I chuckled when I read that Kanye West and his wife are now making wine. Not because of what the quality of the wine might be. All I could see was a Wine Enthusiast’s Awards of the Year party, and Kanye running up onto the stage and ripping the award out of Helen Turley’s hands, to give it to Heidi Barrett.

In Us Weekly story titled: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Are Renovating a Vineyard to Make Their Own Wine at Home

A source reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly that the pair, who are renovating the French château–style mansion, are also rehabbing a vineyard on the 3-acre property.

“They consulted experts to get it operable again,” says the source.

He’s not going prime time with it, as it will be just for their own personal enjoyment.  Not to worry for now about the Wine Enthusiast’s Awards. Fingers crossed, because if it gets out, he could also tell wine writers what he’s told music critics… Take a hike.

He recently tweeted three separate gems:


3:27 PM – 15 Feb 2016: To Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, New York Times, and any other white publication. Please do not comment on black music anymore.

3:27 PM – 15 Feb 2016: I love love love white people but you don’t understand what it means to be the great grandson of ex slaves and make it this far.

3:27 PM – 15 Feb 2016: The system is designed for colored people to fail and one of our only voices is music. One of our only ways out is music.

Dear Kanye

While I do agree that we Anglos don’t understand what it means to be the great grandson of ex slaves, and a system is designed in many ways for people of color to fail, I do know that sharing those feelings from those who have them is a justice, not an injustice, for more empathy in the world. Kanye, you can create more empathy, versus telling someone to shut it down and go away. To do such a thing, to take all history away from those white people who advocate for the history of music and all of its varied colors, would be a terrible injustice. Not all white people see only white… Some of us see a rainbow and we share those stories of history for us all.

I would never have encouraged the formation an association of African American Vintners and advocated for them for years, if I didn’t believe in raising awareness. Kayne… Best advice, think about Ray Charles, Marian Anderson, Stevie Wonder(ful), Michael Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Aretha … the list is ever long. What if all stories of these fabulous artists, written by white only writers, were ripped away from history?

When your wine falls into the hands of a white writer, and it will, take it easy at the wine awards… If you’ve earned an award, it will come to you.


Yours in the advancement of colored people,

Jo Diaz

PS: Cracking the Codes: Joy DeGruy “A Trip to the Grocery Store” reaffirms  that not everyone of color believes that everyone white does an injustice to humanity when we try to integrate all thoughts into positive experiences.