On Thanksgiving Eve in Los Angeles, Black lesbian club promoters threw a “Thanksgiving Unity Bash,” at the site of the original Peanuts, Club 7969 in West Hollywood.
I went to the event because my homegirl was visiting from D.C. and as the “hostess with the mostess” I dutifully took her to the club to have a good time.
The reason for the promoters coming together to throw the party was to send a message of unity regarding the rash of fights that had been occurring from one club to the next apparently involving the same two groups of people. These fights involved guns as well.
Los Angeles is fortunate to have a club for Black lesbian women almost every night of the week where we can get together have a drink, dance, and have a good time. Regardless of whether you like a certain club, what the women there look like, how the music is, or whatever other criticisms are out there, the fact still remains that we have several clubs a week for Black lesbian women whereas there are towns where there aren’t even one. If you don’t believe me, ask someone living in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
And to date, someone correct me if I’m wrong, only Jewel Thais-Williams owns her club, the Catch One on Pico Blvd. All of the other club promoters have to rent space to hold their functions, therefore if too many fights break out, the club owner has the option of canceling the night altogether. And once the night is cancelled, it’s cancelled for everyone. The bartenders who live of off their tips and wages, the deejay who gets paid to spin, the promoters, the patrons, people like you and me that just want tot have a good time, and yes, even the dancers suffer. If there’s no club for them to “shake their money maker” at, then there’s no dolla dolla bills to be collected. And even though Jewel owns her club, don’t think that if the police are called to many times to her location that she can’t lose her license. Let’s get real, she’s a Black lesbian who owns a prime piece of real estate in Los Angeles. She’s also got to be on her ps and qs.
So I appreciate the efforts of all of those who came together to send the message of unity. At the end of the night all of the promoters involved got on stage and asked folks to just get along and to the leave the attitudes and drama at home.
I may not club every week, but when I get ready to go out, I want to go out and see people that look like me.
So, here’s to hoping that these fights come to a quick end and that we can all just get our groove on in peace. Or else, don’t be surprised if the only club option left is the West Hollywood Here Lounge on Thursday nights where hip hop clothing is not tolerated and chocolate, dark or light, isn’t always the flavor of the month.
Visit online Black lesbian magazine TreazureMag.com for more photos from the Unity party.
CLUBS FOR AND BY BLACK LESBIANS IN LOS ANGELES
@ Forbidden City
1718 N. Vine Street
Club Cherrie Pie
3102 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
Jewel’s Catch One
4067 Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
The Hole in the Wall
After Hours – 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
2520 W. 6th Street @ Coronado
Los Angeles, CA
The G Spot
Every 2nd and 4th Saturday
@ The Palms
8572 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA