Since her Disney says Raven Symone has been quite private only revealing tidbits of her life via social media. However, during her sit down with Oprah on her OWN series “Where Are They Now?” which aired last night, The Cosby Show and That’s So Raven star shared her views on sexuality and ethnicity making it very clear she is against being labeled anything but human. Check out a few excerpts from the interview below.
On Not Wanting to Be Labeled “Gay”
“I don’t want to be labeled ‘gay’, I want to be labeled ‘a human who loves humans.
On Her Sexuality
In that topic of dating… I knew when I was like 12. I was looking at everything.”
On Not Wanting to Be Labeled “African-American”
I’m tired of being labelled. I’m an American! I’m not an African-American. I’m an American.
I will say this, I don’t know where my roots go to. I don’t know how far back they go. I can’t go on…ya know… I don’t know how far back and I don’t know what country in Africa I’m from. But I do know my roots are in Louisiana. I’m an American. And that’s a colorless person because we are all people.
I have lots of things running through my veins. I don’t label myself. What I mean by that is I’m an American. 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. Aren’t we all a melting pot in one body? Isn’t that what America is supposed to be? That’s what it’s supposed to be. I personally feel that way.
On Her Relationship and Privacy
I’m in an amazing relationship with my partner — a woman — and on the other side, my mother, and people in my family have taught me to keep my personal life to myself as much as possible so I try my best to hold the fence where I can. But I am proud to be who I am and what I am.
Raven raises some interesting points. All black people are not actually from Africa. There are, however, some Caucasian Africans who are American. Are they African-American? Hmmm…thoughts?
Watch Raven’s interview with Oprah below.