Q I watched the movie Akeelah and the Bee and was blown away by Keke Palmer as Akeelah. What can you tell me about her?
—E. Jerdan, Judson, S.C.
Lauren Keyana Palmer, 13 and nicknamed "Keke" by her older sister, was born in Chicago and began her acting career with a small role in the movie Barber Shop 2: Back in Business in 2004. Since then, the budding actress has appeared on the TV shows Cold Case and ER, been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for her performance in the acclaimed TV movie The Wool Cap, played the title lead in Akeelah and most recently co-starred in the Disney Channel movie Jump In!, about the fast-paced world of double-Dutch jump-rope competitions.