Kesha Nichols on ‘Basketball Wives': ‘I’m Just Not Used to the Cattiness’

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March 15, 2012 ‐ By

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I have a feeling Kesha Nichols’ appearance on “Basketball Wives” this season will be both her first and last. Why? Because she’s professional, respectful, non-confrontational–you know all those things that apparently don’t make for good TV.

Although she’s a cast newbie, Kesha has already had a couple of spats. First, with fellow newcomer Kenya Bell over her music project and then with Tami who repeatedly called her out of her name because Kesha went to Evelyn about an issue she was having with her first instead of talking directly to her. Keysha handled both issues well on camera. But how does she really feel about the drama that’s ensued so far?  Here’s what she told Juicy Mag in an exclusive interview:

“I didn’t want what happened between Kenya and I to be so drawn out. I didn’t want to keep arguing with her because it wasn’t worth it. The first dinner we had with Tami and Evelyn, when we were meeting Shaunie, wasn’t the place to be hashing things out. And of course when you’re talking about something and you have three other opinions, things escalate and become a little bigger than what they really are. It didn’t really need to go there but that’s what the show is—all of us as a group talking about stuff. More than anything, I’m just not used to the cattiness and people being so vocal about their judgment of others.”

Although the situation with Tami hasn’t fully unraveled on screen yet, Kesha did explain why she took such offense to the resident bully’s accusations of her not being black enough:

“It’s never easy growing up, being half of one thing and half of something else especially when they’re complete opposites. I grew up in the South and when I was born it was never cool for interracial couples to be out and about, and it was looked down upon by the White community. My father and his side of the family weren’t in my life at all, so I was a little mixed kid growing up around all White people.

“My family loved me and never made feel any different but in school and other places I never felt White enough. As an adult, I’m around Black women that I want to relate to and now I’m not Black enough. It’s like I can’t win for losing. My question of “Blackness” was brought up on a previous episode by Tami. She said that I “didn’t look like a Kesha.” Whether my name is Kesha, Shaquana, or Becky—it doesn’t matter. I identify myself as Black. I feel if I want to relate to you as a Black woman, why would you ever want to push me away?”

Kesha also responded to a couple of shady rumors Tami and Kenya exposed about her getting Kenya’s soon-to-be-ex-husband’s phone number on camera.

“That was such a non-issue that it wasn’t even covered on the show,” Kesha said. “The show is all about drama. If there was something really there, don’t you think they would’ve jumped on that and made it a full storyline? They’re not trying to protect me anyway, I’m the new girl.

“I saw Kenya’s husband out in New York and it had been two years since I had seen either one of them. I was under the impression that they were still together and didn’t know that they weren’t. We had all exchanged information when were friends way back. When we started filming the show, I think he found out that Kenya was doing it and he texted me. He sent me a text that said “Hey.” I didn’t respond to it and I immediately told Kenya—end of story. It was nothing. That’s why we didn’t see it on the show.”

Kesha’s been handling the drama well so far, I just hope she doesn’t morph into a monster by the end of it all like the other ladies.

What do you think about Kesha? Will she survive the mean girls of “Basketball Wives?”

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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  • Cece

    Tami is an old washed up bitter bully needs to have another heart attack n die this time. u are to old for drama!! Tired of her bs

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  • Acidcontact

    Hey when we where in school together she was cool.  And I don’t remember a time when we were growing up that her race came into the picture.  She was just a nice girl that got alone with everybody.

  • Colliz6

    I’m sorry but i’m not buying into the idea that Kesha Nichols is a saint. I think she is just as catty and nasty as the other women. This is simple a case of Tami being too much for her. If Tami wasn’t such a strong personality type she would’ve gone H.A.M. about the whole race question since that’s clearly a sore spot for her. She had no problems calling out Kenya; so why didn’t she do the same with Tami??? I don’t think she’ll be back next season, can’t say i’ll miss her though.

  • Sinvereeighteen

    These women need to remain relevant, people are always interested in seeing what a train wreck looks like so there will always be viewers. Kesha should get as much exposure as she can, in fact, start a business and put it out there like the rest of them. That’s all it’s about, making money by any means necessary.

  • Colliz6

     Kesha is just as nasty and catty as the rest of the women. She is no better than they are.  “professional, respectful, non-confrontational” my a**. LMAO!!! that’s a crock. It’s just that she picks her battles and she knows who to argue with. She had no problems confronting Kenya, but she wants to ask Evelyn for pointers on how to approach Tami. If Tami wasn’t such a strong personality type she would have gone H.A.M. on her for that whole “are you white” comment. She knows she can’t win with Tami so now she’s trying to gain public support by claiming her “blackness” PLEASE!!!! I don’t see her coming back for the next season, can’t say i’ll miss her. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZDHPIFSDD57FH2LO5ECUYPDJ6M Brandi

    ” I have a feeling Kesha Nichols’ appearance on “Basketball Wives” this season will be both her first and last. Why? Because she’s professional, respectful, non-confrontational ”  <—– My thoughts exactly
    I get where Kesha is coming from, and she's too classy for that show. The others, especially Tami and Evelyn and even Shawnee (and now Susie), are catty, childish, petty, drama-fied haters. I would hate to be surrounded by so-called women like this, so Kesha I feel for ya. What were you thinking joining this show??

  • Maya

    Basketball Wives just like all other Reality shows thrive on scandal because that’s what keeps most of the viewers coming back. This may be Kesha’s first season of the show but the show has been around so she knew how all the women were and how they acted if she didn’t want to be around “cattiness” she had no right to sign on to do the show. I’m sure no one held a gun to her head and forced her to be on the show. Let her go act on the Real Housewives of Sesame Street if she doesn’t want to deal with drama.

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  • guest510

    I swore off BBW because I can go around the corner and see the same type of drama, so why waste TV time on it. But given how much I like her answers, I may allow myself to watch for her. She seems so much more intelligent than those other females. (their behavior won’t allow me to call them women)

  • guest510

    I swore off BBW because I can go around the corner and see the same type of drama, so why waste TV time on it. But given how much I like her answers, I may allow myself to watch for her. She seems so much more intelligent than those other females. (their behavior won’t allow me to call them women)

  • immaguest

    I’m sure she watched or heard about the show before she became a cast member. She knew what she was getting into.

  • Treacle234

    Tami simply needs to tone it down. She is always at heads with someone, especially if they say something about her indirectly. She has the nerve to call Kesha sensitive.

  • Indigo

    Kesha has too much class for BBW. Just sayin’.

  • Vickie Ellison

    I would actually like to see them rebuild the show around Kesha, Royce and even Jennifer.  I believe they can create a very interesting show with all of their business ventures alone.  I think the show would be enjoyable to watch with their fashions, business and personal lives.  This would create a postive show worth watching.  BTW, physical fighting should not be a regular part of any grown woman’s life.  

  • Mrsadkiah

    I like what she said about race. I have several mixed friends who have expressed the same thing. Obviously not ALL people are like this but I often here them express how they’re not Black or White enough for anyone to completely accept them. 

    Often Black people will accuse them of being ashamed of their Black half if they don’t “act Black” enough, but on the flip side accuse them of not being real if they do “act Black” because they’re trying to be something they’re not. However I do notice that if I mixed person identifies as Black, in general Blacks are accepting of that and treat them as such

    Whites, while accepting them more than they would a non-mixed Black, never fully accepts them as White if they prefer to “act White”. While they may identify as White and not really identify with their Black half, Whites always seem to have to see them as Black. 

    Again this is not ALL Black people or ALL White people, but obviously a significant enough amount of them for it to cause the problems that Kesha had growing up and has now. 

    I haven’t watched the show like I used to, but I did watch the first couple of episodes and she immediately became a new favorite of mine because she acts like she has sense unlike so many of the others. 

  • Lorenzo

    This lady has more class at first glance than the other ladies. In reference to the first comment from LOLOLO, I don’t recall her not having any experience with the cattiness, its obvious she has because she is dealing quite well according to what I have heard from my friends that watch the show. She said ” She did not like it and there was far too much of it. I think you are going to find that she is going to handle the BS quite differently because she is a southern girl that seem to have been raised with some dignity, and it also seems that she is not going to sacrifice that dignity for the sake of the show. Quite frankly, she may be a regular for only one season. I sincerely hope that is the case, get the exposure and move on to something that is worthy of her. 

  • Lorenzo

    This lady has more class at first glance than the other ladies. In reference to the first comment from LOLOLO, I don’t recall her not having any experience with the cattiness, its obvious she has because she is dealing quite well according to what I have heard from my friends that watch the show. She said ” She did not like it and there was far too much of it. I think you are going to find that she is going to handle the BS quite differently because she is a southern girl that seem to have been raised with some dignity, and it also seems that she is not going to sacrifice that dignity for the sake of the show. Quite frankly, she may be a regular for only one season. I sincerely hope that is the case, get the exposure and move on to something that is worthy of her. 

  • Lololo

    This is such bull, White women are just as catty as black women. She grew up around all white people as a black women and yet she has “never” had to deal with cattiness??? GIRL BOO AND BYE

  • Lololo

    This is such bull, White women are just as catty as black women. She grew up around all white people as a black women and yet she has “never” had to deal with cattiness??? GIRL BOO AND BYE

    • http://www.facebook.com/derique.marie Derique Fancy Marie

       I never had to deal with cattiness until i my junior year of college. It all depends on how you were raised and who you were raised around. I think Kesha just needs to stick with Royce because I don’t think she can hang with all that drama nor does she look like she can fight…

    • http://www.facebook.com/derique.marie Derique Fancy Marie

       I never had to deal with cattiness until i my junior year of college. It all depends on how you were raised and who you were raised around. I think Kesha just needs to stick with Royce because I don’t think she can hang with all that drama nor does she look like she can fight…

    • Mrsadkiah

      When did she bring up the fact that race had to do with her tolerance for and exposure to cattiness? She’s a woman so she’s probably dealt with it but she may very well be a woman who simply doesn’t surround herself with catty women. Now she’s on this show and she has to be around it because that’s what makes for good television. 

    • Gimmeabreak78

      I don’t think she was making a general statement about the cattiness of black women.  I think her comment was about those SPECIFIC women on Basketball Wives.  Lord knows those women take cattiness to another level.