Raven-Symoné in 2011, Dfree/bigstock.com

Birth Name: Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman

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

Date of Birth: December 10, 1985

Ethnicity: African-American

Raven-Symoné, also known as Raven, is an American actress, singer, songwriter, executive producer, and director. Her roles include the films The Little Rascals, Dr. Dolittle, and its sequel; The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Fat Albert, College Road Trip, and Mighty Oak, television’s The Cosby Show, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century, That’s So Raven, The Cheetah Girls, For One Night, and Raven’s Home, and as a co-host on The View.

She is the daughter of Lydia and Christopher Pearman. Her parents are both black. She was raised partly in Ossining, New York. Raven-Symoné is married to social media manager Miranda Maday.

Raven-Symoné’s paternal grandfather is the son of Oscar Cicero Pearman, Sr. and Vera Clyde Jones.

Raven-Symoné’s maternal grandfather was Julius Herbert Gaulden (the son of James Andra “Jim” Gaulden and Johnnie Lee Simpkins). Julius was born in Louisiana. Jim was the son of Andrew Gaulden and Mary Ann Colloin/Collins.

Raven-Symoné’s maternal grandmother is named Louise Moss. Louise was born in Louisiana.

Sources: Genealogy of Raven-Symoné – http://www.geni.com

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


Curious about ethnicity

74 Responses

  1. izzybizzy says:

    Americans are weird. How do they call her black? In the rest of the America’s she’s considered mixed

  2. cwm85 says:

    She’s American. Not African American.

  3. Surreal says:

    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.

    • Ava900 says:

      @Surreal, she is not African-American because she says she is not. She identifies with her Native American ancestry.

    • Jarap says:

      African American is not a biracial group because some have no more than 20% European. That would not be considered Bi. 50-50 is bi-racial. Mostly African descendants. Latinos are tri -racial because that is what is in their DNA. A mixed raced group regardless of how light or dark their complexion is. A small percentage have mostly African or European DNA.

    • trini973 says:

      Bi racial isnt a African american ethnic group you can be biracial and be chinese and white
      Look the definition of biracial PLEASE

  4. xoxo says:

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


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