Published by
Bell, Alan, American
Edited by
Bell, Alan, American
Subject of
Baldwin, James, American, 1924 - 1987
Minority AIDS Project, American, founded 1985
Professor Griff, American, born 1960
Nkoli, Simon, South African, 1957 - 1998
National Association of Black and White Men Together, American, founded 1980
Jones-Hennin, ABilly S., American, born 1942
Rue's House, American, 1989 - 1997
August 1989
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)
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].
Place made
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States, North and Central America
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
HIV/AIDS Activist Movement
magazines (periodicals)
Black Press
Mass media
U.S. History, 1969-2001
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Alan Bell
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© BLK Publishing Company, Inc
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