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Tony's boss is a black man who plays a large part on the series. His daughters are major characters in the second book. Tony's love interest in the first book is a gay Jewish man. One character who is assumed straight in the first book is revealed as bisexual before the end. One of the primary characters in the third book is a WoC and there are numerous supporting PoCs.
This trilogy is a spin-off of the five book series where Tony first appears. These are the Blood Books, which were adapted for TV as Blood Ties. I do NOT recommend the TV show, since they removed Tony and erased the bisexuality of Henry, one of the lead characters. But the books are excellent. You can read the Smoke books alone, but it might be better to read both the Blood and Smoke books for a Mark Reads project.
There are also a few short stories. I don't think they've been collected anywhere yet, though.
Tanya Huff also writes science fiction and high fantasy and most of her books feature queer characters. I highly recommend looking into her other books as well, either for Mark Reads or personal enjoyment.
Actually, built-in webcams weren't a thing back then. If you look in the scene right after, Veronica's using the same laptop with a webcam clipped to the top. I'm fairly certain that the webcam was left off and they dubbed a line in to explain why there wasn't a camera clipped to the screen.
I'm not excusing Logan, though. He doesn't give a shit about these people either. He only made his father donate the money to piss him off.
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