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Raven-Symoné Talks Sexuality, Labels and Being a Child Star with Oprah

Raven-Symoné had an interesting chat with Oprah Winfrey in a episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now, talking about her sexuality, as well as her cultural identity, and how she hates being labeled as any one thing.

Confirming what many already knew, the actress confessed that she was indeed in a relationship with a woman. Back in August 2013, after the Supreme Court ruled that the ban on same-sex marriage was unconstituion, Raven tweeted cryptically, “I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you!” She stated in the interview, “That was my way of saying I’m proud of the country. But, I will say that I’m in an amazing, happy relationship with my partner. A woman.” The former child star also added, “People in my family, they’ve taught me to keep my personal life to myself as much as possible. So, I try my best to hold the fence where I can,” Raven added. “But I am proud to be who I am and what I am.”

Raven admitted that she knew she was interested in women at around 12, but doesn’t want to be labeled as gay. “I want to be labeled ‘a human who loves humans,” she said. She went further to denounce being labeled as African American. “I’m an American. I’m not an African American; I’m an American,” she said. “I don’t know where my roots go to,” the actress went into more explanation. “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.”  When Oprah warned her that she was “going to get a lot of flak for saying [she’s] not African American,” Raven waved it off saying, “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 also revealed how she managed to stay out the tabloids, keeping her personal life personal, and not following down the path of other child stars that ended up in trouble. “My parents taught me to keep my private life private to the best of my ability,” she said. “They showed me out there all the role models that I could turn into and what I want from myself in the future and seeing all of the statistics [with] child stars going off the edge.”

I completely agree with her keeping her personal life quiet. Even as a part of the media myself, it stuns me sometimes just how far people will go to get the dirt on others. Kudos to her! I also agree with her not wanting one label to define her. At the end of the day, she’s Raven, not “gay” Raven, “child star” Raven, etc. There’s different facets to her person, as there are to every individual. I sort of disagree with her statement about her cultural label. In a way, I get what she means, but her statement comes like she’s denouncing her culture completely, which I’m sure will offend others. Yes, you can connect with other cultures, but you should be proud of and want to know more specifics about your own. Just my thoughts.

Check out a part of the interview below!

Image via Instagram

 

Oprah vs. Switzerland!

Now we all know that Oprah is damn near unrecognizable without her face spackeled, beaten, and pummeled with ten pounds of make-up, but is that really a reason for the Swiss to deny her the right to spend her billions? Well that was the case when she was in Zurich for Tina Turner’s wedding. As she was shopping in the exclusive Trois Pomme boutique, a shopkeeper, who obviously is not familiar with the considerable cash Oprah has, denied her the chance to see an expensive purse which was valued at $40,000. This is how it went down, according to O:

One more time, I tried. I said, ‘But I really do just want to see that one,’ and the shopkeeper said, ‘Oh, I don’t want to hurt your feelings,’ and I said, ‘Okay, thank you so much. You’re probably right, I can’t afford it.’ And I walked out of the store.”

We probably need to know more about this case before we take sides. Was Oprah dressed like one of her slave characters, a la ‘The Color Purpleoprah‘? Because if so, we’d deny her too! Now the entire country of Switzerland is apologizing profusely for dissing The Queen of All Media, running to Twitter and begging for forgiveness.

Oprah to Lindsay: I OWN You!

So after a stint in rehab, Lindsay Lohan thought she would traipse around Europe for a few months and collect herself. Well, now that she has signed on to the dotted line with OWN (and Oprah), plans have changed. It seems that Oprah is making an executive decision on her latest acquisition and putting an 86 on the Strawberry Snortcake’s travel plans.

According to reports, after Winfrey heard about Lindsay’s intentions of traveling in Europe, she felt like a relapse was inevitable and so talked Lindsay into re-thinking her moves. In other words, Oprah told her: “I OWN you. You aren’t going anywhere!”

Since Lohan is set to star in her own reality series on the OWN network, Oprah could not risk Lohan relapsing and dying before the show is even shot, so who can blame her? If we were Oprah, we would have let Lindsay go and started filming during the rip. We’d love to see Lohan vomiting and snorting in stall #3 at various hours of the night. That’s ratings gold!

additional reporting: A. Neff King

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Rae Dawn Chong vs. Oprah?

I mean, really? Who saw this one coming? Well, who saw Rae Dawn Chong coming at all? The last time we saw her was the 80s! Apparently, hometrick needs a check and the best way to get one of those these days (side-eye to you, Amanda Bynes!) is to verbally slap another celebrity. Taking a cue from the attention whore handbook, Rae had a few choice words/sentences for The Queen of All Media. And as you can probably guess, none of them are nice. Miss Chong better watch her back, because Oprah may be coming for her with the quickness!

The actress releasedCB40D29480C2AD4B9DF296D33EA34_h316_w628_m5_crTKGosRd a video calling her former ‘The Color Purple’ co-star a “house n*gger” among other things. She went even further and called Oprah “fat”, “ugly”, and a “brown-noser”.

The two portrayed characters in the film that didn’t like one another and maybe it wasn’t so hard to film those scenes?

No word from Oprah’s camp yet, but we’d bet money that Gayle is sharpening a shank as we speak!

Additional reporting: A. Neff King

Terrence Howard on Oprah

Terrence Howard has a way with words, this we know from past verbal vomits about baby wipes and body parts, so it should come as no surprise that he is at it again with the oral leakage. But this time, his snafu involves the Queen of All Media. And this time, Howard knows well enough to plug it up as quickly as possible.

Terrence Howard has love scenes with Oprah Winfrey in the upcoming movie The Butler, and when askedTerrence-Howards-Talks-Love-Scenes-With-Oprah-1 about filming those scenes, he was forthcoming. Perhaps a bit too forthcoming:

“Oprah and I had such chemistry. To be able to make out with Oprah and to have love scenes with her and those tig ol’ bitties. She’s such a lovely, voluptuous woman. That was wonderful.”

And then Oprah’s people more than likely heard about this, called up Terrence and warned him to clean up his tone, because the next time he was asked about filming in the buff with Oprah, he had this to say:

“Oprah is a beautiful woman and I was lucky to touch the Queen.”

Perhaps this is progress because his stories don’t mention baby wipes.

 

Celebrity Birthdays January 29th 2013: Oprah Winfrey is 59

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Oprah Winfrey is 59.

Actress Katharine Ross is 73.

Tom Selleck is 68.

Marc Singer is 65.

Ann Jillian is 63.

Tommy Ramone of The Ramones is 61.

Charlie Wilson of The Gap Band is 60.

Actor Nicholas Turturro is 51.

Director-actor Ed Burns is 45.

Heather Graham is 43.

Sharif Atkins is 38.

Sara Gilbert is 38.

Guitarist Jonny Lang is 32.

Adam Lambert (“American Idol”) is 31.

Lance Armstrong Admits All To Oprah

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If anyone could get Lance Armstrong to finally admit to doping during his illustrous (and now infamous) career as a world class cyclist, it is Oprah Winfrey. And the 7-time winner of the Tour de France sat down with her in an Austin hotel and finally spilled all. While others have been waiting for this admission for nearly a decade and others were completely shocked by Armstrong finally coming clean, there are alot more questions now than answers possibly after this airing.

According to the interview, Lance Armstrong took performance enhancing drugs for nearly his entire career. Already, the backlash has begun, lawsuits have been filed and re-filed, and medals have been snatched away.

So now that Armstrong has come clean and admitted to suing people he shouldn’t have just to save face, is he now going to give back that money? According to some reports, the statute of limitations have run out on alot of the cases and some of them are soon to close. For everyone else that he cheated, he might want to go hide away in a dark secluded island until he passes away, because he’s a millionaire many times over now and he may get to keep it all. What does this say about this age that we live in, folks?

Sound off!!

Lance Armstrong Will Address Doping Scandal in Oprah’s Next Chapter

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It’s been in the news this week that disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has been contemplating a public confession regarding his suspected use of performance-enhancing drugs and blood transfusions during his long-standing career. And now, Oprah Winfrey has announced that she has snagged an exclusive, “no-holds-barred interview,” according to her website.

In the Jan. 17 episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter, taped at the athlete’s home in Austin, Tex., Lance “will address the alleged doping scandal, years of accusations of cheating, and charges of lying about the use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his storied cycling career,” the site reveals.

The cyclist was recently stripped of all of his Tour de France winner titles and lucrative endorsements and banned for life from cycling by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and the World Anti-Doping Agency. Lance has denied all of these charges, but the New York Times, citing anonymous sources, has reported that Lance has confided in colleagues about possibly confessing. The confession could mean a lifting of hiss lifetime ban.

Lance’s interview with Oprah on Oprah’s Next Chapter will air Thursday, January 17, from 9 to 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. The interview will be simultaneously streamed LIVE worldwide on Oprah.com.

This is a huge deal! This is Lance’s first interview since the whole ordeal, and it’s sure to be watched by millions. Is it possible that he will actually admit the charges?! I don’t know if they’re true or not, but I do know that Oprah has a way of pulling things out of these celebs on Next Chapter that they wouldn’t normally admit in a regular interview! Guess we’ll all have to watch and see!

Images via Jason Kempin/Getty; Frazer Harrison/Getty

Anderson Cooper…Axed!

Well, it looks like Anderson Coooper came out for nothing. His daytime talk show, which has been suffering from low ratings since its debut two seasons ago, is being axed. I am guessing Katie Couric had something to do with that.

Damn her!

Warner Bros., the company that produced and syndicated that talkfest, released a statement:

“We are extremely proud of Anderson and the show that he and the entire production team have produced. While we made significant changes to the format, set and produced it live in its second season, the series will not be coming back for a third season in a marketplace that has become increasingly difficult to break through.”

Just like Katie Couric, Jeff Probst, and yes, even Ricki Lake, everyone and their mama was trying to fill the huge void left when the queen of daytime TV, Oprah Winfrey, ended her show after a quarter of a century on the air. None of them have fared as well, and it will not be long before another one bites the dust, I predict. Reporters ran to A.Coop’s dressing room (which was filled with hair dye, glitter, and a feather boa) for a statement…

“I am very proud of the work that our terrific staff has put into launching and sustaining our show for two seasons. I am also grateful to Telepictures for giving me the opportunity, and indebted to viewers, who have responded so positively. I look forward to doing more great shows this season, and though I’m sorry we won’t be continuing, I have truly enjoyed it.”

It’s OK, Coopie. You still have CNN behind you!!

Rihanna Can’t Control Her Panty Pudding

Rihanna must feel like another sucker punch, because according to reports, she has been finally caught out in public making out with Chris Brown. I’ve been calling this for months now. Her panty pudding must cry for Brown something fierce! Why else would she be running into the punches again?!

And let’s backtrack now, shall we? Last week, Brown was caught swapping spit with Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls. There’s still Brown’s alleged girlfriend paid piece smokescreen Karrueche Tran(ny) to throw into the mix. So now, not only is Rihanna running back to another inevitable beatdown, but she is a homewrecker. She high jumped over another broad to get back with a man that is packin’…a wallop straight to her medulla oblongata. And he must have already hit that at least once before already, because nothing else can possibly explain this f*ckery!

And then above all else? She lied to Oprah! You can’t lie to Oprah!

EPIC FAIL!

My fingers are going to fall off from all the future posts I will have to write to cover this torrid trickery yet again, but somehow…I’ll go on. Because at the end of the day, Rihanna is pop culture at its most heady. This girl could not be more caught up in the game. I don’t care what they say or don’t say from here on out…they are together.
The loins don’t lie.
Let the TKOs begin!

Tyler Perry & Oprah Winfrey In Bed Together

Ha! As if that’s ever going to happen!

Now that I’ve got your attention, let me go on and you will soon see why Oprah continues to be the richest woman in the field of entertainment. Fresh from topping the Forbes list again as Hollywood’s most lucrative woman, now comes news that Winfrey has reached a deal with producer/writer/actor Tyler Perry to deliver two new scripted series to her OWN network sometime around mid-2013.

Under terms of the deal, Perry’s production company will produce, write and direct these shows in what will be the network’s first attempts at scripted television. Oprah Winfrey commented on the news…

“I have been looking forward to the day when we would be in the position to enter the world of scripted television. That day has come. “We are all energized by the opportunity to collaborate with Tyler who has a proven track record for producing highly successful cable series.”

Now I certainly am not the biggest fan of Tyler Perry’s. I, frankly, find his writing/acting/directing absolute crap, but hey, who cares what I think? He creates fodder that people buy and watch, so this looks like a good move for OWN. And if all else fails, Oprah can always snatch up Bobbi Kristina and have a camera crew follow her around for a reality show. That’s guaranteed gold right there. And if anyone reads this and I see Bobbi Kris on a reality show of her own any time soon….
I’m demanding a check!

Oprah: #1 on Forbes Again!

Just because you don’t see Oprah Winfrey every day on daytime television, doesn’t mean that train has stopped in its tracks. If anything, that locomotive is doing just fine, thank you very much.

Forbes magazine, which annually releases a list of Hollywood’s highest paid women, has just announced their latest, and as has been the case for many years, media mogul Oprah Winfrey yet again claimed the top spot, collecting approximately $165 million dollars between May 2011 and May 2012. Winfrey was so far ahead of the rest of the pack that she could not even smell the Cheetos and Frappucino elixir of the #2 woman on the list – poptrick Britney Spears, who Audiotuned her way with $58 million dollars.

As Oprah screamed from the rooftops “I got this” at the other, less fortunate women on the list, there are a few notables present that may surprise many.

Pop singer Taylor Swift made the list in third place, making her the youngest person on the list. Swift whined her way all the way to the tune of $57 million. Others on the list included pop singer Rihanna, Ellen Degeneres, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Gisele Bündchen, and Judge Judy, who closed out the top 10 with $45 million.

Talk about girl power!

Maria Shriver to Arnold: “Hasta La Vista, Baby!”

Maria Shriver may be a Kennedy and she may be used to infidelity in her family, but it looks as though commons sense has prevailed and she is set to end it with her husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger. After straddling the fence on whether or not she would take him back following his admission that he knocked up their maid, it looks like she is proceeding with her initial plans.

It seems Arnold has been trying to woo Maria back, but Maria’s friends are convincing her to leave him. One of those friends that seems to be pulling Maria from Arnold’s clutches may be Oprah Winfrey. The two are very close years for over two decades and many say that she is intent on seeing Maria break free from The Governator. It is no coincidence that Shriver has a new show soon to debut on Oprah’s OWN network.

Maria and Arnold are currently hammering out a financial settlement. There is no word yet on how much she could stand to receive, but even conservative estimates have Maria set to be potentially be one of the richest divorcees in California.

Arnold better get back to work, because there are bills are on the table!

Oprah to the Silver Screen

Will Oprah join The Butler?

What do you do when you fledgling network is not meeting expectations, you have to fire a sizable portion of your staff (including Rosie O’Donnell), and  your best friend is working for your competitors on one of the Big three networks?

You head for the silver screen!

Former talk show host and now behind her OWN network, is returning to the big screen with a line-up of heavyweights that is sure to have people talking about her in a positive light once again.

The Butler is set to a be a bio-pic chronicling the story of Eugene Allen, a black man who served as a butler in the White House for eight presidents. Oprah’s co-stars are slated to be Forest Whitaker, who will be playing the role of Allen, Hugh Jackman, Liam Neeson, and Jane Fonda, who will portray First Lady Nancy Reagan. The director of all these stars will be Lee Daniels, who received an Oscar nomination for Precious.

Is Oprah headed for an acting Oscar? She’s been nominated for Oscars before, and she can certainly do it again.

Never count the big O out!

Oprah Fires 30 OWN Employees!

After hearing that Rosie O’Donnell got her butt canned by Oprah’s OWN network (in other words, Oprah had enough), I had a hunch things weren’t going so well over at OWN. Can you imagine working at a network you thought would have ruled the world simply based off of Big O’s zillion years success on network television only to find that sucks?

Well, yeah. About 30 peeps now no longer are a part of Oprah’s network because she got fire happy!

O released the following statement, “As CEO, I have a responsibility to chart the course for long-term success for the network. To wholly achieve that long-term success, this was a necessary next step.”

But she does feel sad for cutting people. Hey, at least it’s not the holiday season, right?

“It is difficult to make tough business decisions that affect people’s lives, but the economics of a start-up cable network just don’t work with the cost structure that was in place. As CEO, I have a responsibility to chart the course for long-term success for the network. To wholly achieve that long-term success, this was a necessary next step,” Oprah said.

How much you want to bet Oprah is on the rag?