I was a bit interested in discovering the truth behind the scandal, but I was not necessarily moved or vested. I had no clue that divine powers were manipulating the situation and pushing us together for Taleon to effectively utilize my platform to spread his message, while I gain a deeper understanding and compassion for the disenfranchised of our community off the back of his story.
Before we proceed to the interview between Taleon and The Flyy-Life, let me bring those of you unaware or forgotten of the scandal up to date. This will allow you to understand the full plight. Taleon was rumoured to be straight, while Keyon was very open about his sexuality. Their Myspace pages were filled with friends, professional pictures and messages from all over the world. To add to their mystique, on the outside, it appeared they also had a very lucrative and successful modelling career.
Keyon was known to work with major brands and scored a deal with Ralph Lauren. The brothers dabbled in gay porn, but even that was an asset. Gay porn in those years was not what it is today. In those days, adult production companies generally only scouted the most attractive, healthy, exclusive and desired within the community.
So the short time they spent in porn was yet another notch under their belt to the fantasizing public. All seemed well to the public and then one day we all woke up to national news reports indicating that a set of gay twin porn stars had been apprehended on burglary charges.
The scandal shock the community, and even the world for that matter. Their joint mug shots were splattered across the media. But no one ever really heard anything else about Taleon… until now. My only challenge to you throughout this article is to keep an open mind and understand that as men, we are genetically wired to survive at any means necessary.
Sure, when you are born into a stable home, with resources and options; perhaps there are choices you would never consider. Many would argue that after going through the type of experience you have, they would quietly transition back into society and put it behind them. Why did you decide to go public with your experience and publish a memoir?
Taleon— I decided to go public because of how I was stigmatized in the press as well as in prison. In truth, my arrest for the crimes I committed was overshadowed by the fact that I once participated in the gay porn industry with my twin brother. And once that hit the press headlines, it became a nationwide sensation…a sensation that followed me to prison. And being known as a gay porn star in prison placed me in the line of fire with every knuckleheaded inmate that felt he had something to prove.
I was spat on and even once had fecal matter splashed into my cell via a shampoo bottle. And because of those acts that took place and the notoriety of my case, I was placed in solitary confinement for my own protection. In brief, my 75 months prison time was HELL!!! So there was no way I could stay mum and let that slide. I was plastered all over the public in the worst way. So I had to vent in the biggest way I thought possible…and that was to publicly tell my story.
Not just about what happened, but how it happened!!! I needed to do this for me. FL— As a child, you grew up in extreme poverty and in unstable households. How do you think this influenced your decision making when you hit adulthood? Taleon— Growing up poor definitely took a toll on my self-esteem. But when you grow up poor…money seems like the answer to every one of your issues.
So once I became of age to do something about that, I sought out financial means regardless of what I had to do to get it. Simply because people have been talking about me my entire life! I just believed in money so blindly that I did the unthinkable just to have it. That insecurity vastly effected the decisions of my adult life. I…like so many, suffered from a deep amount of shame because of it! Taleon— Around spring , I was just released after serving 43 months for a robbery charge.
And just like every normal person I sought family support and employment. But to no avail, no one would hire me. So I started lying about my background on job applications. I remember feeling so proud that I had a job that cool. But one day I was called into Human Resources and was told to empty my locker and give up my name tag immediately because they found out that I had a prior robbery conviction.
I was such a good worker that even the manager felt bad for me. He even said that I could use him as a reference. But inside I was heartbroken. So I sought out help from my twin brother. He was a model at the time and he seemed to be doing well, or so I thought. He made a few calls, and the next thing I know, we were on a flight headed to Atlanta.
He said that it would be a nude photoshoot, but it ended up being something more. So there I was dab in the middle of a pornographic video session. I immediately was upset that my brother never gave me the full scoop.
So I bared it grudgingly and did the video anyway, because I needed the money. That was my introduction to becoming a Gay porn star. FL— How was your relationship with your twin brother growing up? Taleon— My relationship with my twin brother was cool when we were younger, but as we got older our sibling rivalry became unhealthy.
For years I knew that my brother was gay even when we were just kids. The fights between he and I became so violent that social services had to intervene and separate the family just to keep us from killing each other.
So to sum it up…as toddlers we were close, but as we got older we grew apart. In your book, you clearly state you had no curiosity at all and was in fact quite the lover of a certain female body part. Given your experience was made public and available online, how has this affected your dating life and how did you internalize the situation? Taleon— Doing gay porn as a straight male completely obliterated the possibility of me ever having a normal relationship from here on out.
My sexuality will be a constant thing of questioning. I still have trouble internalizing it all. Now I can really empathize the hell my brother went through when we were younger. Growing up we were taught that homosexuality was nearly an abomination. But I knew different because I loved my twin to death gay or not. That gay is just a decision rather than a disease.
Taleon— My sexual preference is heterosexual. I have always been attracted to women for as long as I can remember. Even in my memoir you will see that I had a crush on my Kindergarten Teacher who was a woman. I partook in gay sex acts out of desperation and a means to get by. Outside of that, people should do and be with whomever makes them happy.
I partook in gay sex scenes with my brother because both of our backs were against the wall. My whole life I was his protector and the eldest of us both. And for the record, the press said that we had sex together with one another. In fact, they called us the Twincest porn stars. The closest we ever came to that was a duo masturbation scene that we did for BlackMen.
Other than that, all you will find is a bunch of stills that depict us in compromising positions. Simply because we had a fantasy that we had to sell.
And that is the truth uncut. FL— In your book you highlight the scummy nature of many adult film production companies and their disregard for the actor as a person. Describe to us how they take advantage of the unfortunate and their disregard for anything except the finished product.
But from what I endured and witnessed first-hand, the industry is equivalent to signing a deal with the devil. I say that because of the trickery involved. They make the glamour seem so real. But in retrospect, the joke was played on us. We got pimped to the highest degree. I even used to sit back and watch how they would send a guy out to scout for people. He was an inner city guy, so he knew what to look for.
And I say that not out of assumption, but because every guy we ever did a video with when the cameras turned off we found out that they were falling on hard times as well.
And I see why they typically avoided people that were doing well, because successful people ask too many questions. And unsuccessful people are more susceptible to jumping on the first offer presented. I met guys who had girlfriends just like me at the time, whom agreed that this shit was crazy. But we did it for the money.