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Alan Bell, American  Search this
Edited by:
Alan Bell, American  Search this
Subject of:
Minority AIDS Project, American, founded 1985  Search this
Whoopi Goldberg, American, born 1955  Search this
Sylvester, American, 1947 - 1988  Search this
Natalie Cole, American, 1950 - 2015  Search this
Max Robinson, American, 1939 - 1988  Search this
Dionne Warwick, American, born 1940  Search this
ink on paper (fiber product)
H x W x D: 10 13/16 × 8 1/4 × 1/8 in. (27.4 × 20.9 × 0.3 cm)
magazines (periodicals)
Place made:
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States, North and Central America
January 1989
The second issue of BLK magazine, published January 1989. It is printed in black and white and features an image of singer/songwriter Sylvester on the front cover. Sylvester is wearing large sunglasses and smiles widely at the camera. Close to the bottom of the page, there is a black textbox with the letters [BLK] written inside in large, bold uppercase white letters, followed by [Number 2, January 1989] in a smaller font. There are 16 pages in total, with articles, advertisements, black and white photographs, and cartoon illustrations originally from Ebony Magazine with new captions written by BLK.
Page 3 displays the [January Calendar of Events]. Subsequent pages include articles such as [How Safe is Oral Sex?], [Remembering Sylvester] and [AIDS Conferences Held Throughout the World]. Pages 10-11 feature short articles on Minority AIDS Project activities, AIDS in Zaire, and the death of television news anchorman Max Robinson. Page 12 features a half-page statistical report on AIDS cases provided by the CDC in an article entitled [CDC Lists December Statistics On U.S. AIDS Cases]. The next page provides a short piece on the spread of AIDS in Ethiopia. The pages of articles are followed by several pages of a [Community Directory], which includes sections for [Bars and Baths] and [Organizations]. The final pages consist of classified ads for employment, housing, models, masseurs, and personals.
There are advertisements throughout, including a [Special Benefit Preview Performance] of The Phantom of the Opera for [THE PHILIP MANDELKER AIDS PREVENTION CLINIC] and several for [976-HUGE]. The back cover consists of a large full-page ad for Midtowne Spa and a cut-out coupon offering a [1/2 Off Special] on specific days.
African American  Search this
Activism  Search this
Black Press  Search this
Communities  Search this
Health  Search this
Identity  Search this
LGBTQ  Search this
Mass media  Search this
Sexuality  Search this
U.S. History, 1969-2001  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Alan Bell
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© BLK Publishing Company, Inc
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National Museum of African American History and Culture