Celebrity Interviews

Raven-Symone Offers New Race Identities, Thoughts on Orlando Brown Drama + Talks New Show and Biz Secrets

Raven-Symone dropped by and talked about her new show, her controversial race statement, and professional etiquette.

First, the star addressed her position on being American. She admits that she understands why we use the terminology but explains that it’s unnecessarily divisive. Her family has been in America for nearly 500 years, originating from slavery, so she doesn’t associate herself with Africa enough to call herself African-American. She asks, why identify as African-American?

“Is it to check a box or is it to keep me in the same neighborhood? Do you really need to know what color I am? I got a weave but so do white-Americans.”

She then goes on to say that she would never allow her children to enter the industry until they are 17 or 18. The longtime actress also says that she educates her on screen kids and their parents on how to survive the industry as well.

Watch the full interview to hear why she believes America is behind, her positions on Cosby and Orlando Brown, and more about her show below.



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