In recent months, I have been hearing about how young actress Keke Palmer was making history by becoming the youngest talk show host on television. My thoughts about it were that she may not be able to carry a show all by herself but I also reminded myself that I was likely not her target audience.
I had a chance to see Keke on CBS Talk show The Talk, recently and what I can say is that I was pleasantly surprised. She is fun, up-beat and confident so even though I doubted her at first, after seeing a little more of her, it came as no surprise that she is making history yet again.
According to bet.com,
The actress and new talk show host is gearing up to step into the title role in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella beginning September 9 at the Broadway Theatre in New York City. Working the Broadway grind of eight shows per week, Keke will be making history as the very first African American to fulfill the role.
In an interview with The Associated Press, the budding superstar expressed that she was both nervous and excited as well as feeling overwhelmed by a “bunch of feelings all at once”.
Even though Keke is the first Black actress to portray Cinderella on Braodway, across platforms she is actually following in the footsteps of actress, singer and songwriter Brandy Norwood. In 1997, Brandy, whom Keke says she is very inspired by, played the fairy tale princess in a made-for-television movie. Late powerhouse singer Whitney Houston was also in the movie with Brandy.
“I feel like the reason I’m able to do this is definitely because Brandy did it on TV,” said Keke. “In me doing this, it shows everybody that everything is possible.”