Keyshia Cole Shuts Down Race Denial Claims

by Liane Membis

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

  • naan

    Keyshia has been trying to claim she was biracial for some time nke despite admitally not knowing who her father is and based on a crackhead’s acckunt that he MAY be Italian. lol. I dont know why she thinks being “biracjal” meant she couldnt accept participating Black Girl’s Rock… but could accept using Black platforms like BET to promote herself. Ever since she seemed to have ghrown her famiky under the bus byand distance herself from her family as if they eere no good for her despjte hrr being a producer of their spin off shows i havebt been feeling her. thumb typing, excuse the errors.

  • C

    Yeah, ok…

  • http://gravatar.com/eynapanirb B.Payne

    So is Tracee Ellis Ross and she was the host if I’m not mistaken (Unfortunately, I missed the show)

    Ugh…that sounds so ignorant, Keisha…

  • Elle

    I don’t think I’ve ever been more offended than when KC let those words fall out her mouth. How dare you? Because you THINK you’re biracial (since you don’t even know who your father is) you hesitate to be a part of an event that empowers black women? Biracial or not, you’re still black – you shouldn’t even think twice. You would never hear Alicia Keys, someone who is ACTUALLY biracial and knows both sides of her family, say she hesitated to be a part of that kind of event. I was sickened. On top of it all, you stand there on 106th & Park which is directed towards a black audience, on a network called BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION, your ENTIRE fanbase is black, and you want to disrespect black people by putting up a disclaimer that you’re biracial and you were skeptical about being involved in the event. Tom foolery is what that is. I could rant on and on about the nonsense that came out of her mouth, honestly. Why must the first thing you say be “I’m biracial”? What difference does it make? Is that supposed to automatically make you better than somebody? Biracial? You’re still black my girl. Lighter skin and straighter hair doesn’t make you biracial. But if you want to get technical, majority of black people are biracial. It may not be as straight forward as black dad white mom or whatever, but there’s always a mix of different races in black blood. Maybe you should research that KC.

  • http://ellecherieamour.wordpress.com theinfamousl

    How does a woman who is heralded as the princess of hood r&b music with a predominantly Black fan base even think twice about that? And with the way you’re career is headed, you need to be at every performance and appearance that is being offered to you, especially one that represents 99% of your fanbase. You’re Black Keyshia. The fact that you had to second guess participating in this program when you ARE NOT exempt from being oppressed as Black woman is annoying to me. Being half white does not make you not Black. Aside from that, there were other biracial women who participated in the event Tracee Ellis Ross, Marsha Ambrosius, Alicia Keys all whom identifiy themselves as biracial BLACK women. The world sees you as Black, your fans sees you as Black, sweetie, you are Black. And the way you tried to retract your statements was an epic fail. Interestingly, I just wrote a post about this type of identification issue. Get over yourself Keyshia.

  • Beautiful Mic

    She is contradicting herself…which confirms that she did this for publicity.

    “I am biracial…”

    later,

    “I was raised by a black woman, I don’t know who my father is and I don’t care…”

    Well, if she didn’t care, and she does believe that he was white, she would care about being biracial, especially since she’s never met/seen him. Am I wrong?

  • Tallulah Belle

    I highly, highly doubt that Keisha Cole is biracial. Sorry Keisha. She does, however, hot glue gun blonde hair pieces to her head and take her photos in strong light and then photo shop the heck out of them to yield a kind of “feathery” or “hazy” appearance to her African features. She attempts to wash out her skin tone and she has had quite a bit of work done to her nose. She did NOT look like this when she first came out of Oakland and onto the music scene (Kanye West’s label on Sony Urban, I believe). Google her and take a look at only the very oldest photos to spot check her God given black beauty. Regardless, Keisha’s need to do this demonstrates a kind of self-loathing that has got to be at the root of a great deal of emotional pain and confusion for her. Wishing you are biracial is a complex fantasy of some black women who seem ill at ease with the rich history and contributions of black people and ignorant to the enormous physical beauty of black women. What a waste. Too bad. So. So Sad.

  • Señorita

    I wasn’t familiar with Black Girls Rock either until they started airing the show but the name alone would make me think it’s some form of an uplifting program for black women…so I’m automatically tuned in. Ok, there’s no problem identifying with your cultural make up but don’t shun the part of you that you build your career on!!!! If this has to be up for discussion, BGR should move on to the next black girl!!! KC loses cool points for that one..

  • Beautiful Mic

    So are many of the women who have participated in that event: Marcia Ambrosious, Tracee Ellis Ross…and who know who else… I’ve long been under the impression that the founder of BGR, Beverly Bond, is either biracial or mixed race.

  • dirtychai

    Why do celebrities get mad when they say something stupid? Where’s her publicist?

  • Tallulah Belle

    Here is a pic of Keisha BEFORE she tried to “biracial” herself via “Hollywood Magic …”

    http://images.teamsugar.com/files/upl0/10/105309/06_2008/15474983.preview_0.jpg

  • Mademoiselle

    I think what she meant to say was “I’m allegedly part Italian, now I don’t know who I am anymore. You may want to pick someone else who isn’t still searching for the answer.”

  • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

    Do you really see biracial people as black, the same way you see people with two black parents? I am genuinely curious to hear the responses.

    I feel like (some) biracial people are in something of a bind: They’re not seen as being “really” black, but if they were to ever say “I’m not black, I’m biracial” they get accused of wanting to be white or trying to deny their heritage.

  • Apple

    As much as women on this forum and other places try to call out e every llight skin black women even when they have two black parents (beyonce and Rihanna) I don’t know why they so upset? Most time y’all are like “she can’t represent me she’s not even black” . Go to the comments of any Halle berry Rihanna or beyonce article

  • Rachelle

    I don’t think KC meant to offend the masses, but of course people are so judgmental that you all will be offended one way or another. It sounds like she is confused on whether to participate in Black Girls Rock because both of her parents are not Black and that’s ok. Many biracial people struggle with whether or not they need to “choose a side” if that makes sense. Either way, I don’t believe she has a problem being black. And if she did, it’s nobody’s business but hers and her makers. Get off of the woman’s back. She’s human. Stop putting these celebs on a pedestal. She’s human.

  • http://gravatar.com/missinformation7 Ms. Information

    If you don’t know who your father is, then how do you know that you are bi-racial? Black women come in ALL shades….furthermore, you don’t want to represent the ONLY women buying your product idiot? I don’t think Becky and Amy are checking for the next Keshia Cole album.

  • http://gravatar.com/missinformation7 Ms. Information

    People hate being called black but love screwing black men…I don’t get it. Being Black is an honor in my opinion…we come from some of the strongest people on planet Earth…don’t get it twisted.

  • Tallulah Belle

    I come from a very large community of black people who have and do “pass for white.” Everyone is black and has two black parents. However, when it benefits them around white people, they pass as white folk. Always have during the time of segregation, which is only forty years ago in most parts of this country. There are lots and lots of black people who appear white or nearly white, who are in no way, shape or form, white or biracial. The classification of “biracial” is a very new term. I grew up around black people who appeared white to white people and leveraged this physical appearance to gain entrance to colleges, to housing, to health benefits etc… However, we are all black with two black parents. Some of us have blue eyes, freckles, blonde hair, but have two black parents. Think of women like Vanessa Williams (blue eyes and sandy hair). She has two black parents, but when she first won Miss America, not everyone was aware that she is a black woman, with two black parents. The politics of race are complex, and its physicall manifestation due to America’s slave history renders it even more so.

  • Beautiful Mic

    mmm. Well, geez, biracial people have wide noses, too. That proves nothing.

  • Beautiful Mic

    @Ms. Information: ” I don’t think Becky and Amy are checking for the next Keshia Cole album.”

    No, but Mixed race and/or Latino Maria, Alejandra, Paige and Brianna are.

  • Chrissy

    Rihanna claims she’s not black?

  • Chrissy

    Yea, but most of Keyshia’s fanbase is black, so why would you not want to participate in an event that is supposed to be positive? I remember I believe it was the MTV Awards or something like that and they did not invite her because she was not that “type” of artist.

  • Beautiful Mic

    IMO, it has to do about the underlying consciousness of blood quantum and how having mixed ancestry plays a part in what one looks like. It’s all good because the children will be mixed, even if they don’t look it, by what stereotype dictates, they have the genes…

    IMO, many people think, no matter their or their fore-parent’s race identity, that having mixed ancestry produces more attractive/desirable people.

  • http://gravatar.com/missinformation7 Ms. Information

    I doubt that in high numbers they are….

  • Treece

    This is ridiculous…..I really can’t stand it when Black people all of a sudden want to down play thier blackness and claim other races when they really don’t know factually what thier racial make up is. She said it herself: she doesn’t know who her father is or what race. It just sounds like she didn’t want to participate in Black Girls Rock for a totally different reason at first, and is now using her identity issues from not knowing her real father as a cop out. I think its sad.
    Why do blacks always feel the need to identify with other races as if that makes you a better person if you’re multiracial? If she doesnt know her father, what makes her assume he isn’t black? There are light skinned black people who are just black with fair skin. Why are we so quick to jump the gun at opportunities to include other races in our make up? All of us whose ancestors were slaves in the American slave trade are mixed with something. That doesn’t make you better than anyone else or more special.

    I dont know the real reason she didn’t want to participate in Black Girls Rock or was hesitant. But it sounds like she is having some identity issues. Not about race necessarily, but just because she doesn’t know her real father (or his race). I think her mother needs to be honest with her and say whether or not the man is black or otherwise (if she even knows or can remember). But all this trying to claim other races when you really don’t know the truth is for the birds. For Keisha Cole and Black folks as a whole….

  • Fantastico

    Foolishness…next

  • Kacey

    I’m someone who believes people should be able to self-identify anyway they want because, ultimately, it won’t change the discrimination they will face by those who see them in only one way.

    People were not upset at the possibility of Keyshia Cole being biracial (especially considering that many of our high-profile “black” celebrities actually are biracial or mixed race).

    I think what is upsetting about Keyshia Cole’s statements is: (1) they are unfounded; (2) even if she is in fact biracial that should not prevent her from taking part in an event that empowers those from at least one side of her heritage; and (3) she said this on a network whose target audience is the black population and is one of the few platforms she has been afforded to display her talent and promote herself and her work.

    The whole thing screams of ingratitude, and that has a tendency to rub people the wrong way.

  • AM

    smh……Keysha booboo, have a seat, with superglue on it. Thanks much. Her PR, better be on it….or she is about to loose her one and only market!

    Wink wink, Ms. Info.

  • Misshightower

    Couldn’t agree with Fantastico more!!!! Let’s get on with our Black/mixed/light skinned/mulatto wonderfully productive lives PLEASE…..

  • http://gravatar.com/missinformation7 Ms. Information

    Hey sweetie!!!Hope your day is well!!!

  • DownSouth Transplant

    The infamous, please send me a link on your post, i would like to read it. Thx

  • DownSouth Transplant

    LOL, I thought the same thing, she doesn’t know either her black or white self

  • DownSouth Transplant

    Yeah and that too!! LOL, I dunno, I doubt she meant it to be a serious discussion, like taking a position on the fluidity of racial identity, it’s complexity and various didactic theories. but maybe she did who knows at this point?

  • SAMURAI36

    The reality is, Keshia has never been the sharpest knife in the drawer. Besides, BET asking her to participate in this, doesn’t say that much about her, it says everything about BET.

  • ….

    Im going to need her to stop acting like BET did not do her a favor by letting her perform, because I dont remember the last time the grammys, AMA’s, or VMA’s asked her to…so please

  • Beautiful Mic

    Trust, she ain’t mad. She’s milking this for all it’s worth. It’s FREE publicity.

  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    Right! Like wait, you don’t know who your father is so how can you assume you are biracial? Besides, her answer doesn’t make sense. Even if she was in fact biracial there are still BIRACIAL “ self identified as black” women who are apart of the organization. Keyshia sounds dense….next!

  • http://ellecherieamour.wordpress.com theinfamousl
  • http://gravatar.com/dginki Kim

    I find it very interesting that Black dollars, Black Entertainment Television, Black foster parents and Black men did not cause her to be “skeptical” and yet performing in a program to honor many wonderful Black women from around the world did. Eva Longoria was a presenter this year without any problem. I’m not buying this “mess”. Keyshia has some serious issues. I don’t listen to her music and I doubt I ever will. She should have been grateful to have been invited. She needs BET and the Black audience more than they need her. I truly hope Ms. Bond never invites these type of people again. It is a slap in the face to those young women who attend and watch via TV.

  • MommieDearest

    Gurl BYE!

  • Jean

    Alica keys just said she doesn’t know what ” African -American means” while affirming her Italian heritage…

  • Apple

    No people on this site and some other sites claim she not all the time

  • Kay

    I am usually okay people identifying with whatever they please, but I’m going to give Miss Keyshia the side eye on this and tell her to take a seat somewhere.

  • Chrissy

    Oh. I guess I haven’t been paying too much attention to those comments. Because I remember Rihanna tweeted a girl a while back saying ’cause im black bitch’ or something like that. I did not even realize people thought Rihanna was “light skinned.”

  • http://gravatar.com/oneoutofbillionz oneoutofbillionz

    ::rolls eyes:: Alicia was talking about knowing that her mother is Italian and Irish and NOT knowing the ACTUAL African roots of her African-American father. She said she would like to take a DNA test to know this (why would she want to take a DNA test if she already knows her mother’s side is Irish and Italian?!)

    “I feel connected to both my parents’ roots. My mother is Irish-Italian. Her Italian grandparents were from Sicily. I have never been there so I would like to go. Whenever I’m in Italy people always ask me, ‘Are you a little Italian?’ They can see it. I would like to take one of those DNA tests because it would be great to know where my exact lineage is from. I’m not sure of my father’s roots. He is African-American, but what does that actually mean?”

    Dang, the first line she says she feels connected to BOTH her parents’ roots.

    I myself would like to take a test too! I hope for my birthday! It’s going to cost around 300.

  • Perspective

    Keisha Cole does not know who her father is – the last time her mother saw her father they were fighting and her father dropped her off on the side of a road. Don’t know how pregnant she was.

    Keisha mother has spent several years in prison. If you look at the rest of her sisters, her sisters look nothing like Keisha.

    Her mother has commented on the fact that her father was extremely light – on some Chico Debarge tip so I don’t see her comments as being – OUT OF POCKET as people are making them to be.

    Unless we find her father – who knows.

  • Perspective

    So I take it you’ve never seen biracial people with AFRICAN TEXTURED HAIR.

    People are dumb.

    Compare her to her sisters – not even REMOTELY close. Looking at her mother – HER FATHER was not IDRIS ELBA!

  • Rochelle

    Keisha doesn’t look like her siblings because all of them have different fathers. Yes, all seven of them! So none of them should going to look exactly alike. Your point is null and void.

  • http://tontonmichel.tumblr.com/ Tonton Michel

    “I’m bi-racial, but it’s okay. I’m Black, I’m black.”

    (•_•)

    ( •_•)>⌐■-■

    (⌐■_■)

  • http://tontonmichel.tumblr.com/ Tonton Michel

    lmao!

  • Free Indeed – Faith, Hope, Charity

    I don’t have an issue with colour. But too often people of mixed-orgin/bi-racial are called black e.g. President Obama. Its nice to see that someone who is bi-racial recognizes and celebrates one self. Rather than accepting what others say she is.

  • Kim

    She doesn’t know who her father is. How would she know she is Biracial? Oh Lord! SMDH.

  • Racial ignorance is bliss….

    Your assumption is incorrect. Majority of black people are NOT bi-racial. Being bi-racial does not mean you are just ‘still black’. I swear this type of ignorance only takes place in America. *facepalm*

  • Mina

    I was wondering since when is she biracial if she doesn’t even know who her father was? And she never mentioned being biracial before until now smh. Her mom was a prostitute and was on crack. I was thinking in my head when she said she was biracial, “what kind of white guy would willingly get Frankie pregnant?” I know, hella judgmental lol. But I was like WTH?

    She shouldn’t have even commented on it smh. I’m pretty sure she’s mixed down the line some way but aren’t we all?

  • Life.Life

    Keyshia, I’m da pappy! -ㅅ-

  • http://groups.yahoo.com/group/generation-mixed AllPeople [soaptalk AT hotmail DOT com]

    .
    There is actually no such thing as a so-called “Light-Skinned
    Black” person … but rather … such individuals and groups
    are actually people who are of a ‘Multi-Generational
    Multiracially-Mixed’ (MGM-Mixed) Lineage that some may
    have been pressured or encouraged to ignore or downplay.
    .
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4160
    .
    People of Mixed-Race lineage should NOT feel pressured to
    ‘identify’ according to any standards other than one’s own.
    .
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4157
    .
    The legal -application of the racist-’One-Drop Rule’
    (ODR) was banned in the U.S. way back in 1967.
    .
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4162
    .
    http://www.facebook.com/groups/253286018082418/permalink/253341891410164
    .
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4187
    .
    http://www.facebook.com/groups/253286018082418/permalink/253341281410225
    .
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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    .
    Listed below are related Links of ‘the facts’ of the histories
    of various Mixed-Race populations found within the U.S.:
    .
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    .
    There is no proof that a ‘color-based slave hierarchy’
    (or that ‘color-based social-networks’) ever existed
    as common entities — within the continental U.S.
    .
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4154
    .
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4153
    .
    It was the ‘Rule of Matriliny (ROM) — [a.k.a. 'The Rule of Partus'
    (ROP)] — and NOT the racist-’One-Drop Rule’ (ODR) — that was
    used to ‘create more enslaved people’ on the continental U.S.
    .
    This is because the chattel-slavery system that was
    once found on the antebellum-era, continental U.S.
    was NOT “color-based” (i.e. “racial”) — but rather
    – it was actually “mother-based” (i.e. ‘matrilineal’).
    .
    http://www.facebook.com/allpeople.gifts/posts/309460495741441
    .
    There were many ways (and not solely the sexual assault
    and sexual exploitation of the women-of-color) in which
    ‘white’ lineage entered the familial bloodlines of
    enslaved-people found on the continental U.S.
    .
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4238
    .
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4239
    .
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4240
    .
    An ‘Ethnic’ category is NOT the
    same thing as a “Race” category:
    .
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4236
    .
    http://www.facebook.com/allpeople.gifts/posts/300777016632181
    .
    Other Topics:
    .
    https://www.facebook.com/allpeople.gifts/posts/279223868853420
    .
    https://www.facebook.com/allpeople.gifts/posts/164203590359746
    .
    http://www.facebook.com/notes/%C2%ADallpeople-gifts/the-facts-on-m%C2%ADixed-race/321878451159708
    .
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    .

  • http://groups.yahoo.com/group/generation-mixed AllPeople [soaptalk AT hotmail DOT com]

    .
    The ONLY way Keyshia Cole could be called “Black” is
    via the racist-’One-Drop Rule’ — which was created by
    racial-supremacists in order to degrade BLACK lineage.
    .
    This means that any BLACK person who supports the
    (‘black-lineage degrading’ and) racist-’One-Drop Rule’
    either has no self-esteem, is insane or is an idiot.
    .
    The racist-’One-Drop Rule’ was banned in the
    U.S. in 1967 — SO there is NO SUCH THING AS
    A so-called ‘LIGHT-SKINNED BLACK’ person.
    .
    The LINKS in the SIDEBAR of my YouTube
    CHANNEL explain this in greater detail.
    .
    http://www.youtube.com/user/APGifts
    .

  • aytiel

    I know one thing very off topic…… it is a turn off when a black man asks me damn near drooling what I’m mixed with. As if its such a turn on, just the idea that I may be biracial (which I am). I always say proudly I’m African American simply because its a turn off that a man (usually a very dark skinned man) is seems so turned on by an ignorant superficial standard of beauty. To me if thats something that you have to take the time to ask complete strangers than its probably something you’re obsessed with. It seems like subconscious self hate. I’m not sure whats worse this or the “you got good hair comment. I imagine its men like these who tell my brown skin friends “you’re pretty for a dark skin girl. Go read the Willie Lynch letter my brother.

  • http://groups.yahoo.com/group/generation-mixed AllPeople [soaptalk AT hotmail DOT com]

    .
    In regards to your post I would
    like to make several comments …
    .
    1) The first is that the ETHNIC term of
    ‘African-American’ does NOT mean and
    is NOT the same as the RACIAL term of
    ‘Black’ — because an ‘Ethnic’ category is
    NOT the same thing as a “Race” category:
    .
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4236
    .
    http://www.facebook.com/allpeople.gifts/posts/300777016632181
    .
    2) The second is that the ‘Willie Lynch Letter
    / Speech’ has been repeatedly PROVEN to
    have been a total and complete HOAX.
    .
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4154
    .
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4153
    .
    3) The legal -application of the
    racist-’One-Drop Rule’ (ODR)
    was banned in the U.S. in 1967.
    .
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4162
    .
    http://www.facebook.com/groups/253286018082418/permalink/253341891410164
    .
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4187
    .
    http://www.facebook.com/groups/253286018082418/permalink/253341281410225
    .
    4) People of Mixed-Race lineage should
    NOT feel pressured to ‘identify’ according
    to any standards other than one’s own.
    .
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4157
    .
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4160
    .

  • JB

    Quite frankly, what she said wasn’t wrong being that she was not fully aware of what kind of organisation it was and the roles that were involved. However, neither did she indicate that she was not black…”bi- racial.” Which means that if she wanted to rep either or her racial group it would be up to her. Totally agree with this- People of Mixed-Race lineage should NOT feel pressured to ‘identify’ according to any standards other than one’s own.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jewellthief Farringtonsmyname Jewellthief

    I’m insulted by same kneegrow that asks if this light-skinded (on purpose) black woman is mixed….I’m not….both of my parents were blaq/african american…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/jewellthief Farringtonsmyname Jewellthief

    Never said she was wrong, frankly don’t care….wonder if now that she knows what the organization is about, will she appear on future shows….her performance was off da chain, for what its worth….and if people of mixed-race/bi-racial want to identify as black or white, that is their choice, is it not? And if it is, why do people who advocate that, get hankty when the current president refers to himself as african american? Halle Berry does the same thing, does she not?

  • dale

    everybody is mixed with some

  • The Edge

    How did some folks get some bizarre idea that a biracial person calling herself biracial is somehow problematic? Secure blacks who love being black have no reason to care who is or isn’t accepting their biracial heritage. That’s a painful fact you must accept.

    And no, not everyone is “mixed”, and of those who are, far fewer have a basically 50/50 mix, which makes them equally black and white, despite what ignorant, small-minded people in society say.

  • http://none BlackBeauty

    If Keyshia Cole says she is biracial the she is NOT black. PERIOD. Black people better stop excepting that old slave master one-drop rule crap.

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