This is the 10th issue of BLK magazine published September 1989. On the front cover, there is an image of Keith C. St. John. St. John wears a jacket, button-up shirt, necktie and a pair of glasses. At top left, [BLK] is printed in large, bold, white uppercase letters within a red rectangular textbox with [Number 10] along the bottom. The letters are partially obscured by the image of St. John. There are 30 pages in total, with articles, advertisements, classifieds, black and white photographs, and cartoon illustrations throughout.
Under the heading [Word Up] there are four short articles: [Enlightened Self Interest / The Eddie Doth Protest / Dis This Jam] and the fourth reads [Florida Black Man Lives 30 Years as Woman, Fools 2 Husbands and Adopted Son]. This is followed by the calendar section [BLK BOARD] and letters to the editor [BLK MAIL].
The cover story, which begins on page 6 and ends on page 7, is entitled [Working Inside / Openly gay black attorney runs for city post in Albany, New York]. Two quotes from the interview are printed in a larger font. The first reads [Being black and gay ‘gives me another tool to illustrate injustices.”] and the second [“I don’t let those things that I don’t think are relevant get in my way.”]
Several shorter articles appear under the [BLK Community News] section. These include: [Three Black Men Place in Super-Men Contest], [Shanti Gets $80K Grant], [MECLA Selects Board], [Board Calls for Dismissal of Gay Coast Guardsman], [Noted Black Lesbians to Marry in L.A. Ceremony] about Jewel Williams and Rue Thais, [Team LA Holds 1st Meet], [Black Lesbians, Gays to Organize in San Diego] about the Lesbians and Gays of African Descent, [Fund $100K AIDS Show], [David Lemming to Write Authorized Baldwin Bio], [Pros Discuss 3rd World AIDS at Montreal Meet], [Seattle: Needles Okay], [Gwenn Craig Tapped for S.F. Police Commission], [Black Lesbian Group Plans Major Conference], [Black Clerics Talk AIDS], [Anti-Abortion Leaders Alienate Most Blacks], [APLA Hires Bicultural Health Ed Coordinator], Gentlemen Concerned Sponsors Garden Party], [County Funds Hospice in South Central L.A.], [Slate Videos for Loan], [Zambian Leader: Study for Solution Not Origin], [African Women Urged to Join Fight Against AIDS], Nurse Sues Over Jab], [MAP, APLA to Sponsor Public Benefits Seminar], [Cleo Manago New Head of East Bay AIDS Project], [San Diego Gets 2 Black Gay HIV Support Groups], [Rue’s House Gets $4K], [CDC Errs on AIDS Cases], [See Possible AIDS, TB Links; CDC Wants Tests], [Black Mayor Apologizes for ‘Monkey Blood’ Slur], [Panel Scolds Defense Dept. on Lesbian Issue], [WHO Says African AIDS Statistics Not Accurate], [Brown Campus Sprouts Anti-Black, Gay Graffiti] and [AmFAR Gives $70K to Minority AIDS Project]
There are advertisements throughout the issue, including: [Minority AIDS Project], [LAPIS WOMEN OF COLOR DROP-IN SUPPORT GROUP], [Black Gay & Lesbian Leadership Forum / Third Annual NATIONAL BLACK GAY AND LESBIAN CONFERENCE and Health Institute], [WE CARE ABOUT THE GAY & LESBIAN COMMUNITY / VISITING NURSE HOME SERVICES], [A Pirate’s Tale / THE BUCCANEER / a novel by M.S. Hunter], [THE Black Gay Men’s Exchange / Friendship, Companionship and Support], [FADED SHADES], [RITES / A magazine for lesbian & gay liberation with a feminist bent], [Unity Fellowship Church], [Hot, Horny & Healthy! / a Fun, Safer Sex Playshop], [BEING ALIVE / PEOPLE WITH AIDS ACTION COALITION], [976 WOLF], [976 CAMP], [MIDTOWNE SPA], [Chocolate Hair / SALON], [A DIFFERENT LIGHT / Gay and Lesbian Literature], and [976 HUGE].
The back cover is a full page advertisement for [THE NEW CAPER LOUNGE] in Inglewood, California.
Published by: Alan Bell, American
Edited by: Alan Bell, American
Subject of: Keith St. John, American, born 1957
Subject of: Gay Men of African Descent, American, founded 1986
Subject of: Minority AIDS Project, American, founded 1985
Subject of: AIDS Project East Bay, American, founded 1983
Subject of: AIDS Project Los Angeles, American, founded 1983
Subject of: Gwenn Craig, American, born 1951
Subject of: Foundation for AIDS Research, American, founded 1985
Subject of: Black Gay and Lesbian Leadership Forum, American, 1988 - 2003
Subject of: Jewel Thais-Williams, American
Object number: 2018.108.10
Date: September 1989
Medium: ink on paper (fiber product)
Dimensions: H x W x D: 10 13/16 × 8 1/4 × 1/8 in. (27.4 × 20.9 × 0.3 cm)