won the award for “Best Parody”. Also, director Axel Braun won “Best Director (Parody)”. If this many people within the adult industry think this movie and its performers are this great it is probably worth giving a whirl.
The 2017 XRCO Winners:
Best Release: Preacher’s Daughter (Wicked Pictures)
Best Parody: Suicide Squad XXX: An Axel Braun Parody (Wicked Comix)
Best Comedy: Cindy Queen of Hell (Burning Angel/Exile)
Best Gonzo Movie: Natural Beauties (Vixen/Jules Jordan)
Best Gonzo Series: Angela Loves (AGW/Girlfriends Films)
Best Girl/Girl Series: Angela Loves Women (AGW/Girlfriends Films)
Best POV Series: POV Sluts (Toni Ribas/Evil Angel)
Best Ethnic Series: Black & White (Blacked/Jules Jordan)
Best High-End Website: Vixen.com
Best Director (Features): Brad Armstrong
Best Director (Non-Features): Greg Lansky
Best Director (Parody): Axel Braun
Best Director (Web): Stills by Alan
Best Actress: Kleio Valentien — Suicide Squad XXX: An Axel Braun Parody (Wicked Comix)
Best Actor: Tommy Pistol — Suicide Squad XXX: An Axel Braun Parody (Wicked Comix)
Best Lesbian Performer: Shyla Jennings
All in the Family Theme: Me, My Brother and Another — New Sensations
Female Performer of the Year: Adriana Chechik
Male Performer of the Year: Mick Blue
New Starlet: Elsa Jean
New Stud: Ricky Johnson
Unsung Siren: Veruca James
Unsung Swordsman: Johnny Sins
Superslut: Holly Hendrix
Orgasmic Oralist: Vicki Chase
Orgasmic Analist: Vicki Chase
MILF of the Year (30 or older): Cherie DeVille
Best Cumback (out of the biz for at least one year): Briana Banks
Mainstream Adult Media Favorite: Julia Ann
XRCO Hall of Fame:
House of Dreams — 1990 Caballero/Andrew Blake
As with every adult industry event I learn more about myself than the adult stars I go to research and study. This specific Thursday night in Hollywood with the walk of fame stars on the sidewalks, the fresh spring air mixed with the smell of marijuana, and my “Entitled Writer” shirt on I realized I may be an adult industry journalist, but I will always be on the outside looking in. My roots maybe in the adult industry, but I never made the leap to in front of the camera and onto film. This is a fine line that makes a world of difference within adult industry niches.
How far is one willing to take the adult industry to get fame, fortune, and a career they can retire off of in such a taboo manner? The envelope will continue to be pushed with the test of time, but let us take a moment to celebrate all the individuals who make their career out of pushing the envelope. Without these people we as a society would be lost!
When your job is in sex work how much of a personal preference are you allowed to have? Lately there has been a lot of uproar against performers who do not do interracial sparking from a controversial, now deleted, blog post by adult performer Bella Rose. The performer discussed her personal reasoning for not shooting interracial scenes, a popular category in porn that sells well often leading to a higher payday for performers.
While some performers will only work with people they are attracted to, or like performing with, others are willing and ready to shoot with anyone to get the job done. It is almost impossible to determine if someone’s personal preference is genuinely law of attraction or based off biased thinking passed down through generations. While Bella brought up the fact that often performers will “save” their first interracial scene for months or years to obtain a higher payday by creating a greater demand, some performers have stated they will flat-out never perform an interracial scene. Adult performers have even stated that doing an interracial scene would cost them their white audience and fans who would stop buying their work if they do interracial. On the other hand, there are many performers and an entire agency, Spiegler Girls, who refuse to charge more for a scene based off of the costars skin color.
We may never get down to the bottom of every single performers reasoning for deciding when and if they perform interracial, but with more access to performers through social media some make it known publicly as Bella did. Back several years ago the top performers did not do interracial, including Jenna Jameson, Alexis Texas, Tera Patrick, and several others. As porn changes and progresses we are seeing more performers doing anal, interracial, girl on girl, boy girl scenes and anything else to get them recognition and bookings from directors looking to push the envelope further than in previous years.
What do you do on a Thursday night in Las Vegas? Well… if you are an adult industry journalist on a magazine deadline, then you go sit on set at a content shoot. What better way to procrastinate when on a writing deadline than to find more fun people in the adult industry to write about!
Leya Falcon has been in the adult industry for most of her adult life. She started with webcam and stripping, and now graduated onto a “professional princess”. Leya was just finishing removing gummy worms from her bum when I arrived and she greeted me with a kind smile. I love the adult industry.