Writing While BLK: A conversation on the history of BLK

Date: Saturday, April 13, 5–7pm

Location: ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007

This event is open to the public and refreshments are provided, but RSVPs are required. RSVP to askone@onearchives.org.

Started in 1988 by Alan Bell in Los Angeles, BLK Magazine was a Black LGBT publication that produced 41 issues between 1989 and 1994. The magazine and its offspring publications—BlackfireBlack Lace, and Kuumba–were specifically created to affirm the knowledge and narratives of the Black queer community, for the Black queer community. Three decades later, the BLK publications continue to be central to the archive of Black queer Los Angeles and provide a place for dialogue amongst Black LGBTQ folks in Los Angeles and beyond.

In this conversation, moderated by Kai M. Green, panelists Alan Bell, Alycee Lane, Charles Stewart, Vallerie Wagner and Phill Wilson will explore the history, origins, and impact of BLK for the Black queer community, while celebrating and reflecting on BLK’s legacy.

Writing While BLK: A conversation on the history of BLK is organized and sponsored by the ONE Archives Foundation, Inc.


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