Kelly Khumalo - what does one say about her that hasn't already been said? She is one of those people everyone has an opinion about. Good or bad, it seems everyone has something to say. From back when she first broke out in the industry with Qinisela, to the days of Itshitshi, her well documented relationships, bad decisions and tragedies, people just can't stop talking about Kelly! One thing that has remained constant though, is her talent!
I have always liked Kelly Khumalo and her powerful voice. I think part of my attraction to her is because of how she just lives her life unapologetically. I marvel at how she always manages to pull herself from the darkest hole and push through with life. Happily so. She is one example of how we should not allow our past mistakes to define us. The epitome of 'if at first you don't succeed, dust yourself off and try again.'
Kelly and her babies 😍 pic.twitter.com/jsqpNU1SXC
— Miss Lelo (@MsLeloB) August 24, 2017
... and of course, in observing her, I can't help but melt at the way she loves her 2 beautiful children!
I think back to her book The Kelly Khumalo Story and wonder if she would agree now that it was too early to try and tell her story. What happened in her 20s was just a chapter in what her actual story will be and I look forward to reading that full story a decade or two from now.
Kelly has got quite a busy 2018 to look forward to and February is definitely her big TV month because Season 2 of her Gau TV talk show 'Love & Matrimony' makes a return to the screens, and she features on Season 5 of SABC 1's Stumbo Stomp amaPantsula as the competition's celebrity judge.
Kelly also features in a new local blockbuster Zulu Wedding featuring American actor Darrin Dewitt-Henson (remember Lem from Soul Food) and Nondumiso Tembe, which will be released on the 23rd of February 2018.
Check out the movie trailer below, it looks like a lot of fun!
I asked Kelly to answer the fun #CHICA15 questions and here are her response:
If you had to have a label on your forehead that explains who you are, what would it say?
Kelly: I am who Christ says I am.
What do the people in your life value most about you?
Kelly: I think they value my big heart and how protective I am when it comes to family as well as my nurturing nature
What is the one personal belonging you value above all others, and why?
Kelly: If my kids were a belonging I would say them lol, but the thing about me is that I am not phased by material possessions, they really have no value to me
What’s the one thing you cannot resist, no matter how hard you try?
Which movie can you watch over and over again and not get tired?
Kelly: The Notebook
What is the one thing that you absolutely cannot stand?
Kelly: I can’t stand people who lie
What is the worst advice you have ever received?
Kelly: You know when someone says tone it down or hold back from expressing yourself, basically telling me to fit in and play my part, worst advice ever!
What piece of advice do you think should be passed onto every child?
Kelly: There’s a lot, but if I had to choose one it would be to teach our children to learn how to live life without holding back because it’s the only way they can experience their true potential as individuals
Complete the sentence: every woman needs to know that______________.
Kelly: They are worthy of everything that life has on offer
What does black girl magic mean to you?
Kelly: It’s owning who we are, the authenticity and the power that we possess as black women.
What do you wish you had known about money when you got your 1st pay check?
Kelly: That it means absolutely nothing and that it is just a means to an end…
Which book has changed your life or holds lifelong lessons for you?
Kelly: The Secret
What is your unfulfilled goal?
Kelly: Becoming a worldwide superstar musician
If you could go back in time and re-do one thing, what would it be?
What would you do if you were granted the superpower of being invisible for just one day?
Kelly: Oh my goodness it would be a lot, but to be quite honest I would use such powers to help people, there is so much hidden from us by those we’ve put in power that I would want to use my invisibility to get some answers for the people.