Raven Symone Said What?! (Again)

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Once again the Negro community is up in arms about the recent comments made by the eccentric former child star Raven Symone. In a segment on the barely watchable show called The View, Symone did what she shouldn’t have done (give her opinion) about a list of “ghetto names” and since the taping there’s been a fury in black community ever since. To be fair, the non-black, black woman actress has been making headlines since arrival on the show from making outlandish comments referring to First Lady Michelle Obama as an animal, Harriet Tubman shouldn’t be on the U.S. currency, and she doesn’t want to be labeled gay, lesbian or as an African-American. Symone, who is approaching her 30’s, has decided to align herself with the new-age, millennial crowd which consists of cultural-Marxists ideas and beliefs in pursuit of a better America where racism, sexism, and classism no longer exists. Negro, please. In this latest episode of quote the Raven nevermore, Symone explains why she wouldn’t hire someone with the name “Watermelondrea.”

The media backlash got so bad (mainly from Twitter) that her father Christopher B. Pearman, decided to come to his daughters defense. Here is an open letter from his Facebook page:

To My Dear Friends,

There has been much talk today about my daughters comments on her show The View. People have been hitting me up all night questioning me about her remarks. Let me say this……I haven’t managed Ravens career in over 10 years. This woman is grown, has her own management team, has her own opinions, right or wrong, and is responsible for her own words and actions. A woman wrote to me tonight and said she couldn’t support my book because of the words of my daughter. What she fails to realize is that my book is about teaching your child to believe and achieve. Raven has achieved incredible success, and this cannot be denied!

Children grow up and become influenced by many things, situations and people. I certainly don’t agree with what she said….but she is damn near thirty years old. She’s a grown ass woman making grown ass mistakes. We all have been guilty of this.

I did my best as her father, mentor and career manager. I believe I did a Wonderful job. Aside from this inexcusable gaffe, her 29 years in the entertainment industry has been quite successful, for there have been only an Elite Few Child Stars to last this long and have little to no controversy. For this, I am Very Proud!

Raven is a really Beautiful, Sweethearted, Human Being.I should know. Her Mother and I Love her Very much and will always support her and have her back. Even if sometimes……….she says some dumb S#%T!

To see Raven and our families story go to:

Since the ‘gaffe’ remarks made by the former Cheetah Girls star; Symone has since recanted in a statement saying her “comment was made in poor taste; and she’s an equal opportunity employer and has never discriminated against anyone.” Okay black America, lend me your ears. Although what Raven said was indeed in poor taste, but how many quote on quote ‘ghetto’ names do we come across on the regular? How many Laquandra’s, Shaquilia’s, or Negroes named after automobiles (Lexus, Mercedes) have you encountered and immediately though to yourself, “These parents are taking this name creativity way too far.” We laughed and made Sha Nay Nay (played by Martin Lawrence) famous. It was nearly two years ago when a fight video went viral with the name ‘Sharkeisha No,’ from an actual girl named Sharkeisha (Shark+eisha)!


While I’m sure Raven Symone has beyond earned her first class ticket abroad the fictitious ‘Coon Train’;(according to y’all) however, what she said about ghetto names wasn’t too far off. I get the fact that no one should discriminate against anyone based on their name; however, in reality it happens more often than we realize. In addition, your name says a lot about you so when it comes to naming your children, Leslie sounds a whole lot better than LeShaniqua. One means “devoted to God” and the other means, well, you get my point. Peace and love y’all.

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