Raven Symone: Taking roles to represent change, all women

6 Oct

By Sandra Varner, special to shades Magazine

She captivated TV audiences as Olivia, the precocious 3-year-old darling on “The Cosby Show” some 20 years ago.

She acquired an enormous fan base of “tweens” to teens in her effervescent roles on a string of successful TV shows, among them “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper,” “Kim Possible” and “That’s So Raven,” and appeared in such feature films as “Dr. Doolittle 1 and 2” and “College Road Trip.”

Presently, she voices the character of Iridessa – the first African-American fairy in “Tinker Bell,” Disney’s popular animated franchise.

For the past two decades, Raven Symone has become synonymous with family-friendly fun and she has no desire to switch gears at this stage of the game. Today, she is making her mark as an adult actress who chooses roles that she hopes will celebrate women and look beyond color.

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