“So, you know, it’s so funny,” began Keke Palmer during Sunday’s Watch What Happens to accept Andy Cohen After Show, after a lover asked if Angela Bassett had reacted to Keke’s years of impersonating the Wakanda Forever actress.
“I’ve been doing Angela Bassett impersonations since I was a kid,” said Keke, 28. “And she’s never said anything to me about it ever. Whenever I see her, she’s like, ‘Heeeeey!’ and we just move forward.”
Keke recommended how to do your own Angela and nail a Kerry Washington impression at your next party.
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Keke’s Angela recently went viral when she spoke with Wired as a part of their ongoing Autocomplete Interview series. “Everybody always tells me I appear like Angela Bassett,” she said.
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From there, Keke shared her two impressions of the 63-year-old icon. “There’s one I do from American Dream: The Jackson Story, where she finds out that her husband’s been cheating on her, and she or he answers the phone and hears him on the other line, lecture somebody,” said Keke, before conjuring up Angela. “With Angela, it’s beat the lips,” said Keke.
“It’s beat the lips.” The second comes from What’s Love needs to Do With It, and it’s pretty amazing.
While Keke seems okay with being compared to Angela Bassett, she wasn’t pleased with a July 23 tweet where someone suggested someone do 0 “a deep-drive on the similarities and differences between Keke Palmer and Zendaya’s careers.
This might be one of Hollywood’s clearest examples of how colorism plays out. They were child stars, but their mainstream popularity is extremely different.” The tweet went viral, with many discussing the problems. Ultimately, Keke had her say.
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“A great example of colorism is to believe I am often compared to anyone,” tweeted Keke each day after the initial tweet. “I’m the youngest chat show host ever.
The primary Black woman to star in her show on Nickelodeon & the youngest & first Black Cinderella on broadway. I’m an incomparable talent. Baby, THIS is Keke Palmer.”