Raven-Symoné is setting the record straight on why she doesn’t want to be called African-American. Last year the Cosby Show and That So Raven alum nearly broke the internet (sorry Kim) when she sat with Oprah Winfrey for an interview on OWN’s Oprah: Where Are They Now? series and proclaimed she isn’t African-American. Many felt as though Raven didn’t consider herself black, which prompted a serious backlash for the former child star.
Even though the Empire star clarified her comment, it still didn’t sit well with folks and she once again explained her remarks with E! News’ Alicia Quarles. Raven stated:
I never said I wasn’t black. I said I wasn’t African American and to me, that’s a difference. Thank you to Ancestry.com, actually for sending me my DNA test! I am from every continent in Africa, except for one and I’m from every continent from Europe except for one. We went back super far, and for the last 400 years, my family’s been living in Virginia. We are a melting pot of beauty. We have to embrace the different cultures we have. And if you don’t, we’re still gonna have these problems that are blasting up everywhere. And call me hippie, call me a free-thinker, call me someone that’s looking for a better life, but I wanna be in a better world.
Do you agree with Raven? Watch the interview below.