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Keke Palmer
Born Lauren Keyana Palmer
August 26, 1995 (1995-08-26) (age 14)
Harvey, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actress/Singer
Years active 2004–present

Lauren Keyana "Keke" Palmer (born August 26, 1993) is an American teen actress and singer who rose to fame for her performance in the 2006 film Akeelah and the Bee.[1] She currently stars as the title character on the Nickelodeon sitcom True Jackson, VP, new episodes usually premiering Saturday nights.

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Early life

Palmer was born as Lauren Keyana Palmer in Harvey, Illinois.[1] Her father, Larry, works for a polyurethane company, and her mother, Sharon, is a high school teacher who works with children with mental disabilities.[2][3] Palmer auditioned for a stage production of The Lion King at the age of nine. Although she did not win the role, her family moved to Los Angeles in 2004 so Palmer could pursue a screen career.[4]

Music and acting

Keke Palmer is pursuing a career in singing. She participated in the 2003 American Juniors and American Idol spin-off, but the show was canceled before her appearance. Palmer signed a record deal with Atlantic Records. Her debut single, "All My Girlz," is featured on the Akeelah and the Bee soundtrack. On November 18, 2006, she performed at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California for VH1's Save the Music Battle of the High School Marching Bands, marking her first ever stadium performance in front of thousands of people. In addition, as part of her contract with Disney, Palmer sang the songs "It's My Turn Now" and "Jumpin'" featured in the DCOM Jump In!, in which she stars as Mary, love interest to Corbin Bleu. Keke was also featured in the music video Runaway Love by Ludacris and Mary J Blige in 2006.

Palmer's song is featured as the opening song on the end credits of Night at the Museum. The theme song for True Jackson, VP is also performed by her. In 2007, Palmer re-recorded the song "True to Your Heart" (from Disney's Mulan) for the DisneyMania 5 CD, and in 2008 re-recorded the song Reflection, (also from Mulan) for the DisneyMania 6 CD.

Her debut album So Uncool was released on September 18, 2007, on Atlantic Records. The song "Bottoms Up" from this album was featured on the soundtrack of the 2008 dance movie Make It Happen.

She recently signed a record deal with Interscope Records and is working on a new album that will be released in Spring 2010.[5] Her first single off the album titled "Super Jerkin' (On The Floor)" was recently sent to radio. She also held a contest to see who can come up with the single's choreography. The winners of the contest got to dance with Palmer in a YouTube video.[6] She recently launched a clip of her new song "Biology" on to her MySpace, but it was shortly removed and replaced by a song called "Facebook Stalker".

She premiered her song, “Top of the World” during the 83rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thanksgiving morning.[7] She appeared on The Tyra Banks Show on March 1, 2010.

Fashion career

In July 2009, Palmer launched a Wal-Mart fashion line inspired by her Nickelodeon show, True Jackson VP. The fashion line consists of jumpers, modern dresses, knit tops, T-shirts, leggings, jeans and more for under $14.[8]

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
2004 Barbershop 2: Back in Business Gina's Niece Starring as Lauren Keyana Palmer.
The Wool Cap Lou made for television (TNT)
2005 Keke & Jamal Keke Stewart unsold pilot made for television (Disney Channel/Walt Disney Television)
Knights of the South Bronx Kenya Russell made for television (Fox Television)
2006 Akeelah and the Bee Akeelah Anderson Main Role
Madea's Family Reunion Nikki foster child
2007 Jump In! Mary Thomas made for television (Disney Channel) Main Role
Cleaner Rose Cutler Main Role
2008 The Longshots Jasmine Plummer Main Role
Unstable Fables: Tortoise vs. Hare Crystal Tortoise Voice
2009 Shrink Jemma Supporting Role
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2008—present True Jackson, VP True Jackson Lead Role
2009 Cribs Herself
Television guest appearances
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Cold Case Arlene Marion "The Letter" (episode 13, season 1)
Strong Medicine Sarina "Race for a Cure"
2005 Second Time Around Sharlene "Big Bank, Little Bank" (episode 11, season 1)
ER Janell Parkerson "The Show Must Go On" (episode 22, season 11)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Tasha Wright "Storm" (episode 10, season 7)
2007 Tyler Perry's House of Payne Nikki "Bully and the Beast" (episode 1, season 2)
Just Jordan C.C. Livingston "Fame Game" (episode 17, season 2)
2009 BET Awards Self presenter/Michael Jackson Tribute

Ludacris ft.mary j. blidge-- Runaway Love

Discography

EPs
Albums
Soundtracks

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Motive Result
2005 Young Artist Award "Best Performance in TV Movie, Miniseries or Special - Leading Young Actress" The Wool Cap Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries" Nominated
Image Awards "Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special" Nominated
2006 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards "Most Promising Performer" Akeelah and the Bee Nominated
Black Movie Awards "Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role" Won
2007 Young Artist Award "Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress" Won
Image Awards "Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture" Won
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards "Best Young Actress" Nominated
Black Reel Awards "Best Actress" Won
"Best Breakthrough Performance" Nominated
2008 Young Artist Awards "Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress" Cleaner Nominated
Black Reel Awards "Best Actress" The Longshots Nominated
2009 NAACP Awards "NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Series or Special" True Jackson, VP Won
2010 Won
Kids Choice Awards "Favorite TV Actress" Pending

References

External links

keke palmer.com/external links

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