Black Positive People : Keke Palmer - 14 year old role model

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  1. FaithSoulSistah

    FaithSoulSistah Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Great thread. Here's a good article:


    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071019/ap_en_mo/music_q_a_keke_palmer;_ylt=AvWnrDuZUSnw_O__d_aAQRIwFxkF
    Keke Palmer strives to be a role model

    By MELANIE SIMS, Associated Press Writer Fri Oct 19, 5:05 PM ET

    NEW YORK - Keke Palmer is looking to inspire kids with her CD debut "So Uncool." But being a positive role model is nothing new for this 14-year-old performer.
    Keke first garnered national attention in last year's "Akeelah and the Bee," about an inner-city student and her triumphant rise in a national spelling bee. Not only was the movie critically acclaimed, but Keke was hailed for her portrayal, and won a best actress trophy at the NAACP Image Awards.

    Keke has also starred with "High School Musical" actor Corbin Bleu in the Disney TV film "Jump In," and had a role as a surly teen in Tyler Perry's "Madea's Family Reunion."

    Keke gives listeners positive encouragement throughout the recently released "So Uncool," like on the song "Hood Anthem," where she knocks down the idea that those coming from a tough environment have to embrace negative stereotypes.

    But while Keke may be delivering some sage advice, when it comes down to her personal life, she's just the typical teen — one who recently celebrated her birthday with an '80s-themed roller-skating party.

    Keke sat down with The Associated Press to talk about dating, being a positive role model and her spelling skills.

    AP: On "The Game Song," you said, "I'm 13 I can have company" — how does that work?

    Keke: That was fake (laughs) ... I can have company. If it's a boy, I just have to be in the living room or something. My mom has no problem with that. My dad is just less into that than she is.

    AP: How about boyfriends?

    Keke: I can have friend boys — friend boys. I just can't have boyfriends. But when I'm 16 — you better believe it.

    AP: How do you stay so grounded?

    Keke: My parents. I just always try to remember, you know, if I ever had a friend that was in the business and she just changed, I wouldn't like it. So, I wanna do the same — just keep it regular. Always remember where I came from and who I am. Never forget that, and I'll be all right.

    AP: Why call the album "So Uncool"?

    Keke: Being different — some people may think that you're so uncool, but at the same time that makes you cool because you're just being yourself. So the whole thing with the name is just (about) being you, being different. That describes me — so I named it "So Uncool."

    AP: What keeps you from trying to keep up with the crowd?

    Keke: It (didn't) really make me any difference of what people thought of me. I'm always going to be myself. I don't like chasing after people. I was never a follower. I always kind of did my own thing and whatever happened, happened.

    AP: When did you decide "Hey, I'm going to do an album?"

    Keke: I never really necessarily said "I'm gonna do an album," but I always thought that when I grew up I'd be a singer. And after I did "Akeelah and the Bee," Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis were doing a song on it and they were talking to the director saying that if I could sing, then it'd be good for me to try to go out and make an album ... So we thought about it for a while. The director told my mom what they said and she said, "Well maybe we should."

    AP: Were your parents worried about you doing material that was too adult, or that you thought was juvenile?

    Keke: It's never been a time when they've tried to make me too young. But we always have to try to explain it to the producers that we work with, that we want me to be in the middle. We don't want to be too young. We don't want to be too old and there were certain times that we got songs that were definitely too old for me because a lot of people think that I'm older. So it's like "No, that definitely ain't gone work."

    AP: How do you pick your roles? Are your parents really vocal about what roles you take?

    Keke: It's definitely my parents. They want me to be in good movies and good roles that can maybe speak and help children and maybe I can keep being a role model for them. We want good movies and good roles that are good for me and show me in a good light.

    AP: So who's more intimidating to work with, Laurence Fishburne (in "Akeelah and the Bee" or Tyler Perry (as Madea in "Madea's Family Reunion")?

    Keke: I would have to say neither one of them are necessarily intimidating intimidating. But if I had to pick, I was more nervous meeting Laurence Fishburne because you know, he was Morpheus! So I was just like, "Whoa." But you know, he was cool.

    AP: So when you get interviewed, how often do people ask you to spell "prestidigitation"?

    Keke: Every single day. Whenever they see me they always say "'Akeelah and the Bee' — could you spell 'prestidigitation'?" I'm like, "P-r-e-s-t-i ..." Every time, I always have to do it.
     
  2. Zulile

    Zulile Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    FaithSoulSistah - welcome to Destee :wave:

    Keke certainly deserves her own thread - I love reading about our youth making positive waves!

    Thank you for sharing :)
     
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    FaithSoulSistah Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Thank you Zulile! I am very happy to be here. Glad you enjoyed the article.
     
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    Zulile Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    grrrrrrrrrr

    http://playahata.com/hatablog/?p=2903

    "Keke Palmer, is the 14 year old girl who played Akeelah, in the movie, Akeelah and the Bee.She and her mother Sharon have a huge problem with the upcoming record deal they signed with Atlantic Records in March of 2006. The problem is that the record label wants to market the 14 year old as a sexpot but she does not want that image.Keke admits “From the very beginning Atlantics A&R representative tried to get me to record inappropriate music, and my parents and I resisted.”"

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    "Who’s behind this nonsense? Well the Senior A&R rep, Mike Caren, was the main antagonist, he kept on saying , ” Keke is urban”, so as long as they refused to record the raunchy tracks that he sent them, he refused to pay for the good clean music they brought him.At one point he even stopped Keke from recording by not paying for studio time.

    Unfortunately, Das Entertainment the Management co was also ineffective in dealing with the label, they now began to codify the intent by repeating , ” we will not promote her unless she records urban music”."

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    "They knew her age when they signed her, they came to her after seeing Akeelah and the Bee, and begged her to sign, so why did they not think that she could really be like Akeelah, a good girl?

    In closing, we are asking our audience, should Keke just let it go, accept the fact that this label will not promote this album. Or should they try to get the message out on their own?

    Keke wants to try to get the message out because they worked extremely hard on this music and it is good, and the early reviews online are good.

    G0 to www.kekepalmer.com and listen for yourself."

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  5. FaithSoulSistah

    FaithSoulSistah Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Thanks for posting Zulile. And this is the way it goes. They will promote filth to corrupt our youth, but not anything that might have a positive effect. But again, this is exactly what we should expect from whitey. So lets spread the word about Keke's music to our family and friends.
     
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    nubian noir Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I am so going to get this cd for my child. We are asking for cleaner music this is cleaner and age appropriate so lets support it.
     
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