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Raven-Symone Says She Never Said She Wasn’t Black

October 8th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Raven-Symone Says She's Not Gay Or African AmericanIt’s been a few days since Raven-Symone sparked a nation-wide debate on race labels and what the preference of being called Black or African American really says about descendants of the motherland, and now the actress is offering up a bit of clarification for her polarizing statements made on Oprah’s Where Are They Now? special Sunday night.

The controversy began when Oprah asked Raven about her love life and the former child star let it be known that she was in a relationship with a woman, but wasn’t keen on being labeled gay. The idea of labeling then led into a discussion about Raven not wanting to be called African American either. She said:

Raven: I don’t’ want to be labeled gay. I want to be labeled, a human who loves humans. I’m tired of being labeled. I’m an American, I’m not an African American. I’m an American.

Oprah: Oh girl, don’t set up the Twitter on fire. What?! Oh, my Lord! What did you say? 

Raven: I don’t know where my roots go to. I don’t know how far back they go. I don’t know what country in Africa I’m from. But I do know my roots are in Louisiana. I’m an American and that’s a colorless person. 

Oprah: I mean, you’re going to get a lot of flack for saying you’re not African American. You know that right?

Raven: I have darker skin, I have a nice, interesting grade of hair. I connect with Caucasian, I connect with Asian, I connect with Black, I connect with Indian. I connect with each culture.

Since those remarks, all sorts of thought pieces about racial identity in America have arisen, not to mention criticism for the beloved Cosby star which I can only assume is what prompted Raven to release a statement to The Grio to clarify her comments just a bit. She told the site:

“I never said I wasn’t black… I want to make that very clear.  I said, I am not African-American.  I never expected my personal beliefs and comments to spark such emotion in people.  I think it is only positive when we can openly discuss race and being labeled in America.”

While the sentiment of Black people not wanting to be labeled African American certainly isn’t a new one, it still begs the question of whether in making such a strong statement against one’s undeniable African heritage, are you somehow running from that lineage? What do you think? Does Raven-Symone’s statement change your opinion on her original comment?

 

10 Things To Know About Raven-Symone’s Stunning Partner, AzMarie Livingston

October 7th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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During her chat with Oprah Winfrey, Raven-Symoné revealed quite a few things about herself, including the fact that she doesn’t want to be held back by labels (including calling herself “gay” or “African-American”). But one thing she was also open about is that she is in an “amazing” relationship with a woman, and she’s happy “with my partner.” So who is that partner? The very beautiful androgynous model, AzMarie Livingston it seems. Livingston recently called the actress her “#wcw & everyday.” You might not know her name, but I’m sure you’ve seen her face. Here are 10 cool things about the model and boo of Symoné.

Somebody Done Told You Wrong: Black Celebrities Who Say They’re Not African American

October 6th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Raven-Symone just ruffled a lot of feathers after revealing to Oprah that she doesn’t consider herself gay or Black. But Raven isn’t the only celebrity who doesn’t want to be labeled as African-American. Prepare to be surprised by the celebrities who don’t think they belong on the Black list.

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Devyn Abdullah

When The Face model Devyn Adbullah told Wendy Williams, “I don’t really consider myself as a black girl model. I know what my ethnicity is, but I’m fair-skinned and I feel like I have an international look” she not only took the audience by surprise but her mentor Naomi Campbell was shocked as well. She famously quipped, “What the f*ck does she mean? That’s a disgrace! She’s a Black girl.”

“I’m Tired Of Labels” Raven Symone Says She’s Not Gay Or African American

October 6th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Who knew that Raven-Symoné’s “Where Are They Now” episode would open up such a large can of worms? But her’s did, indeed.

As we mentioned before, Oprah asked her about the now famous tweet about gay marriage, which many took to mean that she, herself, was gay.

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And while she did confirm that she was in a relationship with a woman, Raven-Symoné says she doesn’t want to be labeled as gay. In fact, she doesn’t want to be labeled as African American either.

First, the tweet:

“That was my way of saying I’m proud of the country. But, I will say that I’m in an amazing, happy relationship with my partner. A woman. And on the other side, my mother and people in my family, they’ve taught me to keep my personal life to myself as much as possible. So I try my best to hold the fence where I can but I am proud to be who I am and what I am?”

Oprah: So when did you know who you were and what you were?

Raven: In that topic of dating and in love, I knew when I was like twelve. I was looking at everything.

Oprah: Boys and girls? Did you have a word for it? 

Raven: I don’t need language. I don’t need a categorizing statement for it. 

Oprah: So you don’t want to be labeled gay?

Raven: I don’t’ want to be labeled gay. I want to be labeled, a human who loves humans. I’m tired of being labeled. I’m an American, I’m not an African American. I’m an American.

Oprah: Oh girl, don’t set up the Twitter on fire. What?! Oh, my Lord! What did you say? 

Raven: I don’t know where my roots go to. I don’t know how far back they go. I don’t know what country in Africa I’m from. But I do know my roots are in Louisiana. I’m an American and that’s a colorless person. 

Oprah: I mean, you’re going to get a lot of flack for saying you’re not African American. You know that right?

Raven: I have darker skin, I have a nice, interesting grade of hair. I connect with Caucasian, I connect with Asian, I connect with Black, I connect with Indian. I connect with each culture. 

Oprah: You are a melting pot in one body. 

Raven: Aren’t we all? Isn’t that what America’s supposed to be?

Oprah: That’s what it’s supposed to be, for sure.

Whew, child! She said a mouthful. And Oprah was right. She set Twitter on fire. The show aired yesterday and as I type this, “Raven Symone” is still trending.

We all have the right to define ourselves for ourselves and I certainly understand not wanting to label yourself as gay when you’re attracted to both sexes and believe love is love but the “not African American” part, is troubling to me. I understand that in this country, where you’re judged firstly and primarily by your color, the label can become heavy and problematic, even dangerous. But doesn’t the choice not to acknowledge it mean, that on some level, you’ve internalized the messages that it’s somehow inferior, or less American? Furthermore, “American” is a label too. (You need only leave this country to see the implications, positive and negative, that it carries.) So, it seems odd to only tell half of the story. You’re American but unless you’re Native American, there’s more to it.  And I can’t help but notice that many other races and ethnicities take the time to celebrate those differences. Have you ever heard an Italian American, Mexican American or Chinese American deny their heritage, even if their ancestors have been in this country for centuries?

It just seems that Black people, across the diaspora, keep trying to run away from Africa. And that’s what I don’t understand. A lot of us aren’t able to point to a specific country, but there are tests that could answer that question if you really wanted to know. Honestly though, do you have to know a specific country to know there’s some Africa in you? There’s a reason why Raven, as a “colorless American,” noticed her darker skin and interesting grade of hair. One, because our country has conditioned us to notice and even demonize it, but also because it points to that undeniably African part of her ancestry, whether she wants to label it or not.

I’m not suggesting that Raven is ashamed of her African ancestry; she said she connects with Black culture, but I do wonder why she’s decided to omit it from her story.

What do you think about Raven-Symoné’s comments? Watch this portion of her “Where Are They Now?” interview with Oprah in the video below.

Raven-Symoné Explains How She Avoided Scandal As A Child Star, And Why She Keeps Her Love Life Private

October 3rd, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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I’ve always liked Raven-Symoné, because despite the fact that so many child stars go through quite a few lows in their careers and personal lives in public, she has always handled herself in a graceful way. She stays out of trouble. She makes her money (a lot of it). She lives life her way. So how was she able to do this as someone who has been in the spotlight for a majority of her life?

Oprah sat down with Symoné for a “Where Are They Now?” episode and the actress explained the role her parents played in keeping her out of the headlines and out of trouble all these years.

“There’s a few answers. My parents taught me to keep my private life private to the best of my ability. They showed me all the role models out there that I could turn into, and what I want for myself in the future. And seeing all of the statistic child stars going off the edge, what I’ve learned is that it’s unnecessary to go to the most popular restaurant in the world when you have a scandal on your head and then get mad that someone’s going to take a picture of it. That’s your fault, boo boo. Stay in the house…”

The interview is this Sunday on OWN. But until then, check out the preview with her comments on staying grounded and out of drama below:

Raven-Symone Discusses Infamous Gay Marriage Tweet With KeKe Palmer

July 4th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Last summer, actress Raven-Symone gave us all something to talk (and tweet) about after she excitedly thanked the government for “finally” providing her with the ability to get married. The tweet was believed to be in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn The Defense of Marriage Act.

“I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you,” she tweeted.

Of course, her tweet left folks wondering if this was her way of coming out of the closet. During a recent appearance on “Just KeKe,” the former “Cosby” kid briefly discussed the tweet. While she wouldn’t confirm whether or not she’s a lesbian, she did say this:

“I’ll just say I love my LGBT community and I’m part of them for always.”

When asked why she sent the tweet, Raven responded:

“Girl, I sent it because people are raising stupid laws. Period.”

Clearly, this is not something that she’s ready to publicly address. What she was willing to discuss, however, was how she transitioned out of her child star image with people constantly criticizing her.

“How do I say this correctly without making people angry? You have to be confident in who you are no matter what your team, background noise or front-ground noise makes. You have to stay strong as long as you’re not, ya know, being a drug addict or nothing crazy then you gotta listen. But when you’re just trying to color your hair, stay strong. It’s hard because people want to continue the brand, continue the look that they created to, I’m being honest, they want to continue that look that made them money for so long but sometimes it doesn’t always coincide with who you are as a person…”

Watch a clip from Raven’s interview below. “Just KeKe” airs weekdays at 5 pm ET.  

Mind Ya Bi’ness, Just Mind Ya Bi’ness: Celebs Who Refuse To Confirm Their Sexual Orientation

February 24th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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It may be 2014 but there are still some celebrities out there who refuse to confirm their sexual preference for one reason or another.

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Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah blazed a trail by becoming successful in a male-dominated rap world. As her popularity grew, so did questions about her sexuality. Dogged by rumors for much of her career, Queen Latifah has refused to comment about her personal life. Paparazzi have caught the New Jersey native numerous times with her then-personal trainer/long-time ex-girlfriend Jeanette Jenkins but she has still been adamant about keeping her private life private. At this year’s Grammys, many thought the “Ladies First” rapper would finally come out of the closet while officiating a number of gay marriages at an event before the ceremony, but she didn’t.

Are Those Your Real Eyes?? Celebs With Gorgeous Light Eyes

February 10th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Whether it be the big screen or television, these celebrities stand out from all others because of their stunning eyes, which we are proud to say are not contacts. Check out these Black celebs with light eyes that make us swoon — and jealous — all at the same time.

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Stacey Dash

Stacey Dash starred in a couple episodes of “The Cosby Show” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” early on in her career but her big break came in 1995’s Clueless as the self-centered Dionne Davenport, opposite Alicia Silverstone and Brittany Murphy. Part Barbadian, African-American and Mexican, the former “Single Ladies” star caught a lot of flack in 2012 for endorsing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Using her platform to express her conservative views, Dash also criticized Jay Z and Beyonce for their 2013 trip to Cuba.

Underneath It All: Celebs Who’ve Shown Off Their Real Natural Hair

November 18th, 2013 - By Iva Anthony
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Is it an accessory or a necessity? These 15 celebs prove that although they may wear weaves out in public, they actually have a head of beautiful hair underneath it all.

Celebs Who've Shown Their Real/ Natural Hair

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Sanaa Lathan

Actress Sanaa Lathan is known for her high-end hair extensions but over the summer, the Best Man Holiday star decided to switch things up. Posting a photo of herself on Facebook sans a weave, Lathan revealed a thick and full head of hair. Lathan added the following caption: And the weave is out! #yesihaveALOTofhair #sandybrown #ineedatrim #ilovemyscalp

Successful Actors Who Avoided The Curse Of Child Stardom

September 9th, 2013 - By Meghan Williams
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Following the tragic death of “Rizzoli & Isles” star Lee Thompson Young, the question of child stardom and its effects has once again surfaced. Except this time, the conversation has taken somewhat of a different turn, considering the fact that Young, who rose to stardom in the ‘90s on the Disney Channel’s “The Famous Jett Jackson,” seemed unlike many of the more destructive child stars of today. After the show ended, Young continued acting on television and in movies and even graduated from the University of Southern California with Honors. He also wrote his first screenplay in 2007.

Young’s tale reminds us of the hard truth that we may never know the depths of these former child stars’ innermost struggles, but there are many who have successfully avoided or overcome those battles to become successfyl adults in the industry, Like Lee Thompson Young, these child stars’ professional lives have been clean, drama-free, and accurate representations of their multitudinous talents. Check out which stars made the list.