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Raven-Symoné Was Body-Shamed at 7 Years Old on The Cosby Show Set

Raven-Symoné Was Body-Shamed at 7 Years Old on The Cosby Show Set

Originally posted 07/30/2015 09:00AM

Raven-Symoné remembers being fat-shamed when she was as young as 7 on The Cosby Show.

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Raven-Symoné on Bill Cosby Scandal: 'We Will See What Happens'

Raven-Symoné on Bill Cosby Scandal: 'We Will See What Happens'

Originally posted 07/18/2015 06:00PM

Raven-Symoné was just 3 years old when she met Bill Cosby.

The child actress was deemed too young for a role in Cosby's 1990 film Ghost Dad so the comedian found a role for her on his hit sitcom The Cosby Show instead.

Though she looks back fondly at her time playing Olivia on The Cosby Show, she also acknowledges that her big break will now forever be tied to the rape allegations Cosby is now facing.

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Raven Symone: Why I 'Retired' (and Then Returned to) TV

Raven Symone: Why I 'Retired' (and Then Returned to) TV

Originally posted 07/18/2015 09:20AM

A working actor since the age of 3, Raven-Symoné was just 27 years old when she "retired" from Hollywood.

"I needed a break," the former Cosby Show star, now 29, tells PEOPLE in the magazine's latest issue. "I needed to grow up. I needed a moment to breathe."

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Raven-Symoné On Why She Doesn't Identify as African American: 'My Family Has Been Here for Almost 400 Years'

Raven-Symoné Explains Why She Doesn't Identify as African American

Originally posted 07/17/2015 07:35AM

As Oprah Winfrey predicted, Raven-Symoné "set Twitter on fire" last year after saying she does not consider herself to be African-American.

And nine months after her interview with Winfrey, the View co-host is still defending her desire to simply be called "American."

"I don't like labels, but everyone needs them to understand what is going on. So, okay, I get it. Give me 'American.' There is nothing wrong with being an American, purely," the former Cosby Show star tells PEOPLE in the magazine's latest issue.

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Raven-Symoné: Life with My 'Partner' AzMarie Livingston

Raven-Symoné: Life with My 'Partner' AzMarie Livingston

Originally posted 07/15/2015 08:00AM

Raven-Symoné wishes she had more time at home with her partner AzMarie Livingston – but not just because they're in love.

"I refuse to binge-watch shows with anyone unless it's my partner because I need to watch it when I need to watch it," The View co-host tells PEOPLE. "Right now, I can't watch the rest of Suits because I gotta wait for her. I'm like, 'I want to watch it now!' "

This peek into her home life is rare from the former Cosby Show star, 29, who is notoriously quiet about her personal life.

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Rosie Perez Breaks Down as She Explains Why Leaving The View Is 'Bittersweet'

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Rosie Perez Breaks Down as She Explains Why Leaving The View Is 'Bittersweet'

Originally posted 07/08/2015 01:35PM

Less than a year after joining the The View, Rosie Perez has decided to step down as one of the program's co-hosts to focus on acting.

News that Perez, 50, would be departing the show broke Tuesday after Bill Wolff, the show's executive producer, told his staff the actress has "decided to leave the show at the conclusion of this season to pursue full time her love for acting."

On Wednesday, Perez addressed the news after tearfully entering the studio for the last time as The Flamingos' "Lovers Never Say Goodbye" played.

The audience gave Perez a standing ovation and co-host Raven-Symoné ran to the wings of the set to grab a box of tissues, moderator Whoopi Goldberg told Perez: "This is yours to do, so you go on ahead and do it."

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Raven-Symoné on Bill Cosby Sex Scandal: 'Now There Are Real Facts'

Originally posted 07/08/2015 12:30AM

[EMBEDCODE {}] Former Cosby Show star Raven-Symoné spoke about the allegations against Bill Cosby on The View on Tuesday, saying she needed further proof before deciding whether he was innocent or guilty of sexually assaulting multiple women.

"I don't really like to talk about it that much because he's the reason I'm on this panel in the first place. He gave me my first job," Raven-Symoné, 29, said. "But at the same time, you need the proof, and then I'll be able to give my judgment here or there. And now there are real facts. More people can come up."

Candace Cameron Bure, who was filling in for View host Rosie Perez, said the news Monday that Cosby, 77, had admitted in 2005 court papers to giving a woman Quaaludes before they had sex indicated to her that he was "guilty, guilty, guilty." To this, Raven-Symoné responded, "But guilty of what?"

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Raven-Symoné Named Co-Host of The View

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Raven-Symoné Named Co-Host of The View

Originally posted 06/10/2015 11:05AM

It's official: Raven-Symoné is now a permanent co-host on The View.

Moderator Whoopi Goldberg officially announced on Wednesday's show that the former Cosby Show star, who has served as a guest co-host 37 times, will join her, Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez on the panel effective immediately.

In a statement released by ABC, Raven-Symoné, called the appointment "another one of my dreams come true!"

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Raven-Symoné Says Fired Univision Host Wasn't Racist: 'Some People Look Like Animals' (VIDEO)

Originally posted 03/18/2015 12:05PM

Raven-Symoné did not have a friend in Rosie Perez when she appeared as a guest cohost on The View on Monday.

While discussing Univision host Rodner Figueroa, who was fired last week for saying Michelle Obama "looks like she's from the cast of Planet of the Apes," the recurring Empire star, 29, jumped to his defense. "Was he saying it racist-like?" she asked. "Because he said that he voted for her later, and I don't think he was saying it racist."

An incredulous Perez, 50, likened Figueroa's claim that he voted for President Barack Obama to those who say they can't be racist because they "have black friends."

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Raven-Symoné Is Experimenting with a Platinum Blonde Hairpiece (PHOTOS)

Raven-Symoné Is Experimenting with a Platinum Blonde Hairpiece (PHOTOS)

Originally posted 03/06/2015 06:45AM

The star loves to change up her look

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