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.
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.