Keke Palmer Has Always Wanted to Be Able to ‘Read People’

Keke Palmer, the 26-year-old actress/singer, recently used her platform to speak for the Black Lives Matter movement. The Nickelodeon actress has noted injustice from an early age. She has always attempted to use her voice for good.

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Keke Palmer in 2018 | Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images

In a 2020 Harper’s Bazaar interview with Keke Palmer, the actress famous for the “Sorry to this man” meme explained the importance of memes.

“I see memes as, like, a real way to feel seen,” she said. “I know that sounds dramatic, but to me, memes are almost like our generation’s version of the comic strips in the newspaper.” However, it’s even deeper than that. Palmer explained:

Not only do you get laughter, but you feel like, ‘I’m not alone. Someone feels the same way. Someone understands.’ It’s a brief moment where you feel a communal connection to a concept. Sometimes when I’m in a bad mood or if I’m feeling an emotion, I’ll put the word in, and I’ll add meme, and I just read all of them to make myself feel better.

As the actress famous for the Nickelodeon show True Jackson: VP told Harper’s, she wants to speak up for people who look like her.

“If I’m gonna have something to say, or if I’m gonna be someone that’s looked at, I wanna try my best to uplift other people like me,” the Hollywood star explained. It’s not just about Black Lives Matter, but using her platform for anyone that is not in the mainstream.

“Whether they be Black, whether they be women, whether they be millennials, whether they be the underdog, whatever,” Palmer said. “If I can be that voice, why not?”

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A protester holds a sign during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd in Denver, Colorado on June 6, 2020 | JASON CONNOLLY/AFP via Getty Images

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Palmer: ‘all I ever cared about was being able to articulate myself’

Palmer, raised in Chicago suburb, says she “developed her voice” at an early age.

“Not just comedically, but literally—she speaks with something close to an aged Midwestern preacher’s drawl or an Auntie timbre,” Harper’s Bazaar reported.

“I sound like an old lady a little bit. That’s kinda like my temperament,” the Hustlers actress said. “My mom always wanted me to be articulate, but she never told me I had to change my affect or pretend to be someone I was not.”

The publication also delved into the concept of code-switching. It’s something Palmer had to pick up early on. She went to a school called St. Benedict Preparatory School. The actress said she was “maybe the only minority kid in [my] class.”

“I think that was the first time that I realized, ‘Oh, is there a different dialect?’” Palmer explained. Still, it was paramount to Palmer to be “understood.”

“All I ever cared about was being able to articulate myself, having a strong vocabulary, so I can read people,” Palmer told Harper’s, “without curse words.”

Actress Keke Palmer spoke up to the National Guard at a Los Angeles protest

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Actress Keke Palmer during the Teen Choice Awards 2015 | Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Palmer has maintained the art of “reading” people — no doubt proven by a recent viral video. After an NBC journalist Gadi Schwartz tweeted the actress’s exchange with a National Guardsman, the clip went viral.

Palmer tells the National Guard: “we need you.”