UNT Special Collections 2023 Research Fellowship Awardee - Dr. Newly Paul

UNT Special Collections 2023 Research Fellowship Awardee

Project Title

Empowered narratives: How BLK magazine represented Black LGBTQ people during the AIDS epidemic

Project Description

Dr. Paul’s project examines the role played by BLK magazine in informing and advocating for the Black LGBTQ population in the U.S. during the 1990s AIDS epidemic. It uses archived issues of BLK to conduct a content analysis of the articles, advertisements and images published in the magazine from its inception in 1988 to its closure in 1994. The aim is to understand the role played by BLK in the Black gay rights movement of the country.


Newly Paul is a media and politics researcher and assistant professor of journalism at the University of North Texas. Her research areas include intercultural communication, race and gender in politics, and entertainment studies through a gendered lens. She has taught various journalism classes such as principles of news, news reporting and writing, copyediting, political reporting, and minorities in media.