Keke Palmer
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Birth name Lauren Keyana Palmer
Born August 26, 1993 (age 17)

Robbins, Illinois, U.S.

Occupation(s) Actress, singer, songwriter, fashion designer
Years active 2004-pres
Website [[1]]


Lauren Keyana "Keke" Palmer (born August 26, 1993) is an American 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 in the Nickelodeon sitcom True Jackson, VP. Palmer earns $20,000 per episode of True Jackson VP, making her the fourth highest paid child star on television.[2] She cites Brandy and Aaliyah as her musical inspiration. [3]

Life and careerEdit

Palmer was born in Robbins, 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.[4][5]

In 2002, 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.[6]

Palmer then pursued a career in singing. In 2003, she participated in American Juniors, the American Idol spin-off series, but her audition scenes were edited out and the show was canceled that year. In 2005, Palmer signed a record deal with Atlantic Records. Her debut single, "All My Girlz", is featured in 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 competition, 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 Disney Channel Original Movie Jump In!, in which she stars as Mary, the love interest to Corbin Bleu's character. In 2006, Palmer was featured in the music video for the Ludacris and Mary J. Blige song "Runaway Love". She starred as an eleven-year old pregnant girl. That same year, she recorded a song entitled "Tonight" which was featured as the first song in the end credits of Night at the Museum.

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 with the single "Keep It Movin'" preceding the album release. The album failed to have chart success and Palmer parted ways with Atlantic the next year. The song "Bottoms Up" from this album was also featured on the soundtrack of the 2008 dance film Make It Happen.

In 2008, Palmer began her starring role as the title character in Nickelodeon sitcom True Jackson, VP. Palmer also performs the theme song for the series.

In 2009, Palmer signed a record deal with Interscope Records and began working on an album to be released in 2011.[7] Between her MySpace and SayNow accounts she has released several snippets of songs that were recorded for possible inclusion on her forthcoming album. She performed the song "Top of the World" at the 83rd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thanksgiving morning of 2009.[8] In a 2010 interview, Palmer stated the album is complete and is in the process of finalization. The as-of-yet untitled album will be a mixture of R&B/Hip-Hop with pop undertones. Producers and writers for the album include Rodney 'Darkchild' Jerkins, Oak, Lil Eddie, Sean Okundaye and others. Palmer stated that the album itself will be released around mid-late 2011.

It was revealed in November 2010, that she would be starring in a film alongside Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah called Joyful Noise. It was announced in January 2011 that she is also to produce and star in Ragz, an upcoming teen Nickelodeon musical, as well as voice characters in the upcoming Ice Age: Continental Drift and Winx Club.[9]

Fashion career Edit

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.[10]


Year Film Role Notes
2004 Barbershop 2: Back in Business Gina's Niece credited as Lauren Keyana Palmer
2006 Akeelah and the Bee Akeelah Anderson Lead role
2006 Madea's Family Reunion Nikki Grady Supporting role
2006 The Angel Girls Breanna Kelly Main Role
2007 Cleaner Rose Cutler Main role
2008 The Longshots Jasmine Plummer Main role
2008 The Angel Girls 2: When In Hawaii Breanna Kelly Main Role
2009 Shrink Jemma Supporting role
2010 The Angel Girls: Battle in Paris Breanna Kelly Main role
2012 Joyful Noise[11] Olivia Hill Supporting role
2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift Peaches
Television films
Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Wool Cap Lou
2005 Knights of the South Bronx Kenya Russell Supporting role
2007 Jump In! Mary Thomas Main role
2012 Ragz TBA starring role
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Unstable Fables: Tortoise vs. Hare Crystal Tortoise Voice
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Cold Case Arlene Marion "The Letter" (episode 13, season 1)
Strong Medicine Sarina "Race for a Cure" (episode 7, season 5)
2005 Second Time Around Sharlene "Big Bank, Little Bank" (episode 11, season 1)
2005 ER Janell Parkerson "The Show Must Go On" (episode 22, season 11)
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Tasha Wright "Storm" (episode 10, season 7)
2005 Keke & Jamal Keke Stewart Unsold TV pilot (Disney Channel/Walt Disney Television)
2005 Dana's Life Brittany White Main Role
2007 Tyler Perry's House of Payne Nikki "Bully and the Beast" (episode 1, season 2)
2007 Just Jordan C.C. Livingston "Fame Game" (episode 17, season 2)
2008–2011 True Jackson, VP True Jackson Lead role
2009 Cribs Herself
2009–present Brainsurge Herself
2010 The Cleveland Show Brandi "Harder, Better, Faster, Browner" (episode 22, season 2)
2011 Degrassi: The Next Generation Herself ("Spring Fever", Season 11)
2011 Winx Club Aisha[12]

Music videosEdit

  • "Runaway Love" (Ludacris Feat. Mary J. Blige) - Erica
  • "Excuse Me Mama" - Mishon (Cameo role)
  • "Keep It Movin" - Feat.big Meech
  • "All My Girlz"
  • "The Game Song" (Little Video Clip)
  • "It's My Turn Now"
  • "Jump In"
  • "The One You Call"



Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Motive Result
2005 Young Artist Award "Best Performance in TV Movie, Miniseries or Special - Leading Young Actress" The Wool Cap Template:Nom
Screen Actors Guild Awards "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries" Template:Nom
Image Awards "Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special" Template:Nom
2006 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards "Most Promising Performer" Akeelah and the Bee Template:Nom
Black Movie Awards "Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role" Template:Won
2007 Young Artist Award "Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress" Template:Won
Image Awards "Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture" Template:Won
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards "Best Young Actress" Template:Nom
Black Reel Awards "Best Actress" Template:Won
"Best Breakthrough Performance" Template:Nom
Young Artist Awards "Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress" Cleaner Template:Nom
Black Reel Awards "Best Actress" The Longshots Template:Nom
2009 NAACP Awards "NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Series or Special" True Jackson, VP Template:Won
2010 NAACP Awards "NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Series or Special" Template:Won
Kids Choice Awards "Favorite TV Actress" Template:Nom
BET Awards "YoungStars Award" Template:Won
2011 Young Artist Awards "Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress" Template:Pending
NAACP Awards "NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Series or Special" Template:Won

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