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Raven-Symoné Doesn’t Give A Damn About Black Twitter: “I Don’t Pay Attention”

June 29th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Overall, Black Twitter is not crazy about Raven-Symoné or her controversial views on certain hot-button topics. However, apparently, there’s no love lost because the former child star insists that she’s isn’t checking for Black Twitter.

“I don’t even pay attention. Someone else told me that they were mad,” the freshman daytime TV host told “Essence Live.”

She went on to say that she is not phased by people who are angry about her unpopular opinions.

“Again, I said this to this girl the other day at a photo shoot who came to me and was like, ‘I don’t like what you said about Black people.’ I only speak for myself. Only for myself. I’m sorry that you’re mad about how I feel. There are so many things going on in the world, and I think people kind of need to just look at the bigger picture as a society because we are all on this earth together.”

“It’s just me. I’ve never said, ‘I’m speaking for an entire people,” she continued. “I’ve never said that out of my mouth. People just take it upon themselves to think that we say that. I’m only speaking for myself through my experiences. My experiences are different from yours, so how I can speak on your behalf?”

The 29-year-old also shared that she didn’t have much anxiety about joining the show.

“I wasn’t nervous per se. My mom gave me some good advice. She was like, ‘Opinions are like a-holes, everybody has one.’ So I have my own, and I respect others as well.”

Thoughts?

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Raven-Symoné Officially Joins “The View”

June 10th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Raven-Symoné is no longer dating “The View.” A statement released by ABC Wednesday confirmed that the 29-year-old actress is now in an exclusive relationship with the daytime television show–and it appears that things are serious.

After 37 guest host appearances, the network decided to bring the former child star on as a permanent host.

“The Disney Company has made another one of my dreams come true! Being a part of ‘The View’ family will be a wonderful growing experience for me,” Raven said in a press release. “The cast and crew are warm and welcoming and has made the transition into daytime talk easier. I have a lot to learn within this new arena, but being the apprentice of these spectacular women will only make me a better person and talk show host.”

The folks over at ABC seem equally excited to have her.

“Raven is smart, funny and genuine. We’ve loved getting to know her, and we’re all thrilled she’ll be part of ‘The View’ every day,” “View” Executive Producer Bill Wolff said. “She brings a fresh perspective on the hot topics of the day, and she’s a lively, welcome addition to our conversations and interviews.”

The actress joins panelists Whoopi Goldberg, Nicolle Wallace, and Rosie Perez. While this is big news, we can’t say that it’s the least bit surprising. Last month, Whoopi encouraged viewers to write the network requesting that Raven be added to the cast permanently.

So, how are you feeling about this?

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We’re Responsible For The Monster That Is Raven-Symoné

May 25th, 2015 - By Charing Ball
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According to published reports, Raven Symone might be getting a permanent spot on ABC’s “The View,” and honestly, it’s not a bad idea.

No, really.

As reported here by Jazmine Denise Rogers: “Viewers may be cringing anytime Raven-Symoné opens her mouth, but apparently, there are folks who want the former child star to become a permanent fixture on the daytime TV series. Among the select few who are hopeful that this happens is veteran “View” host Whoopi Goldberg.

“We love saying it, but Raven and Michelle will be back tomorrow,” Goldberg said. “We’re trying to make it permanent, so write in to everybody.”

Raven and Michelle Collins have appeared as guest co-hosts on the talk show over a dozen times since March and according to a “Page Six” source, ABC executives are interested in bringing the 29-year-old on full-time.

“She was interesting and provocative,” the ABC insider said. “Raven would be great as a regular host.”

I bet she would be great because she already has been great — for the ratings at least.

If you recall, the ladies of “The View” had been getting their wigs snatched by CBS’ “The Talk.” As reported earlier this year by The Hollywood Reporter, “The new Disney-ABC Television Group president officially starts Feb. 1, and one of his first tough decisions is what to do with the flagging round table show ‘The View’….

“A hastily executed reboot in the summer has failed to reverse the show’s ratings fortune: ‘The View’ is flat year-over-year among total viewers and down 9 percent among its target audience of women 25-to-54. And CBS’ ‘The Talk’ bested ‘The View’ among total viewers for the first time during the week of Jan. 12, pulling in 2.95 million viewers compared with ‘The View’s’ 2.88 million.”

Symone began guest co-hosting for “The View” in March of this year. And according to TV By The Numbers during the time she had been featured on the program, ABC’s long standing all-woman talk show “outdelivered” their CBS counterpart, increasing its week-to-week total viewer lead over the ‘The Talk’ by 50 percent in the first rating quarter alone. As the site reports, the show, which has averaged 2.722 million total viewers, now leads the ‘The Talk’ in all key demos including women ages 25 to 54 and women ages 18 to 49 years old.

So what makes Symone so appealing? Well, we know it isn’t her intellect. I won’t rehash all the dumb things she has said both on and off the show, as Iva Anthony has already done a wonderful job compiling a list of all the times she has put her foot into her mouth. But the truth is what makes Symone so attractive, in short, is us.

Yup, that’s right: we the people are responsible for the rise of Symone.

You see, regardless of how dumb (or even smart) you think she is or how beneficial her opinions are to public discourse in this country, the point is that we keep talking about everything she says. I can’t tell you how many posts there have been across social media, and the Black blogosphere in particular, expressing some sort of “outrage” at what Symone has said. And I’m not just talking about the run-of-the-mill busybodies looking for something, or even someone, to gossip about. I’m talking about smart people with multiple degrees and all sorts of accolades writing long dissertation-worthy essays to rebuke the logic of someone whose greatest insight has been playing a clairvoyant on “That’s So Raven.”

Symone’s opinions matter because we have shown through our engagement that they matter. And the ABC executives have likely cued in on that. They probably have paid close attention to all the tweets on Twitter, blogs post and editorials, eyes rolls and sucked teeth declaring how much we can’t stand her, and then checked those reactions against the Nielsen ratings like, “nope. They may not like what she has to say, but they sure as hell keep tuning in to hear what she will say next.”

So, if you really want Raven-Symoné to go away, just stop talking about her. Please.

Personally, I am kind of indifferent to Symone and her antics – and I do feel that much of what she says is just a matter of creating shenanigans. In some ways, I actually feel sorry for her.  I remember a few years back Symone had gotten really into her feelings on 106 & Park about her fledging musical endeavors. She was supposed to be on the show promoting her fifth studio album and yet, came off as quite snippy to the studio audience for fake applauding their support for the project.

In all honestly, there seems to be some unresolved hurt inside of Symone about the trajectory of her career, particularly among Black audiences — and Hollywood in general — who moved on from her when she stopped being cute little ol’ Olivia. And just like Stacey Dash, she is willing to say anything particularly antagonistic to, and about, Black people because deep down, she is just not happy. Maybe being on television again will do her some good. And then she can find her happiness again and leave Black people alone. If not, there is always a Negro Wake-Up Call waiting for her around the corner…

Whoopi Goldberg Wants Raven-Symonè On “The View” Permanently

May 22nd, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Viewers may be cringing anytime Raven-Symoné opens her mouth, but apparently, there are folks who want the former child star to become a permanent fixture on the daytime TV series. Among the select few who are hopeful that this happens is veteran “View” host Whoopi Goldberg.

“We love saying it, but Raven and Michelle will be back tomorrow,” Goldberg said. “We’re trying to make it permanent, so write in to everybody.”

Raven and Michelle Collins have appeared as guest co-hosts one the talk show over a dozen times since March and according to a Page Six source, ABC executives are interested in bringing the 29-year-old on full-time.

“She was interesting and provocative,” the ABC insider said. “Raven would be great as a regular host.”

It’s unclear what the holdup is, but it seems that this will probably become a reality at some point. Since beginning her stint as a guest host on the series, Raven has made headlines for her controversial views. In recent weeks, she became a headline favorite after expressing that she didn’t like the idea of Harriet Tubman’s face being printed on the $20 bill.

While many of her views rub me the wrong way, everyone is entitled to their opinions and I’ll never be against a young Black woman making positive strides to advance her career. Perhaps Raven has found her niche and in that case, I’m happy for her.

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Serious Question: What’s Up With Raven-Symoné?

May 19th, 2015 - By Alexandra Olivier
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Raven-Symoné is quickly inching into a pool full of celebrities whose opinions we simply do not have the patience to attempt at understanding anymore. Much like Stacey Dash, our dearest Raven-Symoné’s recent off-the-wall comments are sparking serious side-eyes and faces that read “What the f**k?!”

With her latest transgression, the Cosby Show alumnus appeared on The View to debate which female trailblazer should replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Instead of celebrating the possible recognition for Harriet Tubman, which comes more than a few years too late, Symoné voiced her opinions as to why Tubman would not be her first-round draft pick.

“No offense to everyone who’s going to be mad at me for saying this: I don’t like that idea. I don’t like it. I think we need to move a little bit forward… Let me just preface [by saying], I understand the history. I get it, trust me. I was taught, I’m in that culture. But there’s also Wilma Mankiller, there’s also Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Harriet Tubman… Me personally, I would’ve chosen Rosa Parks. I would have chosen someone that is closer to the progression that we’re doing now. I know you have to understand history so you don’t repeat it, but that doesn’t happen in our world, because we still repeat history of hating other cultures over and over again. So I would choose a different one, no offense.”

I’m sorry, but what?! What “culture” is she referring to? And what makes Harriet Tubman any less “progressive” or notable than any other woman nominated? What could be more progressive than risking your life to help bring people out of slavery after escaping to gain your own freedom?

What I have noticed about Raven-Symoné’s hair-splitting comments as of late is that she routinely talks in circles. It is very rare that whatever headline-making bomb she drops makes sense even though she wants us to all believe “she gets it.”

So like many others, I’m wondering what happened to our beloved former child star? Is Raven-Symoné purposely trolling us? Perhaps she is stirring the pot in topics dealing with race to spark a discussion. At least, this would be a great excuse to better understand statements like, “I’m not an African-American; I’m an American.” Sure, we’re all tired of labels, but according to the U.S. Census and one quick look at your face, Raven, you are indeed an African-American.

I’m not sure what has influenced Raven-Symoné’s worldview. Maybe she’s had these opinions for years but never had a platform to share them. I don’t get it. Nor am I able to wrap my head around statements where she compares the FLOTUS’ appearance to that of a cat and says she’s from every continent in Africa. All that I can understand is that we are all entitled to our opinions. And while I wish I had more context to the mechanics of her brain, Raven-Symoné can say whatever she pleases, no matter how disappointing. I will just be sure to prepare myself to be thoroughly confused.

That’s So Raven: The Star’s Most Ridiculous Comments To Date

May 18th, 2015 - By Iva Anthony
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Could Raven-Symoné be joining Don Lemon and Stacey Dash as the Black people most likely to put their foot in their mouth? The former Cosby kid is no stranger to the spotlight, but she is starting to make just as many headlines (if not more!) for her downright ridiculous statements as she does for her acting and personal life. Since The View can’t seem to find a permanent lineup, lately Raven-Symoné has been filling in as a guest co-host. With ABC reportedly wooing her for a permanent position, we can expect more ridiculous remarks. But for now, here’s a look at some of the most absurd comments Symoné has made to date.

Raven-Symoné Doesn’t Want Harriet Tubman On The $20 Bill: “I Don’t Like That Idea”

May 14th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Olivia, where did we go wrong with you?

Earlier this week, we told you that a group called WomenOn20s proposed that the face on the $20 bill be changed to a woman. After conducting two rounds of voting, it was concluded that America’s No. 1 choice for the new $20 bill is Harriet Tubman.

After hearing the news, many were in favor of Tubman appearing on the bill, but y’all homegirl Raven-Symone was not. During a recent episode of “The View,” where the former child star has been appearing as a guest host, she explained why she doesn’t believe that Tubman is a good fit for the new bill. According to the actress, placing Tubman on the bill wouldn’t help America to move forward. She went on to say that she believes Rosa Parks would’ve been a more suitable fit.

No offense to everyone that’s going to be mad at me for saying this, I don’t like that idea. I think we need to move a little bit forward. Let me just preface that I understand the history, I get it trust me, I was taught, I was in that culture. … I would’ve chosen Rosa Parks. I would have chosen someone that is closer to the progression that we’re doing now. I know you have to understand history so you don’t repeat it, but that doesn’t happen in our world because we still repeat history of hating other cultures over and over again. I would choose a different woman, no offense.

Of course, everyone is entitled to their opinions, but her comments are a bit troubling.


 

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“I’m From Every Continent In Africa” Raven-Symone Continues To Put Her Foot In Her Mouth

March 27th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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I don’t have to tell you that Raven-Symone has been all over the news ever since she told Oprah that she wasn’t African American. Instead, she preferred to drop the African part. And then later, during her appearance on “The View” Raven wondered if the Univision reporter likened Michelle Obama to an ape in, like a racist way.

Right. Side-eyes all around.

Anyway, during a recent interview with E!, that just recently started gaining traction on social media, Raven sought to clarify her comments. Take a look at what she said and tell us if she made it better or worse.

About “defending” the Univision host for his Michelle Obama comments

I don’t know if I was defending. I don’t think I was defending. I think that he got fired for a reason. It was very distasteful what he said. It was very distasteful. I don’t believe she looks like one at all. I don’t believe she should have been casted. But I do know that a lot of people I know have animal traits…I think Michelle Obama looks like a little cat.

I think that every time there’s something dealing with race, that is still an open wound and you try to look at it from a different standpoint, people are going to get mad. Especially when it’s socially out–blasted– and people don’t read the whole story. Just like a lot of my comments, people don’t read into the whole story and so they say that I said this and that I’m trying to be a different race. I’m not. I’m not trying to be.

On her not being African American 

I never said I wasn’t Black. I said I wasn’t African American. To me, that’s a difference. Thank you to Ancestry.com, actually, for sending me my DNA test. I am from every continent in Africa, except for one. And I am from every continent in Europe, except for one. And for the last 400 years, my family has been living in Virginia. How long do you have to be in one country before you’re that?

We’re a melting pot of beauty. We have to embrace the different cultures we have. And if we don’t we’re still going to have these problems that are blasting up everywhere…And you can come for me if you want to; I’m sorry, but you’re an American too. Don’t hide your American-ism.

Well…that was a lot to handle right there. With Michelle Obama, there seems to not only be a little bit of backtracking from her original stance (It’s distasteful now.); but what’s more disheartening, is the general lack of ignorance when it comes to the very hateful language and comparisons that have been made against Black people. One of them comparing us to monkeys. Raven just doesn’t seem to know.  How could she know and not even fathom that he was saying it “racist-like”? Is she pretending these things don’t exist anymore in an attempt to live in a better world or does she really have no idea? I can’t tell.

Then there was the comment about her ancestors having lived in Virginia for the last 400 years. Possible…but they would have had to come over around the Jamestown/Pocahontas days way back in the early 1600’s. Possible…

And we’re not going to even talk about Raven saying that she’s from every continent in both Africa and Europe. First, it’s country. And secondly, having taken this same test, she might have interpreted these results the wrong way. They highlight the regions…not necessarily every country in that region. But whatevs. We’ll let Raven carry on.  What do you think about her comments?

You can watch her full interview in the video below.

Fix It Jesus! Raven-Symoné Questions Why Univision Reporter Was Fired For “Planet Of The Apes” Comment About Michelle Obama

March 17th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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During an appearance on The View, Raven-Symoné jumped to the defense of Venezuelan journalist Rodner Figueroa who was fired last week after he compared First Lady Michelle Obama to the cast of Planet Of The Apes on Univision’s El Gordo y La Flaca.

“Well did he say it racist like?,” she asked. “Because he said he voted for her later [in his letter] and I believe he wasn’t saying it in a racist way. I don’t think he said it in a racist way!”

After being fired, Figueroa wrote an apology letter to Mrs. Obama (whose office sent a complaint letter to Univision about his comments) and even mentioned he was of Afro-Venezuelan descent. Although, his sorrowful apology did not resonate with most, Raven-Symoné said Figueroa should’ve been allowed to keep his job because “some people look like animals.”

Afterward, Rosie Perez shut the conversation all the way down by noting:

“I am the Latin person here on this table and I would like to tell you that it was racist. Period. And the thing is this is a problem in our Latin community that we do not talk about—that we do not address. It is real, and it was revealed by this man’s statement. And you do not disrespect the First Lady of our country.”

After Rosie’s applaud-worthy comment, Raven countered, “Michelle don’t fire me for this right now, but some people look like animals. I look like a bird, so can I be mad if someone calls me Tucan Sam?!”

As of late, Raven-Symoné has made a number of controversial statements about race and blackness. In an interview with Oprah last year, Raven told the media maven she is American and not African-American and tired of labels. Though labels can be limiting and exhausting,  it is troubling to see Raven constantly deny her race and culture publicly when in fact her acting career was built around Black representation in television (i.e. The Cosby Show, Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper, That’s So Raven and The Cheetah Girls). Her comments make the Western Black experience look small and irrelevant. Twitter users reacted to her recent statements with a vengeance:

Below is footage of her View appearance. What do you think about Raven’s comments?

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Raven Symone Is Coming To “black-ish” As Dre’s Gay Sister

February 26th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Raven Symone is out here collecting all the checks. In addition to her new role on Fox’s “Empire,” the former child star is also heading to ABC to star on the critically acclaimed “black-ish.”

According to Entertainment Weekly, Symone will play Dre’s (Anthony Anderson) sister Rhonda. And she just so happens to be gay. Speaking about his sister’s sexuality makes Dre uncomfortable so the two, despite their jovial relationship, avoid it.

Though there is one large elephant in the room, the two siblings have a playful competition where they vy for a place at the top of their mother’s (Jenifer Lewis) rankings every year. And not just figuratively. Their mother releases official results every December.

The episode, “Please Don’t Ask, Please Don’t Tell,” will follow Rhonda and Dre as they navigate their communication issues.

It is set to air later this season.