Hello everyone!!! Pillow Talk is back and I had the pleasure to interview one of my all time favorite porn stars, Kevyn “Venom” Mines!!! What I like about him is that there is more to “Venom” than what we see in porn. He actually has a lot going on outside of the porn world. So as he is about to retire from porn (SAD FACE) LOL…you will read he is still very busy entertaining us with his latest projects. He was gracious enough to take time out of his busy schedule to be interviewed for my blog. So I’m very grateful for that. Enjoy our interview!
Tell us about yourself (age, where you from, etc.)
I am now 28 years old. I am originally from Philadelphia, PA, now residing in Atlanta, GA.
Curious minds want to know – how did you come up with the porn name “Venom”? LOL
I am a super duper Spiderman fan. When I first entered into the business, I didn’t have a “stagename” My friend decided he’d call me Venom. So it’s from the comic books.
How did you get into the adult industry? Was being in porn a “dream” job of yours or something that just kind of happened?
The same friend who gave me my name introduced me to “Peanut Untouchable” who shot my very first scene and introduced me to Marvin Jones of Blatino Connections
. I never dreamed about being in porn. Never even imagined it. When I was growing up I knew I was going to be a pastor.
I know you’re from the Philly area, what is up with Philly? LOL Lately, there have been some hot porn stars coming from that city (i.e. Remy Mars, Shorty J, Woo, and more).
Philly is just full of FREAKS, lol! No, there are a lot of people all over who are doing porn. A lot of guys come from metropolises like NYC, ATL, Detroit, Chicago, Miami, DC. Philly just happens to fall in line with other hot spots.
You’ve been in the industry several years now. Did you think you would have been in the adult industry this long?
No I didn’t. I thought it would be a one time thing. Didn’t plan to make it a career path. I guess I got caught up in the hype of it all. I would travel back and forth to NY from Philly and I’d get bookings at clubs and people really liked me. It kind of stuck.
Does your family know you are in the adult film business? If so, what are their thoughts?
Yes my family knows at this point. I tried to keep it a secret for a while. That was around the time I was growing into myself. But eventually I ended up tell my mom first, then from there I made it public knowledge. My mom says she doesn’t agree with it, but she fully aware of who Venom is.
When we met, I mentioned to you that I am launching my own production company, MEN Entertainment, which will put a positive, mature and fresh face of Men of Color in porn! The purpose is to combat the lingering negative stereotypes perpetuated by both whites and black/latinos porn companies. What is your take on this?
My philosophy is porn is and will always be everyone’s dirty little secret. Since it something that is looked at as dirty and taboo no matter who is doing it, there will be a negative stigma to it. So to that I say, if you (anyone) are going to do, wear it proudly, and respectfully. Don’t be on camera looking trashy, don’t allow someone else to represent you in a bad light. Your name, your image and your word is all you have. It will create your reputation, so if you allow those things to get tarnished your reputation will be too!
Being in the industry as long as you have, what are some things that you were surprised to see? (i.e. drug usage, unprofessionalism, etc.)
Can’t honestly say that anything surprises me on the industry side. I have seen a little bit of everything from producers paying models with coke to models not getting paid at all. Ridiculous twitter wars between porn stars, fights and all. But what surprises me even more are the fans. They will love and adore you and some will tear you into shreds the moment you don’t follow them on twitter, lol.
What was your first day on the set of porn movie like?
It was a little weird because my scene partner was someone I had been sleeping with for a while and he took me to his boyfriend to shoot our scene together and his boyfriend was perfectly fine with it. I was a bit confused and nervous, until the boyfriend started flirting with me too.
What changes would you like to see in the porn industry?
I’d like to see models and producers to stop tearing each other down. They expose each others intimate secrets as if they don’t have dirt of their own. I’d also like to see more responsibility and accountability to our fans. They’re the ones who pay us. We also have the duty as sex performers to practice and promote safe sex. Even if the company is a raw company, they should talk about the dangers and precautions…. Don’t get me started, lol.
You’ve worked mainly with Urban studios (i.e. Dawgpound/PapiThugz, Blatino Connection, etc.). How was it working for them?
Blatino Connection/Chocolate Cream
gave me my star, so Marvin Jones is like family to me. In fact his former Vice President the late Larry Williams is my gay father. So whenever I was on the set there, I was at home. Each studio offers a different experience. I have built great relationships with them and for the most part they have all been there with me through each experience. So unlike other performers I nothing but good to say about these studios.
Have any of the major studios (i.e. Raging Stallion, Lucas Entertainment, etc.) approached you to work with them? If not, if they were to extend an offer, would you work with them?
No, none of the west coast/non-urban studios have ever reached out to me. I wonder what that’s all about! Hmph! If maybe 2-3 years ago they reached out to me I’d more than happy to work with them. Today, ehh, maybe. I ‘m not doing much work these days.
Bareback porn is making a huge comeback in porn! You could pretty much say its almost becoming the norm again. Throughout your career, you have strictly done Safe Sex movies. I’m sure you have been approached to do Raw/Bareback scenes. Is there a reason why you haven’t done any Bareback porn? And would you consider doing it?
I’ve been approached to do it once, and of course I declined. I have always said it is our responsibility to promote responsible sexual behaviors. I know that entertainment influences the fans, and I don’t want to influence that. When I started in the industry it was not only the norm to use condoms, it was a requirement, and that stuck with me.
Continuing on with Bareback porn and HIV, there is a big debate whether or not people seeing Bareback/Raw porn will promote “unsafe” sexual practices, hence the rise in HIV infections particularly in the gay/bi sexuality community especially within the Black/Latino community. What are your thoughts on this?
I think I’d have to agree. People like the fantasy, some people (most people) take as far as repeating what they see. Hence, we have thousands of guy posting bareback videos on xtube sometimes with people they barely know. I would like for everyone reading to ask themselves – Do you think that it promotes unsafe sex and perpetuates the epidemic of HIV and the host of other Sexually Transmitted Infections???
During your porn career, you have worked with some sexy men. Which porn stars did really enjoy working with?
At this point it’s so hard to narrow it down. My all time favorite is and will always be Remy Mars! I really enjoyed working with Hot Rod, Carlito, Kidd, Jovonnie, Shorty J, Obession, Arguez, Markell, Maseo, Jermany, Romance…. This list goes on…
When you agree to do a film, do you have a say so in whom you work with?
Yes. People may feel that they don’t, but we always have a say. If you are being paired with someone you don’t want to work with you can easily say NO.
To give an optimal performance, what is required of the guy you have a scene with? (i.e. body type, etc.)
Sadly, I’m not picky with that. I trust the producers judgment for the most part. That scene will reflect on me, my partner and that studio so if they pick some one shitty, that would be good for them, and sometimes we have had some not so fortunate faces, but they either made it up in their performance or body. My pet peeve is don’t talk to me too much before the scene cause if you sound stupid you will turn me all the way OFF!
What porn stars would you like to work with that you haven’t so far?
I’ve accomplished all of that. I’d much rather work with a few again. I wouldn’t mind a 3some with Hot Rod & Maseo. Maybe Cuban Michaels, Remy and myself.
Throughout your career, you have showcased great versatility. I think you are so popular and have staying power is not only are you attractive with a big dick and nice ass but you aren’t afraid to explore sex as a top and bottom. When not on film, are you a more top or truly versatile or more bottom?
Thank you so much. I’d like to call myself a versatile top. I’d prefer to only top, but sometimes you have to compromise and like most gays, we all have that itch some times.
You have done both 1-1 scenes and 3somes. Which do you prefer more? If your private life, do you prefer 1-1? 3somes/Groups?
I prefer both short and simply.
Do you prefer to fuck a smooth or hairy ass? When being fucked, do you prefer the dick to be long or thick or both?
I can do a smooth or hairy ass, as long as it’s not TOO hairy. Not sure what my preference is on dick size. If I’m bottoming I don’t want a small pencil dick jabbing me nor do I want a giant fist in my ass, lol.
Amazingly throughout your porn career, we haven’t seen you do any type of fetish films. Are you willing to do any on film? What fetishes would you be interested in doing?
I am so bored with porn all together I’m not sure I’ll get into it. If I were to do fetish porn maybe bondage, leather, things like that.
How and when did you lose your virginity?
I lost my virginity when I was a young teenager to a girl who lived in the apartment building I did.
For those who don’t know, you’re currently in relationship. Was your work in the adult industry a problem when you two initially started dating? Was it a problem for prior relationships?
It’s always an issue, always have been. Both for the good and bad. We entered into this relationship with open and honest communication. He knew what he was getting himself into and he got to know the person beyond the porn star. Strangers and fans make an issue out of it, not us.
Many people can have a one-dimensional view of porn stars. What would you say are some misperceptions people have about you?
People constantly approach me for sex and think that everything I do must be sexually oriented. In fact I get quite fed up with sex often. I can hold an intelligent conversation and I aspire to and will do so much more than be a porn star despite the negative undertone associated with it.
All good things must come to an end and we all know you won’t be in porn your whole life. How much longer do you see yourself being in the adult industry?
A truth is it is hard for someone who has made a living of it to leave completely alone. Once I announced a retirement, and I came back. I then got into a relationship so I quietly just stopped doing it. The relationship didn’t work so I came back. At this point I am truly getting bored and it’s getting old and so am I. So I would say that my stint in porn is quickly coming to an end.
What are your plans once you retire from the porn business?
Well, I’ve already began working on several different projects. I filmed a documentary about my life called “The Way to Kevin”
. It is being entered into several film festivals. I started a web series called “Momma’z Boi” which is posted on YouTube weekly (Kevyn Mines channel
) . It is about a young college student who goes home to visit his mother to tell her that he’s in love, and it’s not a girl. After she blows up about him being gay and tells him to leave, she calls him back to tell him that she herself is a lesbian. Also, I will soon return to doing my live weekly talk show The Kevyn M Show. I recently shot a pilot for a reality show. So my world is full of other projects that will keep me busy and accessible to my fans.
What hobbies do you enjoy? What do you like to do in your spare time?
Weird enough, I really enjoy coloring in a coloring book. I don’t much time to because I am always shooting something or editing something. But when I get down time I’m spending those moments with my baby, out at gathers or… COLORING.
What is something your fans might be shocked to know about you!
Up until very recently, I didn’t like to watch porn… AT ALL, especially if I was in it.
I’m sure you are aware that the US is in the midst of a very “Intense” election season. Do you follow politics? If so, how do you think President Obama is doing? Do you think he will be re-elected?
I do follow politics a little. I believe President Obama is doing an AMAZING job. A few things (very few) he can do better, but I’ve considered that he has his work cut out for him to try to reconstruct a country in fours that someone f*cked up in eight and try to get another four years to finish reconstructing. I believe he has a great chance of being re-elected, if everyone gets up and votes.
Here are Raw Daddy’s list of “quickee” questions I ask each interviewee.
Name 5 of your favorite music artists/or actors
Trey Songz, Donny Hathaway, Whitney Houston, Taylor Lautner, Big Sean
What’s your favorite color?
What’s your favorite movie?
Avengers (right now)
What’s your favorite song?
You Can Make It ( Gospel Song)
What’s your favorite curse word?
Ass, ass, ass, ass…
What do you fear the most?
Boxers or Briefs or No Underwear
Philly or Atlanta
Atlantadelphia Both are home
What’s your favorite lube?
Platinum Wet Silicone Base
McDonald’s or Wendy’s
If you could meet any celebrity, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Donny Hathaway, because he really felt the music he wrote and sang. I can tell there was so much more to his story.
If you can be anywhere (i.e. islands, city, etc), where would it be and why?
Sydney Australia, it’s just always been a dream of mine to go.
Is there anything you would like to say to your fans? Do you have a website or blog where your fans can reach you?
Yes, always follow your dreams no matter what has happened in the past. Remember it’s just that, PAST. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover because you could be missing out on a valuable lesson. Walk in YOUR truth, no one can tell you how to be you better than YOU.
I am on Facebook “Kevyn Mines” and twitter: @KevynM_84