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ABOUT HER YEARS ON TV
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ROBIN INTERVIEWS HER FRIENDS ON VILLAGE VOICE RADIO
HEATHER HUNTER, Adult Entertainer
Heather is one of the most popular adult film stars of the 20th century as well as the most popular black adult film star in the world. She has been in the adult film industry for an ironic thirteen years, but let's call them her lucky 13. Films such as "The Look 2000," "Heather Hunted," "Torch" and "Performance" are now things of the past. Now she has moved from adult films to pursue more of her musical talents.
Robin interviewed Heather in 2001.
KEVIN AVIANCE, Entertainer
(From Kevin Aviance web site)
The entire Queenmother.tv and Mothernyc.com community was saddened and outraged by the vicious attack on the beloved star KEVIN AVIANCE on June 11, 2006. Kevin Aviance does not fit into one category of entertainment. He is at once an entertaining performer, a recording artist whose songs top the charts and vibrate through the club world, an innovator of fashion and style, a model and muse of top designers, a talented and studied dancer, or, as he likes to call himself, an "Entity." Whatever one decides to label him, one fact is clear: everything he touches seems to turn to gold, and fans cannot get enough of this energy.
Kevin Aviance's music is a mixture of underground funk and bustling house rhythms, performed with such energy, fervor, and wittiness that everyone is out of their seats, letting loose, and dancing when he hits the stage. Aviance's debut album, "Box of Chocolates,' (produced by Wave Music) includes "Cunty," a club cult hit, "Din Da Da," which reached number one on the Billboard charts, and "Rhythm is my Bitch," which rose to number two on the Billboard charts. Aviance's style is unrivaled - he has the glam and funk appeal of Missy Elliot, the unique and unabashed gender-bending style of Marilyn Manson, and the avant-garde fashion sense of David Bowie in the 70's. Aviance has performed with a list of luminaries any up-and-coming artist would dream of, including Madonna, Whitney Houston, Cher, Lil' Kim, Mary J. Blige, Natalie Cole, Cindy Lauper, and Bette Midler.
President, Femme Productions, Inc.
Candida Royalle is best known for her internationally acclaimed line of erotic films from a woman's perspective. She created Femme Productions, Inc. in order to produce adult films that spoke from a woman's voice and could be entertaining while promoting positive sexual role modeling for couples to view together. Fifteen movies later, her work has been favorably received by both viewers and the media, as well as the sexology community. She has become a sought-after speaker, having lectured at such venues as the Smithsonian Institute, the American Psychiatric Association's national conference, and the World Congress on Sexology, as well as several sexuality conferences and universities including Princeton, Columbia, Wellesley College and New York University. She is the first erotic filmmaker to have been invited to become a member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists due to the message of "positive sexuality" in her films.
NICK SCOTTI, Actor
Nick Scotti was born in Queens, New York, on May 31st, 1966, the son of an Italian construction worker. He was raised in the neighborhood, where even at an early age, singing seemed to come naturally for him. He quit school and left home at the age of 16, going off to Manhattan in search of his calling. He immediately caught the eye of numerous photographers and soon began his career as a male model for such names as Valentino, Yves St. Laurent, Thierry Mugler, and the late Gianni Versace.
Nick's first album, "Wake Up Everybody," was released in 1993. The album contained 10 songs, including the Madonna-penned "Get Over," and several of his own original compositions and it rose to #3 on the Billboard charts. In 1994, Nick released the hit dance single, "Wild Planet/Love So B."
He made his acting debut in 1996 on "The Montel Williams Show," soon after, he was cast in the popular daytime soap opera, "The Young and the Restless." That same year, he also landed his first feature film role, "Kiss Me Guido," which was a huge hit at the Sundance Film Festival.
PORSCHE LYNN, Adult Entertainer
In the early 1980's Porsche was an exotic dancer touring throughout the U.S. and Canada. She moved to L.A. in 1986 and her first film "I Wanna Be A Bad Girl" was released that same year. By the early '90's she was being nominated in many categories and winning awards from AVN and the X-Rated Critics Organization. In 2001 she was inducted into both the AVN and X-Rated Critics Organization Halls of Fame having appeared in hundreds of films. In addition Porsche was a licensed practical nurse, studies martial arts, is one of the top rated female sharp shooters receiving Marksman status at renowed Gunsite Academy in both pistol and shotgun. She also has legs that were insured for 1 million dollars, giving her the title 'The Girl With The Million Dollar Legs.'
MARGARET CHO, Comedian
Margaret Cho was born Dec. 5, 1968 and raised in San Francisco. "It was different
than any other place on Earth," she says. "I grew up and went to grammar school
on Haight Street during the '70s. There were old hippies, ex-druggies, burnouts
from the '60s, drag queens, and Chinese people. To say it was a melting pot -
that's the least of it. It was a really confusing, enlightening, wonderful time."
Margaret Cho's success as one of the country's premier comedians has been groundbreaking.
And it's as much for her distinctive humor as for her enormous contributions as a social
Robin interviewed Margaret in 2001, shortly after 9/11.
DONNIE RUSSO, Adult Entertainer
Donnie has been in the adult industry for about 17 years starting
in the middle 80's when he began doing photoshoots for pictorial
magazines like "Honocho." He began his film career in the early 90's,
starting a solo film entitled "Beat Cop." From there his life
would change forever and continue on to this day. Donnie has a world-wide
following with all ages both gay and straight.
Robin interviewed Donnie in 2001.
NIKI HARIS, Singer
Niki Haris has worked with artists such as: David Sanborn, The Righteous Brothers,
Mick Jagger, Anita Baker, Enrique Iglesias, Withney Houston and Madonna. In addition to
singing and dancing her career also includes acting and choreography. Her vocal film
work was featured in "Corrina Corrina", "The Big Green", "Coyote Ugly" and Disney's "Anastasia".
She wrote several TV themes, co-writing and performing songs for the Fox series
"Dark Angel". While recording and touring with Madonna in the last sixteen years, Niki has
been touring with her Jazz Band, Niki Haris and Friends. Her five CD's are
available through her own label, Niki Music Inc., including jazz, gospel and dance recordings.