While the 31 year-old Oakland-raised singer has been dodging bullets about her marriage, Keyshia Cole faced off with critics about her race. Some fans took offense to Cole’s recent comment about possibly being bi-racial and her brief hesitation to represent a black women’s organization.
On a recent visit to BET’s “106 & Park” show to promote her new album Woman to Woman, Cole revealed that she really didn’t know much about Black Girls Rock, an annual event that seeks to uplift young women of color. When she was asked to participate in this year’s show, Cole said that because of her interracial blood, she was a bit uneasy about representing the organization before signing on.
“I’m bi-racial, but it’s okay. I’m Black, I’m black.” she said on the show. “At first I was kind of skeptical about being a part of the Black Girls Rock organization, but then when I read on it and I realized how strengthening it is for our Black women, and women in general, how strengthening it is for us to come together and understand that we rock…”
Cole’s fans then took to Twitter to address the shiftiness over her bi-racial claim. Some followers tried to claim that Cole was trying to deny her blackness. Cole responded and quickly shutdown the chatter.
“I was raised in Oakland. My mother is a Black woman HOWEVER I do not know my father. Nor really care to know.”
“People talking about I said I’m not black? Wtf.. People are crazy. They will take your words and do what they want with them! #GetaLife,” she tweeted.
She confirmed via Twitter and on the show that after doing her research and learning more about the organization, she was proud to support the program