Black Friday" because so many people started their Christmas shopping then, that the stores made enough money to put their bottom line profits for the year in "black" ink instead of money-loosing"red" ink. It was also when the department stores took down the sheets and displayed their wonderlands of Christmas window displays and ornate decorations throughout the store. Aside from a few retailers, those elaborate window displays (along with the staff of professional decorators that created them) have been history for some time.
Things changed thanks to discount retailers who cut prices and didn't even have window displays to decorate. But these cement-box-stores had another draw for the public: Frenzy-driving discounts replaced the decorations to lure in the shoppers. And now yet another transition is in full progress, as the cement-box-stores try to compete with online retailers. Stores are competing to stay alive and Black Friday has crept into the actual Thanksgiving holiday in many places. To be sure, price is very important, as is the convenience of shopping from home. Nothing stays the same. Today's flat screen TV's will become tomorrow's 8-Track tape decks. But these men will always stay in style.
Today kicks off the holiday season! Creating our own holiday tradition several years ago, this tribute to the men of African decent who've kindly appeared in gay smut over the ages. A number of early models made their mark in the business and remain true classics. Early legends such as Bob Mizer (Athletic Modeling Guild) routinely photographed handsome African American men like Gerald Oglesby and Tyronne Jones. Indeed, smut (both straight and gay) has always been a forerunner in terms of bringing different races together to have some fun and enjoyment.
From 1950's body builders posing for early physique photographers to everyday gentlemen making some extra money in the 1970's, black men have a long and valued place in gay erotic history. Craig Calvin Anderson's Sierra Domino Studios produced beautiful images of black men during the 1970's. The 1980's and technology (VCR machines and inexpensive videos) brought more black men into gay smut than ever before. The success of rap music helped to titillate young white male audiences and has infiltrated numerous aspects of mainstream culture including fashion, movies, vocabulary, and porn.
|Ronnie, from Sierra Sierra Domino Studios|
Mixing races in porn is nothing new in both straight and gay smut. More recently (which some attribute to rap music and it's strong views on male sexuality and "bitches") is a particular type of smut and its rising popularity: thugporn (which can be both straight and gay). This newer flavor of smut typically features presumably straight black males (with lots of macho attitude) getting sexually serviced by their cock-hungry admirers. Thugporn is especially popular with younger men and interestingly, straight men in their 20's are reported by industry sources to be the largest fan base who seem to enjoy watching both gay and straight thugporn.
|Mr. Larry Samuels|
|Mr. Willie Lewis|