When you see child stars who captivate you with exceptional performances, you hope to see that they can continue to have success and avoid becoming one of those cautionary horror stories that so many young actors and actresses have become. So, when you see someone like Keke Palmer arrive in adulthood with a firm and stable foundation and career, it restores some faith.
Keke (who was born Lauren Keyana Palmer and goes by this nickname) made her acting debut at age 10 with a small role in the Ice Cube film “Barbershop 2: Back in Business”, but she first captured audiences’ hearts as the title character in the family Spelling Bee drama “Akeelah and the Bee” (where she got to perform alongside such acting heavyweights as Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett).
At the same time, Keke showed she was multi-talented by releasing her debut album, “So Uncool”, which contained the catchy single “Keep it Movin'” (you can watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMJ0jnKOCHs). She also performed in a few music videos, including a powerful role a young pregnant girl in the Mary J. Blige/Ludacris song “Runaway Love”
Following these early successes, Keke did the rite of passage for all child stars by getting her own show on Nickelodeon (some go the Disney route, instead) with her 3-year stint as the lead character in “True Jackson”. She also sang the theme song for the show. At the same time, she became a fashionista by helping design a “True Jackson” clothing line for Walmart.
Keke also exercised her philanthropic muscles by becoming an advocate for the Girl Scouts and YWCA, and by participating in several anti-bullying and anti-abuse campaigns. Among the campaigns she has joined is ‘Save Our Daughters’, an anti-bullying effort that encourages people worldwide to take an oath to stand against bullying.
Keke’s most recent project is an extraordinarily high profile and challenging one. She is portraying the one and only Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas in the VH1 biopic, “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story”, about the seminal female R&B group TLC. Watching the movie, you need to remind yourself that it is not the real Chilli portraying herself. Keke and Chilli could have been separated at birth, and Keke worked closely with her inspiration to get all the moves down. Keke is also keeping her music passion going with several mixtape releases and plans to work on another full album.
Of course, no feature would be complete without the body art, and Keke is quite an avid fan of tattoos. Her first one that she proudly shows off is a quote from Aristotle on the inside of her left bicep. It reads “we are what we repeatedly do. excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit”
Another tattoo is a quote “don’t cast thy pearls before swine”. I’m not quite sure where it is located on her. But, since she exclaimed on Twitter that she got a tattoo in the same spot that Demi Lovato did, I suspect it’s on one of her forearms.
You can track Keke’s career on her official website: http://www.kekepalmer.com/
You can also follow her on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/kekepalmer