VIDEO: Keke Palmer on Her Rise to Fame: 'I Come from a Poor Community'

VIDEO: Keke Palmer on Her Rise to Fame: 'I Come from a Poor Community'

Keke Palmer wants to inspire her fans by letting them know that success does not only happen for people who have fortunate upbringings.

In fact, it takes a TON of hard work, persistence, and strength from loved ones.

In a Facebook Live chat this week, the Scream Queens actress was asked about why chose to share her story in her upcoming book, I Don’t Belong to You: Quiet the Noise and Find Your Voice.

“I decided to write a book because I felt like so much of my life was similar to others,” Keke begins at the 11:45 mark. “So many people watch my career and sit back and think they can’t do the things I can do because they think I came from a privileged lifestyle. I’m trying to let y’all know immediately, I’ve been through some s–t. Some real sh–t, ya’ll. I didn’t come from glitter and glow.”

Watch below.


Keke Palmer – Facebook Live

Pictured inside: Keke arriving for her flight out of LAX Airport on Thursday (December 29) in Los Angeles.

Click inside to see what else Keke had to say…

“I come from a poor community,” she went on. “My daddy drew his pension in order for me to be able to pursue my dreams. I actually came to California, drove four days and three nights and at 22, 23 years old I’m still in the industry and I have a book to write the testimony about all of it? Guys, God is real. And that’s why to this day I’m so grateful to my parents because that’s the number one thing they taught me: faith.”

“It really was Godsent how everything happened for [me and my family],” she added. “At the end of the day, it wasn’t handed to me. At the end of the day, the cards were against me. At the end of the day, I did grow up on Section 8. At the end of the day, I have experienced abuse, sexual abuse. I have experienced turmoil in my family.”

“The point is not to hide those things, because when we hide those things we stop other people from being able to envision that life for themselves,” Keke shared. “Somebody may have gotten abused, somebody may have been put down, somebody mama wasn’t in their life, somebody daddy wasn’t in their life – whatever it could have been. If they don’t see that anybody else has gone through that, and people keep acting as though they live these perfect lives, then it really doesn’t allow other people to be inspired and motivated to go beyond their current realities. It leaves them in a position of thinking they’re not good enough or this life wasn’t offered to them to be good. The reality is it doesn’t matter where you’re from, it doesn’t matter who you are, it doesn’t matter what your daddy did to you or what your mama did to you, it matters what you do with yourself. And that is the reality.”

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