The authenticity of Keke Palmer's 'black experience' was questioned earlier in her career

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Keke Palmer attends Refinery29 Presents 29Rooms New York: Expand Your Reality Experience 2019. Photographed by Lars Nik
Keke Palmer attends Refinery29 Presents 29Rooms New York: Expand Your Reality Experience 2019. Photographed by Lars Nik
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Keke Palmer wants her fans to be true to who they are, as she admitted she used to be teased for being wholesome. The ‘Hustlers’ star says people would make fun of her when she was growing up because she had a bedtime on tour, and said people often used to assume she hadn’t experienced life because of her wholesome personality.

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On Instagram, she posted a screenshot of a tweet she wrote saying there’s nothing wrong with being wholesome and added a lengthy caption explaining her opinion.

“Growing up I was often teased for being 'wholesome', the shows I acted on, and the fact that I had a bedtime on tour and even sometimes the way I spoke. What I hated most was that people assumed that because of all these things I somehow hadn't experienced life.  I felt constantly challenged on how “real” I was when it came to the “black experience” all because my mom raised me not to wear my hardships. The reality of wanting to be able to communicate in whatever room I was in stopped me from being able to ever be ONE THING.”

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Now, Keke doesn’t care what other people think of her, and has encouraged her followers to do the same. The actress said she thinks everyone is different and that doesn’t make anyone more cool or less. “I say this all to say, no matter your background, no matter your culture, you are valid because you are. Everyone is not the same and that doesn’t make anyone more cool or less,” she adds.

Compiled by Futhi Masilela

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