Keyshia Cole This Is My Story (2023 Lifetime)


Keyshia Cole This Is My Story (2023 Lifetime)

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Cast: Keyshia Cole, Debbi Morgan

Director: Manu Boyer, D’Angela Proctor

Writer: Angelica Chéri

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Synopsis (via Lifetime)

The story follows Keyshia through her early days in Oakland honing her musical talents, to her rise to a multi-platinum selling recording artist and television personality.

Recap/Wine Thoughts. 

Keyshia Cole plays Keyshia Cole! The movie starts in 2021 at a funeral for her mother, Frankie. 

Flash to 1997, where tween Keyshia Cole is canoodling with her boyfriend while daydreaming about her future family. Her mother, Frankie, is addicted to drugs and left Keyshia and her sister in the foster care system. Ketshia gives her mother money and tells her about her singing plans. Frankie is supportive even if she is living on the streets; she won’t tell Keyshia who her father is. 

The night out with her mother gets Keyshia Cole kicked out of her foster home, and she lives on the streets and finds solace in her church. The whole congregation prays for her. 

Keyshia Cole decides to move to LA to pursue music and begs her mother to start over with her; Frankie gives her daughter a butterfly ring and says she will be with her always and will meet her there after Keyshia Cole makes it big.

1999 Keyshia Cole moves to a rundown motel in LA. Keyshia Cole records demos on a tape recorder. She suddenly is a 40-year-old woman. AKA Keyshia Cole. 

2002 Keyshia Cole makes phone calls and sings to record producers or, more likely, record producer’s assistants. She keeps money in a cardboard box and has a rough time.

2003, a friend invites Keyshia Cole to an industry party where Ron Fair will be. He has heard some of her demos and is impressed when she starts singing in the middle of the party. Ron Fair tracks Keyshia Cole down at a salon later and offers her a record deal A YEAR LATER!!!! (She also gets approached by a client to be her manager, his name is Manny.) 

Keyshia Cole makes it on the radio and starts booking gigs. Her mother, Frankie, is in the crack house and hears her daughter on the radio. She doesn’t follow through with her promise to come to LA, but her seven long-lost sisters do, and they are excited to spend some of Keyshia Cole’s money on designer dresses. Keyshia Cole doesn’t seem to mind and is happy to provide for her family. 

Frankie comes to LA and has cleaned up her act. The girls at thrilled to see her, especially Keyshia Cole. Frankie tells her daughter she is her golden egg and sings for Keyshia Cole to show she inherited her talent. They sing together, and it is a nice moment. The good times don’t last long because the maid finds a crack pipe in Frankie’s things. The family holds an intervention and sends her to rehab. 

Next, we get a boardroom scene where Keyshia Cole pitches a reality TV show. She doesn’t go off like Joan Crawford, but she does get the BET show! 

2009, Keyshia Cole does promo shots for the show and becomes concerned when her mom asks for a drink. Has Frankie replaced crack with booze? 

A basketball player named Boobie flirts with Keyshia Cole and asks her and her mother to dinner. They start dating, and he even makes an appearance on the show. 

Frankie has a downward spiral. Police arrest her after a bender, and Frankie spends two years in jail. After getting out on parole, Frankie wants to see Keyshia Cole and her new baby. Keyshia Cole is angry with her mom and embarrassed that the reality show cameras captured the moment. Frankie explains that she has a version of herself that she wants to be and the person she is. Frankie promises that Keyshia Cole will be a better mother than she ever was. 

Keyshia Cole allows her mother to host a radio advice show. It is a good fit for Frankie’s skills and gives her purpose. 

Darkchild is tapped to produce the next album, and Boobie isn’t excited that she is working so much. He wants a wife, not “Keyshia Cole.” She tries to improve things and works on the relationship until she finds someone else’s drawers in his suitcase. Keyshia Cole canceled shows and the reality show for Boobie, and he betrayed her. Keyshia Cole asks him for a divorce. 

Keyshia Cole releases a break-up album, and I think that I need to listen to that one. While on tour Keyshia Cole stops a show mid-song because her heart is racing. She suffers from an anxiety attack, and doctors put her on anti-anxiety medication.  

FRANKIE IS BACK ON THE STREET?!?!?! She eats a burrito in a fur coat and jewelry, and honestly, I’m kind of into it! (Minus the crack!)

Keyshia Cole meets a young poet, Nico, who doesn’t know about her music career. They go salsa dancing, and Keyshia Cole is happy to just enjoy the moment without all the industry/family drama. Keyshia Cole’s album sales and in the tank, and she starts showing up late for recording and PR events. She is focused on her new relationship but has the same issues with Niko that she had with Boobie. 

Frankie goes back to rehab and gets sober again. It isn’t long before she relapses again; this time, it is fatal. Frankie dies on her birthday. 

We are back at the funeral, and Keyshia Cole reflects on her relationship with her mother. It inspires her new song, “Forever,” which is out now! Keyshia Cole sings the song while photos of her and her mother play on the screen, and the credits roll. 

Side Note/Stray Thoughts

Debbie Morgan’s performance was stellar here. (Minus the death scene, that was unintentionally hilarious!)

Minority Report: The cast featured predominantly Black actors 

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Overall rating 

Number of Kills: 

🔪 (1 knife, RIP Frankie)

Enjoyment Level (1-5 scale) 

🍷🍷🍷🍷 (4 Glasses of Wine)

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