BLK was created in 1988 by African-American graphic designer Alan Bell to fill a gap in the LGBT news publication community, separating itself from the "infotainment" of other black LGBT publications. It ran for nearly 6 years and expanded from its initial run in the Los Angeles area to cover nationwide and international news, including publication in Canada. It also featured interviews with prominent African-American figures within and with ties to the LGBT community, such as singer Patti LaBelle and Phill Wilson, founder of the Black AIDS Institute.
Scope and Contents: This collection contains originals and photocopies of BLK magazine, a free, monthly publication about the black LGBT community. Content includes interviews, histories, politics, social issues, and culture.