Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is: Season 1

2006 NR 2h 34m DVD

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Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is: Season 1

2006 NR 2h 34m DVD
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Rhythm-and-blues sensation Keyshia Cole stars in this BET reality series that chronicles her day-to-day struggles and successes as she talks to troubled teens, attempts to start her own record label and reaches out to her incarcerated mother. Cameras capture the action as Cole squabbles with her pie-eyed sister, appears on a radio talk show to squelch rumors and throws a party to celebrate her debut album going platinum.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
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age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that while this reality series -- which follows R&B singer Keyshia Cole as she attempts to reconnect with her estranged mother and other troubled family members -- features positive messages about family and survival, it also includes frank discussions about substance abuse, spousal battery, child abandonment, adultery, and other strong issues. Arguing, yelling and cursing (with words like "s--t" and "f--k" bleeped) are also common, and there's some drinking.

Sexual Content

Discussions about infidelity, including an alleged affair between Neffe's estranged husband and her cousin. Keyshia doesn't allow casual male visitors in the home; both Neffe and Frankie find this problematic.


Some yelling, screaming, and throwing furniture (sometimes during counseling sessions), but no one gets physically injured. Many discussions about violence, including references to incidents witnessed in Oakland, CA. Frankie describes almost being beaten to death by a boyfriend. Neffe talks about her desire to kill her husband after she found him cheating.


Language includes words like "hell" and "ass." Stronger words like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.

Social Behavior

Despite the show's somtimes-gritty content, overall its messages are positive ones about the importance of family and survival. Keyshia is open about her troubled background, but there's a clear distinction between her upper-class lifestyle and Frankie and Neffe's more hardscrabble one. The cast is African-American.


The series is a promotional vehicle for Keyshia's music. Frequent references to a variety of other R&B and rap artists. Range Rovers and Mercedes-Benz vehicles clearly visible.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Consumption of alcohol (wine, champagne, mixed drinks) sometimes visible. Frankie is a recovering crack addict who served time for drug-related offenses. Neffe is an alcoholic. The show includes many conversations about the impact of addiction on the family.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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