I saw this article on PlayaHata.com about young black actress KeKe Palmer (best known from the movie Akeelah and the Bee with Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne as well as roles in the movies Madea's Family Reunion & Barbershop 2) has an album out that her record label will not promote due to the fact that she is not doing their definition of "Urban" music.
Keke Palmer, is the 14 year old girl who played Akeelah, in the movie, Akeelah and the Bee.She and her mother Sharon have a huge problem with the upcoming record deal they signed with Atlantic Records in March of 2006. The problem is that the record label wants to market the 14 year old as a sexpot but she does not want that image.Keke admits “From the very beginning Atlantics A&R representative tried to get me to record inappropriate music, and my parents and I resisted.”
Soon Keke and her mom became tired of fighting the negative images that the label kept trying to force on her, and they started looking for a management company that could deal with the situation. They settled on DAS Entertainment, a management company out of New York.(John Legend label).One problem, the label has been blocking the efforts!
Atlantic kept telling them that “Keke is “urban”, and should be singing urban music”. Keke’s mom Sharon got her in touch with Mr. Edmonds ( Babyface) and he and Keke worked really well together and came up with a good commercial R&B song, but when it came time to pay for the song the label said no, he was “too expensive”.
Paul Porter of www.IndustryEars.com says “Keke Palmer is the poster child for what’s wrong with the music industry. Imagine being 12 year’s old and Atlantic Records trying to mold Keke in the mold of Lil Kim or Foxy Brown.”
Article Source: Playhata.com: Atlantic records tries to turn Akeelah the Bee into Lil Kim
This is unfortunately and simply just one example of how musicians in general who try to stay off the beaten path can get screwed over by their record companies, especially the "higher" up one gets in the industry - much less those of color.
What absolutely kills things is that homegirl is just 14 years old and she can actually sing. Why in the hell does a young girl have to automatically be spitting some sexual talk or something "hardcore" to be acceptable in someone's eyes and to get "fame"? We see how well that worked out with some mainstream artists - not a good look.
Do I need to speed dial Chris Hansen & Dateline NBC on these characters for doing indirect Black Female Pedophilia and whatnot?
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