LOS ANGELES—Adult performer Misty Stone took some time off from her busy schedule during February to reflect on Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month.

"I think it's a great idea that we look back and reflect on the rich history of our Black community. So much has been given to the community and culture of America,” the popular ebony star said.

She added, “I do think we should also observe an appreciation in the adult industry for the Black performers in this wonderful industry. Many have been trailblazers, and I thank them for paving a way. Yes, we have the awards programs, but I think with Black History Month going on all month in February, maybe we should have an appreciation for the contributions of the Black performers and directors and producers who have come before us.

“Have we made progress? Yes, but there's so much more progress to make. I've seen better roles being offered to us, not just stereotypical parts in movies—but again, baby, there's always room for improvement," she said firmly.

The performer is now a business owner, having launched her new production company, Misty Stone Productions. In addition to booking scenes, she is actively compiling content for her new official site, MistyStone.com.

"This is going to be an absolutely great year, baby. I can't wait. We're putting a lot of work into this. I've also got some exciting new mainstream projects coming up as well," she hinted.

Stone was one of the big-name stars who cut the red ribbon on the opening day of the AVN Fan Expo, alongside fellow Fleshlight Girls Jessica Drake, Lisa Ann andTeagan Presley. Stone was also a red carpet correspondent at the AVN Award Show, which will be broadcast later this year on Showtime.

Stone recently graced the cover of Penthouse magazine for the "Girls of Penthouse" edition.

Misty Stone is portraying Scary Spice in the upcoming OMG It's the Spice Girls XXX Parody, directed by Jordan Septo and set to street soon by Juicy Entertainment.

Other releases that are available now featuring Stone include Nice Girls Love Black Dick and Misty Stone Superstar from Hustler Video, 25 Sexiest Black Porn Stars Ever and Club Elite from Elegant Angel Productions, Light Skinned Divas and Bet On Black for Black Storm Pictures, Black Scary Movie from West Coast Productions, Lesbian Beauties 8: Interracial from Sweetheart Video, Ebony Housewives of Porn Valley from Overboard Video, Bust That Booty 2 from Demolition Video and Rachel Roxxx Your World for Vivid, as well as three titles from Wicked Pictures: Men in Black: A Hardcore Parody, She's the One and Summer Lovin’.

Fans and industry can follow Stone on Twitter at @mistystonexxx

Misty Stone is represented by LA Direct Models http://www.ladirectmodels.com/; book her through that agency.