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If you watched the musical production of Grease: Live on TV last night, you know that actress Keke Palmer stole every scene that she was a part of, dropping hilarious one-liners and belting out powerful songs with the Pink Ladies every time. But before hitting the stage last night, the star shared an inspiring and emotional message on Instagram about how much it meant to her to be a part of the performance – especially since she was the first African American woman to be a part of the popular franchise.
"I feel as if I have waited my entire life for a moment like this. Tonight, I get the opportunity to introduce the Live production of Grease. The 2016 version," she shared. "What does that mean? Too many things to express honestly. But one, that really spurs the heart ... There has never been an African American in Grease and while I hate that that's something to be pointed out, it is!"
Keke credits other actresses like Brandy for paving the way for her – and hopes to be an inspiration for others.
"My little brother and sister think differently growing up seeing me do something like this! They will not know it to be any other way in their 14yrs of living! That is REAL! When @4everBrandy played Cinderella, I was able to believe that I could play her on Broadway!" she continued And even if you are not an African American, you will be the first at whatever YOUR dreams are because they are yours."
"So whether you are an African American, or a female or whatever, if you can not relate to ANYONE in our show at face value. Relate to the fact that this is the first time anything like this has been done and it's only being done because we all believed! That is the KEY🔑," she added. "We are a group of people no more special than you that just believed in what we are doing. And tonight we get the gift and the blessing of sharing that belief with YOU 😭😭😭😭😭😭. THAT IS WHAT IT IS ABOUT! And I know sometimes when things get tough it's hard to believe that your perspective can really change it, but it can! This is the proof of what happens when you believe. When YOU believe you change the world, you change the YOUniverse. So, (we) the kids, let's take this and run with it and create even more out of it! #HistoricalTypeVibes #GreaseLive #LoveIsReal #FateIsReal #YourDreamsAreReal."
That is so incredible!
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