Keke Palmer says she is “blessed” to be the youngest talk show host in television history with BET’s “Just Keke,” but the former child star is doing so without making apologies for being a less than perfect Christian who expresses herself on her own terms.
Keke, 20, has starred in major productions like the movie “Akeelah and the Bee” and honed her craft as a Nickelodeon star for years. Now, the actress and singer with over one million Twitter followers is giving fans a glimpse of her own personality with a talk show that tackles important issues to today’s Millennials from social awareness, to fashion and relationships.
While Keke grew up in a Christian household near Chicago where she sang in a church choir, she formed her own relationship with God outside of her parents by the time she was 16. Still, Keke acknowledges the fact that she is not a perfect Christian, but a human being whose faith is strengthened by her life experiences.
“I think that’s the whole point to Christianity.. you have to live your life in order to understand God,” she told The Christian Post. “It’s not about walking around trying to be perfect or going by a rule book.”
On the contrary, Keke believes that God allows us to make bad decisions for a reason.
“That’s how unbelievable the level of God’s love is for us,” she told CP. “It’s that he’s willing to allow us to go our whole life in darkness because in the end we turn back to Him anyway.”
The entertainer opened up about overcoming challenges in her own walk with Christ that include “..people trying to change you, you falling from grace..any situation when you’re taken out of your character or you’re taken away from being a loving person.”
For Keke, those struggles are very real when she logs onto Twitter to witness some of her peers criticizing her while watching “Just Keke” on BET each weekday. While Keke says some of her peers are not happy when she takes to Twitter to respond to their opinions, she does not plan to stop doing so any time soon.
“I feel like people don’t realize that as a person who has ‘popularity’ there are a lot of things that are always said and put out about you. I want to join in the conversation as well and express how I feel about it,” she told CP. “I don’t believe it’s right for me not to express what I feel because you’re ‘not worth my time’ or ‘I’m bigger than this.’ We should express how we feel because if I keep what I feel in and don’t speak about what I feel strongly about then I’m doing myself a disservice.”
It is this type of bold stance that separates Keke the child star from Keke the self-assured young woman who will not settle for anything less than what she wants, dating included. Keke admitted that dating can be difficult when you’re focused on your goals.
“I think it’s hard to have a love life in general when you’re focused. I’m a very ambitious person and I think a lot of times it’s hard to find somebody that matches that same ambition,” she told CP. “Even aside from the industry itself and feeling like you can or cannot trust people it’s just when you’re focused and when you’re really ambitious those type of things really affect the person you’re dating or the person you’re thinking about dating.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post