ManCrush: DeAngelo Jackson
There’s a lot to admire about DeAngelo Jackson.
Based in Atlanta, DeAngelo began working in the adult entertainment industry in 2009. He films with Noir Male, as well as creating super-hot content for his fan-subscription channels.
DeAngelo is also the current title holder of the Performer of the Year trophy at the 2021 GayVN Awards and he’s also recently picked up the trophy for Best Actor at the 2021 Grabby Awards.
Being Black in Porn
DeAngelo is one of the creative forces behind new film, Being Black in Porn. The documentary follows the lives of four gay men of color as they navigate the ups and downs of the adult film industry.
DeAngelo narrates the film, and is also an executive producer. DeAngelo played a key role in selecting the men that would be featured – Dillion Diaz, Max Konnor, and Rock Rockfella.
Being Black in Porn examines the experiences of the four men featured, including their encounters with racism within the industry.
The film also gives us insights into the personal lives of the men featured, exploring the impact that their careers have on other aspects of their life.
“I had to share this story…” says DeAngelo Jackson. “I had to do this for my fellow brothers and sisters in the entire adult industry. I learned early on that if we don’t stand for something, we will fall for anything.”
“Our favorite porn stars have the same struggles as all working professionals…” says DeAngelo Jackson’s co-executive producer on Being Black in Porn, Dwight Allen O’Neal. “Our hope is that our documentary creates a better understanding of these men and sends a message to everyone inside and outside of adult film that Black Lives Matter everywhere, in everything, and within every industry.”
Who is DeAngelo Jackson?
A self-described ‘Army brat’, DeAngelo was born and raised in Germany – making the move to live in the US when he was 21.
“I moved to Atlanta to become a police officer…” explains DeAngelo. “Destiny has led me in a very different direction, as you can see.”
“I got my start in the industry with the studio Flavaworks. That was in the Fall of 2008.”
“I’d been thinking of getting into the industry, ever since the age of 19. I’d always been open with my body. My body was decent at the time – looking at the other models, I thought I’d make a good fit.”
“I’m not a massive exhibitionist. On a scale of 1-10, I’d describe myself as a six.”
“I didn’t reach out to any companies until I went to college and needed the extra cash. I really knew very little about the industry, or what it takes to be a porn star.”
“I never suggest anyone get into porn…” says DeAngelo, when we ask him if he had any advice or guidance for guys thinking about giving porn a try. “This business can eat you up and spit you out.”
“It’s rare for anyone to last more than a year. It’s not for everyone – this is an industry that can destroy you if you aren’t ready for it. Once you start, there’s no going back – you have to be 100 percent sure that it’s what you want.”
“I’d honestly like to do some mainstream modelling…” says DeAngelo, talking about how he hopes to continue to expand his career. “I’d also like to try my hand at acting – in something outside of the porn industry.”
“I saw an interview with Class Comics where they said that I’d be perfect to play the role of Space Cadet. I’d love the challenge of taking on a character like that. It would also give me an excuse to go blond again.”
Directed by Bruce LaBruce, this was a reimagining of a Tom of Finland scene, produced by Men.com.
“It was an honour to work with Bruce LaBruce…” said DeAngelo, when we asked him about the scene. “It was a long, hard day of filming but the end-results were definitely worth it.”
“I honestly knew nothing of the Tom Of Finland series before Men.com reached out to me about the project. After they contacted me, I did a lot of research on my own and now I’m a huge fan. I was honoured to be part of such a beloved series, and I applaud Men.com for mixing it up and including men of colour.”
One of the stereotypes of porn is that the acting isn’t very good. What are some of the challenges in delivering a strong acting performance in a porn production?
“My only challenge was delivering a believable performance…” explained DeAngelo, talking about the challenges of transferring his acting skills into a porn scene. “I wanted the audience to enjoy the acting as well as the hot sex scenes. I memorised not only my dialogue but also my co-stars’ dialogue. I wanted to be completely confident with the lines so I could add my own personality to the character.”