Lauren Keyana "Keke" Palmer (born August 26, 1993) is an American SAG Award-nominated and Image Award-winning actress and singer. She achieved fame for her performance in the 2006 film Akeelah and the Bee. She starred as Jasmine Plummer in the 2008 biopic The Longshots and currently plays the title character on the Nickelodeon sitcom True Jackson, VP She was the main character in disney movie Jump In! and was subsequently cast in two films released in 2006: playing a supporting part in Madea's Family Reunion and starring as the lead character, Akeelah Anderson, a young girl from South Los Angeles who attempts to win a spelling bee, in Akeelah and the Bee. Akeelah and the Bee was released on April 28, 2006, and Palmer's performance has received several positive notices, including film critic Roger Ebert's comment that she deserved consideration for an Academy Award for Best Actress.
Palmer is pursuing a career in singing. She participated in the 2003 American Juniors, an American Idol spin-off, but the show was canceled before Keke's appearance. Palmer signed a record deal with Atlantic Records. Her debut single, "All My Girlz," is featured on the Akeelah and the Bee soundtrack. On November 18, 2006, she performed at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California for VH1's Save the Music Battle of the High School Marching Bands, marking her first ever stadium performance in front of thousands of people. In addition, as part of her contract with Disney, Palmer sang the songs "It's My Turn Now" and "Jumpin'" featured in the DCOM Jump In!, in which she also stars as Mary, love interest to Corbin Bleu. She recently finished a song "Keep it movin." Palmer sings the debut single "Come On Come On" from the upcoming Hello Kitty album "Hello World".
She recently appeared in the video for Ludacris' and Mary J. Blige's' "Runaway Love" as Erica. In 2007, she was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a movie (for Akeelah and the Bee), and is one of the youngest actresses to be nominated for that award. Keke attended the 2007 Stellar Awards which were shown on BET. In 2006, Palmer recorded a song called “Tonight” for the 2006–2007 production Night at the Museum. Palmer's song is featured as the opening song on the end credits.