“Jewel’s Catch One”
Jewel’s Catch One “offered a place where any and everybody could come,” and now a new doc is exploring how that inclusive environment became the stuff of legend. A trailer had dropped for C. Fitz
’s “Jewel’s Catch One,” a look inside the oldest black-owned disco in the U.S.
“At the time that we opened there was still an abundance of racism,” says owner and activist Jewel Thais-Williams
in the spot. The dance bar first opened its doors in 1973.
Known for its eclectic clientele which included men and women of all nationalities and sexual orientations, the club offered a party where everyone was invited.
“Jewel Thais-Williams relentlessly opened her arms to do more for her community, and, still to this day, has not stopped serving those that need her,” Fitz told us. “She was the only voice for black people, and especially gay black people,