Raven-Symoné has shocked the world again by her recent comments. On the heels of the whole “I’m not African-American” debacle, the That’s So Raven star is now saying she used to tan several times a week to achieve darker skin.
“When I had my own show, I used to tan three or four times a week in a tanning bed to get darker,” Raven revealed. “I did.”
The surprising statement was made during the filming of the new documentary Light Girls (the sequel to the Bill Duke directed Dark Girls which premiered on OWN in 2013). The film attempts to shed light on the experiences of light-skinned Black women and how they deal with colorism … especially in Hollywood. During her interview, Symone went on to share that her frequent tanning became an issue on set and she was asked to stop.
“It’s funny, one of the lighting guys came up—I love him to death; I love him, oh my goodness—he goes, ‘Raven, I need you to stop tanning. You’re getting too dark, and we have to re-light the whole entire show,'” Raven recalls. “I was like, ‘Sorry. I was just trying to be pretty.'”
See a clip of the Light Girls documentary below and watch it when it airs in its entirety on OWN, Monday, Jan. 19th, at 9 p.m.
Dr. Heavenly Explains Her ‘If My Husband Cheated He Didn’t Mean To’ Philosophy
Dr. Heavenly Kimes has an interesting philosophy on cheating … but then again we’re not surprised.
If you watch Married To Medicine then you know the successful Atlanta, GA dentist dotes on her husband, who she affectionately calls “daddy” and the two have a pretty solid marriage. So much so, that Kimes believes if he ever cheated on her he didn’t mean to do it.
Kimes made that proclamation after news broke that Dr. Jackie’s husband was having an affair, and of course she had the ladies scratching their heads. HipHollywood sat down with her to get more insight on her viewpoint. Here’s what she had to say.
“I said something that I think a lot of people feel but would not say it, because it’s not a politically correct thing to say,” she explained. “I said if my husband cheated he would not mean to do it. I stand by it, it may sound silly, it may sound funny, I’m not trying to be funny, I don’t think he would have meant to do it.”
“I can’t say it was her, I’m not going to put it all on her, but it had to have been something to make that man go that far,” she adds referring to the other woman. “Maybe I’m naive but I don’t think my husband would just cheat on me and mean to cheat.”
To her credit, Kimes is also a certified relationship coach and has been dishing her advice (solicited or not) to the other wives since season 2. She ended her explanation comparing cheating to a person on a diet. The analogy was pretty hilarious, but actual made a lot of sense.
“I like to compare sex to food because they go together,” she says. “If you’re hungry and you know you’re on a diet and you’re really really trying really hard and somebody comes with a buffet of your favorite foods and lays it all out for you and starts putting … you didn’t mean to eat it but you ate it.”
So do you agree Heavenly? Let us know in the comments below.
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