By Sandra Rose  | 

A wise person once said, "It's not what you say, it's how you say it." In the case of LeBron James, it was what he wrote on that infuriated his followers.

LeBron meant well when he set out to compliment Black women and women of color who have graced the covers of many mainstream magazines. Those magazines were once off-limits to Black women.

LeBron's close friend Beyonce Knowles is the first woman of color to grace the September Fashion issue of U.S. Vogue magazine.

In a cringe-worthy post on Wednesday, LeBron wrote:

“Nothing in this world is more POWERFUL than Colored Women!! Thank you all for continuing to not settle and setting great examples in life for so many looking up to you for inspiration/guidance and love!! My daughter is watching! #WomenPower”

It was his archaic and antiquated use of the racist term "colored" that angered everyone -- including white people who called LeBron out for being politically incorrect.

"Sounds like a pretty racist statement. And what the hell is With using the word "colored" to describe women? What is this 1950?" wrote IG user @booze_cruz001. "I'm pretty sure Hispanic, Asian, Indian and any. Other ethnicity of woman never refer to themselves as "colored".

LeBron James

And user @chloe_tyler44 wrote: "All women have power, all women are important, all women deserve to be lifted up."

LeBron responded to the controversy by posting more covers featuring women of color.

Was LeBron wrong to use a racist term to describe Black and brown women?


Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

  • missmiami305

    Wow! The word sounds very archaic. It strikes a chord with me. Maybe women of color would have been a better choice of words. Hell, even black women but I guess he doesn’t want to offend his OTHER fans. Still fuggs with him tho.


    Leave it alone! i think he was trying hard not to offend. He just opened a school for under privileged. He has beautiful black Queen and beautiful black babies. Go pic on someone else! Like Jordan who is helping build jails...

  • sunni_daze

    People need to get a life. So what he said colored, we all know what he's talking about and who he's talking to.


    rt? ugggh know its nit pick time. lol

  • primadutch

    That school might need a new principal...ijs

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    He said, 'colored' women instead of 'women OF color' and the world turned upside down. We gotta do a better job of finding which battles to fight. By now we know this man, with his black family, black wife, black company, and his continuous support of his black community. And he ALWAYS speaks out on black issues. Can we find something else to get mad about?

  • missmiami305

    I think one of his workers sent that out and unfortunately he has to take the fall.

  • Coy little wink

    Can't he edit...if not then oh well. Pink toes will deal...we all know what he meant

  • disqus_KGtSl8AgTv

    OMG Can't any one make a mistake. We all know exactly what he meant no story here.

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    You might be right. You might be on to something, but still, why are we losing our minds. What if he had said black and not African-American.... You see what I'm saying. Sometimes we gotta look at peoples intentions. In this case he had good intentions.

  • FukkFolks2018

    I know a woman whose birth certificate said colored and she paid to have it reissued. With that word removed. I saw that yesterday and immediately thought of her.

    She's my mom.

  • FukkFolks2018

    It doesnt offend me but she hated it

  • PhillyFacts

    He consciously repeated himself which means it wasn’t a “mistake” yet intentional.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Women period are powerful chile ... I ain't got nothing for this color mess so sick of that shyt ... Bout to eat my ribs... Bbl ?

  • stav

    Much ado about nothing!

  • RaginB

    People get mad over any and everything nowadays...wasn’t it couple of years ago when women were getting upset for being called “females”....everybody wanna be a “politically correct”?

  • dontgetblocked

    Halle Berry did the Vogue September cover in 2010, so Bey is NOT the first. Her PR team stays lying.
    As for Lebron...the President called him dumb for a reason.

  • stav

    Thank you ma'am!

  • Applebootay

    I'm convinced....Sandra is a white woman. #carryon

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    Bout to eat my ribs.....

    Now I'm hungry and it's all your fault. Shame on you. I have nothing remotely close to bbq ribs in that fridge. Okay, let me call in an order for some ribs. Just so you know jenie I had no intentions of spending money today.... but damn ribs are my drug of choice.

  • PhillyFacts

    Black people are the only race scared to take pride in, or give recognition to other blacks yet we’re the first to get angry at racial injustices happening to blacks and can’t even identify with our reflections. Miss me with the “politically correct bs.” I’m black n proud....

  • Applebootay

    Thank you. This man opened up a whole damn school....leave him be!

  • CocoBabe88

    I don't understand the difference between 'colored' and 'person of color.' I think people just don't like the way "colored" sounds since it was used heavily in the civil rights era. (feel free to enlighten me if I'm wrong) I prefer woman of color, brown, multi-racial, or my ethnicity+nationality to describe myself, so I'm not offended.

  • mona q

    Anybody taking away from the sentiment is just dumb AF. PERIOD

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile they good too... Lil J just walked in.... My beans almost finished ... Go get some ribs gal ... ????

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    LOL!!! You're rubbing it in. You're too much.

  • MsPam

    My birth certificate says I was delivered as a negro.

  • hi-liter

    ????? Dammit.....

  • Nunya Business

    I don't recall anyone ever saying Bey was the first black woman on the cover of the September issue. What they said was she was chosen to do the last September issue that Anna Wintour was a part of. They also said that Anna gave Bey full creative control and Bey chose a black photographer who was the first black photographer for Vogue.

  • MsPam

    Nope because he should get the same treatment as MJ when he says “his community, not “our” community.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Her being on cover is not historic. She has done September issue before. 2015. Nobody said she was first. He is

    "Tyler Mitchell. Mitchell is the first black photographer to shoot a Vogue cover in the magazine’s 126-year history."

  • CocoBabe88

    People are narrowing their association with the word black or what constitutes 'blackness' for many reasons. Black was not the original term used to describe afro-american people. Black was a term adopted by black male leaders after the MLK civil rights era. The word black by definition and etymology has a negative connotation. This is why Malcolm X was shocked when he looked up the definition.

  • MsPam

    Take your your own advice, how is Jordan help building jails.

  • MistaO

    At times, you can see clearly he was raised by a single black mother. You never see men of other races making statements like this...?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    ???? throws e-rib up in the air.. . ?

  • MistaO

    I agree wholeheartedly!

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Folks get heated by the wrong dang thangs but don't get heated at our colored young men just disappearing due to gun violence and non voters but I digress..

  • hi-liter

    When Jordan said “his community” I think he was talking more about the school Lebron created, which is technically in “his” community because the school is in Ohio, Akron precisely. People be reaching for the moon too much on stuff like this.

  • FukkFolks2018

    If you hate it you can change it.

  • tia

    I didn't take offense..

  • Applebootay

    Damn....lemme go take a second look....

  • Candance

    People need to stop using the term racist so loosely! Lebron James is far from racist!!! My dad who was born in the 30s would think yall are crazy!!!! Lebron cant say colored in a context that was appropriate, LeBron cant swim, LeBron cant say fuck, LeBron cant open a school, LeBron cant be a faithful husband, he will never be the GOAT what the fuq can he do??????

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    They just mad WHITEY ain't getting his money. And he proudly married procreated with trying to uplift the colored. Ain't that what ole whitey used to call us. FOH.Go Colored Bron Bron. Ain't that right Trump and sTrumpettes!

  • imright

    leave Bron alone !!! ppl and the media have everyone so scared to speak, trying to be so PC....its hard to talk???????

  • MissHarlem

    Lawd my fuse is short so let me keep it cute. Briefly I will say we are so conditioned by our colonizers that when one of ours praise us and show pride it's a problem. Common response is all women etc. Ummm no ma'am that's akin to saying all lives matter. Duh dumb ass we are talking about black lives matter being that we are the most disrespected etc. If you have a problem with colored then you should be pissed at black as well. All apart of the design to not let us know that we are original to this fcked up USA. Idgaf about all women I'm concerned about our own being that everyone conveniently forgets. We all have been conditioned to protect white women directly or indirectly. If you think I'm reaching ask that white bitch who admitted to lying about Emmit...she's protected

  • MissHarlem

    Also black pride is not anti anything. Cant even show some damn pride without people crying. Black athlete with a black wife black children doing good for his community and have the nerve to praise us and it's a problem. Chile find you some biz

  • MissHarlem

    Google is free so confused today.

  • therealashland

    We know his level of education isn’t the highest. If he said women of color there would be no issue. Wrong verbiage. I’m with James

  • Logan Roberts

    Lebron continue to keep up the good work & fuck folks.

  • pure_rachet

    Although I don't like to be called "colored", I'm more offended by the zesty azz pic of LBJ. Hey sis!

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  • Applebum

    That post has a lot of white people angry. It’s comical. They hate seeing black People being praised, especislly when it’s black women being praised. The craziest part is seeing other black men telling Lebron that his statement is divisive and he shouldn’t do that. Saying “All women are powerful” is like saying “All lives matter.”

    We know that all women are powerful but he was taking time to praise women of color. The media doesn’t do it. White Women been praised forever and are being praised even more now and it’s a problem for a black man to praise and uplift black women? Ridiculous.

  • C Mack

    Just something to distract from the awesome things he’s done lately. Let this black man be great

  • Applebum

    I just said the same thing before seeing your comment.. Saying all women is like saying all lives matter.

  • isis Osiris is such a coon. Beautiful post but she cant stand black men like Lebron. Rich NBA player wife is the mother of all his children. He never embarrassed his wife or children. Built a school and praising black women in his spare time. This goes against the stereotype of black men and women she promotes.

  • KLove

    Jordan does NOT invest in private prisons. That is an urban myth that has long since been debunked. There was another investor (a white man) named Michael Jordan, who actually was investing in private prisons and as usual folks failed to do their research

  • bemetoo

    the hate and reach is real here in the garden

  • KLove

    ummmmm, my grandmother...who was born up north, always said "colored"...i guess that was the word they used to refer to themselves back then....i didnt feel a way about it then...dont feel a way about it now....folks give words entirely too much power

    I see where Lebron was trying to go with this, he just failed to make it there LOL

  • MissHarlem

    Burns me up like truly

  • chrissy w

    Exactly. Seems like white women are the ones enraged. I hope Lebron keeps his praise of "colored" women going. Shoot, take it a step further and just say black. He'll get roasted either way but I commend the brother. Few like him in this generation. #salute

  • Li-Wright

    I much prefer the word "colored" to "n**GA". Take your pick.

  • Li-Wright

    I recently corrected my nephew and told him to use the word Negro instead of N**GA.

  • Joy King

    A wise madam also said, “It’s not what you do, it’s how you do it.” Shout out to all the Thots. Get your money but conduct yourself like a lady, while handling business out in these streets. Love you Lebron. Keep representing for all us Colored People.

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    IDGAF! ! That man opened a whole ass school for his community. HE could have called out beylala high af dead af eyes and i would still ride for him!

  • morenYAHdelsur

    LOL dang Sandra take a compliment. He ‘might cain’t spell’ LOL don’t judge him.

    Black women can’t even get love from a black man without you complaining.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Someone on this post said the same. Ijs. It is his community

  • Ryan

    I wonder how the first week of his school is going? Still amazed about what he did to help disenfranchised children.

  • Rayne

    Dang! Technically, we come in an array of shades. From chocolate berry to French vanilla swirl. And I LOVE ALL OF IT. ???? we are the shat tho! ????

  • TruthStandsAlone

    Why are black people so concerned with what white people think anyway. Why as a people we are so concerned with what Massa thinks is just crazy....White women, while they will NEVER admit have tried stealing the ESSENCE of what the black women represents FOR EVER. Shit and I won't stop there...ALL RACES have. Our strength is that of a 1000 moons and they hate us for that. We are the most resilience race of people and I wish he would have just said what we all know he meant to say....Nothing in this world is more POWERFUL than a Black Woman.

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    How does your dad has a 18 years old and he was born in the 30s? Dont even lie and say youre older witcho pretty self ?????

  • Li-Wright

    OT: Why isn't anyone talking about the 11 children in NM

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Who saw Candace Owens and Michael Eric Dyson though?!

    C O M I C A L !

    Just kicks ? that girl lost her damn mind.

  • MsPam

    Thanks but I have bigger fish to fry in my life.

  • MsPam


  • the guest

    They hate seeing black People being praised, especislly when it’s black women being praised.



  • Jethro

    Yeah, this is post-worthy. All that's missing is "BOMBSHELL:" in front of the headline. ?

  • dinedaaka


  • the guest

    The truth is white women want black women to be in the background and never front, center, and uplifted. Any time black women shine, white women calculate how to tear black women down.

  • KcoolMuziq


  • the guest

    That’s who I love, a young black photographer shooting the cover of Vogue. Photography is a very white and racist arena. It is indeed historical. I wish Tyler Mitchell a long and prosperous career.

  • Mister Fantastic

    Media attempt to smear his name. Let the games BEGIN!

  • Erin

    Colored, Black, N*gga, Negroe (whatever you wanna call "us") WE really get on my last damn nerve sometimes and I thank GOD I don't get paid to please "Us" cause really there is no pleasing "Us". I said it and I mean it with every breath in my black a** body! Like someone below said we are so conditioned we can't even take a compliment. We're so used to being mad we stay mad for NO DAMN REASON. Don't Worry Be Happy. More More people of ALL RACES should practice being happy.

  • Erin

    Big Facts!

  • Sid

    Someone is mad because she is not included in the compliment. You tried it but not today Mayo Jar!!!

  • TruthStandsAlone

    Just what you said!!!!

  • SandraRose

    Because the people who held them captive were Islamic. That's why the media is avoiding that hot potato.

  • SandraRose

    They say the taxpayers are on the hook for 75% of the school's costs. So he gets his 25% tax write off plus a boatload of positive press.

  • SandraRose

    I'm not complaining. I simply mentioned why people were offended by that racist term. He seemed to spell "colored" correctly.

  • SandraRose

    Did you hear that the taxpayers will foot the bill for 75% of the school's costs?

  • SandraRose

    Until a white person says it?

  • SandraRose

    LeBron just gave millions of white people the green light to call you colored.

  • $255880266

    Dyson is a profound jackass.

  • SandraRose

    I just checked my birth certificate from London, along with my 1st vaccination record when I was 23 days old. Neither say my race. I guess race is a big issue in America.

  • Honest

    In a previous post, you stated

    "He just has to be married to a snowbunny. Couldn't get my vote" referring to the Republican John james.

    Now that a black man who's married to a black woman, has black kids, and is helping under previlaged black youth, and, is praising black women, you have a problem with that. And only because he came for that orange moron who you stan for.

    You doll, have absolutely no self respect. Cooning at its finest. Repulsive.

  • Alextra Ballard

    I cringe and my face get all twisted when white folks use the word "Girls"...May I help you "girls" or how are you "girls"doing tidday. My first reaction is to look around( like who da fvck you tawkn to)then my response is:where the girls at? Their surprise response is eXcuse me how are you ladies?...It's not always what you are called it's what you ansa to.

  • SandraRose

    But the photographer is not even Black.

  • FukkFolks2018

    This. I used to work in media. I can count on one hand how many photojournalists are of color. Hispanic, Asian, Black, any of it. And how many were women.

  • Honest

    He's simply praising black women, for the simple fact that we are constantly ostracized and look down on. What's wrong with that, what's the problem?? As for other races of women, their men don't have anything to say, because their women haven't gone through what we as black women have, and are still going through.

  • Honest

    I love this man! His mother did an exceptional job raising him.

  • Anunnaki

    Them dam humans, always, nvm...

  • FukkFolks2018

    We had this huge racial issue called slavery. I know. I know. Y'all had it too. But UK was much more full of toleration. I still don't know why but those are the breaks. Break it up break it up break it up

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    So what! Okay he said "colored". If we want to find a legitimate reason to be upset, let's complain about how some black men use the n word at least 10 times, in every paragraph. Or how they call women b?tches and h03s.

  • kennedy220

    exactly righ

  • kennedy220

    I actually like the word colored since we we come in many colors...including some of y'all vanilla covered ladies and gents

  • Ryan

    I was referring to the students and staff.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    All I heard was this black man, giving props to black women. But I guess that's the REAL problem.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    No matter if we're vanilla, cinnamon or cocoa, we're the only race, that can rock the heck out of any shade God put us in.

  • Anji

    Being from Britain, does it bother you? It's on my birth certificate and it doesn't bother me. However I was born in Cali and respect those from the South it may offend. I like Black, not African American. White folk call us many things especially niggas. I know who I am.

  • Raquelle Dellaghetto

    Who cares. It's LBJ. He's a dumb ball player so of course he's gonna say dumb shi t on occasion..

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    This is so dumb. Do these people even realize that the initials NAACP stand for National Association for the Advancement of Colored People? Why don't they complain about that?
    People need to leave this man alone.

  • JustB

    The bigger picture is he is recognizing women with pigment and the power they a world where men with his statue fall short of doing so

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    I did. Sound fair to me. We already pay for white folks to sit on their behinds and collect foodstamps, i would gladly pay taxe so mi ninos can get a fighthing chance

  • SandraRose

    Yes, it bothers me because of the racial connotations. White people use "coloreds" as a derogatory term to insult us. It's no different from calling us "n-ggers". I prefer Black myself, not African American, since I'm not American and I've never been to Africa.

  • Honest

    Thank you,..exactly.

  • GrapeCrush

    Come thru! ??????

  • GrapeCrush

    That’s all I heard too

  • GrapeCrush


  • justlooking

    Folks find the most insignificant BS to complain.

    He black millionaire
    Married to beautiful sistah
    He love his moms

    Last words

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Some folks are always trying to create problems, where there are none.

  • GrapeCrush

    Maaannn...I couldn’t care less...this man can do no wrong in my eyes. ?

  • GrapeCrush

    Preach!! ??????

  • joel adams

    Ion like dark puss lupz tho

  • Dowoop

    So we accept "people of colour" but take issue with coloured?

  • Faux Gibbler

    NAACP “Colored” People- why do they still get a pass?

  • mona q

    Tax payers are certainly NOT paying for the free bike, guaranteed tuition for college and GED and job placement services for the parents. He’s doing far more than getting a tax write off so stop it. If this was a model that the school system could use and pass costs on to tax payers, it would have been done. Bottom line is nobody was doing such a thing and he did it. PERIOD.

  • pure_rachet

    Thanks LBJ.

  • bella28498 .

    Like trump said he’s stupid

  • mona q

    Your ancestors certainly were Africans, though you may be far removed from them. The fact is you’re a woman of color. American or not. ????? What is black? The color of your skin, but what is it..REALLY? A term “white” people still came up with. When they beat our ancestors I’m quite certain they would say, “get your black ass over here”...You’re entitled to your preference and I respect it but any of these terms: black, colored, negro...can be used to be demeaning and derogatory.

  • abby500

    Fugg that...LeBron is ok with me.

  • justlooking

    I saw it on the news. I was surprised the were black muslims.

  • Malcom Flex

    BLACK. That's the word he didn't want to say.


    She is a colored woman but hey people are scared to black. Your damned if you do and damned if you dont.

  • Meme

    How about Naomi Campbell she's been in vogue us September?

  • Nathan Hastings

    Trump just might be right about Lebron!!!

  • Well$$Well$$?

    I got what he was trying to say. If he would've said women of color instead of colored no one would've cared. People find the silliest shat to be outraged about.?

  • Li-Wright

    It didn't surprise me they were black muslims. Before they showed the pictures I assumed they were white. But the black media (the roots, etc.) isn't even mentioning this.

  • Li-Wright

    You may be right, esp. the black media. They haven't said a peep about this.

  • shay2shaymd

    He was giving us a damn complaint that a lot of other Athletes and Entertainers don't give us and people are complaining. SMFH

  • CopperColored

    Colored is short for - copper colored. Which is our skin color and not Black

  • Sircaput

    It's funny how the same people was praising him for starting the "I Promise" school are now criticizing him because he said "Colored" maybe he wasn't just talking about black but many ethnicities of a darker shade. He said nothing wrong. Just totally missed the positive side of that statement! He is "Damned if he don't and Damned if he do"

  • Strip Club Veteran

    Because everyone on the internet and or in the “real world” is overly sensitive and anything said is always taken out of context. I’ll be glad when all this sensitive shit cease to exist. Black people being about the most.

  • SpillyNillie

    Women of Color would've been better stated. If he was referring only to Black women he should have said Black women.

    This: And user @chloe_tyler44 wrote: “All women have power, all women are important, all women deserve to be lifted up.”

    Can Black women shine for once?!?!?! Can a Black man uplift his Black women for once without all the "All lives matter" rhetoric?!?!?!?!?!!

  • Kanyade

    TGIF y'all

  • hi-liter

    Shout out to all the Clean Thoroughbred Black Girls!!!!

  • CookieMobster

    Fake outrage. I say get over yourself. He was trying g to say something nice.

  • Junkanoo

    l don't care for the beard on him he doesn't look good in my opinion. People love whining and complaining and bitching and moaning all day online never seems to get old for some.l doubt he handles his own social media it was an oversight .

  • ?? Kari ?????????
  • oshh16

    Colored said by colored folk does not bother me in the least.

  • Bdot

    The only idiots that get mad at stuff like this are the ones who don't understand what context is.

  • Mints

    I have no issue with what he said.

  • 4FlavorsOfMe CreoleMami

    So true cause it seem like often time when a famous person wants to uplift a Black man or woman the comment section is full of "all" hell we aint talking about all right now we talking about specifically who or what we talking about they be aggrevating me with that mess...



  • Stationarity

    “On the hook” as in paying for education youth that they would be paying to educate anyway? “On the hook” like taxpayers pay for charter schools? “On the hook” because it’s a public school? Let’s not act like the taxpayers are spending extra money. IPromise program has been around for 10 years and the taxpayers were paying for students they would pay for anyway. Now all the students are in one school.

    Lebron is covering all of the “extras” (politifact).

    If he gets a 25% write off doesn’t that mean he still paid for 75% of portion of the extras...GED programs, Job placement program, speakers, food pantry, etc.

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    Sandra you should write about it. I didn't hear about it until I checked Li-Write's link.

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    I didn't hear about it until I looked up your link. Thanks for sharing the info.

  • Roxie Moxie

    Did anyone get mad at the director of 'For Colored Girls' or nah?

  • Roxie Moxie

    Exactly. White women are good for this. Question is though....why I NEVER see these heffas saying anything when we are under attack? Or when black males disrespect us, publicly? Where are they are then? It's only when black men uplift their women do they come out their caves.

    They cannot STAND a black man who loves and cherishes and respects black women. And it's because they thought that all black men should worship and cherish only them. And I blame black men for this white woman's mentality, if not all.

  • Strappyheels

    EXACTLY!! This makes zero sense. Folks be a whole lot of mad over nothing!!

  • Sister Hazel

    LOL I had a Black woman ask me my ethnic background ,when I told her she said" I knew you had a touch of NEGRO in you"...WHO SAYS THAT?!

  • Roxie Moxie

    Gosh, I hate the state of this society! lol

  • Calikush

    Right! Since it’s Lebron it’s no problem!?????’s a lot of hypocrites on this thread!

  • Skin Deep Beauty


  • ChocolateChick84

    Come thru with all the facts!!!!

  • ChocolateChick84

    THANK YOU!!!

  • ChocolateChick84

    Perfectly stated!

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    At least he didn't say "colored gal" smdh

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    I know right......and to say it to a black person smdh???

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Like I said in an earlier post. At least he didn't say "colored gal" then we would have a terrible misunderstanding

  • $255880266

    NAACP anyone? When is it ok to grow weary of these perpetually offended assholes?

  • SunSoy

    He is talking about women of color not just Black women.

  • Isignedup4this

    I think in his head colored women and women of color became interchangeable. A reason I hate social media....they only see the negative.

  • PynkCloudz

    Who cares?

  • Yetunde

    He meant well.

  • Yetunde

    So why don’t people get offended when black people call each other ‘nigger’?

  • Eileen

    i'm so tired of people...

  • MocaPretty

    Im sure he meant it as women of color to be inclusive but these angry AF miserables wanna find something to argue about

  • Look@m3

    AND DOMINATE EVERY SPORT PROFESSION as if we are DEMI GODS. Black folk/colored folk rock!