Talking Black Gay History: Ric Irick, publisher of "Malebox!"

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In celebration of Black History Month, Rainbow History Project dug into its archives of Black gay and lesbian publications to interview Ric Irick, the creator and publisher of the magazine "Malebox!: DC’s Largest Publication for Black Gay Men."

Between 1993 and 1999, Irick published Malebox!, a monthly newsletter and magazine subtitled “the intimate opinions, experiences & emotions of Black Gay Men.” By its end, Malebox! reached more than 2,000 subscribers in the Black gay community of Washington, D.C., and nationwide. The magazine covered cultural happenings, news, political organizing, and HIV/AIDS organizing and also carried personal ads.

Vincent Slatt, RHP’s director of archiving, interviewed Irick about the origins and impact of Malebox!, what came next and the relevance of Malebox! 25 years later.

The discussion touched on twelve other collections of Black gay and lesbian magazines in the Rainbow History archives and included questions from the audience: Dr. Keith Crawford; Chuck Hicks; Dr. Paul M. Smith; Isaiah Poole; Donald Burch, Courtney Williams, and others.

Access Rights

VIEW THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW ONLINE VIA YOUTUBE

VIEW THE SLIDE SHOW ONLINE

The attached images are scans of title pages discussed in the interview; Some items/issues may be available online.

To see a list of all Malebox! issues in the RHP archives.

Paper copies are available to all people, by appointment, at the DC History Center.

Collection is available for “fair use.” Material may be protected by copyright.

The Rainbow History Project respects the copyright and intellectual property rights associated with the materials in its collection. To the best of its knowledge, these items are either in the public domain; are orphaned works; and/or had their rights for public display transferred to RHP.

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Malebox! Interview 2023 Feb Ric Irick.pdf

Citation

“Talking Black Gay History: Ric Irick, publisher of "Malebox!",” Rainbow History Project Digital Collections, accessed May 27, 2024, https://archives.rainbowhistory.org/items/show/1722.

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