The term 'interracial pornography' in a broad sense may pertain to visual pornography depicting sexual activity between performers of any different racial groups., Internet Adult Film Database Glossary defines 'interracial' or IR as sexual act "involving black women and a white man, and a white woman and a black man, as per convention".
In the past, some of American pornography's leading white actresses were allegedly warned to avoid African American males, both on-screen and in their personal lives. One rationale was the purportedly widespread belief that appearing in interracial pornography would ruin a white performer's career, although some observers have said that there is no evidence that this is true. Adult Video News critic Sheldon Ranz wrote in 1997 that "we keep hearing a lot about 'the powers that be' that tell white women that it's not in their 'interest' to work with blacks. Is there any proof that Ginger Lynn's scene with Tony El-Lay in Undressed Rehearsal hurt her career? Nina Hartley still gets lots of bookings in Southern strip clubs, especially Texas, even though she is an avowed interracialist." However, more recent pornographic film actresses like Jenna Jameson, Tera Patrick, and Carmella Bing are noted to avoid black males, some even alleged of being racist. A parallel European example of this pattern was the refusal of German actress Karin Schubert who considered performing with black male partners as "perverted".
In recent years, interracial pornographic films have increased in popularity, becoming one of the fastest-growing and biggest-selling genres. Many of these films still include racial stereotypes, but the segregation of actors by race has diminished considerably Interracial pornographic films have a majority audience of white male viewers, which has led some people within the pornographic industry to speculate that the largest orders for interracial pornography comes from the Southern U.S.