Raven-Symoné Goes ‘New Black,’ Doesn’t Want to Be Labeled African American

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Raven-Symoné poses for photographers at the ceremony to unveil Tinker Bell’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star in Hollywood, Calif., Sept. 21, 2010. 
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Raven-Symoné poses for photographers at the ceremony to unveil Tinker Bell’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star in Hollywood, Calif., Sept. 21, 2010. 
MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

Raven-Symoné has joined Pharrell Williams in the #NewBlack movement.

In a recent conversation with Oprah for Oprah: Where Are They Now? the actress expressed her disdain for labels. “I don’t know where my roots go to. I don’t know how back they go. I don’t know how far back, and I don’t know what country in Africa I’m from. I do know that my roots are in Louisiana. I’m an American, and that’s a colorless person because we’re all people. I have lots of things running through my veins,” she told Oprah.

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But she didn’t stop there. When asked by Oprah to explain her statements, the actress declared, “I’m an American. I have darker skin. I have a nice, interesting grade of hair.”

It didn’t take long for the Twittersphere to drag Raven-Symoné for her comments:

https://twitter.com/theferocity/status/519137619020890112https://twitter.com/bimadew/status/519120106887327744https://twitter.com/FilmFatale_NYC/status/519112545173786624

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What’s that saying? Once you go colorless, you don’t go back.

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