Keke Palmer interview with CNN. On representing young African-American girls: ‘There are not many young African-American women on TV. I want young girls to see that it’s normal, that it’s natural to see a young black girl on TV. If they see it enough times, if they see more people like me on TV..
..then they’ll know it’s possible. I haven’t been nude in anything in my whole life. I haven’t done anything that’s extremely out of my character, something that I would feel bad about later. You don’t have to do anything crazy to make your dreams come true. That’s a big part of what I do. I try to make it known to people that look like me that it can happen.’
I’m just trying to make sure that I’m not talking about things that I shouldn’t be talking about. I’m trying to make sure they are mature beats and hooks, but I’m not talking about anything sexual or about drinking or getting drunk. There is a way to camouflage the music to make it sound older, with beats and hooks.
I can do songs about having fun, not talk about anything crazy. The beats can be so fierce that it sounds like I’m talking about something older. It can make older people attracted to it and it’s not illegal for someone my age to be doing it.’
Pop culture expert Ashley Dos Santos said stars like Keke, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and Miranda Cosgrove are really hot right now because of their accessibility and seemingly wholesome demeanor in a world where sex, drugs and violence have dominated the culture for some time.
‘Go back a decade to the year 2000, 10 years ago we saw such a shift in the exact opposite direction. Parents were shaking their heads. They were worried about what their kids were watching and paying attention to. ‘Cruel Intentions’ was out and it was rated R, yet 13-year-old girls were clamoring to see it. It was all about sex, all about stabbing people in the back, the exact opposite of what parents wanted to teach their kids. So it’s a breath of fresh air to have the Selena Gomez’s and the Miranda Cosgrove’s.’
On her future: ‘In the next year, I want to have the No. 1 album. That’s what I’m reaching for. And then I want to have a teen movie coming out. I do want to go to college, too. I want to go to Howard University. But if my career is still going fast and full speed, it’ll be really hard. And I don’t know if I should take time off if I’ve got a No. 1 album and doing movies. It’s just so crazy because everything is moving so fast right now.’