The Reinvention of Raven-Symone

Raven-Symone arrives at the 2011 TV Land Awards on Sunday, April 10, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
Raven-Symone arrives at the 2011 TV Land Awards on Sunday, April 10, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)


(The Daily Beast) – Raven-Symoné is just months away from turning 30.

That might be shocking if you’re the type who freezes actors at the age of the projects they’re most famous for. You might then be stunned to learn that Olivia from The Cosby Show and Raven from That’s So Raven is definitively all grown up.

But if you’ve been watching Symoné during her well-received—and certainly controversial—tenure as a guest panelist on The View, where’s she’s proven to be free-speaking, popular, and provocative enough to reportedly have ABC “desperately” courting her for a full-time gig, maybe you’re not surprised to learn that she’s matured.

It’s a process she’s gone through rather publicly, coming out on Twitter in 2013 and having a candid discussion about being labeled because of her race and sexuality with Oprah Winfrey in 2014. The hot-button candidness of that interview and the reaction it caused certainly could have predicted Symoné’s future suitability for The View. I believe Ms. Winfrey’s words were, “Oh, girl, don’t set Twitter on fire!” (She’s since become a bit of a pyro in that way.)


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