Keke Palmer, the 2006 child actor of ‘Akeelah and the Bee’ shared the photo above on IG and wrote;
I find it to be such a contradiction to expect someone to be a role model but deny them the human right of being a REAL person. What is more admirable than being truthful in a world full of LIES? How can you be good for the children if you do not tell them the truth? How can you allow for them to see themselves in your shoes when you try to present something “perfect” that only makes them feel inadequate? How do you teach them what coexisting is when you constantly reject what’s different? What’s wrong with relating to the youth and delivering them empowering messages in THEIR voice? That’s why so many messages slip through our fingers because it’s being told only ONE WAY. If I preach the word in a hip hop record is it not gospel because it is spoken with a different tongue? The heart is the heart always. I find it much more inclusive and considerate when you try to reach people where THEY are, instead of trying to force them to reach you where you are.