Keke Palmer: 4 facts about the first black woman to host VMAs

Keke Palmer: 4 facts about the first black woman to host VMAs

Keke Palmer made history when she hosted the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards (#VMAs) on Sunday, 30 August. Keke became the first black woman in history to host the #VMAs alone. Downtown Julie Brown was the only woman of colour to co-host the ceremony in 1986/87.

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Keke was born on 26 August in Harvey, Illinois in the US. Her parents, Sharon and Larry Palmer, had both worked as professional actors before settling into full-time jobs. She first sang in a church but earned exposure performing in a stage show at a Chicago tourist destination. Briefly.co.za takes a look at four interesting facts about the gorgeous media personality.

1. Film debut

Keke landed her first film role in Barbershop 2: Back in Business in 2004, in which she played the niece of American rapper and actress Queen Latifah. After starring in the film, Keke and her family moved to California so she could pursue a career in acting.

2. Music break

Keke signed a record deal with Atlantic Records in 2005. Her debut single titled All My Girlz is featured in the Akeelah and the Bee soundtrack.

On 18 November, 2006 she performed at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, for VH1's Save the Music Battle of the High School Marching Bands competition, marking her first ever stadium performance in front of thousands of people.

3. Debut album

The stunner released her debut album So Uncool on 18 September, 2007 through Atlantic Records. The album reportedly failed to chart on the US Billboard 200 but did chart at number 85 on the R&B chart.

4. 2020 moves

In May 2020, Palmer received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host alongside her ABC's Strahan, Sara and Keke co-hosts Sara Haines and Michael Strahan. On Friday, 28 August she released Virgo Tendencies, Part 1, her third extended play (EP).

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Keke Palmer: 4 facts about the first black woman to host VMAs

Keke Palmer: 4 facts about the first black woman to host VMAs. Image: @keke/Instagram
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In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Toni Braxton has dropped her 10th studio album titled Spell My Name. The new project consists of ten tracks. The songstress only features rapper Missy Elliot and singer H.E.R on two of her songs.

Toni has been in the music industry since the 1990s but she still brings fire whenever she touches the mic. The stunner dropped the album today, 28 August.

The R&B singer took to Instagram to remind her fans about the album. They took to her comment section to tell the star that they cannot wait to listen to her soothing voice. Toni wrote:

"Here we go! One more sleep and Spell My Name arrives! Thank you to all my Tigerz for your love and support."

Her fans responded positively to her post. They said they could not wait to bump her new hot music.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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