Angel Kelly: Giving You the Best That I Got – Podcast 99

Angel Kelly: Giving You the Best That I Got – Podcast 99
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I’d always wanted to interview Angel Kelly. She was a big name in 1980s adult film, and one of the few black female superstars of the industry. She was a founding member of the Pink Ladies, the west-coast adult actress support group with Nina Hartley, Jeanne Fine, and Porsche Lynn. She acted with the big names of the day – people like Sharon Mitchell, Lois Ayres, Billy Dee and Mike Horner. And she was friends with Tupac Shakur, featuring in the video for his song “How Do You Want It?”

But I wasn’t so sure that Angel Kelly wanted to talk with me. I first contacted her years ago and – while she was kind and polite – she told me she wasn’t ready to speak. She said the last time she sat down for an interview was 1996, and she just wasn’t ready to delve deep into her adult industry life. But she said we could keep in touch, so we did, trading the occasional texts and holiday greetings.

But a few weeks ago, Angel Kelly contacted me and said it was time. I wondered what made her ready to do something we danced around for years. We set a date and I questioned if she would keep it.

She did. And thank goodness – because Angel Kelly has quite the story to tell.

So what has Angel Kelly been doing since her time in the business? And why is she finally speaking out now, almost 25 years after her last real interview? Here’s your chance to listen and find out.

This episode is 87 minutes long.

The music playlist for this episode can be found on Spotify.

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Angel Kelly

 

Tom Byronwith Tom Byron

 

 

The Pink LadiesThe Pink Ladies (from top left): Porsche Lynn, Angel Kelly, Nina Hartley, Jeanna Fine

 

 

Nina Hartleywith Nina Hartley

 

 

Alicia Monetwith Alicia Monet

 

 

Jeanna Finewith Jeanna Fine

 

 

Jack Bakerwith Jack Baker

 

 

Tracey Adamswith Tracey Adams

 

 

Sorority PinkThe cast of Sorority Pink: Angel Kelly, Porsche Lynn, Jeanna Fine, Barbara Dare, Nina Hartley

 

 

Heather Hunterwith Heather Hunter, Porsche Lynn and Robin Byrd

 

 

Jeanna Finewith Porsche Lynn (left) and Jeanna Fine (middle)

 

Angel today

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  • Posted On: 28th June 2020
  • By: Ashley West
  • Under: Podcasts

35 Comments

  1. Jeff Robertson · June 28, 2020 Reply

    Angel Kelly iconic x-rated film star from 1987 through 1993 had good relationship with Peter North that’s really interesting podcast thank you keep up the good work April and Ashley reach the Milestone 100 podcast we can’t wait

  2. Tom · June 28, 2020 Reply

    This is the big one!!! I have been waiting for this for 98 episodes – and finally ANGEL KELLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Fantozzi · June 28, 2020 Reply

    I am excited to listen to this – and very timely to cover an African American performer too.
    Well Done Rialto.

  4. Jack Hammer · June 28, 2020 Reply

    The Rialto Report is a unique oasis a sea of mediocrity. All we get on social media (e.g. Facebook – Classic Adult Films) is dumb fanboys posting a selection of pictures supplemented by some third hand information gleaned from old magazines or google.

    Thanks for posting first hand real information – free of charge, and not included in some fanzine or book.

    The Amber Lynn pod was brilliant – I am excited to listen to Angel Kelly.

  5. Mark · June 28, 2020 Reply

    finally- i was in love with this woman since i first saw her in a film. so excited about this episode. thank you rialto report. you made my year

  6. Jeff Robertson · June 28, 2020 Reply

    I didn’t knew Angel Kelly did with John Holmes Follow by O’Farrell theater in San Francisco California and San Fernando area Los Angeles California

  7. Guest · June 28, 2020 Reply

    Is that Angel Kelly with Sticks Downey from Happy Days? Yes, it looked like Jack Baker was going to follow in the footsteps of King Paul and the late great Johnnie Keyes as porn’s next black superstar. Jack started off by doing scenes with such porn power houses as Marilyn Chambers and Sheri St Clair, and Janey Robbins in Yankee Seduction. But it became evident pretty fast that Jack could not maintain an erection and usually had to have Field Marshall Bradley or Ray Victory stunt cock for him. But Jack was a great comic actor and used those skills to have a good career in porn after his career in mainstream Hollywood came to an end.

  8. In Sin · June 28, 2020 Reply

    Holy cow! Great interview with Angel. She seemed so honest and comfortable with herself. One of the most underrated video star of her generation. Without continuing to connect Angel with anyone else, is an interview with Ebony in the works? Home run!

  9. Black is Beautiful · June 28, 2020 Reply

    Glad to finally hear Angel finally tell her story on her terms. I hope she releases her memoirs.

    Angel started my affinity for black women and will always remain my favorite. She was just gorgeous, had a fantastic body, smile and attitude. She seemed to enjoy her work very much.

    I also liked Sahara (second to Angel), Jeannie Pepper, Heather Hunter, Nina DePonca and Sade. Didn’t get to see the wonderful Desiree West (who started much earlier than the rest) until later on and became a big fan of hers as well. Never got the big deal about Ebony Ayes though, and will leave it at that. Would be grear to hear interviews with the above ladies as well. Jeannie is probably most likely to agree to one.

    • Guest · June 28, 2020 Reply

      I like your list! Desiree West was incredible, so pretty. And of course Sahara ruled the 80’s and Sade never got the credit as the other black stars of the 80’s but she was very popular in the magazines like Players. In an odd way I even liked Lady Paree? Paree had an unbelievable ass and great hips, but her face was so so

      PS In 1998 there was a 5’10 black superrmodel type who went my Moet. She could have been a huge star but dropped off the map after only a few films. She dated director Nicky Starks

  10. M. Manta · June 28, 2020 Reply

    I never really watched her flicks, Ebony Ayes, or Jeanne Pepper for that matter. Only V. Del Rio’s. I rented Fleshdance with my cousins, & found it boring. We didn’t even watch it all after all the hype. Regardless, I in my old age has gotten blown away on a resurgence tip of Shanna Evans, & my favorite of the era, Black Sahara AKA Yvonne Weldon. They’ve prolly got beards, & 3rd nipples by now, but maybe you guys could interview them. Shanna was the cutest, but Sahara had the baddest skillset. Keep up the great work. I actually sat through yours, & T.T. Boy’s YouTube interviews with Paul Thomas. He just did Eric Edwards, & I dug your Tom Byron interview. Gonzo killed porn for me, & nothing can touch the Golden Era of both Mainstream, & Black porn of those years especially the Dark Brothers works. T.T. tried in the late ’90’s to the ’00’s, but hey. SHANNA, & SAHARA!!! Vanessa is pretty much accessible. Best Wishes.

  11. Isaac · June 29, 2020 Reply

    So hype for this one ! The talk show Angel referenced with Heather Hunter was my first introduction to her via YouTube and I must say she stole the show with her classic beauty and intelligence , pure star quality . I loved seeing them both in the Tupac video too. The final minutes of this podcast were cathartic to say the least , it was palpable. April knocked it out the park as always and Angel is still stunning .

  12. RANDOLPH VEALE · June 29, 2020 Reply

    Thanks for the interview of Angel Kelly, one of the true pioneers of Black Actresses in the adult Industry during the 1980’s.

  13. James · June 30, 2020 Reply

    Thanks for another great interview! You all are THE best! I’ve noticed so many podcast hosts of Adult Industry stars try to focus all the attention back on themselves and it makes for a disappointing interview. Your interview with Angel was awesome, as always. I love that she acknowledged her gay and trans fans who looked out for her in NYC and glad she is doing well today 🙂

  14. George Maranville · June 30, 2020 Reply

    Probably in my top three RR podcasts. I had such a smile on my face listening to Angel talk so candidly and vividly about her time in the business. As usual Rialto delivers the goods like no other. Thanks for uplift during tough times Angel.

  15. JLHayseed · July 4, 2020 Reply

    What a wonderful interview. Wish I had seen her movies, but enjoyed her beauty through magazines. Angel, you’re not getting older, you’re getting better. Thank you for sharing your story.

  16. Dingleberry Doug · July 5, 2020 Reply

    Angel Kelly was a great performer. Always enthusiastic and service with a smile! I loved hearing her story. Cool to hear tidbits on FM Bradley and the sex position they were the first to do on film. I saw her do that position with Frank James and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Another one that stands out is a 3 way with Rachel Ryan and some dude in a swimming pool.

    Very touching moment when she talked about Megan Leigh. So sad especially when you don’t see it coming.

    Judging by the recent picture of Angel, she will be beautiful forever. Thanks Rialto Report and thank you Angel for sharing your story.

  17. Robert · July 6, 2020 Reply

    I listened to the RR episode with Angel Kelly and was blown away! April,you asked great questions like always,kudos!

  18. Shawn · July 7, 2020 Reply

    Wow. Angel is an absolute charmer. Great episode!

  19. Joseph S Wegesa · July 8, 2020 Reply

    Thank you for this great interview with a legend.

  20. Big Al · July 10, 2020 Reply

    This was a great interview! I think the first time I ever saw Angel Kelly was on that BET show she mentioned. I was 13 years old! When I think of old-school black porn, Angel is part of a trifecta that also includes Ebony Ayes and Jeannie Pepper. So obviously this was a podcast I was really looking forward to! Keep up the great work…nobody does it like The Rialto Report!

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