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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!

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MTV Is Bringing Back TRL for One Night, Featuring Ariana Grande

One night only! In a 30 minute special, MTV is bringing back the now defunct music video countdown show Total Request Live (TRL) only for one day.

The network announced that it will feature the 30-minute special with Ariana Grande, renaming it Total Ariana Live. The special is set to air July 2 at 7 p.m. ET, and will be available on demand after the broadcast.

Total Ariana Live will be seen live from MTV’s Time Square studio, with Sway Calloway serving as host. Ariana, who just turned 21 today (Happy birthday girl!), will perform her hit song, “Problem,” as well as debut her upcoming single, “Break Free.” The singer will also be tested of her hip-hop knowledge in a “Hip Hop Mix Up” game. MTV also promises that there will be a surprise announcement (maybe the actual return of TRL?! Or is that wishful thinking?).

“It’s a huge honor to be able to bring back a show like ‘TRL,’ I used to love watching it growing up. Can’t wait to celebrate with my loves in Times Square. Might have some surprises too,” Ariana said in a statement. “Only one artist has the power to turn the lights back on at 1515 Broadway in the iconic ‘TRL’ studios, and that’s Ariana Grande. The transformation to ‘Total Ariana Live’ represents her one-of-a-kind star power combined with MTV’s immense multimedia platform, setting the stage for the ultimate global partnership,” said Charlie Walk, executive vp Republic Records, to which Ariana is signed.

The original TRL ran from 1998-2008, airing 2,247 episodes during its run. Back when MTV was known more for music than reality TV, the show aired the top 10 most-requested music videos for viewers, and featured awesome interviews with top artists, actors, and more!

I really think that MTV ought to bring this show back! It is, however, great promotion for Ariana, whose sophomore album is in the works. To be featured on something like this with all eyes on you is definitely a good look!

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Full List of Winners at the MTV Video Music Awards

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People are still buzzing about Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards from Miley twerking and being a mess on stage to the long-anticipated *NSYNC reunion (even if it was only a minute)! Check out the full list of winners below!

 

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Justin Timberlake, Mirrors

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz, Thrift Shop

Bruno Mars, Locked Out of Heaven

Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell, Blurred Lines

Taylor Swift, I Knew You Were Trouble

 

BEST SONG OF THE SUMMER

WINNER: One Direction, Best Song Ever

Miley Cyrus, We Can’t Stop

Selena Gomez, Come and Get It

Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding, I Need Your Love

Daft Punk, Get Lucky

Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell, Blurred Lines

 

BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO

WINNER: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton, Can’t Hold Us

Drake, Started From the Bottom

Kendrick Lamar, Swimming Pools

A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, F—-n’ Problems

J. Cole featuring Miguel, Power Trip

 

BEST MALE VIDEO

Justin Timberlake, Mirrors

Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell, Blurred Lines

WINNER: Bruno Mars, Locked Out of Heaven

Ed Sheeran, Lego House

Kendrick Lamar, Swimming Pools

 

BEST FEMALE VIDEO

Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko, Stay

WINNER: Taylor Swift, I Knew You Were Trouble

Miley Cyrus, We Can’t Stop

Pink featuring Nate Ruess, Just Give Me A Reason

Demi Lovato, Heart Attack

 

BEST POP VIDEO

Bruno Mars, Locked Out of Heaven

Justin Timberlake, Mirrors

fun., Carry On

Miley Cyrus, We Can’t Stop

WINNER: Selena Gomez, Come and Get It

 

ARTIST TO WATCH (presented by Taco Bell)

Twenty One Pilots, Holding On to You

Zedd featuring Foxes, Clarity

WINNER: Austin Mahone, What About Love

The Weeknd, Wicked Games

Iggy Azalea, Work

 

BEST COLLABORATION

Justin Timberlake, featuring Jay-Z, Suit & Tie

Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera, Feel This Moment

Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding, I Need Your Love

Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell, Blurred Lines

WINNER: Pink featuring Nate Ruess, Just Give Me A Reason

 

BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE

Kelly Clarkson, People Like Us

WINNER: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Same Love

Snoop Lion, No Guns Allowed

Miguel, Candles in the Sun

Beyoncé, I Was Here

 

BEST ROCK VIDEO

Imagine Dragons, Radioactive

Fall Out Boy, My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)

Mumford & Sons, I Will Wait

WINNER: Thirty Seconds to Mars, Up in the Air

Vampire Weekend, Diane Young

 

BEST ART DIRECTION

Capital Cities, Safe and Sound

Thirty Seconds to Mars, Up in the Air

WINNER: Janelle Monae featuring Erykah Badu, Q.U.E.E.N

Lana Del Rey, National Anthem

Alt-J, Tesselate

 

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Chris Brown, Fine China

Ciara, Body Party

Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull, Live It Up

will.i.am feat. Justin Bieber, #thatPOWER

WINNER: Bruno Mars, Treasure

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Thirty Seconds to Mars, Up in the Air

Lana Del Rey, Ride

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sacrilege

WINNER: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton, Can’t Hold Us

A-Trak & Tommy Trash, Tuna Melt

 

BEST DIRECTION

WINNER: Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z, Suit & Tie

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton, Can’t Hold Us

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sacrilege

fun., Carry On

Drake, Started From the Bottom

 

BEST EDITING

Pink featuring Nate Ruess, Just Give Me A Reason

Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch, Sweet Nothing

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton, Can’t Hold Us

WINNER: Justin Timberlake, Mirrors

Miley Cyrus, We Can’t Stop

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

WINNER: Capital Cities, Safe and Sound

Duck Sauce, It’s You

Flying Lotus, Tony Tortures

Skrillex featuring The Doors, Breakn’ a Sweat

The Weeknd, Wicked Games

 

MICHAEL JACKSON VIDEO VANGUARD AWARD

Justin Timberlake

 


Did your favorite artist take home a Moonman? What did you think of the VMAs this year?

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