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

August 20, 2015  |  

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?

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