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Raven-Symoné of “Cosby Show” and “That’s So Raven” offered some pretty controversial views on her “Where Are They Now?” interview with Oprah. When asked about her sexuality, she identified not as “gay,” but as “a human who loves humans.” She went on to label herself as an “American,” not an “African American,” claiming her roots are in Louisiana. It’s important to realize that Symoné isn’t speaking for a group of people, but for herself. For her to be confident enough in her own identity to give such a bold statement is both refreshing and empowering, and could hopefully open the door to more rational discussions about labeling.
An interview was aired with Oprah featuring Raven-Symoné, in which Symoné made statements denouncing labels and distancing herself from being called African-American or gay. After the internet fired back, Symoné clarified her statements. I’ve seen hundreds of tweets and a few blog posts expressing critique and concerns over Raven’s words, but I’ve felt we were missing some additional context and analysis to better understand why Symoné’s comments are so offensive to/problematic for people of color. Cue two pieces that stood out to me: This piece by Yvonne Marquez, who was actually a former student leader I had in my first semester at UT, and this piece by Michael Arceneaux. I think both of these articles are critical to the conversation because they help explain the origin of the criticisms and concerns of POC. I think both pieces would be helpful to read, especially for people who aren’t exactly sure why Raven’s comments have stirred up a storm, or believe those concerns from POC are invalid.
-Samantha J. Grasso
This week Vanity Fair published it’s cover story on Jennifer Lawrence. In it we finally get Lawrence’s response to nudes that were leaked in September. It was so important for me to hear how this sort of crime affects victims personally. The laws in place to protect from these types of crimes are not as effective as they need to be, and I think that Lawrence speaking out about her experience will help change that and hopefully prevent others from having their privacy violated in the same way.
The New York Times said brunch is “for jerks.” The story caught my attention because I have certainly noticed an influx of lavish eggs Benedict with mimosas on Instagram. Let’s be real — I would be lying if I said I haven’t been to a few large Sunday brunches myself and dutifully posted a photo of the meals on my feed. But this article raises a point about brunch culture. It’s impractical and reserved for the privileged. If nothing else, this article is food for thought.
Awkward dance moves aside, Taylor Swift is killing it in her latest cover. Swift covered Vance Joy’s “Riptide” earlier this week in BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. Swift’s take on the pop song was enjoyable to listen and watch as her upbeat personality shined through during the performance. I’m excited to hear more of Swift’s latest work as her next album, 1989, drops Oct. 27.