Lauren Keyana "Keke" Palmer is an American actress, television presenter, singer-songwriter, musician, dancer, fashion designer and activist. Palmer was born in Harvey, Illinois and raised in Robbins, Illinois . After Palmer's film debut, Palmer and her family moved to California to help her pursue a career in acting. Palmer released her debut album So Uncool on September 18, 2007, through Atlantic Records. The album failed to chart on the US Billboard 200 but did chart at number 85 on the R&B chart. The album was preceded by the lead single "Keep It Movin'".
Apart from her work in music, Palmer is also a recognized actress. She made her acting debut in the 2004 film Barbershop 2: Back in Business and rose to prominence in 2006 for her breakthrough role in Akeelah and the Bee as well as starring in Madea's Family Reunion. Palmer has also starred in films The Longshots and Shrink. In 2012, Palmer starred in four films Joyful Noise, Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom, Ice Age: Continental Drift, and Virgin Mary. Besides films, Palmer has also starred in television films Knights of the South Bronx, Jump In!, and Rags amongst others.