Raven-Symoné

by ethnic on July 28, 2008

Birth Name: Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman

Place of Birth: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 10, 1985

Ethnicity: African-American

Raven-Symoné is an American actress, comedian, singer, songwriter, producer, model, dancer, television producer, and show host. She first gained fame starring in the television show The Cosby Show. Her parents are both black.

On her mother’s side, Raven-Symoné is the granddaughter of Julius Herbert Gaulden (the son of James “Jim” Gaulden and Johnnie Lee Simpkins) and Louise Moss.

Sources: Genealogy of Raven-Symoné (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://www.geni.com

Article about Raven-Symoné’s family – http://files.usgwarchives.net

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cwm85 August 5, 2015 at 2:06 pm

She’s American. Not African American.

xoxo July 30, 2015 at 10:44 pm

Didn’t you hear? She told Oprah that she’s not an African American, she’s American.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzgIenTg4G4

Mabasei October 7, 2015 at 10:24 pm

fuck her denial

neiltennant July 27, 2017 at 10:17 am

i can understand that

labels are shit

those labels affect especially people who are darker

we have the same thing in europe

we talk about germans who were born here as GERMAN TURKS and AFRO-GERMAN

but never German swede or german english

neiltennant April 3, 2015 at 7:16 am

she has green or hazel eyes thats impossible that she is only african american

fuzzybear44 April 4, 2015 at 6:06 am

@neiltennant

(she has green or hazel eyes thats impossible that she is only african American)

A black person can have light eyes without European help, it’s simply a mutation. Blue and green and whatever else eyes were around long before the pale skin mutation popped up( it’s just rare) in Africans.There are three to four causes for blue eyes in Africans, and only one cause is from European help.

Now that being said, when it comes to Raven she has European heritage.

Quote from her interview:

(I come from every continent in Africa(except one).Also I come from every continent in Europe)

Yes she did say every CONTINENT

Also, African American is a cultural identity. It is not a skin color, you can have other ethnicities in your bloodline(which on the average we do)

Surreal August 3, 2015 at 9:59 pm

* According to Ancestry.com, the average African American is 65 percent sub-Saharan African, 29 percent European and 2 percent Native American.

* According to 23andme.com, the average African American is 75 percent sub-Saharan African, 22 percent European and only 0.6 percent Native American.

* According to Family Tree DNA.com, the average African American is 72.95 percent sub-Saharan African, 22.83 percent European and 1.7 percent Native American.

* According to National Geographic’s Genographic Project, the average African American is 80 percent sub-Saharan African, 19 percent European and 1 percent Native American.

* According to AfricanDNA, the average African American is 79 percent sub-Saharan African, 19 percent European and 2 percent Native American.

Surreal August 3, 2015 at 10:00 pm

For example of some African Americans, all of whom come from the Southeasten part of the United States: http://i.imgur.com/9PdM0Hv.png

Surreal August 3, 2015 at 9:59 pm

She’s African American. People must realize, that African American is a biracial ethnic group. It doesn’t mean you’re 100% SSA as no African American is 100% Sub-Saharan African.

Do you go, “she can’t be only Puerto Rican?!” When you see a Puerto Rican that doesn’t look like your sterotypical Puerto Rican? It’s be dumb of you if you did. Puerto Rican are also a multiracial ethnic group, same with Mexicans, Brazilians, Costa Ricans, etc.

J.J. October 14, 2013 at 10:22 pm

correction; her eyes are hazel (light brown) and her hair is virtually black (noirette) I think it should be listed

J.J. January 25, 2014 at 11:55 pm

correction; her eyes are green (one eye grey/green the other green/hazel)

smiley January 26, 2014 at 2:21 pm
Hope Moretti September 25, 2012 at 11:29 pm

wut the F, happened to her nose?

Bobatu March 23, 2012 at 8:38 am

She looks East Indian or Black Arab

midori29 March 31, 2015 at 9:10 am

@Bobatu, actually NO she does not. With makeup and fake hair wigs, anyone in Hollywood can look mixed. She is BLACK period.

curlsofgold April 1, 2015 at 8:49 pm

Well no, one of her parents is mixed.

M June 6, 2015 at 12:50 am

Wow I just came to post the same thing. I thought she’d be mixed with Indian.

Surreal August 3, 2015 at 10:01 pm

She looks Creole, and I believe she is.

Amanda December 31, 2011 at 3:57 pm

She is so pretty!!!

cole March 23, 2012 at 8:17 am

I WANNA MARRY HER

PERFECT BLACK WOMAN

LOVE IT

nett December 30, 2011 at 8:01 pm

all these comments are true about black ppl far as us being of native American descent or some white in us, it goes waaay back, I have a Rihanna shade of skin and my twin bro is chocolate like Michael Jordan, weird right? so i went on ancestory.com found out we have native american and white in us, wait and my grand father has blue eyes, it was confusing.

Crystal S. October 13, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Raven is of Native American descent and probably white too.

Chuck October 14, 2011 at 1:16 am

To be African American is to have little bit of everything.
Essentially African American doesn’t mean being 100% African.
Almost 100% of African American have mixed ancestry, mainly White blood lines.

Chances are you will never bump into a African American person thats 100% African.

Paola October 28, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Most African-Americans are mixed with Native-American and are of “White” descent also.

kill October 29, 2011 at 10:58 pm

shes has no white in her so shut the fuck up

P. December 13, 2011 at 2:29 am

Yes she does, don’t be in denial.

christina September 30, 2011 at 3:29 pm

she looks white in her face, not skin color! i believe that you should be proud of who you are mixed or not! she took a dna test who knows if she’s native american(just saying). i’m russian, romanian, austrain german basque and native maerican and look colombian. you can never tell these days, so its a guess!

Julie R October 14, 2011 at 1:11 am

If funny when people say stuff like “she looks white in her face”

It reminds me of the Maury Povich when the mother is saying “you can tell the baby is his cause of his eye” then Maury says “YOU ARE NOT THE FATHER”.
Looks don’t count for much in the grand scheme of things.

John West August 15, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Raven Symone has always struck me as an actress who would be well cast in the role of the (in)famous New Orleans voodoo high priestess, Marie Laveau.

Aly August 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I’m proud to be American. You have absolutely no idea how much freedom we have. I have an aunt who went to Egypt and when she came back she was DEPRESSED because of how that country is. I am PROUD to be an American. We have so many rights and we literally take it for granted. I’m glad I was born here. And we’re not just one color either. We’re made up of different colors and races, which is awesome.
I happen to be Irish, British, German, Native American, and Spanish. There also might be some Greek roots in there as well. And you know what? I am proud of who I am.

Aly August 15, 2011 at 3:28 pm

I didn’t include this in my first comment. I meant to.

I love Raven. She is so awesome. I loved her in The Cosby Show. :D

kill October 29, 2011 at 11:00 pm

you not shit you just a asshole

KL GIRL! July 16, 2011 at 1:32 am

i though she has 1/4 white in her.

Amber Berg July 16, 2011 at 4:40 am

what does that mean? Everybody is 1/4 something!

jackie June 17, 2011 at 9:30 pm

she is so gorgeous but she was way gorgeous before, maybe if she didn’t wear so much make up, maybe it’s just the picture but it’s not a good pic of her. I love Raven <3

nesee June 16, 2011 at 11:31 pm

i thought she was part native indian.

Jasmine June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am

Wow she looks gorgeous in that shot she was great on the cosby show but by the time she started getting in all those dr. doolittle films and had the show “That’s so raven” she started to become a really goofy actress. The media made a spectacle out of her without her even knowing it.

FanofTheCosbyShow November 6, 2010 at 11:00 am

I was born in 1988, and my favorite television show was The Cosby Show! I have all seasons on DVD and I think that Raven`s character on the show will have to be my favorite. She just looked like a little star that was going to be something. I have a three year old god-niece and I swear if she doesn`t remind me of “Olivia”, I don`t know who does. I grew up watching Raven from The Cosby Show ofcourse to Hangin With Mr. Cooper to Dr. Dolittle to Dr. Dolittle 2, to just about everything. She is a wonderful actress and a beautiful young lady. Hope to see her in some more shows or movies soon. Much Love- Fan Of The Cosby Show

Spanishlbaby August 5, 2010 at 8:49 pm

i love my race im mexican african american italin native american and french and a lil bit of irish

Magdalena July 21, 2010 at 6:33 pm

maybe she has native in her. hmmm

total23 June 4, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Love Raven Symone!

Nessie June 4, 2010 at 7:01 pm

we are all mixed because our ansestors came to america they had kids with the natives nd indians (im part indian nd hispanic with italian nd african) people mixed alot are way awesome

FfKid0001987 May 3, 2010 at 9:15 am

First off, ya’ll need to be proud to just be AMERICAN, whether your great-grand dad was a slave or not…America is a melting pot of different ethnicities and cultures, and most people who’s heritage in this country goes back far enough have a little bit of everything. As someone who’s got some slave ancestry, I don’ know ANYTHING about Africa. My heritage, my culture, has got a little bit of everything, and that’s what being American is all about.

Jasmine June 6, 2011 at 10:23 am

I’m not proud to be American I was born in a country it’s no big deal it isn’t a accomplishment,and I didn’t choose to be born here. This country isn’t the #1 nation in the world that’s just patriot bull. I’m not going to just say “I’m American” and leave it at that if someone ask me my nationality I’ll say that but I don’t consider myself just a American because the term “American” is such a broad term and gives way to so many different races and I’m a unique individual who doesn’t want to blend,and wants to stick out. I feel like a 2nd class citizen here,and I wish that slavery would’ve never happen because when you kidnap someone out of their homeland you never know what life their Descendents could have so I’ll try to be happy being here BUT I think I would’ve had less issues if I had grown up in Africa.

Nessie March 15, 2010 at 12:20 am

She s so awesome i luv her nd she s so talented

Pr2222 March 9, 2010 at 12:15 pm

I just want 2 say every one shush and let the bi racial princess (me) talk i luv bieng bi racial yall and by the way shut up jay mah kall what ever your name is

drexxx February 24, 2010 at 10:18 pm

thank you jahmaykah !!

JahMayKah February 24, 2010 at 3:20 pm

I am light skinned and I am not mixed with nothing but AFRICAN HERITAGE proud of it too. LISTEN FOLKS ONE THING YALL MUST GET UNDER YALL THICK SKULL ONLY AFRICANS CAN BRING FORTH ALL TYPES OF COMPLEXION IN ONE RACE WE HAVE MULTIPLE LEVEL THAT IS WHY WE ARE AND CAN NEVER BE “BLACK” WE ARE NUBIAN A COLOUR INCLINING TO BROWN WE ALL ALL SHADES OF BROWN FROM DOUBLE DUTCH TO ALMOND OR EVEN LIGHTER AT TIMES STILL JUST AFRICAN HERITAGE NOT MIXED WITH CHINESE OR WHITE ETC THEY ARE FROM US WE ARE NOT FROM THEM.. GET THAT STRAIGHT LAUREN BOUT MAYBE SHE MIX AND DONT KNOW IT U THINK WE ARE STUPID UNEDUCATED AND BACK IN THOSE DAYS.? ITS NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR US TO LOVE OURSELVES AS AFRICAN HERITAGE IS IT? WE HAVE TO BE SOME MULATO OR MUNGREL FOR THAT TO HAPPEN U ALL FULL A PURE BULL SHIT U WANT US TO HATE OURSELVES? NEVER EVER EVER IN A MILLION BILLION YEARS!!!

Cubanita June 17, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Finally someone with brains on this site. im a black latina and proud. full west african blood, we dont need to lie to ourselves that we’re mixed with this or that.

drexxx February 24, 2010 at 1:16 am

lol don’t be stupid ! If you can be mixed & dark-skinned why couldn’t you be light skinned & not mixed?

Lauren February 23, 2010 at 5:08 am

Maybe your mixed and don’t know it. Or maybe you are darker than what you think.

ProudBLACKyounglady June 6, 2011 at 6:49 am

OR maybe you’re just an idiot!!!!! Who the hell are you to tell someone else what the are? Shut up!

drexxx February 22, 2010 at 6:57 pm

just because you´re light skinned you´re mixed … It´s bullshit. People who say sth like this must be slaped for cry sakes!!! I´m 100% cameroonian, and i´m light skinned, not mixed !!! in africa you can see all colours of black skin, so african americans, stop talking about africans, because apparently you don´t have any clue about africa and african people.

mina February 5, 2010 at 12:07 pm

shes 25% irish

ethnic January 11, 2010 at 11:35 am

Id like to see a link to that info.

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Tru-Dru January 11, 2010 at 3:37 am

Raven-Symone is a talented, intelligent, headstrong, and beautiful young woman. She like many American born Slave desendants are actually Hebrew-Israelites, Jews, and Nubians, etc. Though she calls herself the derogitory slave term African-American which is used divide us from other Slave descendants born abroad. Raven-Symone has also stated that she is Creole, and her Mother’s bloodline has Black, Latino, or Spanish in it; Her Father has Black, and White from his Bloodline

*im*kira* January 8, 2010 at 11:05 pm

For some reason i always thought she had italian in her.

Stacyt\ October 27, 2009 at 12:35 pm

I don’t see how this young lady’s nationality would ever be a question. She is clearly African-American. We come in all shades, people tend to forget that.

shaye October 11, 2009 at 4:48 am

the bitch is black ok….and that is true, we are ALL mixed with something. But besides all that, black dominates and if u have any black in u at all then u’re considered african american. At least that’s what most people would see u as. But yes, raven symone is another beautiful black woman.

Crystal September 30, 2009 at 12:34 am

Really pretty

DEREK SIMMONS July 16, 2009 at 5:22 am

IM SORRY TO BUST Y’ALL BUBBLES, BUT WE ARE ALL MIXED, UNLESS YOU ARE AN ORIGINAL AFRICAN FROM AFRICA, THEY HAD NO SHADES, AFRICAN AMERICANS DO….F.Y.I. THE TERM
“BLACK” WAS NOT CREATED BY US,BUT FOR USTHE CORRECT TERM IS “AFRICAN AMERICAN”….BE PROUD OF THAT !!!!

Cubanita June 17, 2011 at 8:53 pm

dude your mad stupid and ignorant africans come in all shades of brown.

One Love December 30, 2011 at 6:26 pm

”UNLESS YOU ARE AN ORIGINAL AFRICAN FROM AFRICA, THEY HAD NO SHADES, AFRICAN AMERICANS DO” have you ever opened an history book or been to Africa for that matter? You should really be embarrassed. Africans have no shade? Then you haven’t seen my family cos we have all the shades from dark brown to very light brown I’m lighter than most mixed race people I know for sure (it’s nothing to be proud of and doesn’t make me any better than the next black person). My step mum can easily pass for a white woman if she was born during Jim crow. She’s the lightest African woman I’ve ever seen and she’s African born and bred. So before your stupid ass goes running about Africa and its people please open a book or if you can’t read a book without feeling dizzy just one google search you’ll know more about whatever you are. And honestly I pity most Black American(no generalisation here) cos you shout at the top of your lungs about being mixed with this and that but I’ve never ever heard White American bragging about being mixed with anything other than Native American and white. It’s like yall think you’ll be more appreciated if you tell them that you’re mixed but guess what? They still think your black asses are just that BLACK. To be honest am not surprised if they think they’re better than some of yall cos you show them how much you wanna be them or have a little bit of them so much. If they can call Obama black with a very recent admixture then they damn sure don’t care about your great great great great great grand father being white. But whatever floats yall inferiority complex boat SMDH

cory April 20, 2009 at 4:27 am

shes mad pretty and thick to i love thick gals

also black April 11, 2009 at 7:11 am

i hear u black i am black aswell REPRESENT!!!

black February 17, 2009 at 2:29 pm

At last a black person who proud to be black. I am the same colour as this woman and I am a BLACK WOMAN NOT MIXED.

Bri January 26, 2009 at 2:09 am

She purrity kute…young nd grown.Black beauty comes in many shades.

~AMEYO~ December 6, 2008 at 2:14 pm

RAVEN IS PRETTY HOT SHE SO YOUNG TOO

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