Last year, Raven-Symoné caused a stir on social media when she admitted during an episode of Oprah Winfrey’s “Where Are They Now?” that she does not want to be labeled as “gay” or “African-American,” but simply as an “American.”
During a recent interview with E! News, the former "Cosby Show" actress and star of "That's So Raven" clarified her previous comments by revealing results from an Ancestry.com DNA test, saying that she’s from every “continent” in Africa except one.
“I never said I wasn’t black, I said I wasn’t African American -- to me that’s a difference,” she said to E! News correspondent Alicia Quarles. “Thank you to Ancestry.com for sending me my DNA test ... I am from every continent in Africa except for one and I’m also from every continent in Europe except for one.”
"We are a melting pot of beauty. We have to embrace the different cultures we have,” she continued. “And if you don't, we're still gonna have these problems that are blasting up everywhere. And call me a hippie, call me a free-thinker, call me someone that's looking for a better life, but I wanna be in a better world."
The actress’ latest remarks follow a recent hailstorm of criticism stemming from an appearance on “The View” where she questioned whether former Univision host Rodner Figueroa’s comments on Michelle Obama resembling a cast member from “Planet of the Apes” were “racist-like.”
Check out more of Raven-Symoné’s E! News interview in the clip above.