Keyshia Cole’s Family “Frankie & Neffe”: now (another) reality show

The season premiere of Frankie & Neffe, the BET reality show featuring Frankie Lons and Neffeteria Pugh, otherwise known as singer/songwriter Keyshia Cole’s mother and sister respectively, debuted August 25. There is a LOT of back story here, even more so than Tiny and Toya!

Keyshia Cole is not one to mess around with. Coming from Oakland, it’s apparent she knows what hard work and dedication is, having three successful albums and a reality show (funny how success is measured by shows nowadays, but I digress.) But as much as Keyshia’s life is a story of triumph, her dysfunctional family plays a crucial role in why and possibly, how she overcame.

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Keyshia’s latest role is executive producer of “Frankie and Neffe”, a reality show revolving around her own mother and sister. Are we ready for this?

Frankie Lavern Lons is from Oakland, CA, comfortable in her own skin and loves being the life of the party, consistently seen in the hot spots of Atlanta yelling out her signature pick up line, “Holla!”

Frankie admits that for almost 20 years she abused drugs and alcohol throughout most of her life but doesn’t blame her surroundings for her pitfalls. She in fact claims drugs got her through her troubling times. But after being in and out of jail, living in the streets, and at the same time trying to take care of her kids, Frankie eventually had no choice but to send her oldest daughter Keyshia to live in foster care.

Neffeteria Pugh, her second oldest child, transferred to numerous group homes until she was old enough to live by herself. Frankie lost touch with her other five kids until they reunited on the set of “The Way It Is.”

Frankie Lons enjoys time with her children and grandchildren, and nights at Mr. Chow’s clowning around:

at the airport with Neffe:


(ladies, try not to envy the hairstylist’s own hair too much)

Neffe has seen her share of pain as well.

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Coming from the Eastside of Oakland, Neffeteria unfortunately never got to experience a healthy family environment. Living in Brookfield, one of Oakland’s most notoriously crime-ridden areas, Neffe and her grandmother shared a small 3-bedroom house; living there eventually got the best of Neffe and caused her to run away at the age of 12.

As she got older, Neffe’s biggest ordeal was with her marriage. She fought to maintain happiness with her husband even when everything became too much to handle for the both of them. They cheated on each other with different partners (Neffe’s husband at the time developed a  “relationship” with a member of her family) and together lost a baby. The marriage, needless to say, ended.  To cope with all of this, Neffe became an alcoholic to get her mind off the pain and the hard times she endured in her marriage.

But today it seems the family sings a different song.

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From left to right: Neffe, Keyshia Cole, Frankie

Neffe is now an empowered and reformed mother of four, and resides in Atlanta with her children, mother, and little sister Elite Noel.

Neffe has been quoted as saying, “If I can do it all over again, I wouldn’t do anything different because I wouldn’t be who I am today.” She also admits that she has always lived her own life and it was God that brought her from the bottom to the top. Her life motto? “At the end of the day, love God first and family. My happiness is my sanity.”

In closing, it is again my hope this show has success, if in fact it can positively portray Black women who are authentically trying to make something of themselves, and not playing to the usual ridiculous stereotypes that Black people face as a whole.

There will most likely be an episode recap series for this season of “Frankie and Neffe”, but of course I want to know your thoughts on the show so far, so let’s hear your opinions in the comments!

“Frankie & Neffe” airs Tuesdays at 10PM local time.

37 thoughts on “Keyshia Cole’s Family “Frankie & Neffe”: now (another) reality show”

  1. The 2nd episode of Frankie & neffie got off to a good start with Frankie co-hosting the radio call in show. Her answers 2 listeners were funny and real. So why did neffie have 2 show up & mess it up with her funky, hater attitude?? Her screaming & hollering is getting tired. She should have stayed out of the radio booth until Frankie was done. I’ve produced many types of tv shows 4 a few years and Frankie has that rare talent that could make her a success. I wish her the best.
    Signed, a viewer & producer from oaktown.

  2. PLEASE NEFFE; STOP CRYING. YOU HAVE LUCKED INTO A TELEVISION SHOW BASED ON, YOUR
    HORRIBLE LIFE EXPERIENCES. YOU HAVE A NEW HOME, A PAYCHECK AND UNKNOWN RICHES.

    ONE THING I CAN TELL YOU FOR SURE. THE PAST WILL NOT GET ANY BETTER, IT IS WHAT IT
    IS. MOVE FORWARD, TO THE PRESENT. EMBRACE YOUR NEW LIFE.

    IS IT POSSIBLE THAT YOU SHOW SO MUCH CONTEMPT FOR YOUR MOTHERS BOYFRIEND
    BECAUSE YOU ARE ATTRACTED TO HIM( THINK ABOUT IT).

  3. I have not watched a single episode of this ridiculous show. I just happened upon the Keisha Cole show channel surfing one day and thought how embarrassing it was for these black people to once again be acting out for the world to see their ignorance right on national TV. But of course I expect nothing less than the repeated buffoonery portrayed on BET. There is nothing positive or frankly new and exciting about this family's story. Black folks have been living through hard lives and hard times since we came to this country and the only reason these fools are on TV is because of the fame of Keisha Cole. Their struggle is no different than any other impoverished black family, but they are brought to the forefront because of the fame of one memeber. And if she is not careful Keisha will end up broke behind these money grubbing, ignorant, low class people who claim to be her family. As with the rest of the programming on BET, I wonder if our president lets his kids watch this mess or if he has it like I have on my TV….blocked out!!!!

  4. Keyshia is a great and strong person. She had a hard life one that many of us know noting about. She is a role model to so many young kids going through what she had too! I LOVE HER!!!!
    Neffe gets on my nerves she cries more than her babies. Grow up, get over it, and move on Frankie was on drugs and thats it she did and still does love her kids. Neffe needs to stop being a bitch

  5. You sound dumb. The time this show comes on his kids are asleep dumb ass! He may watch it because it entertainment something you know nothing about. Get a life dumb ass. Your just a hater do you have anything going for yourself ppl like you are sad, lonely, and depressing! Kill yourself w/ that mess

  6. I enjoy watching the show!!! I like Frankie of all. She is my girl!!! I understand that Neffie had a hard life but come on!!! I am getting sick and tired of her screaming and crying. She is gonna get old real quick. GOD is good!!! She should just let go and let GOD!!! Enjoy lift and quit making babies!!!! That is only making her situtation worse. Shout out to Keyshia Cole!! Live your lift and be happy!!

  7. Tiffany, that's what I'm talking about. I would like to invite you to visit my blog on Sunday September 27th as I present an article I wrote: Why Black Professional Women Hate Other Black Professional Women. It touches on how our perception in the mainstream media/television/cinema hinders our development.

  8. If I were Keisha Cole I would be embarrased!!!!! First off I would have never allowed their gold digging, triffling asses to even be shown on national tv. We all have family members on drugs and have gone thru the same shit but at some point you have to be held accountable for your own actions. I agree with everyone who said Neffie needs to stop all the flipping crying and grow up. If she is looking to get into acting doing a part where she can cry at the drop of a hat then do that. I dont watch the show it is all to embarrasing to watch. BET should be ashamed, but then again it's all about money isn't it? I wish them the best. Oh and yes Frankie is definitely back on crack. I have family on that mess and I know when someone is geeked up.

  9. thanx to keyshia her family is some thing the chould be well gratefull i think frankie is milking it and dont even love kyshia that much i think she is only in it for the money and they life she can have thanks to keyshia i dont dout the fact that frankie lover her kids i dont but i think she would never die for then because my was a drugie and once

  10. she had she said she gave me to my dad for a year becasue she needed to get claned up and affter that she said her life beacame mine because when she gave birth to me she couldnt do it she had to pick on oe the

  11. thoses kids of frankie cause if she was my mum all hell would brake
    i have love for keyshia and gone girl but remember u have u yourself and u cause u dont know whats around the corrner my hart goes out to neff keyshia and the other kids but frankie i like u but u have to remmember that keyshia carnt forget her parst because if she does then she is forgetting the fortser perants who help made her who she is today and neff cant because she has and it worst and when she goes the bed at night she think about her parst and how she made it u should be happy frankie that they still love u
    neff is the eldest
    then keyshia
    then is a girl
    then a girl
    boy
    girl
    boy i think but i know the first three are right cause it was in the show

  12. i dont blam neff cause if fankie wonted to stop she could have
    and remember keyshia was fostered neff wasnt she was raped and to sleep on the streets…..
    is thata good life stely for a 12 yr old and yeah neff anyois me a bit but she has and it much worst that ther sibimgs

  13. i feel te same keyshia must have been ashamed but then a agin its the life sely the had they cant see nothing wrong with what they are doing they came from the geto remember and thats how people are like from there

  14. Please, please…. do a spell check or at least proof read before you submit a comment.Don’t hate the player, hate the game! Frankie and Neffe has went through things that many others have. The difference is they get to publicize it. Why not capitalize off of your hurts and downfalls, and make money in the process of dusting yourself off!
    Its a real story, with real people, going through real things. People working to better their lives and heal wounds. We just get a weekly episode of a peek of the transformation.

  15. I watched the airport video above and to me, it was obvious that Neffe's pal…the man with the pretty hair who was talking into the camera with her, is gacked up on coke or crack, without a doubt. I've got addicts in my family and I know the signs. That being said, with a drug user hanging around does anyone really believe Frankie is clean? Puh-leez!

  16. LISTEN,NOW DON’T GET ME WRONG I LOVE THE SHOW,FRANKIE IS THE REALEST TO ME,YALL KIND OF REMIND ME OF ME IN MY MOTHER,RELATIONSHIP
    BUT, NEFFE YOU CRY TO MUCH,COME ON NOW LIKE FRANKIE SAY,YOU NEED A GRAMMY AWARD,KEEP IT REAL AND SUCK UP THEM TEARS,BUT I DO WISH YALL ALL THE LUCK IN THE WORLD FINDING YOUR SIBILINGS,CAN’T WAIT UNTIL NEXT SEASON

  17. hey keyshia can you come to my lil cousins birthday party on halloween at 5p.m it will be at 3047 N 21 or could you please come to 1043 freemen at 3p.m my lil cousin Kim would really like it she really love you please come we can not do nothing else for her birthday her mom can not afford it but please i will pay you to come to her birthday party and sing her the (trust) song please keyshia cole we went through the same thing you did yes we were in foster care and i just wanted to make my lil cousins birthday speacial she loves you plaese come i do not want 2 c her cry

  18. I hear yall, That crying yellin shit is gettin on my last with Neffe how many kids does this bitch plan on having. She need's to say yes to birth control. Or something just last year she didn't know if she was going to keep the little boy. Now she goes and have a little girl or something. She is followin her mother foot step's. Having that many kids and not using condoms. Does she know that it's a proving fact 100 million% black woman are carrying AIDS AN HIV. Damn get it together really. Frankie needs to be tests again that bitch is taking something. I really feel sorry for kisha and her family I would have left them crazy ass people where they belong. She have to many good things going on right now. All yall need to pay for each other. Neffe keep your legs close pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesa until you say I DO.

    Much love
    Ms. Diva

  19. I hope everybody knows that by bashing the ppl that are posting their opinion, that doesn’t make you any better. Calling eachother out on an opinion and calling somebody you don’t know names.. lol.. for what. Yall too emotional

  20. Dariel i think your such a sweet loving and talented person. keep up the marvelous work! You go girl, work it bitch! Contiue to do you and bloosom baby.

  21. YOU know what some people need to keep their comments to their self.I dont understand why people dont let people live. GOD is the last report on everthing that we do,SO for all you hater out there let people be and worry about your own backyard.AS,for KEYSHIA COLE FAMILY let them hater say what they want ,because god is the soul to all greatest.I love,keyshia,neffe,and most of frankie you are my girl(holla) stay bless you strong black sister. Lets have peace in the middle east (love you all) holla!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. hey keyshiacole I am yor biggest fan i mean i love your songs i am 14 years old and i would like to meet you i have all your songs call me at 9374148840 p.s. can you sang at my birthday party

  23. hi ms.k.c i love u and your mother and sisters and brother your family is fun to watch on tv is your sister neffe is come out with her new baby girl .after this baby stoppppppppppppp. tell soullow to get a job. he have a new baby now take of ok.

  24. keyshia i like to see more of your sister ELITE NORL she cool not a cry baby like neffe. come out with a new show frankie and elite.keyshia you and your new boo look good togerther girl.

  25. First of all,! BET is a good program. Whites have programs on televison all the time and go through drama as well. It is all entertinnment. white or back it is all certain things that children shouldn't watch. Us black african american has been on the bottom for a while and if we can hold a network that's called Black entertainment then that's a grade A for us so stand up for your race and be for us not aginst us!

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