Raven Symone Responds to Backlash From Labeling Comments

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Raven Symone made several headlines this week with her controversial statements about her disdain towards being labeled as gay or African-American. Tuesday evening (Oct 7) the 28-year-old Disney star got the chance to clear the air and make amends with angry commenters and upset fans.  In an exclusive statement to the The Grio, the actress addresses her previous comments.

“I never said I wasn’t black … I want to make that very clear.  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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Hopefully Symone’s rebuttal will rid her of the negative backlash that she has been receiving since her commentary on Oprah’s talk show.

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