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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 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, 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.

Stacey Dash Defends Bill Cosby: “He Was A Perfect Gentleman”

November 20th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Former "Clueless" actress Stacey Dash officially joins the Fox News team as a regular contributor.

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Stacey Dash is being Stacey Dash and lending her opinion where nobody really wants it. The Fox host took to Twitter last night to speak out on the Bill Cosby rape allegations which have the media in a frenzy once again. And being typical Stacey Dash, the actress shared an opinion quite opposite of the status quo, writing:

Though one or two of her followers thanked Stacey for coming to Cosby’s defense, several respondents bashed her for attempting to discredit the mounting number of women who’ve claimed to have been raped at the hands of the comedian. Though it’s not fair to question what Stacey’s experience has been or necessarily judge her for sharing that truth, the 47 year old does have a history of throwing her two cents into the mix just for the sake of attention rather than contributing anything meaningful to the discussion so I think everyone is taking her proclamation with a grain of salt — or dismissing it altogether.

Meanwhile, Raven-Symone, who’s just getting over her own controversy, is asking that she simply be kept out of the mess. After published a story claiming Raven filed molestation charges against her former on-screen grandfather, she was quick to shut down the rumor on Instagram, stating:

I was NOT taking advantage of by Mr. Cosby when I was on the Cosby Show! I was practically a baby on that show and this is truly a disgusting rumor that I want no part of! Everyone on that show treated me with nothing but kindness. Now keep me out of this!

Honestly, there are enough stories from women vocally claiming to have been taken advantage of by Bill Cosby that salacious gossip like this simply isn’t necessary and further takes attention away from where it should be: the alleged victims and the alleged perpetrator. Unless you fall into either of those categories, it’s probably best you not speak on this matter at all right now.

What do you think about Stacey and Raven’s comments?

“I Hate The Things That Get Said To Me Online”: Melissa Harris-Perry On Dealing With Online Harassment

October 27th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Just how serious should you take the online threats and online harassment that you deal with?

In a Pew survey, it was revealed that 40 percent of adults have dealt with harassment online.

For everyday people, the foolishness we deal with via the Internet might be someone vehemently disagreeing with our opinions or calling us out of our names. But for more notable figures, there are actual physical threats of violence and sexual assault. Chrissy Teigen recently logged off of Twitter because she spoke out about gun violence and gun control in this country and was sent death threats (“Wish ISIS would give Chrissy a haircut”). Raven-Symone just wrote an open letter to people personally attacking her online for her previous statements about her sexuality and being African American (“Keep your disrespectful, mean, hurtful, words in a diary for yourself”). And recently, Monica Lewinsky stated that she was the first person to to be harassed and have her reputation destroyed on the Internet.

Now, Melissa Harris-Perry is speaking out about her own experiences with online harassment and did so on a recent episode of her MSNBC show. When she first joined Twitter, she was thoroughly impressed with the social media site. “I loved it! I was like ‘Twitter party!'” But things have changed:

“I hate the things that get said to me online…I think to myself, ‘Well, just ignore it,’ which is an awful lot of the strategy that I’ve taken myself recently. And then I think about Hannah Rentz suggesting that that sort of isolationism is what terrorism is, to isolate and separate us. I’m at a point where I don’t retweet anything that I really like, because I fear that I would send all of my haters and the harassment that comes to me, over to some person who doesn’t deserve it. And I keep thinking, I guess it is having an effect and quieting whatever little digital voice I might have otherwise had.”

I’ve personally learned that growing a thick skin, taking a deep breath and not letting statements that I’ll probably forget about in a few hours get my mouth in trouble. But as Perry said, it’s definitely not easy.

How do you deal with online harassment and threats? Check out Perry’s panel discussion on such an issue below: