Raven Symone, and Why It’s Hard for Black Celebs to Come Out

When it comes to Black Women in Broadcast, Raven-Symone has wowed audiences from her days as the adorable, scene stealer, Olivia, on The Cosby Show, to starring in one of the highest rated shows on Disney, “That’s So Raven.” Raven has grown up in the spotlight, making everyone aware that you could be a child star and still have a bright and positive future without falling to the wayside.

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And yet, although we’ve grown up with Raven, its still apart of her life that she managed to keep under wraps. It was not until recently that rumors started swirling about Symone’s sexuality…

“I can finally get married!” Raven-Symoné tweeted on Friday. “Yay government! So proud of you.” Everyone immediately decided the tweet was an overdue admission of Symone’s sexual orientation. She came out.

Last year the National Enquirer reported that Symoné was in a serious relationship with America’s Next Top Model contestant AzMarie Livingston. After that story, Symoné quickly issued a statement that didn’t deny or admit that she was gay. Instead, she asked for privacy in her personal life.

Symoné’s failure to come out angered some who felt the 27-year-old actress would add a much-needed and rarely seen face to the growing list of gay celebrities. Symoné gained fame as a child on The Cosby Show and later on the popular Disney series That’s So Raven. High-profile black females are rarely—if ever—identified as gay. Many believe this is for good reason. Read More at the Daily Beast

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