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That’s truly Raven

Thu., Sept. 4, 2008

Grown-up ‘Cosby’ kid headlines Tuesday’s music at the Spokane County Interstate Fair

Even though Raven-Symone can add movie producer to her long list of accomplishments, some people still perceive her as just a little girl.

But the former “That’s So Raven” star is trying to show she’s graduated from the child phenom role, and has more substance to her than the character that’s still endlessly shown, via reruns, on the television screen.

One way Raven-Symone believes she can do so is through her music.

“I just want people to see that I’m not a little kid anymore,” the 22-year-old said while on a rehearsal break for the nationwide tour that brings her to the Spokane County Interstate Fair on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

She’s touring behind her self-titled album released in April. Some of the tracks are uptempo songs, like the first single, “Double Dutch Bus.” But she also dips into her personal matters, such as a tough relationship on “Love Me Or Leave Me.”

“When I was recording it, I was crying because I don’t like putting my business out there,” Raven-Symone said.

While she is known through her TV and movie credits as the bubbly, outgoing type, she describes herself as an individual who would rather keep her experiences away from work to herself.

She avoids the spotlight and gossip headlines by not going to the same places as other celebs. For the most part, she stays at home to either play video games like “Heavenly Sword,” watch the cartoon comedy “South Park” or spend time on her how-to Web site for teens.

“I don’t talk about my personal life a lot, because it’s not for everybody’s knowledge,” she said. “But that is what grows people up. Even when I talk about it, I get antsy.”

One of the more personal songs on the CD is “Hollywood Life,” about the struggles of becoming famous, dealing with the pitfalls of loneliness and weight loss.

“There are so many girls who are trying to be famous, and trying to conform to a style or body type,” Raven-Symone said. “But they are fine just the way they are.

“This is a something that a lot of people need to hear.”

If there’s anyone in music or acting who should understand, it is Raven-Symone. The entertainer has read blog comments chastising her about her full figure, but she tries not to let the criticism bother her.

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, except in Hollywood: It’s whoever says what is beautiful,” she said. “So everyone follows. For me, I’m fine with how I am. I’m not trying to be a certain size.”

Since the age of 2, Raven-Symone (her full name is Raven-Symone Pearman) has been in the limelight. Her big break was as the cute-as-a-button Oliva on “The Cosby Show” when she was just 3.

After that show went off the air, she starred in the comedy series “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper” before getting her starring gig as the teen with psychic powers in the Disney smash “That’s So Raven.”

A star of the “Doctor Dolittle” movies with Eddie Murphy, she co-starred in and was executive producer for the movie “College Road Trip” with Martin Lawrence.

Raven-Symone has also participated in The Cheetah Girls’ films and their soundtracks, which have sold more than 3 million copies total.

In her new DVD, “Raven-Symone Presents,” she offers everything from fashion tips to recipes to party planning ideas.

Some may wonder why she continues to make records, rather than focus on her other successful endeavors. Ebony magazine dubbed her the “The $400 Million Woman,” referring to how much money the “That’s So Raven” franchise has made.

“I have a lot to say,” Raven-Symone said. “I love to perform and touch my audience.

“When you have a movie or TV show, you are not able to touch them the same way. I don’t think music will ever be


 

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