Keyshia Cole has let her fans in on her jour­ney to being reunit­ed with her birth father. But many were sur­prised to learn that he, like Keyshia’s moth­er, is African Amer­i­can.

For years Keyshia’s moth­er Frankie told her that her father was an Ital­ian man. And although she couldn’t offer details, Keyshia ran with this in ways that had some folks rais­ing their eye­brows. Most notably, back in 2012 she sug­gest­ed that her bira­cial her­itage dis­qual­i­fied her from par­tic­i­pa­tion in the annu­al Black Girls Rock show.


I’m just going to have to throw this news out there how it is because I real­ly can’t wrap my head around what was going through Keyshia Cole’s mind dur­ing a recent appear­ance on “106 & Park.” The songstress was asked what it meant for her to be a black girl that rocks (and to par­tic­i­pate in the recent annu­al Black Girls Rock cel­e­bra­tion in New York), but her response threw just about every black per­son off when instead of hit­ting the audi­ence with the stan­dard, “we need more images of us” type of response, she said:

“I’m Bi-racial but it’s ok…I’m Black, I’m Black…”

The response was con­fus­ing because many bira­cial women par­tic­i­pate in Black Girls Rock — includ­ing Tracee Ellis Ross who has host­ed the event mul­ti­ple times. It came across as Keyshia seek­ing to ‘oth­er’ her­self from black women.

Cole lat­er clar­i­fied her com­ments on Twit­ter;

#Black­Girl­sRock first off I feel ALLGIRLSROCK!! And by the way, I don’t not know what I’m mixed with, nor have I tried to find out/… “I was raised in Oak­land. My moth­er is a black woman HOWEVER I do not know my father. Nor real­ly car to know! 

It seems Cole had a change of heart, because she did seek out her birth father. Tal­ent runs in the fam­i­ly because DNA shows that Cole’s father is high-pro­file box­ing train­er Vir­gil Hunter, who has trained for­mer world cham­pi­ons Andre Ward, Andre Berto and Amir Khan.

Super Six Semi Final Press Conference on May 7, 2011 in Las Vegas for Andre Ward vs Arthur Abraham on May 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California  Photos By Tom Hogan/Hoganphotos
Vir­gil Hunter

Cole was excit­ed about the dis­cov­ery, and shared this image of a young Frankie and Vir­gil to Insta­gram with the fol­low­ing cap­tion;

Mom and Dad dur­ing their time.… Mom­my was such a cutie.!? pop and that mus­tache tho ? LOL !!!! this is a lot to process man, WOW! They met up last night to speak for the first time in 34 years, intense for me, FOR SURE!!!! Mom usu­al­ly doesn’t have nice things to say about men, but I can tell my heart pumps his blood? God knows!! I Need­ed this!!! FrFr #Truly­B­lessed and #Tru­lyThank­ful ?????

She also shared an image show­ing how sim­i­lar her son, Daniel Jr, looks to her father.

Beau­ti­ful! We wish Keyshia all the best as she con­tin­ues her jour­ney into her ances­try.

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She should have been able to look in the mir­ror and tell her mom was lying. She looks like a pret­ty African Amer­i­can woman with two African Amer­i­can par­ents.

Brice Taylor
Being black is not just about skin tone if that were true we would all look like Seal. Her father is a light skinned African Amer­i­can man like mil­lions of oth­er light skinned African Amer­i­cans. Also Mixe­drace is not a race at all. Being an actu­al RACE (with its own cul­ture, tra­di­tions, her­itage and all the polit­i­cal and social logis­tics that come with race) con­sti­tutes a lot more than just hav­ing par­ents of two dif­fer­ent col­ors. Mil­lions of black peo­ple are mar­ried to black peo­ple with dif­fer­ent skin tones.Also, Bira­cial is the sci­en­tif­ic term (doesn’t apply to her any­way) that… Read more »
If it is agreed, and a well known fact that the con­cept of race is just that, a concept,with no sci­en­tif­ic basis. Then some­one in fact defined this con­cept. I actu­al­ly looked up the def­i­n­i­tion of black, near­ly ten years ago now, on a whime in the midst of a dis­cus­sion with my ex hus­band while he was tak­ing a AA studies/history class(taught and attended(my ex) by white men, pro­fes­sor asked me to attend,i declined). Not online in an actu­al dic­tio­nary. The sec­ondary def­i­n­i­tion of black is; a DARK-SKINNED per­son!!! Lite­tal­ly, only those four word, I am not para­phras­ing, it… Read more »

Soooooo, ini­tial­ly, she trust­ed Frankie, who was a crrrrr—-O_o——ck hoe.……KK


he still aint blak

Joey Willombe Mitchell
Joey Willombe Mitchell
What we see hap­pen­ing in the USA is that the racist TERRORIST order pre­vail­ing in the USA which is a cre­ation of the rul­ing KKK estab­lish­ment of the USA want to erase the real black peo­ple from off of the face of the earth. It has there­fore engi­neered a SATANIC racist lie that calls any MIXED per­son with more black African DNA or with less black African DNA a black per­son in a move to erase the real black peo­ple. They are also push­ing that SATANIC racist agen­da in the brains of black peo­ple every­where espe­cial­ly in Amer­i­ca so that… Read more »
Joey Willombe Mitchell
Joey Willombe Mitchell
Joey Willombe Mitchell
Joey Willombe Mitchell

In real­i­ty only two black peo­ple can genet­i­cal­ly and bio­log­i­cal­ly pro­duce a black child. And her father is NOT black he is MIXED so that both genet­i­cal­ly and bio­log­i­cal­ly makes her MIXED too.

Joey Willombe Mitchell
Joey Willombe Mitchell

Her father is obvi­ous­ly MIXED not black. She inher­it­ed her light skin tone from her fathers white Euro­pean blood and DNA. She is still MIXED. She is MGM (Mul­ti Gen­er­a­tional Mixed).


Then is ERRBODY MGM, bc how many Sub-Saha­ran Africans are mulling around in the US pro­duc­ing these bira­cial babies?


damn.. proud of her :)

Geechee Goddess
First off, I am still in awe of how many men Frankie had to have slept with in her life­time that she is hav­ing such a hard time help­ing her many chil­dren fig­ure out who their fathers are. I under­stand that she was on drugs, but wow. I think it is won­der­ful that they have found each oth­er and I hope that they will be able to build a pos­i­tive rela­tion­ship togeth­er. How­ev­er, where was he all this time? Keyshia Cole has been famous for a while now and her sto­ry has been known for a while now. It nev­er… Read more »

Chile, he prob­a­bly didn’t even remember…SMH

An American Negro

i cant believe it.

An American Negro



Peter Gunz


Any­ways. The length peo­ple go through to erase Black peo­ple with mixed iden­ti­ties and the length peo­ple go through to erase their Black iden­ti­ty
are both dis­heart­en­ing. Y’all are lit­er­al­ly evil for call­ing her names, like how is abus­ing Black women going to help anti black­ness, it’s back­wards.
Also that type of atti­tude mess­es Black peo­ple with mixed iden­ti­ties up because we’re taught if you don’t just acknowl­edge your black­ness it’s self hatred.
Both sides are extreme and I wish y’all wouldn’t leave nasty com­ment about a Black woman find­ing her iden­ti­ty and deal­ing with self hatred but what­ev­er.

Nyah Janae Granger
She and peo­ple that claim to be “bira­cial” need to get over them­selves and quick! Bot­tom line: White peo­ple in Amer­i­ca SEE you as BLACK! No more, no less! Unless it is of some ben­e­fit to them! Most self-hat­ing bira­cial peo­ple want to claim to be both because they DON’T want to be seen a BLACK. They under­stand that we are often thought of as sec­ond-class, and are most­ly hat­ed through­out the world. This is because they DON’T KNOW their damn his­to­ry! We once ruled the world and are descen­dants of kings and queens. We gave the world pret­ty much… Read more »
Tonette Laleta Shakur
Tonette Laleta Shakur
Who care what white peo­ple in Amerikkka see them as. Thats’s what’s wrong with black ppl always giv­ing them pow­er over who we are “White peo­ple see us as nig­gas is it true because white peo­ple say it & if u know your his­to­ry u would know that the 1 drop of black rule is a a white slave mas­sa rule that they made up any damn way.Black peo­ple been brain­wash for so long that we sup­port mas­sa rules . if bi racials don’t want to iden­ti­fy as black they have every right to. Every­thing white peo­ple say & made… Read more »
Ms. Gordon
Although I agree with most of what you said. As “zen­ny” said above, you’re not help­ing the cause by bash­ing bira­cial or mixed women. Maybe that’s not a strug­gle you have to endure, because you can’t relate so you don’t know. Fur­ther­more, mixed/biracial peo­ple are not just mixed with black & white. I’m bira­cial and my father isn’t white, but he’s not black either. He’s bira­cial him­self and from anoth­er coun­try. I recent­ly met my fathers side of the fam­i­ly for the first time in my life and to deny my oth­er side is deny­ing my father. For so long… Read more »
But “Black” has nev­er meant both par­ents are of pure african descent. So call­ing your­self “black” does not erase any mixed race her­itage, it nev­er did. The term Black­ness like white­ness is a social con­struct beyond just com­plex­ion. Adam Clay­ton Pow­ell was Black, Mal­colm X was black, Vanes­sa Williams is black, Bey­once is black, Traci Ellis Rose is black and so is Halle Berry. Black is about a shared con­scious­ness cou­pled with a black heritage/ancestry that caus­es you have it — no mat­ter how small that her­itage is frankly.  You all oth­er your­selves like you’re dif­fer­ent how­ev­er its been dis­cussed… Read more »

Yes hun­ny u bet­ter speak it!




Keyshia Cole should take a DNA test. Call­ing some­one “black” doesn’t mean that they are. “Light-skin” does NOT come from sub-Saha­ran Africans.


Such igno­rance I’m from South Africa which is in Sub-Saha­ran Africa and I’m light-skinned and so are oth­er women in our fam­i­ly and none of us are mixed. If you’d both­er to trav­el the world and remove your igno­rance you’d know that there are plen­ty of light-skinned non-mixed black Africans. Smh


Con­sid­er­ing that race is a social con­struct and not a based in sci­ence at all you real­ly are what the peo­ple around you per­ceive you as


“Call­ing some­one “black” doesn’t mean that they are. “–What does it mean then? Please enlight­en us.

““Light-skin” does NOT come from sub-Saha­ran Africans.”–There are light-skin sub-saha­ran Africans. Sub-Saha­ran Africans have the great­est amount of genet­ic vari­a­tion than all the rest of the world com­bine.

Grant­ed for AA in this coun­try, the light skin would be due to racial mix­ing over the cen­turies, but that does not make them any less black in white people’s eye. Only in col­or struck black folk’s eyes does the light skin hold so much more weight.


Light skin is indica­tive of racial­ly mixed blood­line, that is a fact. Regard­less of whites or blacks accept­ing or reject­ing that fact. This con­cept that some­one who has light skin, and even light eyes is just as Black as a mid­night Black African is just ridicu­lous and even harm­ful. We are diverse so what, no judge­ment need be attached to it.


This is total­ly not true. I am Niger­ian and on my mum’s side of the fam­i­ly, they are so light skinned they look mixed race. They do not have any white ances­try. There is also an eth­nic group in Nige­ria (The Igbos) who have many light skinned peo­ple. Even the Fula­nis i the North of Nige­ria. Your point about light skin being indica­tive of a racial mix is false. I have only men­tioned Nige­ria. Think about the oth­er coun­tries in Africa.


Actu­al­ly, no. There are Africans that are black­er than you (have more African ances­try) and are nat­u­ral­ly light skin


Sub Saha­ran african have the great­est genet­ic vari­a­tion. But AA and all those deliv­ered across the dias­po­ra as a result of slav­ery were pri­ma­ry black skinned kinky head­ed west africans who are the var­i­ous shades we are do to racial mix­ing. Most black amer­i­cans, caribbean blacks, black lati­nos, etc are racial­ly mixed. 

Which is why I’m at a loss why all the :“bira­cial” peo­ple think they’re unique or so dif­fer­ent.



Nita Redd

How do you fig­ure?


Now that wouldn’t be a leap, lol


le sigh. now she’s just a reg­u­lar yel­low bone.


B*tch was so eager to claim to the world that she was not a nigg* that she didn’t even wait for con­fir­ma­tion. These self hat­ing b*tches are par­a­sites.


lol right! it kills me when i hear oth­er light skinned peo­ple rat­tling off a bunch of ‘i’m part scot­tish and part native amer­i­can and…’. you’re BLACK and you’re light because of rapist ass white men. if rape is a badge of hon­or for you, then wear it proud­ly like a coon. i’m not claim­ing that shit.


I nev­er thought Keshia was mixed, I saw her as a light black woman. Since she didn’t know who her father was I wouldn’t have assumed any­thing either way and I thought it was a leap for her to do so.

It felt like a con­sti­pat­ed try to claim that she was any­thing more when she didn’t know one way or the oth­er besides an ances­try DNA test.


is that woman in the striped shirt Frankie?


I know right!! Say no to drugs kids…


Boy I’m laugh­ing ?

Derek L Briggs


Return the Stone

I dont know why she just assumed she was bira­cial with out proof all because of her being light skin and her mom say­ing “it could have been…” she has a lot of mon­ey, she could of found out more about her eth­nic­i­ty with DNA tests so she would know what she is for sure. How­ev­er since she knows now I know every­one is hap­py, to put an end to a mys­tery no thanks to her mom.


to be hon­est i always thought she was black not bi-racial..why on earth would her mum lie to her when she is clear­ly a black woman? oh well


I’m glad she final­ly found her father and has answers. I know.a LOT of.people when.they find out they have mkre black ances­try than.they real­ize.


Why I had to read this thing I saw that pic­ture and was like WTH ..PETER GUNZ Kesha dad­dy?? Lol