4/11: Leaders of the New School
ACTING: LAUREN KEYANA “KEKE” PALMER –
Since the age of nine, Palmer has graced the silver screen; guest starred in a variety of television shows, appeared in national commercials, and released So Uncool, her debut album. Now, the 17-year-old Illinois native stars in her own show, True Jackson, VP. Palmer launched a fashion line inspired by the Nickelodeon show at Wal-Mart in 2009. The actress has been recognized for her performance in films such as The Wool Cap, Madea’s Family Reunion, and The Longshots, but Palmer took it home with Akeelah and the Bee, which she won several awards for her notable performance. Last year, the starlet received the Black Girls Rock: Who Got Next award for being a young, “force to be reckoned with.” She’s signed to Interscope Records and set to drop a new collection of music this year.