The former child star of the Cosby Show, Raven-Symoné, is all grown up and living life her way. She recently sat down with the queen of talk show hosts, Oprah Winfrey, and spoke very candidly about who she is at 28-years-old and for the first time, in a direct manner, opened up about her sexuality.
Raven was taught as a youngster to keep her personal life private, but last year after the Supreme Court ruled the ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional the Cheetah Girl singer tweeted a status which alarmed many of her fans who took it as a long-overdue admission. @MissRavenSymone tweeted:
I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you
When asked by Oprah what she meant by the tweet, Raven said:
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.
Raven said she knew exactly who she was as early as 12-years-old but has never felt the need to label her sexuality and does not want anyone else to do it either. Raven said she is proud of who she is but does not want to be defined as gay, rather she wants to be labeled as a human who loves humans. The Louisiana native went on to say she does not appreciate any labels, not even African-American; she is an American and that is it.
Oprah chimed in quickly and told the That’s So Raven star that she was going to set Twitter on fire. and warned she would get a lot of flak for saying she is not African-American, but Raven simply replied, “I do not label myself.” She added:
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.
Raven explained that she does not really know where her roots originate. She is not sure how far back they go or what country in Africa she is really from. What the young star said she does know is her roots are in Louisiana and she is an American. Raven said as far as she is concerned, “That is a colorless person.” Oprah said to the nearly 30-year-old that she is a melting pot in one body and Raven agreed by saying, “Aren’t we all and isn’t that what America is supposed to be?”
A well-known African-American director said they are proud of Raven. She is fearless for coming out. Her decision was credited to her young age and her early success in Hollywood. Raven started in the entertainment business very young and most African-American women in the business do not have the money or clout to risk their career by “coming out.” Raven has a solid career which affords her a certain amount of freedom.
Others in “black” Hollywood feel the star’s boldness may just be what other African-American celebrities need to reveal who they really are and who they love. Many look up to Raven and this could ease the pressure of other teens who are struggling as they come to terms with their own sexual preferences.
For the first time, Raven-Symoné publicly clarified her sexual identity. The former child star said she is very clear on who she is and what she wants in life. She recently sat down with Oprah on an episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now? to candidly speak about who she is as an adult. Raven said she is in love with a woman and very happy, but does not wish to be labeled by anyone.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)