By Jack Barnes
Multifaceted entertainer, Keke Palmer will partner with Radio One, Hot 107.9 In Atlanta this holiday season to support “Saving Our Daughters” for their annual Bratz Doll Drive. Focusing on supporting single mother’s and gifting 1st and 2nd grade students with Bratz Dolls, the community impact event will be held December 15th, 2017 at the Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet School of Technology. Held every holiday season, the charity event is in memory of “Saving Our Daughters” founders Debbie and Curtis Benjamin’s daughter who passed away from a cancerous brain tumor. Bratz Dolls was her favorite toy and Keke Palmer was her favorite celebrity.
Using her celebrity for philanthropic endeavors for over 14 years, Keke Palmer has been a constant voice in the community, raising awareness on many issues such as bullying, domestic violence and connecting children to the arts. Passionate about giving back, Keke explains “I grew up in a home where my dad volunteered at the homeless shelter in our town, I would see him prepare hot meals and take them to feed people, that is what we are called to do, give of ourselves and I plan to do more.”
While starring on Broadway in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Keke launched the program “Saving Our Cinderella’s”- an initiative designed to expose underprivileged teenage girls to the entertainment arts. Inviting local NYC youth to Broadway to see Palmer star as Cinderella’s first African American princess was a life-changing and fulfilling experience for many of the girls who’ve never seen a play before. Under the guidance of “Saving Our Daughters”, the program has continued to flourish, with celebrities such as Lupita Nyonga, Rumer Wilis, Yara Shahidi, Grace Byers and others following in Palmer’s footsteps, inviting youth to attend their performances as well.
Our single parent mothers have several disadvantages and the Annual Bratz Doll drive with Radio One and Keke Palmer, will give our moms true hope who are battling issues such as homelessness, sexual abuse, and domestic violence, with their daughters in their families”, says the event host, Ms. Lisa Thompson, Student Support Specialist at the Barack H. Obama School.
The Annual Bratz Doll giveaway will also be supported by FOX’s EMPIRE Director and Producer Sanaa Hamri, the cast of FOX’s EMPIRE and longtime board trustee, Roger Bobb of Bobcat Films.
Actress, Singer, Dancer, Philanthropist and Talk Show host are only a few titles the 23 year old megastar holds. With 15 years in the entertainment business, Keke Palmer’s resume is quite impressive. She began her career with a breakout role in the film “Akeelah and The Bee” and then starred as the title character in the hit cable series “True Jackson, VP,” for which she received four NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children’s Program. She has gone on to star in over 21 feature films and award winning television shows, most recently the Emmy Award winning “Grease: Live” and “A Trip to Bountiful,” for which she earned an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special. Palmer also made Broadway history as the first African-American and youngest actress to star in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s iconic 1957 musical, “Cinderella.” Keke was hand chosen by Ryan Murphy for her most recent television role as ZayDay in Fox’s Scream Queens. Her first book “I Don’t Belong To You ” was released by Simon and Schuster in January 2017. Keke is currently starring in EPIX’s “Berlin Station”, FOX”s Star and set to star in MTV’s “Scream and upcoming Lionsgate film “#TwoMinutesofFame.”
Saving Our Daughters, a 501 c-3 organization which works with teenage girls from multicultural backgrounds through theater, music, film, television and culinary arts, to help them to overcome the many obstacles they face growing up: bullying (cyber, gossip, face-to-face), dating abuse, domestic violence and other esteem slayers. Saving Our Daughters creates the tools to get teen girls discussing key issues and fired up to take the power away from negative issues as celebrity supported art programs, educate girls beyond the borders of a traditional classroom.
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