By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
You just have to love and hate social media. On one hand, it’s a great way to stay connected to people you’ve met in all walks of your life, and then there’s always those moments where we’re all reminded that social media is the perfect platform for people to do and say things they wish they could take back later. Now Keyshia Cole likes to portray an image of a woman who is “real” and stands by all the things she tweets, but when it comes to the music industry, it’s possible that tweets and any forms of shade can ruin your career before it even takes off. That’s something that some would say Keri Hilson knows quite well, especially considering that she seemed to have so much potential until she appeared to be coming for Beyonce in a remix to “Turnin’ Me On.”
Just one month ago, Keyshia decided to shade Michelle Williams during their Super Bowl half time show. And Kelly Rowland then decided she’d check her, and reminded her that Destiny’s Child has achieved more in their career than she has and pretty much no one’s checking for her like they are checking for DC. Keyshia then suggested that people label her as some kind of villain for speaking her mind and she finds that to be unfair. And then to make things even more interesting, instead of coming for Kelly for providing the shade, she instead goes after Beyonce and her recent single “Bow Down/I Been On.” The Beyhive slaughtered her on Twitter, and to a lot of people, they feel that Keyshia’s isn’t all the way wrong, but they do feel that she’s more jealous than right.
Singer Meshell Ndegeocello (Her Billboard hits include Wild Night and Who Is He?) decided to give her views on the situation, and in a rather nice way; she tells Keyshia Cole to have several seats and stop criticizing other singers. And most would agree that it is becoming a trend for Keyshia.
Meshell writes on her Facebook page:
“I really felt good when I heard the new Beyoncé track “Bow Down / I Been On.” The energetic frequency transcends the lyrics and that’s beautiful. Keyshia Cole, “there is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women” – Madeleine Albright said that once and it rings true. Stop critiquing people and lets support one another in the world. I, too, once felt it was necessary to give my two cents but the world is in real need of more detailed, nuanced analyses. Don’t take things out of context. “Bow Down / I Been On” is no different than the swagger many MC’s take AND IT’S FUN! Most of all, my body wants to move to it ”