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Alan Bell, American  Search this
Edited by:
Alan Bell, American  Search this
Subject of:
James Baldwin, American, 1924 - 1987  Search this
Minority AIDS Project, American, founded 1985  Search this
Professor Griff, American, born 1960  Search this
Simon Nkoli, South African, 1957 - 1998  Search this
National Association of Black and White Men Together, American, founded 1980  Search this
ABilly S. Jones-Hennin, American, born 1942  Search this
Rue's House, American, 1989 - 1997  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
August 1989
The 9th issue of BLK magazine, published August 1989. The front cover features an image of James Baldwin. Baldwin is pictured from the shoulders up, wearing a plaid shirt, his proper right hand raised to his head. At top left,[BLK] is printed in large, bold, white uppercase letters within a red rectangular textbox with [Number 9] along the bottom. The letters are partially obscured by the image of Baldwin. There are 30 pages in total, with articles, advertisements, classifieds, black and white photographs, and cartoon illustrations throughout.
The inside cover features an ad for the [Minority AIDS Project with a list of services]. The content opens with a section entitled [WORD UP] with short blurbs about the singles scene at a Los Angeles carwash, Brown University funded by slave trade profits, homophobic comments by Prof. Griff of Public Enemy, and a comparison of the costs of bathhouses in various U.S. cities. This is followed by a calendar of events, titled [BLK BOARD] and several letters to the editor titled [BLK MAIL]. Pages 7-11 contain an interview with the South African anti-apartheid and gay rights activist Simon Nkoli along with a copy of his U.S. tour schedule. Within pages 13-16 is a tribute to James Baldwin.
In the [Blk Community News] section, the articles include: [African Americans Win at Gay Physique Contest], [N.Y. Poet Releases Book], [‘Coming Home’ Concert May Turn Profit for MAP], [NABWMT Holds Ninth Annual Convention in Florida], [Rage Faces More Woes], Superstars Raise Funds in N.Y.C. to Combat AIDS], [Billy Jones to Head Minority AIDS Program in D.C.], [Gay Alumni Organize], [Hughes Estate Protests Movie Exhibition in U.S.], [Black Hustler Guilty in Stabbing of Eye Doctor], and [Rue’s House to Get $]. The issue continues with a gossip column titled [Read My Lips] and concludes with a classified ads section titled [BLK MARKET].
There are advertisements throughout, including: [LAPIS PRESENTS A WOMEN’S EVENT: CARIBBEAN NIGHTS], [Being Alive / People With AIDS ACTION COALITION], [Visiting Nurse Home Services], [BWMT/LA Hot, Horny and Healthy!], [CHRIS BROWNLIE HOSPICE: A Place Where Everyday Counts], [APOLLO DESIGNS], [Unity Fellowship Church / A Church For All People], [National Black Gay and Lesbian Leadership Forum], [A DIFFERENT LIGHT] bookstore, [976-CAMP], [970-WOLF], [976 HUGE], and [MIDTOWNE SPA]. The back cover consists of a full page advertisement for [LABOR DAY GALA] in Oakland by [Something Special Productions].
African American  Search this
Activism  Search this
Black Press  Search this
Communities  Search this
Health  Search this
Identity  Search this
LGBTQ  Search this
Literature  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