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For Steam: A Quarterly Journal For Men
By Jim Merrett,
Volume 1, Issue 4, Winter 1993

JACKS OF COLOR – A REVIEW

     JACKS OF COLOR, 14th Street, Manhattan; Fees: Men of Color who reserve beforehand, $10; White men as MoC’s guests, $10; Others, $15. For address and dates of JOC’s parties, contact LIDELL JACKSON at 212/222-9794. If you like safe sex with Black guys – whether you’re a Black man yourself or a white admirer – I highly recommend New York’s Jacks Of Color. I’ve twice visited this club, which bills itself as a Safe Sex Party for Men Of Color – i.e., males of Black, Caribbean, Latino, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American or other non-white backgrounds. On my first visit, an extraordinary thing happened: around midnight, an orgy scene developed in the sex room which involved at least 15 men, including nearly every shade of the human rainbow, huddled together, touching, sucking and embracing one another. It was an inspiring sight, and if I’d been able, I would’ve joined in. Exhausted as I was, I mentally recorded it for private viewing on lonely nights to come.


     Jacks Of Color prides itself on its propensity toward group action, and indeed, a certain free-wheeling atmosphere pervades the monthly parties which started about three years ago as an alternative to the mostly-white Manhattan sex scene (hence the racially-adjusted fee structure). In addition to providing a space where men of color are the majority, the hosts – three African-American New Yorkers – attempt to remedy the body-fascist, white-gym-bunny aesthetic by opening their doors to all somatotypes as well. And they have been more-or-less successful in both objectives. At JOC, indicating that you’re open and available by walking around nude seems to count almost as much as the state of your physique.


     The party meets in a dance studio in downtown Manhattan. On both Saturday nights that I attended, the neighborhood was deserted and the building unmarked, but once I climbed the stairs I knew I was in the right place. A muscular man named Kobi, who wore a revealing black leather harness, greeted me brusquely, which may have been his role.


     I was then ushered through a door into the dance-studio-cum-party-suite, bathed in red light for the occasion. I was asked to shed street clothes into a garbage bag, and slid my stockinged feet across polished wood floors, through a social area, to the opposite end of the studio, where I checked everything. Condoms, lube and plastic wrap were available gratis to the right of the clothes check. Jacks Of Color also features a bar with soft drinks. If you want beer, you’ll have to bring your own. Opposite the clothes check is the entrance to the sex room, which is partitioned off from the rest of the studio with hanging plastic sheets. On my second visit inside the sex room, a particularly stunning tableau caught my eye: two men, facing each other, cocks crossed – one Black and uncut, the other white and circumcised – while a third man, possibly Latino, licked them both like a two-toned popsicle. Yes, visions of heaven.


     If you too are a fan of such interracial harmony (not to say ecstasy), you can keep abreast of JOC’s schedule by getting your name on the club’s mailing list – free if you attend regularly. For out-of-towners, I recommend calling Lidell before your next trip, to get details of the next party.


To RSVP for J.O.C. Parties


Cell/Mobile Phone: 646/441-7081



E-Mails


JacksOfColor@Gmail.com -or-
JacksOfColor@hotmail.com
JJacksOfColor@aol.com -or-
JacksOfColor@yahoo.com


THINGS TO KNOW [ Please Read All ]:

  • EVERYONE will have to sign Entry Sheets -- so PLEASE be sure to bring Picture ID when you arrive.
  • You must arrive by the appointed door closing times, or else you won't be guaranteed admission.
  • As a rule, we institute a Mandatory Streetclothes-Check -- underwear, leather, fetish gear or nudity fine -- nudity is actually preferred [ NOTE: The "Nudity-Only Policy" at "Chelsea Space" is Relaxed for REGULAR JACKS OF COLOR ATTENDEES -- New Attendees will still have to undergo the necessary dick-check upon entry. ]
  • Condoms and Lube available.
  • NO SMOKING at "Paddles."
  • Water and soda for sale at the front / free munchies will be provided as well.

Policy & Procedures


The following FOUR paragraphs are for the sake of newcomers to the "Jacks of Color" Events & Parties:

  1.      For those of you who consistently refer to Our Jacks Of Color Web-Site -- it's been revamped by Our Web-Master.. DEVON, My Web-Master for Our JACKS OF COLOR WEB-SITE, has asked me to remind everyone of the following special situation . . . It seems some of you access the site, only to discover that it hasn't been updated -- well, it has! . . . But it seems that if you access the site through INTERNET EXPLORER or MSN , you don't get the full complement of features on the site -- and sometimes, you might even be directed to a previous version of the site, especially if you have an old bookmark in your browser . . . So Devon suggests that everyone use MOZILLA FIREFOX to access the site -- for some reason, that's the most complete Internet server for viewing ALL the features on the site, including the most updated info, PLUS the location info for BOTH "Paddles" and "Chelsea Space" . . . And again, Make A New Bookmark for JACKS OF COLOR right now, while you're reading this: www.JACKSOFCOLOR.com ! . . .
  2.      "Paddles" has a NEW entrance; the adjacent parking lot has been closed in preparation for construction of a high-rise -- so the new entrance to "Paddles" is DIRECTLY on the side street [ NO LONGER in the parking lot ], and merely inches beyond the orange barrier . . . You'll see signage that says "JACKS OF COLOR HERE TONIGHT" -- and if anyone has any problems finding it, call me on my cell at 646/441-7081 . . .

  3.      A word about "Last Call" -- I never really like the practice of ending a party by turning on the lights and throwing off the music at the appointed end of the night, without any warning -- seems to have a sort of "bum's rush" aspect to it . . . So near the end of every event I'm going to make sure that My Staff will announce a 30-minute "Last Call"; I think You Guys deserve the decency of knowing how long you have to, uh, "wrap things up"! . . .

  4.      And As is our custom, the location of each Jacks Of Color Party is ALWAYS placed on the club's web-site the day before, under "Party Notices / News" . . . And if you RSVP you're already on the list, so even if you don't get a confirmation, feel free to attend anyway -- just get the location info from the web-site, and be sure to come before the door closing . . . [ As a rule of thumb, it's always a good idea to check the web-site before coming anyway, just in case there's a last-minute change or cancellation -- it happens. ] . . . Lastly, feel free to call me on my cell -- 646/441-7081 -- during any party, in case you get lost, have to come late, etc. . . .