Raven-Symone Confuses Oprah By Refusing To Be Called Gay Or African American “I’m Tired Of Labels. I Do Know My Roots Are In Louisiana” (Video)

Raven-Symone appeared Sunday, October 5, on Oprah Winfrey’s show, Where Are They Now? The former Cosby Show and That’s So Raven star discussed several topics, including her relationship with a female partner.

“I don’t want to be labeled gay,” she told Oprah. “I want to be labeled a human who loves humans”

The actress went on to add that she is not African American, “I’m TIRED of being labeled. I’m an American, not an African American. I’m an American.”

That statement caught Oprah off guard

“Oh girl, don’t start this Twitter on fire,” the host replied. “What? Oh Lord. what did you just say?”

“I don’t know where my roots go to,” Raven explained. “I don’t know how far back they go. I can’t go on…I don’t know how far back and 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.”


“You’re going to get a lot of flack for saying you’re not African American, you know that right?” Oprah asked.

“I don’t label myself,” Raven CONTINUED. “What I mean by that is I’m an American. That’s what I really mean. 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.”


Maya Angelou: When Oprah Convinced Donald Trump to Close Private Club to Honor Ailing Poet

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(Via Gossip Extra) – By most accounts, racial struggle poet and essayist Maya Angelou, who died today at 86, didn’t think much of honors.

Yet, her 80th birthday celebrated in Palm Beach April 4-6, 2008 had billionaire Donald Trump deem it one of the greatest life celebrations he’d ever seen!

I was there for a part of it, and Trump wasn’t exaggerating for once — even if, I was told by a club staffer, Angelou didn’t feel she deserved any of it.

But it was TV talker Oprah Winfrey who organized the three-day weekend at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, and no one resists “O” — even if her plans set her back $4 million.

Oprah convinced Trump to shut down his club on a usually busy weekend, mainly because a dinner for 500 formally-clad guests in the historic property’s gilded grand ballroom that Saturday night was the centerpiece.

Four round marble stages, each covered with a dome made of drapes, were built for the entertainers, including disco queen Donna Summer and crooners Tony Bennett and Paul Anka.

Those who feted Angelou included Quincy Jones; sitcom maker Norman Lear (The JeffersonsAll in the Family); singer Natalie Cole; HBO Sports anchorman Bryant Gumble; playwright and filmmaker Tyler Perry (Diary of a Mad Black Woman); casino mogul Steve Wynn; former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young; singer Nickolas Ashford and actress Cicely Tyson.

Read the rest of this report at Gossip Extra.

Cee Lo Green almost Released his Version of Pharrell’s ‘Happy’


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When a song becomes a huge, international hit — like “Happy,“ it’s hard to imagine any other singer — like Pharrell Williams – covering or releasing that song.

Cee Lo Green is the amazing R&B/pop/soul artist who almost released “Happy” as his own.

But although, Green did the song — something (or somebodies) worked in Williams’ favor.

“(Cee Lo) wanted to do it…and he did do it,” Williams said, according to The Guardian.

But the “Crazy” singer’s team wasn’t feeling it was the right song for him.

“He burns my version!” Williams said. “But … how do I say this diplomatically? The powers that be, at the time, did not see it fit for him. Some folks on his team just felt that the priority should be on (Cee Lo’s) album at the time … so they elected not to do that song.”

But there’s no hard feelings between Green and Williams.

“He was one of the most gracious people about it when (‘Happy’) came out,” Williams said.

But the popularity of the song skyrocketed and even surprised Williams.

Fans from all over the world performed his song — bringing the superstar to tears while being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey.

“Why am I crying on Oprah?” he laughed. “It’s overwhelming because it’s like, I love what I do, and I just appreciate the fact that people have believed in me for so long that I could make it to this point to feel that.”

Oprah and Snoop Dogg Meet for First Time; Mend Differences with Photo


As much as people love when celebrities feud, it’s nice to see two fan favorites make up!

Oprah Winfrey and Snoop Dogg managed to put their differences aside, meet for the first time and make up with the awesome photo above.

The photo is captioned by Oprah at a pre-Oscar party last Friday,  ”our first meeting. Say WHAAAT??!! #Oscarparty.”

That’s the way to do it (leave a feud in the past that is)!

But how could two legends feud for seven years and have never met?

Well, that’s easy. Many celebrities use Twitter as a vessel to hate each other.

But these two feuded over something that had nothing to do with shade or beef via social media.

Oprah criticized hip-hop culture and rap music for misogynistic themes and named Snoop Dogg (or Snoop Lion, whichever is preferred) as one of the rappers to blame.

But Snoop didn’t stand for the criticism — firing back!

“I don’t like her no more. I really was offended, because I kind of like her,” he said. “Liked her. I’m very articulate, very intellectual. She didn’t even get a chance to even know me.”


A second photo was posted with the pair and Gayle King — captioned “Black History.”

Could that mean the feud is history? It looks like it.

Juicy! Babyface Talks Divorce & More on ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’ (Watch)


kenneth 'babyface' edmonds (screenshot - onc)*As always, “Oprah’s Next Chapter” is something to look forward to.

This coming Sunday’s edition is no exception because it features Kenneth “Baybyface” Edmonds.

Oprah hangs with “Face” at his Los Angeles home and discusses, among other things, his upcoming duets album with Toni Braxton, Love, Marriage & Divorce (out in February).

In the interview, Babyface reveals the stories behind his biggest hits, his process for creating music, the current state of the industry as well as his fiancé.

He also talks about his very public divorce with ex-wife Tracy Edmonds and the affect it had on his children.

Be sure to watch Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” this Sunday, November 24 at 9pm ET/PT.

In the meantime, check out a couple of clips from the show:

Limbaugh Goes in on Oprah for Her Comments on Race & Obama (Listen)


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*When Oprah speaks people listen.

And you can count on one of those listening being Rush Limbaugh.

As we reported earlier today, when asked about racism affecting President Obama, Lady O told a BBC interviewer that: “there is a level of disrespect for the office that occurs. And that occurs in some cases and maybe even many cases because he is African-American.”

She also gave the example of GOP Congressman Joe Wilson shouting “You lie!” at the president during a Congressional address.

Like we said, Limbaugh was listening and like a hungry dog looking at a fresh piece of meat, he couldn’t resist. He had to go in on Oprah.

“Then how the hell did you become who you were?” Limbaugh said. “Why hasn’t anyone in your audience ever said ‘You lie!’? Because you have.”

“My God, Oprah, Obama was lying,” Limbaugh added.

And of course he didn’t miss the opportunity to point out that Oprah’s success is proof that racial prejudice isn’t a major factor in American life anymore.

“But Oprah, if black people in this country are so mistreated and so disrespected, how in the name of Sam Hill did you happen?… If there is a level of disrespect simply because he’s black then how, Oprah, have you managed to become the at-one-time most popular and certainly wealthiest television personality?”



People’s Choice Noms: Oprah, Halle, ‘Butler,’ Drake, Thicke

the butlerIf it’s November, it’s time for the 2014 Peoples Choice nominations to be made public.

It probably comes as no surprise that Oprah Winfrey and Halle Berry top the Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress category; Lady O received a nom for her role in “Lee Daniels: The Butler.” Meanwhile, Halle earned her nod due to her role in “The Call.”

In the daytime TV category, Steve Harvey not too surprisingly got a nomination for his talk show. Arsenio Hall and Queen Latifah were nominated in the Favorite New Talk Show Host category.

As far as music, Drake, Jay Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis face-off in the Favorite Hip-Hop Artist category. Also, Alicia Keys, Ciara, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and Robin Thicke earned nominations in the Favorite R&B Artist category.

Also, “Lee Daniels: The Butler” and “Prisoners” were nominated in the Favorite Dramatic Movie category.

Fans can for their favorites in each category until December 5; the ceremony will air January 8 on CBS.

For the complete list of nominations, click here.

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