Keke Palmer Goes From Impressive to Unstoppable

Remember cute little Akeelah from Akeelah and the Bee? or Mary Thomas from Jump In!? Or even True Jackson from True Jackson VP? Keke Palmer, the actress and singer with over one million Twitter followers has become the first African-American actress to play the role of Cinderella in Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway and she is the youngest person to have her own talk show. Taking a fabulous lead in prosperity, Palmer may be on the way to becoming the next Audra McDonald and possibly the next Oprah.

Remember cute little Akeelah from Akeelah and the Bee? or Mary Thomas from Jump In!? Or even True Jackson from True Jackson VP? Keke Palmer, the actress and singer with over one million Twitter followers has become the first African-American actress to play the role of Cinderella in Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway and she is the youngest person to have her own talk show. Taking a fabulous lead in prosperity, Palmer may be on the way to becoming the next Audra McDonald and possibly the next Oprah.

Early Life

Palmer in 2006 film: Akeelah and the Bee

Palmer in 2006 film: Akeelah and the Bee

Palmer’s career took off at the early age of eleven, playing Gina’s niece in Barbershop 2: Back in Business. Since then, Palmer landed the lead role of her   breakout film, Akeelah and the Bee, playing a shy and bright eleven-year old girl who had a knack for spelling. In 2007, Palmer also played the lead role in Disney’s television film, Jump In, playing the love interest to her co-star, Corbin Bleu. In addition to Jump In, Palmer released her debut album on September 18th, 2007, titled So Uncool and charted number 85 of the R&B chart. In 2008, Palmer starred in the Nickelodeon television show, as the title character, True Jackson VP. Palmer wrote and performed the theme song, and earned $20,000 per episode, making her the fourth highest-paid child star on television. In 2013, Palmer played Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas in the VH1 film, CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story. The film spawn’s premiere generated 4.5 million viewers, making it the highest-rated television film premiere of 2013, as well as the highest-rated original film premiere in VH1 history. Palmer is currently working with a recording producer and recording artist, Bangladesh on her second studio album.

Keke Palmer as Cinderella in Cinderella on Broadway

Keke Palmer as Cinderella in Cinderella on Broadway

Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway

While the a-list celebrity already has an impressive resume, Palmer became Broadway’s first African-American woman to play the lead role of Cinderella in Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway. The musical is based on the 1957 Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, a musical written for television. The musical also resembles the 1997 film Cinderella starring Brandy, Whitney Houston and Whoopi Goldberg.

The big announcement of Palmer’s Broadway debut was announced on August 4th, 2014, and ticket sales went wild. Palmer made her big Broadway debut on September 9th, 2014 and presented a very impressive and emotional performance with a tearful standing ovation.

Cinderella on Broadway has abundant critical success. “A full-on romantic fantasy!” -New York Posts “Pure Magic! Broadway’s new Cinderella crackles with sweetness and freshness!” -Associated Press “A timeless musical treasure!’ -The Huffington post. On

Palmer’s instagram photo of her Broadway dressing room, Palmer gives a recap of her opening night. Palmer quotes: “Thank you to all my loved ones for my flowers, texts and emails of support! My dressing room is beautiful because of YOU! I had such an overwhelmingly thrilling debut night. Broadway… Wow. God is so good, I am so grateful to the The Lord for using me in such a way that I can freely express his love through my passion. Tonight, my career, my LIFE, is a testament to the power of love; of God’s light! When you embrace him and who you are, when you spread love and kindness, when you stay consistent in your sincerity…There’s NOTHING you can not do. Nothing is easy, it will be difficult. But understand you are not alone, we are all together. I am thankful to all of those that made it to the show tonight and I love all of those that were praying for me where they were.” Palmer wanted everyone in the audience to go home thinking that “everything is possible.” Seeing that she broke racial barriers and is the first African-American woman to play Cinderella, she is proving that everything is possible, indeed. Palmer took her Broadway debut by storm and has many potential prodigious performances in the future.

Just Keke

In addition to Palmer’s Broadway debut, she also launched the start of her talk show, Just Keke, which comes on on week-days at 4pm ET/PT on BET. This talk show covers topics including fashion, pop culture, relationships, social issues and celebrity interviews. She has had various celebrity guests such as Brandy, Michael Ealy, and Raven-Symoné. Ricki Lake was the youngest person to have a talk show at age 24, but Palmer broke her record by having her own talk show at age 20.

Keke Palmer in talk show: Just Keke

Keke Palmer in talk show: Just Keke

In an interview with Yahoo, Palmer was asked about how the idea of Just Keke started. Palmer quotes: “Nobody was into at all. Even my mom, who’s always been my biggest supporter, she was not into it. But my whole thing was, my generation… we have a lot to say. But it all gets distorted and turned into something negative because we can only say it online. It gets twisted… We have a lot to say, we just don’t have the platform to say it. This show is about that. I know I’m not the only person… people would meet with me and talk to me and say, ‘Oh you’re so wise.’ There are a million Keke Palmers out there. A million — guy forms, girl forms, every form — but they’re not being fed. I’m being fed because of my career and the opportunities I’ve been able to have and all the situations I’ve been able to be put in. But not everybody has that, so Just Keke is the platform where they can talk about things they’re not able to talk about anywhere else, and can hear the stuff that they’ve been dying to hear about. It’s something that I wanted to see myself. I wanted to see something I could relate to, to talk about the issues, talk about dating, sex, drugs, clubbing, first year of college, first year of high school. People don’t give our generation enough credit — they don’t even think we can have real emotions. People still think young people can’t fall in love. It’s crazy. Meanwhile, people are falling deep in love and defining it for themselves. It’s a crucial time in our lives. I’ve always been a talker and I’ve always been a seeker of the truth. I’ve always been interested in the idea of having inner peace and in spreading love — I’ve always been a lover. So it became about giving people the opportunity to experience what I’ve experienced, giving people the opportunity to help me understand what they’ve experienced, and giving us all the opportunity to understand one another and find a way to have a sense of community and love, to create togetherness and build strength in a community.” Just Keke targets millennials, delving into topics from social issues and sex to relationships and growing pains.

In an Interview with BET, Palmer states: “There is no show that relates to my age. On my show, we are going to talk about everything I want to be able to reach my generation in a more intimate way.

Keke Palmer Interviewing actress, Brandy on talk show: Just Keke

Keke Palmer Interviewing actress, Brandy on talk show: Just Keke

We’re going to talk, laugh, cry, learn. We’re just going to do it together.”

From playing a timid girl in a spelling bee to performing in Broadway musicals, Keke Palmer has done it all! As we watched her grow from Akeelah and The Bee to Jump In, all the way until now, Palmer has been apart of countless blockbuster movies, popular television shows, and has had top singles in the iTunes chart. She has been an exemplary role model for young girls and a positive public image with her inspirational quotes, advice, and moral values. She has become an iconic American actress, television presenter, singer-songwriter, musician, dancer, fashion designer and activist. Now, Palmer has made history by being the first African-American woman to play the role of Cinderella, in Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s, Cinderella on Broadway and the youngest person to have her own talk show. While most twenty-one-year-olds are trying figure out what they want to do with their lives, Palmer is painting the town red by breaking records, inspiring others, and making history.