As a matter of fact, 60 percent of homeless, unemployed young adults and youth in jails were or are in foster care.
I heard about Keyshia months before she really hit mainstream radio. An industry friend told me that she almost did not get signed or released because of her fractured family life (she had been living on her own since 16), and volatile behavior---especially in her relationships with men.
Often her "love affairs" resulted in violent and very destructive outcomes. This friend of mine told me that she and one of her boyfriends got into a fight that completely damaged a hotel room, thus having the hotel chain ban her from every staying in that establishment again.
This was problematic because Keyshia's home was the hotel, and was like so many of her foster care comrades, homeless, unemployed and in search of her family for answers and love.
You cannot sum up nor fix the emotional and psychological complexities of disrupted families on a reality show?
I applaud all of the Cole's for giving America a very blunt and sad look at how many families who were directly hit by crack. "The Way It Is" gives you a sharp indicator of how once-fully-functioning adults, like Frankie, are jumbled bodies of flesh.
In the case of Frankie, I can see she had children young and started using before she understood a little of her purpose. Resultantly, Frankie is really a wayward, 16-year-old fighting in worlds she will never conquer, nor be respected by her addictions to drugs, alcohol, and sex.
Typically, she seeks love, like Keyshia, who like so many other foster youth, endured the inadquacies of their parents by attempting to establish substantial relationships.
So many parents though have been shuffled in-and-out of systems just like their children, they too are damaged goods.
And here we are, applauding Keyshia Cole for cutting off her ghetto ass mama and siblings, not recognizing the Devil still is sitting on our shoulders.
If you just drive through any urban area USA, you will see the ramifications of crack and broken families, yeah, the way it is.