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Raven-Symoné sat down with Alicia Quarles of E! to talk about her roles on Empire and Black-ish, the use of the ‘n’ word — and to try to clarify some of the controversial race comments (and actions) she has made over the last year.

Check out the interview below:

On Defending Univision Host Rodner Figueroa’s FLOTUS ‘Planet of the Apes’ Comment:
“I don’t think I was defending. I think he got fired for a reason. It was very distasteful what he said, it was very distasteful. And I don’t believe she looks like one at all. I don’t believe she should’ve been casted, but I do know that a lot of people I know have animal traits.”

“I think any time something is dealing with race, that is still an open wound and you try to look at it from a different standpoint, people are gonna get mad. Especially when it’s socially out, blasted, and people don’t read the whole story. Just like a lot of my comments. People don’t read into the whole story and start making things and they say, I said this and I said this and I’m trying to be a different race, but I’m not trying to be.”

On Her Oprah Interview and Being Labeled African-American:
“I never said I wasn’t black. I said I wasn’t African American and to me, that’s a difference,” she explains and mentions that she recently found out, thanks to a DNA test from Ancestry.com, that she’s actually from almost every CONTINENT (yes she said continent) in Africa and Europe.

“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.””

On the N-word:
It’s hard, because people use it in their everyday language behind the scenes all day, and some shows will air it and some shows won’t,” she tells us. “And there’s a lot of pain connected to it, but then there’s a lot of brotherly love connected to it, and I feel like you shouldn’t say a word you wouldn’t let anybody else use.”

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  • ALM247

    She sure did say every continent in Africa and every continent in Europe. That on-set tutor needs to return each and every paycheck that he or she received from Raven.

    • Mary Burrell

      @ALM247: Well now we know why she is so ignorant.

  • Mary Burrell

    Raven please “STOP TALKING”

  • Mary Burrell

    I think i am more sad for her than mad at her. She just doesn’t know any better. i wish Mr. Cosby would try to encourage her to enroll in college.

    • BillipPhailey

      So he can make her a celebratory cocktail???!!! She ain’t that dumb.

  • At this point, hopefully Raven Symone can wake up about issues. She finds the comments by the former Univision distasteful, but those were a lot more than that. They were racist too and the ex-host is not the only person who has spewed such garbage before. She has the right to call herself what she wants, but I am not ashamed to classify myself as African American. I’m of black African descent. The N word is totally offensive, disgraceful, and vulgar. In this generation, we have call out racism as it is. It has not gone away because we live in the year 2015.

    • ALM247

      She sure did stress the word “distasteful”. She doesn’t seem to be bothered by what he said at all.

    • I have noticed that as well. When a former hosts degrades a black woman, then it is an attack on all black people. We have the right to free. Freedom is never achieved by respectability politics, but by struggling and fighting for it.

  • K.C.

    “I am from every continent in Africa and I am from eery continent in Europe?” Ok, we need to shut this down. This child is ignorant and is functioning on a 4th grade level right now. I know kids in 5th grade who know that Africa is ONE continent. Did she just? Ok, I can’t. Poor thing. She is so ignorant, it is beyond comprehension. I guess you sacrifice knowledge to be in front of the cameras at 4 years old. Michelle Obama went to Princeton and Yale. Raven: went to nowhere. All I gotta say is “That’s so Dumb”.