On Thursday, Nov. 26, singer and actress Keke Palmer will perform at the 83rd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. As a new parade route is being unveiled (skipping Broadway) Keke will be singing her inspirational hit “Top of the World.”

Keke will be joined by many performers including the Roots; Ziggy Marley with Judah Marley; Jay Sean; the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street; and the Radio City Rockettes.

The rising star is very modest considering that she has been in eight major films–we all know her from “Akeelah and the Bee,” “Medea Goes to Jail,” “Longshot” and “Jump In”–and is now the title character on the Nickelodeon series “True Jackson, VP.” It’s about a 15-year-old girl who is the vice president of a famous fashion design studio.

My sister Nosayaba and I love watching Keke on television. Last Saturday (Nov. 21), her latest “True Jackson, VP” movie, “Flirting with Fame,” came out.

On Sunday, Nov. 22, I interviewed Ms. Palmer for the Amsterdam News.

Olayemi Odesanya/AmNews: Is your family proud of you?

Keke Palmer: Yes, my family is proud of me and I am proud of myself.

OO: How many awards have you won for the work that you have done?

KP: Mmm, I’d have to count… I think about 10 awards.

OO: What is your favorite movie that you have done?

KP: “Jump In” and “Akeelah and the Bee,” because I had a lot of fun doing the films.

OO: What is it like being famous?

KP: I get to meet new people, hang out with people and go to areas that are fun.

OO: When your directors say you have to like someone, what are you thinking in your mind?

KP: Well, this is a little weird, but it’s not me liking that person–it’s my character that likes that person, and I get into it and then I get it done.

OO: What is your favorite line from “True Jackson, VP?”


OO: Will there be another “Akeelah and the Bee?”

KP: No, “Akeelah and the Bee” is one of those movies where there can’t be another one.

OO: Have you ever been to Africa?

KP: I was supposed to go but unfortunately it didn’t happen.

OO: Do you like helping kids?

KP: I love helping kids. It makes me feel good. In California I just read to some fourth- and fifth-graders.

OO: Is there any way to contact you?

KP: You can contact me at myspace.com/the real keke palmer; kekepamler.com; and twitter.com/kekeinaction

The 2009 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will begin at Central Park West and 77th Street and travel down to Columbus Circle, then turn onto Central Park South and go down Seventh Avenue, through Times Square to 42nd Street. For its final leg, the parade will turn east onto Sixth Avenue and head south to 34th Street and Herald Square, ending up in front of Macy’s. There will be 15 giant character balloons, 10 marching bands, 1,500 dancers, cheerleaders, singers and other performers, 800 clowns, 24 floats, and a whole host of celebrity performers.

Don’t miss Keke Palmer at the 2009 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! Tune in to NBC from 9 a.m. ’til noon (EST) on Thursday.