Kamilah Rouse, Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

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I’m Kamilah, but most people know me as Sinnamon Love. My friends call me Sinn. I am a 26 year veteran of the Adult entertainment industry. I’ve worked in every aspect of the industry as a performer, content creator, cam model, production manager, director, producer, & company owner. I have been online since 1998, owning my first cam studio using iFriends and CamGirlsLive, back when people were still on dial-up. It failed miserably, but we paid models a fair wage. In addition to working with Peep, I am a community organizer, with experience in sex work philanthropy through the Sex Worker Giving Circle, and am the Founder of the BIPOC Adult Industry Collective. 

I was invited to join the team at Peep.me because my affection and commitment to the intersection of racial justice and sex worker rights places me in a unique position. I have a firm belief that sex workers rights and equitable wages should be at the forefront of every Adult company’s business strategy. Having seen so many performers and creators treated as disposable, by companies in the past, has lead me down the path towards Peep.me. I believe education is both a political tool and one that can be used for empowerment of marginalized communities. Peep’s profit-sharing model, and commitment to placing Adult Creators first, gives me hope other creators will find a home at Peep, which allows them to grow their businesses without fear of being kicked off later on. 

As someone who experiences chronic illness and simply does not have the bandwidth to utilize repurpose ad content on multiple platforms, combining an all-in-one suite of creator tools is extremely appealing to me. Not everyone wants to manage their content across multiple locations, and Peep.me eliminates the need to create an update calendar which takes them into account. For a busy mom & caregiver like myself, who wants to save the world in her spare time, streamlining my workflow is extremely important to me. I hope others find this useful as well.

Recognizing the industry tends to function under the assumption that all creators and users have the same needs, I want to make sure we pay special attention to how we can make the site, and its content, accessible to everyone regardless of their level of education, experience, or accessibility needs. I’m starting by making sure we amend some of the necessary legal documents, so people understand what they are signing. I am also adamant in making sure any advertising, and the creators themselves, feature a cross-section of sex workers, including ethnicity, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Living in the crosshairs of multiple forms of marginalization, it is my intent to improve the way “sex work” is perceived – as something only women do, or which only present front-facing images of standardized, commercial bodies. I am particularly excited to make sure we are using language which mindfully markets to marginalized communities, without using offensive language and tropes to do so. We can do this – it isn’t that hard – and I am here to make sure we keep all potential customer bases in mind, and not only the select few.

I hope to see Content Creators find a home at Peep.me, where they can learn from other Creators, build revenue streams, and go on to teach other Creators how they did it. Skill-sharing is vital in our community, and through this, we are able to empower people to exceed the limitations of the existing industry model of codependency for financial stability. When Creators make more money, fans will get better content. I believe when fans learn how to be more conscious consumers, they will demand more from companies which have not yet caught up with this business model. Historically speaking, few Adult performers have had the privilege of earning residuals for their labor. Seeing people earn passive income for me is a lifelong dream.

For more of my social justice ramblings visit me on Twitter, and for visual content, follow me on Instagram.

VIDEO: Kamilah Rouse Interview by Syd Devereaux

Transcript

Transcription of Zoom video interview between Peep.me Director of Edutainment, Syd Devereaux, and Peep.me Director of Inclusion, Kamilah Rouse. 

(Video starts)

TITLE CARD: “Getting to Know Kamilah, Director of Inclusion for Peep.me”

>> SYD [00:00:09]: Kamilah, tell us a little bit about yourself.

>> KAMILAH [00:00:12]: So, I am a twenty-six-year veteran of the adult industry; I started when I was nineteen years old. I am currently the Founder of the BIPOC Adult Industry Collective, as well as the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Peep.me.

TITLE CARD: “Kamilah talks history”

>> KAMILAH [00:00:33]: I was one of the first performers, period, with a solo model site – I think Danni, Danni Ashe, with Danni’s Hard Drive, was like the first, and I was like maybe the third or something like that. I was the first model to shoot for Cybernet, which later became Kink.com – I was the first black model to shoot for them. I was also the first black model to shoot for BangBros. So…it’s like, for all of that, there really hasn’t been a lot of progress, in the way that black performers are paid, and the way that we are presented on camera, the types of racist tropes that still exist in porn…that existed long before me. I mean, we’re talking about a legacy of racism being used to sell black and brown people, and one of my primary goals is to shift the way that performers, in general, are treated as disposable…umm, you know, disposable commodities. It’s always been known that, you know, “Oh, there’s someone who turns eighteen every day,” so there’s a constant new flow of people, coming and going, in and out of the industry. But as someone who – you know, I grew up in Flint, Michigan; my parents were union folks – so  very, like, pro-worker rights, and pro-labor rights, and pro-unionization, and, you know, understanding that we really are at a pivotal moment in history, you know, in the industry, where we have an opportunity to really put workers’ rights at the forefront of any business model. And also, like every company in every industry is trying to put anti-racism and anti-oppression at the forefront of their business models; the adult industry doesn’t get to escape that, you know – it has to, you know, confront its racist history head on, so that people can start to be treated fairly, and go and do work that they feel good about.

TITLE CARD: “on being approached by Donia (our CEO)”

>> KAMILAH [00:02:43]: So, when she reached out to me about this project, I was like, “Yes! Absolutely! Of course!” Of course I want to be involved – not only because of Donia, but also because of what Peep.me represents. Putting sex workers in leadership is extremely important to me, and making sure that there’s a company that is sex worker first, and adult content creator first, is vital. It’s one of the most important things to me – we see, consistently, that, you know, porn and sex workers have always been at the forefront of technology, and breaking technology, umm, but those platforms never love us back.

TITLE CARD: “What excites you?”

>> KAMILAH [00:03:25]: One of the things I am most excited about with Peep is that there’s a profit-sharing business model. 

>> SYD [00:03:30]: Yes!

>> KAMILAH [00:03:31]: Working in…and I’m just getting goosebumps seriously, like, thinking about this…but, you know…when you’re coming from the mainstream porn industry, there are no residuals in porn. People don’t get a chance to earn passive income from the work that they’re doing. And, you know, we…when I talk to friends who work in the mainstream film industry, they’re surprised that that’s not even…that that doesn’t happen…

>> SYD [00:03:57]: Right.

>> KAMILAH [00:03:58]: And I think that, you know, giving people an opportunity to, you know, not only use the platform to make money, but to also earn money for building up this platform, and making it what it’s going to be.

TITLE CARD: “Sign up for your Unique URL now at Peep.me and follow us on twitter: @peepdotme @sinnamonlove”

(Video ends)

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