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“Jewel’s Catch One”: Celebrating L.A.’s Seminal Black Gay Disco And The Woman Who Made It A Home For All

"One person following their vision—with patience and perseverance—can make a difference," says Jewel Thais-Williams.
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In 1973, the first African-American female-owned disco in Los Angeles, Jewel’s Catch One, opened its doors, providing an inclusive, exuberant and one-of-a-kind environment for gays of color to party in. It was out of necessity too, ...

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When Jewel Thais-Williams opened Jewel’s Catch One nightclub in 1973, she wasn’t trying to create one of the country’s first black discos. She wasn’t even trying to create the safe haven for Los Angeles’ black lesbian, gay, bisexual...


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