KeKe Palmer: Young Superstar!
Keke Palmer has become a young mogul and inspiration, really teaching young women how to have their own. Keke Palmer was born Lauren Keyana Palmer on August 26, 1993 in Harvey, Illinois. Palmer and her family moved to California to help her pursue a career in acting. Palmer is recognized as an actress first, making her acting debut in the 2004 film Barbershop 2: Back in Business and then rose to fame in her breakthrough role in Akeelah and the Bee in 2006 and also starring in Madea’s Family Reunion. She earned $20,000 per episode for her lead role in the Nickelodeon sitcom True Jackson, VP, which made her the fourth highest-paid child star on television. This is just a taste of her movie and television roles, not to mention one of her most famous roles in 2013 portraying Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas in the TLC VH1-biopic CrazySexyCool.
Besides being a child actor she has also worked in music, releasing her debut album So Uncool on September 18, 2007 through Atlantic Records. The album charted at number 85 on the R&B chart and was preceded by the lead single “Keep It Movin”. In 2010, Palmer was signed by the chairman of Interscope Records, Jimmy Lovine, and began working on an album. With her official YouTube channel she has released several snippets of songs she has recorded.
In 2014, it was announced that Palmer was hosting her own daytime talk show on BET called Just Keke, covering a variety of topics including fashion, pop culture, relationships, social issues, celebrity interviews, and more. Also in 2014, it was announced that Keke would be the first African-American to star as Cinderella on Broadway in September 2014, and a year later she announced her deal with Universal Music Group’s Island Records. If music and film wasn’t enough, in a month she will be releasing her memoir. The book will be called I Don’t Belong to You: Quiet the Noise and Find Your Voice. Ms. Palmer was heavily influenced by Beyonce, Ciara, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Aaliyah, Brandy, Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston, and R. Kelly, as well as girl group TLC. She has done countless interviews behind her artistry and interview that stuck out the most was her explanation of the meaning behind her single “I Don’t Belong to You”. “I don’t belong to anyone else but myself. I have to make my own decisions. Happiness is defined by me. My sexuality is defined by me, and that can change and this can change and I can make it what I want to make it because I’m the one who makes that choice”, she exclaims. “So that’s what ‘I Don’t Belong to You’ is saying. This song feels right. It feels right and it’s telling me who I am. And it captures my identity”.
Now at the early age of 23-years-old, Palmer has accomplished so much that her name will be ringing bells up until her grandchildren’s generation. She has made the biggest name for herself in the most positive way, and doesn’t care what anyone has to say about her journey.