Neffe's Family Photos

Frankie Lons
ESSENCE.COM Mar, 31, 2009

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Neffe poses with sister Keyshia Cole and her mom Frankie for BET’s reality show “The Way It Is.”

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Keyshia Cole is surrounded by her power players.

“I want to make it clear—Keyshia doesn’t owe me and my mom,” says Neffe. "

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Author of “My Happiness Is My Sanity,” Neffe will release her book nationwide in June to tie in with her and her mother’s BET reality show.

“Writing my life stopry was therapeutic,” she says. “I believe and hope it will touch people with similar experiences.”

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“My wife deserves me because I deserve her. We have similar stories and our story will unfold and reveal it all on the first season of her reality show.”

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Soullow, who plans to marry Neffe this fall, holds his future wife close to his heart. “I proposed at her birthday party and I was nervous as crap, but nobody knows that (laughs),” he admits. “I planned it for eight months prior.”

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Neffe doesn’t blame her past on her future. “I still have a lot of growing to do and I know that God will help me through. I can’t say that I’m totally healed or over all that has happened in my life,” she says. “I can’t predict the future and can only live life and learn the best part of me.”

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Neffe shows her edgy style.

“I’m really a homebody,” admits Neffe. “I’ve done the clubs and now I prefer to stay home with my family.”

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A former head cook at Applebee’s, rapper Soullow is always low key. “People claim it’s freedom of speech but these blogs are just another way for folks to talk about people without showing their faces,” he says, about the gossip written about him and Neffe. "If they want to exercise that freedom in a devilish or godly manner then that’s up to them, but I won’t participate in it.

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Neffe sports a feathered hawk compliments of her stylist Dariel Pulliam.

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Neffe and Keyshia Cole’s mom Frankie takes in some son at the 2008 BET Spring Bling in Riviera Beach, Florida. “I love my mother, but sometimes I wish she’d remember that she’s a grandmother and slow down,” says Neffe.

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I’m trying to encourage Black men to do what we used to do back in the sixties before all this stuff corrupted our neighborhood and go back to the script and learn to keep your feet on the ground and take care of your woman."

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In June, singer Keyshia Cole and her mother, Frankie Lons, leave the “Late Show With Dave Letterman” after a taping at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City.

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Keyshia and mom Frankie at an event in Chicago.

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Despite reports that Frankie Lons, Neffe and Keyshia Cole’s mother, was in a fatal car accident, she’s home in Atlanta, alive and well. Here she’s pictured with her dog Lola in New York City. “I don’t know how the rumor got started,” says Neffe. “But I just dropped her off so I know she’s okay.”

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Keyshia Cole, Kirk Franklin and Lyfe Jennings Visit BET’s “106 & Park” – November 28, 2007
NEW YORKNOVEMBER 28: Keyshia Cole’s Mother and Amina attends Keyshia Cole, Kirk Franklin and Lyfe Jennings Visit BET’s ‘106 & Park’ on November 28, 2007 in New York City, NY

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