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Raven-Symone Doesn't Like Labels: 'I'm Not African American'

Raven-Symone is speaking out about her dislike of being labeled by stereotypes in society.

The 28-year-old actress appeared on Oprah Winfrey‘s Where Are They Now? program to open up about her sexuality and views on race.

“I’m tired of being labeled,” she said. “I’m an American. I’m not an African American; I’m an American… I mean, I don’t know where my roots go to. I don’t know how far back they go… I don’t know what country in Africa I’m from, but I do know that my roots are in Louisiana. I’m an American. And that’s a colorless person.”

Oprah then warned her: “You’re going to get a lot of flak for saying you’re not African American. You know that, right?”

“I don’t label myself. 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 said.

Watch below to see Raven also talk about her sexuality:


Raven-Symoné: “I’m Tired of Being Labeled”

Raven-Symone Comes Out on Twitter?

Raven-Symone is making headlines after taking to her Twitter to possible confirm that she is out of the closet on Friday (August 2).

“I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you” the 27-year-old actress wrote on her Twitter account, allegedly referring to more states overturning the banning of gay marriage.

After tweeting the sentiment, Raven began retweeting some fans for their support.

Previously, Raven had been very vocal about keeping her sexual preferences and personal life private.

“My sexual orientation is mine, and the person I’m datings to know. I’m not one for a public display of my life,” she tweeted last year.

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Raven-Symone: 'My Sexual Orientation Is Mine'

Raven-Symone has taken to her Twitter page to address rumors she’s gay.

“I’m living my PERSONAL life the way I’m happiest. I’m not one, in my 25 year career to disclose who I’m dating. and I shall not start now,” the 26-year-old actress wrote.

The tweet comes after a tabloid reported Raven was living in a NYC condo with America’s Next Top Model contestant AzMarie Livingston.

“My sexual orientation is mine, and the person I’m datings to know. I’m not one for a public display of my life,” she added in another tweet. “However that is my right as a HUMAN BEing whether straight or gay. To tell or not to tell. As long as I’m not harming anyone.”

“I am a light being made from love. And my career is the only thing I would like to put on display, not my personal life. Kisses!” she said in a final tweet about the rumors.

Raven-Symone: 'Sister Act' Curtain Call!

Raven-Symone goes glam for her Sister Act curtain call at the Broadway Theater on Tuesday (March 27) in NYC.

The 26-year-old actress then celebrated with an after party at the Ava Lounge inside the Dream Hotel.

“I don’t know if I’d make a good nun,” Raven recently told EW. “But I appreciate what they do. You have to appreciate what they do.”

“But I don’t know. They’d be like, ‘Raven, shut up.’ I really would become a Deloris van Cartier,” she added. “I really do believe that I would be that way in the convent, and then I’d cry at night.”

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Raven-Symone: 'Sister Act' Star on Broadway!

Raven-Symone has signed on to star in Broadway’s Sister Act!

The 26-year-old actress will replace Patina Miller as Deloris Van Cartier, a role made famous by Whoopi Goldberg in the hit 1992 movie of the same name.

Deadline reports Raven will begin rehearsals at the end of February and then will “hit the stage of the Broadway Theatre at the end of March for a minimum six-month engagement.”

Raven first made her Broadway debut at the age of 5 singing with the Boys Choir of Harlem!

Raven Symone: Kontrol Magazine Spread!

Check out this spread of Raven Symone in Kontrol Magazine‘s Body Issue, which is on newsstands now!

The 24-year-old actress shared with the magazine that one of her inspirations is Janet Jackson.

She said that one time she even met Janet‘s dad Joe and told him she wanted to be his daughter!

Raven says that one other person she would like to meet is Carol Burnett, who recently guest starred on Glee as Sue Sylvester’s mom.

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Raven Symone Covers 'Kontrol' Magazine

Raven Symone graces the cover of Kontrol magazine’s latest issue, on newsstands now!

Here’s what the 24-year-old actress, who shares a double cover with actor Pooch Hall, had to share:

On always wanting to accomplish more: . “It feels like I still have more to grow. It feels like I haven’t reached the dreams that I set when I was fifteen, I still have a lot more to go but I am happy in the opportunities I have been able to be a part of and finish.”

On who inspires her: “I’m inspired by anyone who’s doing what they love and making a paycheck from it”.

On her admiration for Janet Jackson: “I just think she’s beautiful. She’s lasted throughout so many years. I love the fact that she’s real in that sense. I think some people forget that just because of her name.”

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