Raven-Symone: ‘I Never Said I Wasn’t Black’

Raven-Symone: ‘I Never Said I Wasn’t Black’

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Just because Raven-Symone has a girlfriend doesn’t mean she wants to be labeled as gay.

During an interview with Oprah, the actress confirmed what she implied on Twitter last August…that she is dating a woman.
“I’m in an amazing happy relationship with my partner, a woman,” she told Winfrey.
That being said, she does not like the term “gay.”
“I don’t want to be labeled gay,” Symone said. “I want to be labeled a human who loves humans.”
Symone stirred the pot when she continued to say she doesn’t want to be labeled an African-American because she doesn’t know how far back her roots go.
“I’m tired of being labeled,” she said. “I’m an American, I’m not an African-American…I’m an American, and that’s a colorless person. We are all people. I have lots of things running through my veins. I connect with each culture.”
After her comment, which visibly annoyed Winfrey, others took to the Internet to express their views.
“I get it. Raven-Symone doesn’t like labels,” Roxanne Jones, founding editor of ESPN The Magazine said on CNN. “But she is wrong to run away from her blackness, seemingly hoping that no one acknowledges her beautiful brown skin and the history written all over her face.”
After the blacklash, Symone released a statement: “I never said I wasn’t black…I want to make that very clear,” she said. “I said, I am not African-American. I never expected my personal beliefs and comments to spark such emotion in people. I think it is only positive when we can openly discuss race and being labeled in America.”



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