Raven-Symone Addresses Saying She Isn’t Black as it Haunts Her

Raven-Symone addresses 'I'm Not black' comments

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Raven-Symoné has addressed her controversial feedback about race that had her dealing with “a lot backlash”.

The actress is claiming that her earlier assertion about not being African American was taken out of context.

The 38 12 months previous actress spoke out in regards to the problem on a brand new episode of the Tea Time With Raven and Miranda podcast together with her spouse, Miranda Maday, on Tuesday, April 2.

In the episode titled “We want to speak…,” the Cosby present star introduced up a 2014 interview with Oprah Winfrey the place she “felt like your entire web exploded and threw my identify within the rubbish.”

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She rehashed the subject as a result of the clip went viral after a brand new Real Time With Bill Maher section talked about Idris Elba beforehand saying that folks “are obsessive about race.”

Mahr used Symone’s quote from her interview on a chat present. The Disney channel star stated the remark “has haunted me since 2014.”

“He [Mahr] is commenting on one thing I stated to Oprah again in 2014,” she defined, earlier than a clip of the notorious interview was performed on Tuesday’s episode of her podcast.

“So you don’t wish to be labeled homosexual?” she was requested. Shaking her head, Raven replied, “I don’t wish to be labeled homosexual. I wish to be labeled a human who loves people. I’m uninterested in being labeled. I’m an American, I’m not an African American. I’m an American.”

“Oh woman, don’t set off Twitter,” the interviewer instructed her on the time, seemingly shocked by the response.

After the clip ended, it switched again to the Tea Time podcast.

“Now, when that aired, I felt like your entire web exploded and threw my identify within the rubbish,” Raven admitted. “There was a lot backlash from my neighborhood and others that misunderstood slash didn’t hear the precise phrases that I stated.

“And the precise phrases that I stated is that, ‘I’m an American, not an African American. Lots of people thought I stated that I wasn’t Black. And I by no means stated that.”

“When I say that African American doesn’t align with me, that label, it doesn’t imply that I’m negating my Blackness or I’m not Black,” she continued. “It means I’m from this nation. I used to be born right here. My mother, my dad, my great-great-great-great-great — that’s what I’m saying. The pure logistics of it.”

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She added that she does respect her historical past and the way her ancestors struggled.

“I additionally perceive how a lot blood, sweat, and tears they soaked into this earth in an effort to create the America that I reside in at present — free, glad, tax-paying American citizen,” she stated.

Last December Raven celebrated her thirty eighth birthday with out her youthful brother, Blaize Pearman, by her facet.

“I wish to thank all people for the wonderful birthday needs yesterday. Truly, I really like you guys,” Raven started in a video shared to Instagram on Monday, December 11. “It was somewhat bittersweet for me, to be trustworthy, as a result of final month, I misplaced my brother, Blaize. He was battling colon most cancers for about two years, and he’s in a greater place now.”

Raven’s mother and father, Lydia Gaulden and Christopher Pearman, welcomed Blaize in 1991, six years after the Disney star was born. He was 31 years previous when he misplaced his battle with most cancers.

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