Keke Palmer

Keke Palmer
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In the movie Akeelah and the Bee, teen actress Keke Palmer played a girl who, with the help of others, overcomes many obstacles.

While that film may have been a breakthrough for Keke’s acting career, it served another meaningful purpose. It was an eye-opener, and inspired her to help teens who might struggle a bit more than average. She achieves this through her service to organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club, specifically their “Cool to be Smart” program, and the anti-bullying program for girls, called Saving our Daughters. Just recently, Keke helped kick off the school year by leading kids in a unique obstacle course to help motivate them for the year ahead. In addition to these organizations that focus on girls and academic achievement, Urban Farming and the Girls Scouts of America.

And amidst all her other charitable work, Keke wants you to remember it’s an election year! She lent her voice—literally—to a music video with other female artists called “L.O.V.E. (Let One Voice Emerge). The music encourages young people, women, and minorities to get out and vote this November. Check out the video here.

If you listen to Keke talk about her service to others in an interview, she’s as bubbly and excited as she is when talking about her latest music video. Maybe this is because Keke grew up in a family that viewed helping others as a way of life. Her dad, a deacon in the Church, cooked a full dinner for the local homeless shelter. Keke shows every sign of following in her family’s foosteps, striving to be “present” in her generation, and someone to whom yong people can relate. At the end of the day, Keke wants her peers to love themselves because, as she has said, “…self-love is more important.”

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