Friday, November 7, 2014

Special Interview with Porn Legend Nina Hartley

I am very pleased to present what is Spades Magazine's biggest interview yet.  None other than Porn Legend Nina Hartley agreed to do an interview with us and it is a tremendous honor.  This is a "Special Interview" considering that Nina does not consider herself a Queen of Spades and is not Black-only, but Nina has been a pioneer in the porn industry and was one of the few white women in the 80's and 90's to actively film IR scenes.  Enjoy this great interview and please leave comments. Nina will be watching!!!


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Spades Magazine: Hi Nina. Its so great to be doing with this interview with you. It so exciting to be interviewing a legend. Tell us all about you.

Nina: I was born in 1959, in Oakland, CA, the youngest of four kids. I grew up in Berkeley, CA., and graduated high school in 1977 (Go, Jackets!). I’m married to the porn director/writer/producer, Ernest Greene. We’ve been together since ’00. We have an open marriage and regularly have sex w/others, either alone or as a couple. We live in Los Angeles. I have a B.S. in Nursing, magna cum laude, class of ’85, from San Francisco State University. I have not earned a paycheck as a nurse, though I did get my initial license. I’ve written a book, “Nina Hartley’s Guide to Total Sex,” (Avery, 2006). Sex education, along with sex entertainment, is very important to me. I’m bisexual, as any fan of mine would already know!

I have no kids and am happy about that. I have eight nieces and nephews and eight great-nieces and nephews, at last count.

SM: How long have you been in the lifestyle?  What drew you to it?

Nina: I’ve been in the lifestyle for thirty years. I’m drawn to the open lifestyle because I’m not a monogamous person and prefer to be open about that. I hate lying and cheating. I attended my first sex party when I was 18, but I didn’t really get comfortable with swing parties until I was 25 or so. I like groups, watching people have sex, and helping people have sex, so I always loved parties. I host parties whenever I can, to this day.

SM: Have you always been attracted to Black men or is that something that developed later?


Nina: I don’t fetishize skin color, though I’m fully aware of the political/sexual charge that IR sex creates in people. Visually, I like the contrast of skin tones. If I like you, your skin color isn’t a problem. If I don’t like you, your skin color helps not at all.

SM: What drew you to Black men? Why do you like making love to Black men?

Nina: I hadn’t had the opportunity to sleep with a Black man before I got into porn. My first on-camera male partner was Black, Billy Dee, and I’ve always made a point of working w/Black performers. He was one of the great performers and we did many scenes together before he retired in ’90. I like making love to them partly for the political statement that it makes, but I also have to like the man as a person in order to work w/him.

SM: How did your first Black experience come about and did your taste of interracial passion live up to what you were hoping for?

Nina: I grew up in a very politically progressive time and family. I’m a third-generation anti-racist (my grandfather worked for the legal defense of the Scottsboro Boys, in Alabama in the ‘30’s). I never dreamed of “interracial passion” as a thing. I just knew that I wasn’t down for racism and also knew that as many people who enjoyed watching me with Black men, that many would also hate seeing that same thing.

SM: How has your IR sex life progressed since that 1st Black experience?  Any regular Black lovers?

Nina: I have no regular Black lovers off camera at this time. My main off-camera playmates tend to be women.


SM: Who do you prefer to sleep with? Your husband or your lovers? Who do you sleep with more, your Husband or your lovers?

Nina: My husband, of course! That’s why we’re married. Sex alone doesn’t make a good relationship. Emotionally I don’t’ have time or energy to put into a romantic relationship w/another man and my days of just fucking around for fucking around’s sake are behind me.


SM: What's your favorite way to pleasure BBC or be pleasured by them? Do you prefer one or groups?

Nina: I especially enjoy cock worship. Being on my knees, in front of a mirror, while my Lover sits comfortably in a chair, is a favorite activity. I’m very good w/my mouth and hands and eyes. I’m not into gang bangs, though I like playing helper to a woman who loves to service many cocks at once.


SM: Are you strictly for BBC or you date and sleep with other races?

Nina: No. As I said, I don’t fetishize skin color. I’ll take a nice guy who may not be Black over an asshole who happens to be..

SM: What is the kinkiest thing you have ever done?


Nina: Hmm, holding a man’s cock while he’s inside a woman’s pussy, for a jack/fuck. Super hot!

SM: Are a size queen? What's the biggest cock you have had? What is the perfect size cock for you?

Nina: I am not a size queen, which is why you’ve not seen me with Shane Diesel, Mandingo, Jack Napier, etc. I’ve done some scenes w/Lex Steele, but it was hard for him to get a good stroke on, as I’m not that deep. The perfect size cock for me is one where, when my knees are over his shoulders and his balls are slapping my ass and I’m saying, “Oh, fuck, that feels so good!” 

Ideal cock size: 5.5-7” and as thick as my wrist.

The biggest cock was 7” plus the 6” that didn’t fit.

SM: What do you want to do most in the lifestyle that you haven't done yet? Is that your biggest sexual fantasy? and if not, what is your biggest sexual fantasy?

Nina: I’ve done pretty much everything I’ve wanted to do that is legal (the rest stays in my head). I’ve hosted orgies, been the “first _______” for a lot of people/couples. I’d love to have sex on the Fifty Yard Line during half time, shown on the JumboTron, but that’s not happening, I’m sure!

SM: Are you into anal?

Nina: With the right partner, absolutely! I also like giving anal stimulation.

SM: Swallow or spit?

Nina: Depends on the guy, but I do swallow.

SM: Does any of your family or friends know about your involvement in the lifestyle or your love for BBC? If not how do you think they would react?

Nina: All of my fans know of my love of Black men and women. My family doesn’t look closely at what I do, as it still upsets them. If a person would be so ignorant and stupid as to be upset that I fuck Black men and women, they would no longer be friends.


I’ve lost fans when they realize that I “race mix.” In South Carolina in the mid ‘90s I was doing an appearance at an adult book store. I was permitted to take nude pictures w/fans and, when a Black gentleman took one I heard two men say, “We’re outta here,” as they left. I was happy to see them go and happy if I “lost” them as fans.

SM: What turns you on? Turn offs? What do you look for in a guy?

Nina: I love a man who can dance, kiss, do a GOOD neck/foot rub, talk politics, science and current events. Turn-offs: anger issues, ignorance, assholes, bad hygiene, bad kisser, bad dancer, smoker, drunks, and cheaters.


I like a reasonable level of personal fitness but he doesn’t have to rock a 6-pack or have a ten inch dick. It’s much more about the interpersonal interaction for me, than surface appearance. That being said, I do love a beautiful man as much as the next woman. I’ve just had enough experience to know that pretty is as pretty does, and many pretty men don’t act that way.

SM: Are you bisexual?

Nina: Enthusiastically yes!


SM: In case they are reading this blog, do you have a celebrity crush? 

Nina: I have plenty of celebrity crushes. Drake, Roger Craig (of the ‘80’s Niners), Savion Glover, Sean Michaels is a long-time favorite co-star, Chris Rock. I know Spike Lee doesn’t do White women but I’ve always been a fan. Denzel, of course.

SM: Speaking of celebrities I heard a rumor that you and Tupac hooked up and that he was a big fan of yours. Is that true?


Nina: Yes. He could have been a professional performer in my business, I will say.

SM: You have been in the industry for 30 years and you have become a legend.  Have you always wanted to be a pornstar? How did you get involved in it?

Nina: I wanted to make movies after I saw my first porn movie when I was 17. I had been reading porn for a while already and the 1970s were very progressive when it came to women’s sexuality. I didn’t make my first movie until I was 25 and knew it would be my life’s work (sex and performing).


My ex met Juliet Andesen at a store and she put me in her first movie, “Educating Nina,” in 1984. I graduated nursing school in 1985 and have been a full-time entertainer/educator since then.

I stared as a house dancer on weekends to supplement my student loans and grants, and loved that, as full-on, live, girl-girl sex was legal in San Francisco.

SM: Who are some of the biggest names you have filmed with?

Nina: Ginger Lynn, Amber Lynn, Sean Michaels, FM Bradley, Ray Victory, Billy Dee, Lexington Steele, Shorty Mac, Sledgehammer, Jon-Jon, Mr. Marcus, Lisa Ann, Randy Spears, Randy West, Porsche Lynn, Allie Haze, Ash Hollywood, Rico Shades, Prince Yahshua, Billy Dee, to name a few.

SM: Who haven't you filmed with that you would love to a scene with?

Nina: Golly, too many to mention!

SM: How do you want your porn career to progress?

Nina: I expect to be involved in adult entertainment/education for the duration of my working life. I want to progress more into speaking, teaching, counseling, coaching. I’ve learned a lot and want others to be able to enjoy sex as much as I have learned to do.

SM: What do you have in store for the future?

Nina: More filming, my site, nina dot com, has hundreds of hours of scenes from over the years. Teaching, coaching and counseling are also high on the list of things I do already and plan to do more of in the future.


People can follow me on 

I’m on the board of directors for the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance (www.woodhullalliance.org).

If people reading this are swingers, I’ll be in Jamaica for the last week of January, 2015, at Hedonism II/Kama Sutra Week, hosted by the handsome Sarge and the lovely Lady Dee. Hedonism is an all-inclusive, clothing-optional, swinger-friendly resort. I visit alone, as it’s not my husband’s cup of tea, and have all sorts of kinky fun!







25 comments:

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