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The Napa Valley Wine Train Settlement Is The Blackest Thing That Ever Happened This Week

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I’ve already touched on the multiple levels of Blackness involved in the story of Sistahs on the Reading Edge; the California book club thrown off a wine train for being too rowdy.

Exactly how many levels were there? Good question. Let’s review!

1. A group of Black women in a book club. (Because the only thing Black women love more than book clubs is Jesse Williams.)

2. The name of the book club being Sistahs on the Reading Edge.

3. A group of Black women in a book club called Sistahs on the Reading Edge doing a wine tour together.

4. A group of Black people having such a good time that it’s making White people uncomfortable.

5. A group of Black people doing absolutely nothing other than “enjoying life while Black” facing some sort of legal consequence.

To add to the VantaBlackness of this all, Sistahs on the Reading Edge apparently has one White member. Which is perhaps the single Blackest level. Because you can’t get much Blacker than token Whiteness being involved and that token Whiteness getting kicked out too. This is past peak Blackness and into some undiscovered, middle Earth, event horizon Blackness. Like finding an iPad on Mars. Or a Kappa with tact. And I’m 96% certain if her name is “Jane” she’s been affectionately referred to as “White Jane” at least 17,000 times.

Anyway, it was revealed today that they reached a settlement with the Napa Valley Wine Train company. Although the terms were undisclosed, if the lawsuit was for $11 million, I’d assume the settlement was in the millions as well. Which should be a cautionary tale to any company wanting to try some racist fuckshit. Especially with a bunch of reading-ass Black women with a token White homegirl on a wine train; perhaps the demographic either most likely to be a lawyer or be sorority sisters with one.

Remember the end of season four of The Walking Dead, when Darth Rick says “they’re fucking with the wrong people”?

Well, the Napa Valley Wine Train company fucked with the wrong people too.

Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for GQ.com And he's working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at damon@verysmartbrothas.com. Or don't. Whatever.

  • Cleojonz

    Oh snap! I didn’t even realized they sued! Good for them. I wouldn’t have thought in a million years a case like that would be worth millions, but they probably got something in the 6 figure range which would more than pay for the cost of their excursion in the first place, so again kudos to them. It really seems the only way to affect change is to hit them where it truly hurts and that’s their wallets.

    • Jennifer Carlson

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  • miss t-lee

    I’m glad they got paid. That whole situation was a mess.

    • Nik White

      Yes sir-me too! They’re lucky it wasn’t a cognac tasting event cuz there would have been furniture moved and wigs twisted on the way off of the train.

  • Amen

    What a great picture. Especially the two in the back. The “I wish a n**** would” is strong with those two.

    • porqpai

      It actually seems stronger to me with the ones in front lol
      But yeah they all got a def level of, lemme find out going on

      • Amen

        Lady in the back with the peach is giving me “You tried it”.

    • The Grinch

      LOL the thing is – a n$gga did and the whole squad came through to collect! i ain’t mad at every single expression in this photo

  • Glo

    This makes me oh so very happy.

    Also, “Because the only thing Black women love more than book clubs is Jesse Williams” is incredibly accurate. My timeline stays thirsting over #wokebae. I don’t even need to follow him on Twitter because anytime he says ANYTHING, 15 of my friends are gonna repost what he said all over my other social media accounts.

    • Chocolate King

      What’s so special about Jesse Williams? Curious minds want to know….

      • Jennifer

        Allow me:

        1. He’s woke
        2. He’s fine
        3. He’s intelligent
        4. He’s fine
        5. He’s on TV
        6. He’s fine
        7. He used to be a teacher
        8. He’s fine
        9. He’s got a blackity-black wife
        10. He’s fine
        11. He uses his powers for good and not evil

        In conclusion: he’s fine

        • Quirlygirly

          I second this list

        • NonyaB

          LOL. I’m with Choco King. I appreciate JW’s wokeness but dassit. If anything, his eyes freak me out – making me think “hmm, potential serial killer candidate?”.

          • Jennifer

            lol…you wrong for that. That’s just the intensity of an actor!

            • NonyaB

              Intensity? …Or Killtensity?

          • blogdiz

            Exactly . I have a weakness for a man that is intelligent, articulate , passionate and stands for something before discovering his wokeness he was just that “puss eye ‘ dude a term where Im from that literally means “cat eyes ” and said folks are not to be trusted LOL.
            Also he aint a creamy caramel like AL B Sure etc he is a freckled banana yellow no Bueno Kinna reminds me of TI ‘s wife Tiny,This all biracial people are cute myth must be stopped LOL

          • Chocolate King

            I think that you are one who needs therapy to eradicate the self hatred and lack of knowledge of self. I understand that you love the Master and his illegitimate offspring….of white and light Supremacy. And that you refuse to accept and acknowledge that many lost Sisters worship Jesse Williams the same way they worship Prison Bae Jeremy Meeks, only because of his phenotype and not because of his contributions to the community. I will continue to assist and help beautiful, intelligent and aware Sisters and Brothers deal with the negative effects and consenquences of white Supremacy and Colorism in the Diaspora.
            Be Blessed!

            • NonyaB

              LOL. Going full hotep, are we? No thanks.

              You try to get blessed; you need it. #OlodoRabata

              • Chocolate King

                You need the blessings more than I. However, I am sure you feel that calling me a Hotep makes you feel special and awoke. Name calling is a useful tool in a discussion, when one is lost. As I stated, be blessed and best wishes to you.

                • NonyaB

                  Bristling about name calling from the person calling others slaves? Deep. ^_^

                  Not lost but if you feel found by insisting on leaving the last comment, then have it – whatever you need to get you through. I’m done here and won’t be responding further. May your “blessings” direct you to therapy someday.

                  • Chocolate King

                    We both can attend therapy together. Me for the stress of dealing with clowns and you for your sickness of Stockholm syndrome…Blessings Beautiful Unto You!

        • GenevaGirl

          blackity-black wife !!!

          I died! (But that’s why I love him too.)

        • Cleojonz

          9. The Main reason I love him. It made me giddily happy to see he had like a regular real people black wife.

        • miss t-lee

          1-57 could’ve been he’s fine…lol

        • fxd8424

          And he went to Temple in Philly, with a double major in AA studies and Film and Media Arts.

        • FrankiSideEye

          THIS. Smart, woke, putting in the work, network-TV-level-pretty people (who have a platform that size and actively use it) can sometimes feel as rare as unicorns. And every time I see one, I want to ride.

        • Chocolate King

          Sister, you forgot to mention the most important thing…his skin complexion and eye color….There are numerous awoke Brothers married to Black Women, who are not worshipped in the manner Jesse is treated as a diety by certain Sisters.

          • Jennifer

            *eye roll* If you already knew, why did you even ask us?

            lol…that may be true, but you specifically asked about Jesse Williams, so that’s how we responded. If you had asked why I or any number of women are so parched for our darker-hued #wokebaes, I could have answered that as well. My thirst is not wholly determined by skin color. Honestly, when Jesse was just “that light-skinned dude on Grey’s,” I wasn’t checking for him. It’s the stuff outside of his TV work that turned me into a fan.

            • Chocolate King

              If you really believe the masses are checking for Jesse Williams only because he is “a conscious celebrity,”you will believe that the masses were checking for Prison Bae Jeremy Meeks, because of his service to the community….lol

          • blogdiz

            Hmm Actually nope. Personally do not find that look appealing at all saw him a few times in the media and was like whatever. The first time I really sat up and took notice of him was when he was one of the first persons at that level to speak up about Travonn Martin in a way that that was so articulate / passionate that the interviewer couldn’t twist him up as they try to do Same with Ferguson etc

            yeah Light Skin Privilege is real for both genders but IMO it works more for BW than BM but the way a person is can make them more attractive .I can assure you even though we have diverse tastes the average BW would probably be more physically into a ” chocolate King like Taye Diggs but with him this works in the reverse as who he is as a person has made him “Ugly ”

            P.S Which other celebrity brother is out here going hard like Jesse ? cuz some “chocolate kings” like Tyrese just use their platform to police and lecture BW

            • Chocolate King

              Good Evening Sister, Thanks for your reply. IMO, the battle over who has it harder Dark Skin Black Women or Dark Skin Black Men is a diversion tactic. To be clear, Dark Skin Black Men were never in style in America. Sure, a few Brothers such as Michael Jordan, Wesley Snipes, Morris Chestnut and Taye Diggs received some love for their contributions to Pop Culture. However, light skin brothers such as Barack Obama, Eric Holder, David Patterson, Duval Patrick, Douglas Wilder, Harold Ford. Corey Booker, Colin Powwll, Steve Harvey, Lester Holt, Russ Mitchell, Don Lemon, T.J. Holmes, Michael Ealy, Shemar Moore, Boris Kodju, Drake, J. Cole, Tre Songs, Cris Brown, Brian Gumble, Greg Gumble, Charles Barkley, and Steph Curry to name a few, have never went out of style in America. Moreover, the first Black to achieve an important position, is always a light skin brother….see the Presidency, Attorney General, Supreme Court Justice, Senator, and Chairman of the Joint Chef of Staff. Furthermore, light skin brothers earn more money and receive shorter prison sentences than Dark Skin Brothers with similar attributes. Therefore, I don’t see how wonderful it is to be a Dark Skin Brother in America….unless you are the stereotypical hypersexual Dark Skin Super Thug with Uber Swag, who gets all the girls with your thug love passion. And, Don Cheadle is one of many Dark Skin Brothers during outstanding charitable work in and out of the community…he just doesn’t tweet about it like Jesse.

          • PoetrysTruth

            Who hurt you beloveded?

            • Chocolate King

              Sister, Black folks hurt me with our continued practice of Colorism that divides and destroys our community. Also, just so the haters know, I am married to a beautiful, intelligent, loving and supportive Black Woman.
              Every day I see the negative impact of Colorism in the community from who and how we are represented in the media , incarceration rates, educational attainment, economic success and etc….
              I also find it frustrating the way that many Sisters, who complain about Colorism and how it is being a Dark Skin Black woman, are the first in line to worship a Light Skin Brother.

              • PoetrysTruth

                But can women not just support another because they truly feel what that person is speaking on? You sound so bitter, venomous even. I don’t find this man attractive, many women don’t. You assume it’s about his looks and project your pain on us like projectile emesis. Your generalizations may be true for some but don’t act like women are so small minded, truly we aren’t.

                • NonyaB

                  Right?! But as shown in his reply to me below, hoteps gon’ hotep.

                  • Chocolate King

                    And slaves are going to toil…

                • Chocolate King

                  LOL. Sister, as I stated, I am married to a Beautiful, Intelligent, Awoke and Loving Black Woman. However, I am fully aware that haters and defenders of White Supremacy and it’s illegitimate offspring Colorism are going to engage in personal attacks against me for stating my opinion that many Sisters feel some type of way about Jesse Williams due to his phenotype, similar to the way they swoon over “Prison Bae Jeremy Meeks,” who resembles Jesse.
                  Moreover, my pain is not personal, it is the collective pain of my Sisters and Brothers, who deal with the negative consequences of Colorism on a daily basis. Talk to a Dark Skin Sister, who is called Black and Ugly by her classmates or the Dark Skin Brother, who was convicted and sentenced to a longer prison term in part to his Dark Skin. So, yes, I am the bitter, evil and venomous Black Man, who is guilty for having the aducity to discuss the role Colorism plays in the Black Community and perceptions of beauty and worthiness. Moreover, yes, this is America, so you are free to support, uplift and praise whomever you desire. And I will continue to fight against and inform about the ills of White Supremacy and Colorism and their negative impact on the Black Community. Stay Blessed, Awoke and Aware! Hotep Out…

                  • PoetrysTruth

                    Oh Hotep…oh well never mind. We good…Dark Sister Out.

                    • Chocolate King

                      Yes, Beautiful Sister, we are more than good…we are Tony the Tiger Greattt!

                      Have a great weekend!

  • brothaskeeper

    Auntie in the blue and black top made me set up straight and not wanna touch a damn thang when we get in this store.

    • Tambra

      Oh gosh, 1st and 5th form English teachers, who to this day makes me straighten my posture and switch to the vernacular when I see them.

    • miss t-lee

      For real. She is not with the mess.

    • Amen

      She looks like she’s handed out no look whoopins from the front seat of her car many a time.

      • brothaskeeper

        You think you’re safe just because you’re sitting directly behind her, then out of nowhere…. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6a9a7182645d3dc52fd107dc971919db0c5be5add3877fd50536faa9803bc25b.gif

        • Joansharrington3

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        • Joansharrington3

          “my room mate Lori Is getting paid on the internet 98$/hr”…..!ca623ctwo days ago grey MacLaren P1 I bought after earning 18,512 DoIIars..it was my previous month’s payout..just a little over.17k DoIIars Last month..3-5 hours job a day…with weekly payouts..it’s realy the simplest. job I have ever Do.. I Joined This 7 months. ago. and now making over. hourly 87 DoIIars…Learn. More right Here !ca623n:?:?:???? http://GlobalSuperJobsReportsEmploymentsPerfectGetPayHourly$98…. .??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??::::::!ca623n….,…

    • TeeChantel

      Bwahahaha BK!

    • TomIron361

      Don’t they all look like someone put out a fire on their faces with a rake?

      • brothaskeeper

        Absolutely not. Too far.

    • MissMiamiHeatNation

      I #sweaterGawd I was thinking the same thing lol!!! Reminds me of a Civil Rights Era 5th grade teacher!

      • brothaskeeper

        It don’t get more serious than that!

        • MissMiamiHeatNation

          The eyes gave me chills, lol. Mrs. Caitlin 5th Grade teacher vibe…scary

    • GenevaGirl

      How much do you want to bet that she’s an elementary school principal? (Or, at least the junior-high vice principal who doles out the detentions.)

      Seriously, she looks like an aunt of mine who was a no-nonsense teacher.

  • Courtney Wheeler

    I hope they buy more wine and fancy hats with their settlement money….

    • brothaskeeper

      Infused with white tears.

    • Amen

      LOL…..they should have the next family reunion on the wine train.

      • KNeale

        yes! Thats brilliant!!

      • Complete with Electric Slide

        • Quirlygirly

          Them ladies look old enough to do the Bus Stop. Lol

          • refslady

            JB’s Monorail in a few cases….

          • Cleojonz

            HA HA HA! When the electric slide came out my mom was all “Chile that ain’t nothing but the bus stop!”

            • CozyVon

              We as parents are good for dropping that “That ain’t nothin’ but the…” line on our kids, aren’t we? These younguns swear all their stuff is original…HA! I STAY busting Zoe’s bubble, lol.

        • LoveTrenia

          Or the Stomp.

    • KB

      Or start up their own similar type company.

  • KNeale

    Happy for them!!! but always have to be the downer and ask why the white girl just HAD to be a part of Sistahs on the Reading Edge. Why? Why? This is something I’m hyperaware to these days because I’ve been trying to find spaces for black people or black women specifically only to show up and there is always a white person there.

    I’m in the beginning stages of a writing group that I was told at first was for Women of Color. Showed up and a white girl (I don’t know her so she may be some other ethnicity but her race was white) was there. Why? Then she complained about how writing programs weren’t diverse enough! (completely missing the point of how WOC writing groups were to give WOC a space of their own because of this fact…this went over her head I guess)

    NTwayz done my rant. Get ya money ladies!!

    • Kas

      Placeholder, because I want to follow the replies to your comment.

      • Cheech

        Mine is in purgatory. Stay tuned.

    • Its funny
      I run a (closed) black moms group on fb. The amount of dudes and non-bw that try to join is just.
      Sigh.

      • Cheech

        OK, the man in a moms group is a bit much though.

        • GenevaGirl

          I’m going to defend the dad in a mom’s group. You know that there are stay-at-home dads and trifflin’ moms. He’s a smart guy because he knows that the moms know what’s up.

          • Cheech

            Yeah, but it depends on the type of group. If it’s moms of grade schoolers that’s one thing. If it’s new moms it makes sense not to want dads around all that body and breastfeeding talk (and postpartum stuff, and how clueless or absent dads are, etc.).

    • refslady

      She might have been cool with a few of them (or somebody’s SIL) so they asked her so she could provide a ‘diverse’ perspective on what they read. You know, like when everyone at work wanted to know if you knew anybody like Minnie from The Help, and “speaking hypothetically” would you eat anything she cooked after watching the movie.

      Yeah, that’s a real story. Wish it wasn’t.

    • NonyaB

      As being an ally (real and wannabe) has become more popular, I’ve seen situations that touch on this. Groups leaders have to repeatedly explain to non-minorities (who already belong to larger groups open to allies but also want to jump into all other groups) that they cannot join because those subgroups are specifically for X minority members only.

    • Epsilonicus

      I doubt she is a random. She is probably friends with them and they invited her.

      • KNeale

        Yeah she was def a friend of some of them but maybe don’t advertise as a group for WOC and invite your white friend! Just say its for women. lol. I need to find out who did that so I can keep my eye on them lol.

        This is always happening to me. The BYP in my area called a march for Black spring and explicitly said this is for black folks and multiple black people brought their non black friend/partner along.

        But I should go easy on ’em. When I was in college my white friend used to come to campus NAACP meetings with me. I didn’t invite her though she wanted to come and I didn’t have the language or understanding to be like..”but why tho”. So I’ma let these folks slide I guess.

        • Epsilonicus

          I think it can be advertised as for WOC but doesn’t have to be exclusive. NAACP is for POC but they also have majority white chapters. It is up to individual groups and their membership to decide how that works.

          • KNeale

            I guess I should give some back story. I got to this group (and that was the first meeting they’d ever had) because I had signed up to be a part of WOC only writing group that was pretty much defunct. So I sent an email out to that listserv asking if anyone wanted to meet up and start another group. A woman responded who I met with and we agreed to we wanted to be WOC only. Then she found these other people through facebook that wanted to do the same (thats what she told me) so thats how this group met. And at the end of the meeting, the host said let other Women of color know and then corrected herself and said or just women (she corrected herself because the white girl was there). It was intended originally to be WOC only is my understanding. Now that its not I’m not leaving the group. I actually have no problem with a mixed race or mixed gender group. Though I was looking for a WOC only space that doesn’t mean I won’t participate in mixed groups. I would have done both if possible. My main point is dont advertise yourself as being WOC only if your not. Also, if the white girl knew the intention of the group (which she very well might have hence her talking about how not diverse her writing program was) , then she shouldn’t have asked to come/came. If someone told her it was just for women then thats fine. She seems cool enough I’m not saying she gotta go or that the group gotta change. I’m just making a general call to white folks and the black folks that continually give them passes to respect space (if/when they are well aware the intention of the space).

      • Nik White

        She’s probably someone’s sister-in-law.

        • miss t-lee

          See…that’s what I was thinking.

    • Aicha7

      They probably knew her and invited her. Kind of a small group sounds like. There’s a time and place for everything Lord knows. Once upon being invited to a function I didn’t really want to attend I tried to slide out of it by noting that I would probably be the only white person there and maybe they would prefer to keep it more exclusive so to speak. She retorted she didn’t feel like going either and what’s more she didn’t want to go to an all white party I’d invited her to a month earlier so to suck it up. I put on my coat and went.

  • Muva Luva

    A Kappa with tact! I can’t breathe! (from a former kappa addict in recovery)

    • Nik White

      I quietly up vote this as 2 of my closest friends are married to Kappas (shhh).

  • Mary Burrell

    Good for them.

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