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Keke Palmer won fame and acclaim when she burst on the scene in Akeelah & The Bee as a pre-teen. Since then, she’s seen a great deal of success with her own show “True Jackson, VP” and a blossoming singing career. The now 18-year-old multi-talented entertainer is now setting her sights on the next level.

In the second cover of the Dec/Jan issue of VIBE Vixen, Keke discusses how her next role will be a departure from anything you’ve seen her in before, plus how she’s enjoying dating her older, Guatemalan boyfriend. Get it Miss Keke. Read a few excerpts here:

On dating outside of her culture…
“I’ve thought about it. It always seemed so difficult to me because I want to be understood culturally. When I’ve had crushes on other cultures, sometimes they don’t understand. They don’t get my jokes, they don’t get who I am or my family or anything like that. It’s not like I don’t find white guys or [other cultures] attractive, it’s just I want to be understood.”

“My boyfriend now is Guatemalan and Black, and he was raised by his mother who is Guatemalan, so he’s the only Black person. It’s culturally different, but I realized I can still find a way to understand [them]. Even though everyone is speaking Spanish around me and I don’t understand it, his mother is so kind and open that there’s not a problem. I don’t feel like I’m an outsider.”

On her upcoming role in A Virgin Mary
“We haven’t started to film it yet, but I’m very excited because this is something new for me. People have always known me, as I said, as Keke Palmer the “good girl.” In this movie, I’m not necessarily being a huge slut, but my character is just that. She’s like, ‘I’m a sex enthusiast. That’s who I am,’ but the reason why I chose this film was because it’s different from what everybody knows me as. And this character spoke to me because she was funny, she was likeable… Even if I didn’t play the character, you would immediately love her because she’s just lovable. It’s almost like [Draya] on Basketball Wives LA. People can say whatever they want about her, but you like Draya because that’s who she is. You either like her or you don’t. No fronting, no nothing.”

Interesting. It’s always hard for child stars to transition to more adult roles, but… as long as she’s true to herself, I can’t knock her grind! I can not lie though, that Draya comparison makes me a little bit nervous. Ha!

The entire interview will be available on January 9th. You can also catch Keke on screens near you this month in “Joyful Noise” with Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah.

spotted @ [VIBE VIXEN]

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