Niche appeal: Zine spotlights black gay creativity

09 : 06 : 2014 Print Media : African-American : LGBT

New York – Brooklyn creative agency Pink Rooster Studio has created The Tenth, a biannual print magazine by and about black gay men.

The Tenth magazine, Photography by Khary Septh, styling by Prentiss Anderson The Tenth magazine, Photography by Khary Septh, styling by Prentiss Anderson
The Tenth Magazine, Photography by Khary Septh, styling by Prentiss Anderson, model: David Ford
The Tenth magazine, Photography by Harvey Jackson The Tenth magazine, Photography by Harvey Jackson

Agency founders Khary Septh, Kyle Banks and André Verdun Jones regularly work for international brands including L’Oréal, Sony and Swarovski. In search of a more personal and lasting project, they created The Tenth, in part as a forum for black gay men to come to understand themselves better.

‘We’re just emerging with visibility in a weird kind of way,’ co-founder Khary Septh tells LS:N Global. ‘The dimensionality is something that’s been lacking. When you take control of the image-making, it translates differently and has a different level of authenticity.’

The first issue of The Tenth includes a broad range of black gay creativity across disciplines from the avant-garde fashion of Telfar Clemens to the activist writings of Darnell Moore. It also includes a high-fashion photo spread that imagines the Antebellum South as a place where love between black men might have been possible.

The second issue will feature ‘regional black gay culture off the grid’ with voices from US cities including Kansas and Detroit. Now available in New York and Miami, the magazine is planning distribution in London and Berlin.

For more emerging voices in men’s media, see our Men’s Media market report.

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