Spelling Bee Champ Zaila Avant Garde Got A Shoutout From "Akeelah And The Bee" Star Keke Palmer, And I'm Emotional

    "I’m so happy in my heart."

    Prepare to have your heart warmed, y'all.

    Keke Palmer performs on the Toy Dinosaur float at the 2020 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

    So, back in 2006, actor Keke Palmer starred in the film Akeelah and the Bee, portraying a bright 11-year-old girl who wins a spelling bee.

    Keke Palmer and Angela Bassett laughing on the set of "Akeelah and the Bee"

    Fast-forward to 2021, and a 14-year-old girl named Zaila Avant-garde became the first African American contestant to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Naturally, Keke was stoked.

    J.R. Villarreal and Keke Palmer fist-bump on set of "Akeelah and the Bee"

    "THE REAL LIFE AKEELAH YOU GUYS!! The real life one. I’m so happy in my heart," she wrote in an Instagram post, screenshotting a CNN headline about Zaila's victory.

    "A couple of weeks ago I sent in a video encouraging all the contestants and for this to happen just feels so spiritual!"

    A screenshot of Keke Palmer's Instagram caption

    "I am so happy. Major love to Doug Atchison that allowed me to act a dream and thank God for letting me live to see it come to fruition," she continued.

    She concluded with a quote from the film: "'Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate..' y’all know the rest 😢😭🙌🏾♥️🙏🏾."

    Keke Palmer attends the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, broadcast on Sunday, August 30, 2020 in New York City

    I'm emotional? Congrats, Zaila! And Keke!