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Raven-Symoné Goes ‘New Black,’ Doesn’t Want to Be Labeled African American


In an interview with Oprah, the actress expresses her disdain for labels.

 

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Raven-Symoné poses for photographers at the ceremony to unveil Tinker Bell’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star in Hollywood, Calif., Sept. 21, 2010. 

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Raven-Symoné has joined Pharrell Williams in the #NewBlack movement.

In a recent conversation with Oprah for Oprah: Where Are They Now? the actress expressed her disdain for labels. “I don’t know where my roots go to. I don’t know how back they go. I don’t know how far back, and I don’t know what country in Africa I’m from. I do know that my roots are in Louisiana. I’m an American, and that’s a colorless person because we’re all people. I have lots of things running through my veins,” she told Oprah.

But she didn’t stop there. When asked by Oprah to explain her statements, the actress declared, “I’m an American. I have darker skin. I have a nice, interesting grade of hair.”

It didn’t take long for the Twittersphere to drag Raven-Symoné for her comments:

Saeed Jones         @theferocity

I’m gonna have to listen to Nina Simone for the rest of the work-day to get that Raven-Symone interview out of my system.

Bim Adewunmi @bimadew

The collective side eye/shade being directed Raven-Symone's way right now could power cities. Nay, NATIONS.

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Comment by Baseman1974 on October 11, 2014 at 8:40pm
Big Man can you prove dat, dere are 3 ethnic groups in the world ASIANS, CAUCASIANS, AFRICAN
Comment by BIIGMANN on October 11, 2014 at 7:25pm
WE ARE BLACK NOT AFRICAN AMERICAN!!!!!!!!!
Comment by Baseman1974 on October 10, 2014 at 10:36pm
Everyone bleeds RED, Ungrateful, selfish Humans
Comment by rastafari on October 10, 2014 at 10:28pm

...yes "American" is a label just as "new black" is a label...and I am not exactly sure what the so called new black means...but it seems to me that those who expound this persona want to be any and everything else but black...I guess in today's world, anything goes...what do you think? 

Comment by Benjamin Bennett, Jr. on October 10, 2014 at 9:06pm

That's what happens when she hangs around too many white people.

Comment by ORAL on October 9, 2014 at 10:00pm

I TELL U WHO U R A YOUNG GIRL LICKING TWAT 

Comment by Jessy on October 9, 2014 at 9:29am

She can call or label herself whatever she wants, but the average white or black person is going to see her as black.  End of story.  

She's probably just looking for attention to get people talking about her, like someone else here said.

Comment by tommy trouble on October 8, 2014 at 7:35pm
@shakira Robinson Oh pleez we are all mixed up if u check up ancestry, my father is tan with blue eyes, my mother's grandfather is a white man and her grandmother is Indian from Jamaica we are out of many one people but at the end of the day what do I and my parents look like black and proud.she is just another tiger woods ashamed of being black, we'll news flash u black end of story
Comment by conscious1 on October 8, 2014 at 10:56am

Just another extremely confused "negro" who's trying desperately to fit in...lol !!

Comment by up$ on October 8, 2014 at 9:51am
Isn't American a label?? Just consider herself an organism and done it.

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