Keke Palmer whose real name is Lauren Keyana Palmer, is an African American Actress, Singer, Songwriter, fashion designer, activist, and television personality. She was born and raised in Harvey, Illinois, United States. Palmer’s family relocated to California after her film debut, to help the Hollywood actress pursue her dreams. Acting and Singing has been the major thing she focused on while growing up.
Keke Palmer Biography
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Keke Palmer was born on the 26th of August, 1993 in Harvey, Illinois, United States to parents Larry Palmer and Sharon Palmer. Larry and Sharon met each other at a drama school. They both worked as professional actors before taking a seat back to settle into full-time jobs to support Keke. Her father Larry works for a polyurethane company, while her mother is a high school teacher working with autistic children.
Shortly after her birth, the family moved to Robbings. The singer and actress come from a small Christian family. At the age of 5 years, Keke Palmer performed at the Robbing Church. She wowed a lot of people with her voice. She has a senior sister called ‘Loreal’ and two twin siblings called Lawrence and Lawrencia. Also later, her younger sister was born.
Hosting a charity event is one of the things Keke loves doing. She participates in many programs like domestic violence awareness. She helps domestic violence victims regain faith in life and to be better people.
Keke Palmer Career
Keke Palmer has always been passionate about singing since she was a child, her first breakthrough in being an actor was in 2004, in the movie ‘Barbershop part 2: Back in Business’. She played the role of Queen Latifah’s niece. After six weeks of relocating to LA, she secured a role in the CBS series ‘Cold Case’ in 2004. In less than a year, she was selected to play opposite ‘William H’ in a national K-Mart commercial. Playing as Macy in the movie, ‘The Wool Cap’. She was recognized for her brilliant performance in the movie.
While acting, she auditioned as a singer for the ‘American Junior spin-off series of ‘American Idol’, which was canceled. She got a record deal at Atlantic Records in 2005, Recording her first debut song, ‘All My Girlz’, which was one of the Akeelah and the Bee soundtrack. Also in 2005, she appeared on some TV series like, (1) Second Time Around, (2) ER and Law & Order, and (3) Special Victims Unit.
In 2006, Palmer’s lead role in the award-winning movie ‘Akeelah and the Bee’ got the audience fascinated about the young actress’s talent, after portraying a poor bright girl who is determined to win a spelling school competition in the movie. She got a supporting role in the film ‘Madea’s Family reunion the same year. In November 2006, She performed in Carson, California for VH1’s ‘Save the Music’ Battle of the High School Marching Bands competition in front of thousands of people for the first time. Later, she was also featured in the music video ‘Runaway Love’ by Ludacris and Mary J. Blige. Her song ‘Tonight’ was also featured in the movie ‘Night at the Museum’.
In 2007, she got the lead role of Mary in the Disney Movie Jump In, which featured in two of her songs (i) It’s My Turn Now, and (ii) Jumpin. She played a supporting role in the thriller ‘Cleaner’ the same year alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Eva Mendes. Her first album titled, ‘So Uncool’ was released late in September 2007, led by the single ‘Footworkin”. The album performance was not that great on the Billboard chart.
In 2008 Palmer performed a theme song for the Nickelodeon sitcom show ‘True Jackson, VP’. The same year, she appeared in lead roles in two movies, ( the Long shots and (ii) Shrink.
In 2010 Palmer got a new record deal at Interscope Records. After a year, she recorded her first mixtape, ‘Awaken’. Two years later before releasing her self-titled second mixtape.
Palmer had a voice role in the Nickelodeon series ‘Winx Club’ from 2011-2014. Her voice was also heard in the animation movie ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift’ in 2012. Some of her big roles have been in the Fox horror series ‘Scream Queens’. After portraying the main character of Zayday Williams for two seasons.
Keke Palmer Movies and TV Shows
Here are some of her works: Barbershop 2: Back in Business, The Wool, (2004), Knights Of the South, Bronx (2005), Akeelah and the Bee (2006), Cleaner, Jump In, (2007), The Long Shots in, Unstable Fables: Tortoise vs Hare (2008), Shrink (2009), Joyful Noise, Rags, (2012), Curdled (2013), Imperial Dreams, Animal, Brotherly Love 2015, Ice Age: Collision course (2016), Pimp (2018), Brotherly Love (2015), Imperial Dreams (2014), Joyful Noise (2012), Shrink (2009), Hustlers (2019), Cleaner (2007), Madea’s Family Reunion (2006)
Keke Palmer Awards
Palmer won BET Awards, (5) NAACP Image Awards, (1) Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, (2) Black Movie Awards, (1) Young Artist Award, (1) Black Reel Award, and (1) Spirit of The League Awards Gala.
She was nominated for Screen Actors Guild Awards in (2005), Chicago Film Critics Association Awards in (2006), Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards in (2007), the Kids Choice Awards in (2010), BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting Awards in (2013), etc.
Keke Palmer Darius Jackson Relationship
Palmer and Jackson met at Rea and Diddy’s Memorial party in 2021, but have kept their relationship quiet ever since. Jackson, who is also known as “Darius Daulton Jackson“, works as a fitness instructor in the entertainment industry.
Palmer came out with shocking news of the two love birds expecting a baby boy while hosting “Saturday Night Live,” Jackson later posted her girlfriend’s baby bump to celebrate with her. Palmer and Jackson welcomed a baby boy named “Leodis Andrelton” on Feb. 25, 2023.
Keke Palmer’s Net Worth
Keke Palmer’s net worth is estimated to be $8 Million