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“My Opinion Is My Opinion”: Raven-Symoné Says She Won’t Pretend To Represent Black Women

August 20th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Raven-Symoné depicted Black girls as relatable, hilarious and intelligent when she starred in shows like That’s So Raven and Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper as a young girl; however, after her recent reemergence many have come to see just what a great actress she was as her personal identity and provocative points of views increasingly come into question.

Now one can forget how Raven told Oprah on OWN’s Where Are They Now? she doesn’t believe in labels or classify herself as African American and it’s almost become a weekly occurrence for the former child star to publicly side with those who mock or disenfranchise Black people on The View.

Because her statements often incite frenzy among Black Twitter, Britt Julious of VICE’s women’s channel Broadly decided to delve more deeply into the psyche of the 29 year old. In a recent feature, she asked Raven a series of questions most of us have been searching for answers to during the past year, not the least of which is simply: “Who are you?”

Check out the highlights below:

On her Flagrant Commentary

“I’ve been acting in the industry since I was three years [old] and singing and dancing and performing and entertaining everybody else, I was kind of tired of just being that puppet for everyone else.”

Her Child-Star Experience 

“I’ll be in a meeting, and my agents and lawyers will be like, ‘Well this is what Raven’s like and this is what Raven’s like.’ Then I’m like, ‘Oh my goodness. I don’t even get to speak?’I learned how to have a conversation obviously because, as a young person in the industry, normally you’re talked about in front of yourself. People don’t really think that being in the acting and TV industry is stressful a lot of times because you only see the glitz and glamour. I’ve been in it since I was three and it is stressful.”

What She Did During Her Acting Hiatus

“[Art] school has really helped me remember that I’m a human. I’m not just a brand. I’m not just someone’s contractual obligation. This is my life, and I want to do something with it.”

Her Reaction To The Public Being Offended By Her

“My opinion is my opinion, and I’m not trying to pretend like repping every single group that you might label me under because I might not have the same views. Hopefully [The View] will help people that are watching me over the years grow up with me in a real-time type of fashion.”

Has it helped you?

Raven-Symoné Recalls Being Body-Shamed On “Cosby Show” Set: “You Can’t Eat That! You’re Getting Fat!”

July 30th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Body-shaming is never okay, but I imagine that it takes a particularly cruel or ignorant human being to demonstrate this sort of behavior towards a child.

During Tuesday’s taping of “The View,” Raven-Symoné revealed that she encountered her first fat-shamer at age seven on the set of “The Cosby Show,” of all places.

“It was definitely hard,” the 29-year-old shared. “I remember not being able to have the bagel or anything at – we would call it crafty, where it’s just a table of food, ready for you to eat whatever you want. And I remember people would be like, ‘You can’t eat that. You’re getting fat!’ I’m like, ‘I’m 7! I’m hungry!'”

While she wouldn’t disclose the identity of said shamer, she did explain that those comments remained with her for much of her career.

“I’m not going to put them on blast, but that’s what I was told at that young of an age,” she said. “Even up until I got up to 180 lbs. on ‘That’s So Raven,’ you put nasty stuff in front of me, or you put images of these women that I’ll never aspire to, of course, I’m going to get depressed.”

The actress-turned-TV-host went on to explain that food isn’t the only factor that contributes to weight gain.

“It’s more than just the food – it’s what’s in the food, and it’s your cortisol level and it’s your serotonin level,” she reasoned. “That has a really strong effect on your body type.”

Thankfully, people seem to be a bit more aware these days. Hopefully, Raven’s story will encourage some adults to select their words carefully when speaking to a child about his or her weight.

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Just To Clarify: “There Is Nothing Wrong With Being An American, Purely,” Says Raven-Symone

July 17th, 2015 - By Brande Victorian
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Just in case you thought with age came wisdom, when it comes to Raven-Symone nine month’s time is not enough to see the light. The newest addition to “The View” recently sat down with People magazine and when they asked if her thoughts have changed at all after she “set Twitter on fire” last year when she told Oprah she’s not African American, she basically told the mag not in the least.

“I don’t like labels, but everyone needs them to understand what is going on,” she said. “So, okay, I get it. Give me ‘American.’ There is nothing wrong with being an American, purely.”

“I think that there are a lot of different races that fall under ‘American,’ so past that you really just are sub-categorizing me over and over again. I’m not disowning my history in any way. My family has been here for almost 400 years. We’re American.”

OK, we get it. She really hates labels. Thus far, though, the former Cosby kid only seems to have an issue when labels are applied to her. When it comes to how other people choose to define themselves racially she doesn’t really care.

“This is me and what I feel about myself. But if you identify as African-American, then you’re African-American,” she told People. “What right do I have to tell you what you are and what you’re not?”

While making her stance on race classification very clear, Raven-Symone went ahead and drove her point home about her sexuality as well, with a friendly reminder that she’s not “gay,” but a “human who loves humans.”


Where Do They Stand Now? 11 Stars Who Defended Bill Cosby

July 8th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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Bill Cosby has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. A slew of women came forward last year, sharing their stories of being drugged and sexually abused by the now infamous Hollywood legend. This week, a deposition from 2005 went public, showcasing Cosby’s guilt in his own words. This has caused many stars who initially defended him to backtrack while others still say his guilt hasn’t been proven.

Check out the 11 celebs who put it all on the line and defended Bill Cosby. Find out which ones regret doing so and which ones still stand by him.

“He Has Not Been Proven” Whoopi Is Still Defending Bill Cosby

July 7th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Whoopi Goldberg was also one who expressed not only doubt in these women’s stories but defended Bill Cosby against the claims.

Well, today on “The View,” after news broke that Cosby himself admitted to drugging women with the intent to rape them, Goldberg was still being an apologist, making excuses for inexcusable and immoral behavior.

Here’s what she had to say:

I’m sorry the ‘80s, they weren’t fun for everybody, clearly. I think it is again, we’ll see what happens as more information comes out. I don’t like snap judgments because I’ve had snap judgments made on me so I’m very very careful. Save your texts, save your nasty comments, I don’t care. And I say this because this is my opinion and in America, still, I know it’s a shock, we’re actually innocent until proven guilty. He has not been proven.

Ok, sis.

So, why is Whoopi so adamant about defending a man who admitted his own wrongdoing? When another panelist asked why would 40 women come forward to bring him down, Whoopi retorted:

What was the motivation for an entire party to decide that I was a rotten person? I don’t know.

As much as most of admire and respect Whoopi, home girl is just wrong as rain on this one right here. Drugging and raping people is much more severe than someone thinking you’re a “rotten person.” Furthermore, if 40 people called Whoopi rotten, I doubt that she would testify, under oath, to being just that.

Since Raven Symoné has recently been added to “The View” panel full time now, she also shared her opinion about Cosby’s recent admission, taking a more saddened tone than one of condemnation.

You know I don’t really like to talk about it that much because he’s the reason I’m on this panel, he gave me my first job, but at the same time, you need the proof, and then I’ll be able to give my judgment here or there. [Wallace: And we know that he gave quaaludes to women to have sex.] And now there’s real facts, more people can come up…

As much as I want to say that it’s sad that this type of apologist talk is being touted by a show hosted by women, it oftentimes reflects the misogyny that exists amongst women in the real world as well. Tragic.

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.”


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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.