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Raven-Symonè: I'll always speak out

Published 17/06/2015


Raven-Symonè's colleagues on The View have told her to stay poised.

The American actress-and-singer announced last month that she would be joining TV show The View on a permanent basis. The news came after a number of guest host appearances but even now that she's going full time, Raven won't be changing her outspoken ways.

"I am the voice of myself. I have to deal with the backlash of me messing up words that normal people mess up all the time, but [they’re] not on TV, so they don’t get the backlash,” she told Page Six.

The 29-year-old joins Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace on the panel. And Raven revealed to the outlet that her fellow panellists had some words of advice for her as the newbie.

"Stay poised, but keep your opinion and stand by your word," she said.

The former The Cosby Show star has already stuck to those words of wisdom and shared her views on the scandal surrounding Rachel Dolezal, the beleaguered former president of one local NAACP association in America. Rachel's parents gave an interview last week saying she was Caucasian, despite the fact that she had been living as a black woman for many years, and hadn't been truthful about her true ethnicity.

"I love her," she told Us Weekly. "Listen, we can't judge anybody. We don't know that person's life. We're only getting bits and pieces. I agree with Whoopi. It's reminiscent of Caitlyn Jenner and many other transgender people... Hey, do it. I know a lot of people in other cultures want to be in other cultures... straighten their hair... fill in their lips. Everyone's trying to find their way to fit in."

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