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KEKE PALMER is an actress/singer who won a small role in the feature film BARBERSHOP 2 – BACK IN BUSINESS at the tender age of nine. The role of "Gina's Niece,” though small, was significant in the movie because "Gina” was none other that the sensational Queen Latifah. Keke more than held her own against the likes of comic Cedric the Entertainer--arguably she stole the scene!

That role led to a series of guest-starring roles on television shows like "Strong Medicine,” "Cold Case,” "ER,” and "Law & Order.” Keke later went on to star in an Emmy-nominated made for TV movie entitled, "The Wool Cap,” where she worked alongside one of her favorite actors William H. Macy. Her amazing performance in "The Wool Cap” was so remarkable that it earned her an NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Actress in a Movie Made for Television, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Nomination in the Best Leading Actress category. Her fellow nominees? None other than Charlize Theron, Hilary Swank, Glenn Close and Patricia Heaton. Close went on to take home the statue. But Keke was a winner that night too, becoming the youngest actor to ever be nominated by the Guild in a Lead Actor Category. Pretty impressive for a kid who had only been acting for one year!

Recently, Keke had the pleasure of co-starring in the made for television movie, "Knights of the South Bronx” with former "Cheers” star Ted Danson. In less than two years, Keke has done several national commercials, made-for-TV movies and television guest starring appearances; shot a pilot for her own show on Disney Channel, "Keke & Jamal;” and wrapped the Number One Lionsgate film MADEA'S FAMILY REUNION starring Tyler Perry, Blair Underwood, Lynn Whitfield, Cicely Tyson, and Dr. Maya Angelou.

Keke is also an accomplished singer/songwriter and just recently signed a major recording contract with Atlantic Records. Although she had offers from three other major labels, Keke felt strongly that Atlantic was the right place for her, after all, it is the label that launched the careers of legendary artists such as Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles. At the age of twelve, Keke has a long way to go, but no one can argue the fact that she is off to a fantastic start!


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