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Published by:
Alan Bell, American  Search this
Edited by:
Alan Bell, American  Search this
Interview of:
Randy Cochran, American, born 1962  Search this
Subject of:
National Coalition of Black Lesbians and Gays, American, 1978 - 1990  Search this
National Association of Black and White Men Together, American, founded 1980  Search this
Minority AIDS Project, American, founded 1985  Search this
Natalie Cole, American, 1950 - 2015  Search this
Whoopi Goldberg, American, born 1955  Search this
Sylvester, American, 1947 - 1988  Search this
Phill Wilson, American, born 1956  Search this
Pat Norman, American, born 1939  Search this
Lorraine Hansberry, American, 1930 - 1965  Search this
Blackberri, American, 1945 - 2021  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
March 1989
The fourth issue of BLK magazine, published March 1989. It is printed in black and white and the cover features an image of adult film performer Randy Cochran. Cochran sits facing the camera, smiling as he looks directly into it. He wears a light-colored suit with a stripped necktie. Tree branches can be seen in the background behind him. Close to the bottom of the page, the magazine’s logo [BLK] is printed in large, bold, uppercase white letters, surrounded by a solid black rectangle. Below the letters (within the box), the issue number and date appear [Number 4, March 1989]. There are 23 pages in total, with articles, advertisements, classifieds, black and white photographs, and cartoon illustrations originally from Ebony Magazine with new captions written by BLK.
The issue opens with a [Letters to the Editor] section, followed by a calendar of the month's events. The feature articles in this issue include an article on the National Black Gay and Lesbian Conference titled [Integrating Ourselves / Building bridges and coalitions to create wholeness], an interview with Randy Cochran titled [Randy Cochran / One of America’s prominent porn stars talks about his profession], and [Keeping the IRS Happy / Income tax reminders for lesbians and gay men].
There are 13 articles in the [Community News] section. They are: [500 Attend Los Angeles Leadership Conference; Watson, Waters, Cole Address Black Gay Group], [Gay, Lesbian jazz Org Forms in Los Angeles], [Minorities to Receive Increase in Services], [Whoopi Goldberg’s Dad Comes Out of Closet], [Odoms, Emery to Head GLCSC Committees], [Ugandans Flee AIDS Medical Researchers], [Ex-Junkie Works to Stem AIDS Epidemic], [Women’s Group Slates Programs for March], [Parker, Clarke to Speak at Cal State, Bookstore], Kenya Ranks 16th with 4, 495 AIDS Cases], [List February Stats on AIDS Cases in U.S.], [BWMT Receives $131K AIDS Education Grant], [Kimberly Miller New MECLA Office Head] and [Magazine Finds Some Condoms Defective]. Following the news section is a gossip column by Preston G. Guider titled [Read My Lips]. The magazine concludes with the classifieds. The back cover is a full page advertisement for Midtowne Spa.
African American  Search this
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Black Press  Search this
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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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