Keke Palmer is Black Hollywood’s sweetheart.  Making her big screen debut in 2006′s  ”Akeelah and The Bee” the lovely actress has grown up before our eyes,  but even with her success, Palmer has struggled with the same issues of self-esteem not uncommon to  young Black women.

At a recent Hollywood Confidential panel, Palmer revealed that she didn’t feel that her brown skin was beautiful:

“When I was like 5 years old I used to pray to have light skin because I would always hear how pretty that little light skin girl was, or I would hear I was pretty ‘to be dark skinned.’ It wasn’t until I was 13 that I really learned to appreciate my skin color and know that I was beautiful.”

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Palmer also addressed critics who accused her of lightening or bleaching her skin:

“We need to stop separating ourselves by how dark or how light we are. I have been the same complexion all my life and if you think otherwise don’t follow me.”

Palmer stars in the upcoming VH1 movie “CrazySexyCool” as  TLC member Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, airing October 21st.


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