Raven Symone Returns To TV

According to blacktalentnews, Raven Symone is on her way back to the small screen to star in another ABC/Disney production. The 24 year old actress will star in “The Great State of Georgia,” a show that centers around the daily life of a curvy southern girl (Georgia) trying to make it as an actress in New York City. Starring alongside Raven will be Brock Cuchna, Georgia’s high school boyfriend who tries to convince her to give up her dreams of super stardom and come back home with him.

The pilot was written by author Jennifer Weiner (In Her Shoes) and Jeff Greenstein (Desperate Housewives). Symone, who landed her first regular TV role on The Cosby Show at age 3, worked non-stop for 18 years until the end of her sitcom That’s So Raven in 2007 when she took 2 years off. She returned to the business this summer as one of the two stars of the ABC Family movie Revenge of the Bridesmaid and went on to pitch the cable network a half-hour project with writer Yvette Lee Bowser for her to star in and produce. The two sides were in negotiations on it when ABC Family brass brought up Georgia. Atlanta, Georgia-born Symone was interested, leading to her getting her cast as the lead. With the casting of Symone, repped by UTA and the Collective, ABC Family is sticking to its strategy of tapping sitcom veterans as the leads of its half-hour comedies, a genre the network recently ventured into with Melissa & Joey, toplined by Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence.

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Raven Comes Out Via Twitter

Actress Raven Symone has officially come out. The 27-year old former child star, best known for her roles on The Cosby Show and That’s So Raven, tweeted a message earlier today that officially ends all speculation about her sexual orientation.

RAVEN SYMONE OFFICIALLY COMES OUT VIA TWITTER

We think it’s safe to assume Raven is referring to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, which was struck down back in June.

Raven’s personal life has been a source of intense speculation over the years. Back in March when she was spotted with a known lesbian, she quickly shut the media down, claiming her personal life was not open for discussion. “My sexual orientation is mine, and the person I’m dating to know. I’m not one for a public display of my life,” she wrote on her personal website.

Since coming out Raven has been bombarded with questions via Twitter, but has so far remained quiet.

All that’s left to see now is how her career will fare now that she has openly admitted to what we all kinda knew in the first place.

Raven Returns to Broadway

Former “That’s So Raven” star Raven Symone is heading back to Broadway. The 26-year old actress, who was last seen in the short lived ABC Family comedy “State of Georgia,” will take on the lead role of Deloris Van Cartier in the stage production of “Sister Act.”

The musical is based on the hit 1992 film made popular by actress/comidienne Whoopi Goldberg, who is also the play’s acting producer.

Raven is expected to start rehearsals in February and make her first stage appearance in late March.

‘State of Georgia’ May be Canceled

According to IMDB insiders, Raven Symone’s new ABC Family comedy, ‘State of Georgia,’ is currently in a state of flux.

Rumor has it the show, which debuted on June 29th and wrapped up its initial 12 episode run on August 17th, may not be coming back for a second season due to poor ratings.

The show originally debuted strong, pulling in an audience of just over 1.3 million viewers. However, ratings dropped with each subsequent episode, with the final two drawing an audience of just over 600,000.

ABF Family has not officially canceled the show, however loyal fans have already drawn up petitions and started a Save State of Georgia Facebook page in hopes of garnering enough public support to convince ABC to bring the show back for a second season.

Most Talked About of 2010!

Being a celebrity must be really tough. They’re always in the public eye. Especially these days when there are media outlets like blogs, YouTube, TMZ, paparazzi, etc. Whatever they do, whether good or bad, it will be critiqued..praised..or blown way out of proportion.

Nicki Minaj

Hate her or love her, rapper Nicki Minaj has been “doin’ the damn thing!” You already know how I feel about her style “inspirations,” but I must give credit where it is due. Even if you’re not a fan of her music, she still managed to keep her name in everyone’s mouth with other things like her over-the-top style, fraudulent derrière, and controversies throughout the Hip-Hop community.

Fashionista101: Nicki Minaj is “Risk Taker of the Year”
BrownSista: Nicki Minaj is “Swag-Jacker of the Year”

Alicia Keys

Not that it was her wish — and, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t — but Alicia Keys ruffled more than just a few feathers back in 2010! She also birthed her first child, married super-producer Swizz Beatz, and at the end of 2009, she released her fourth studio album, The Element of Freedom. I still haven’t had a chance to listen to the entire album, but I’m pretty sure it was good. All the singles she released, from “Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart” to “Put It in a Love Song” and “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready),” were awesome! But, what could have been an extremely positive year for Alicia took a turn for the worst when Swizz’s estranged wife (Mashonda) and mother of his youngest child accused Alicia of being a home-wrecker! Mashonda released several statements via her Twitter page and magazines like VIBE and Sister2Sister, which depicted Alicia as the “other” woman.

Long story, short: Mashonda said Alicia was sleepin’ with Swizz (while he and Mashonda were still married and just gave birth to their 1st child). When she realized the two were getting a little too close, Mashonda kindly asked Alicia to back off and let them handle their own business. Apparently, Alicia didn’t. She continued to persue Swizz (or vice versa — doesn’t really matter). The couple (Mashonda and Swizz) filed for divorce, Swizz left to be with Alicia, and the two are now married, with a child. Home-wrecking at it’s finest I tell you!

Because of this accusation (and facts..and Alicia, nor Swizz not defending themselves), I don’t feel the same way I used to feel about Alicia. She was once my “sista.” I’m the only girl in my immediate family, so whenever I was feeling down and needed a quick pick-me-up, I’d pop in my favorite Alicia Keys album, As I Am. It felt as if she always knew exactly what to say, without actually knowing me or my problems. She was so real to me. So soulful. So sweet. Now? …now she seems two-faced to me! Like while she’s singing “Superwoman,” she’s also saying “B**ch, watch yo’ man!” And, I actually believe “Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart” was a direct blow at Mashonda, but that’s neither here, nor there!

“The Element of Freedom” became Alicia’s first non-number one album in the United States. *sideye* Congrats to Alicia and Swizz, nonetheless. To Mashonda, I wish much more love and success! Sorry. I’m not with all that cheatin’ and dippin’ and snatchin’ up people’s-people and stuff.

Willow Smith

Ten year-old Willow Smith was already a rising star with 5 acting roles already under her belt (2007-2010). Back in September, she revealed another talent of hers to the world. She can sing! Not only was her hit single Whip My Hair widely received by the masses, she was also signed to rap superstar/business mogul Jay-Z’s label, Roc Nation.

Willow’s talents and funky fashion expression caught the eyes of many, including other popular artists like Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj, with whom she had chances to collaborate with this year.

I think it’s fantastic that Willow is merging into the music biz. She’s cute, smart, and very impressionable. She knows what she likes, and knows how to be young and free. The young girls of this generation definitely need someone like Willow to idolize and emulate. I’m pretty sure Will and Jada will continue to do a great job at raising her properly. Then, we can add her to the list of young celebrity sistas like Raven Symoné and Keke Palmer, who understand that they don’t have to show skin to be succesful. Go team Willow!

She’s definitely one to watch in 2011, and beyond!

Naomi Campbell

Ohhhhhh, Naomi. Where shall we start? — The 40 year-old British supermodel is always making headlines. It’s sad to say that she is better known for a series of legal issues dating all the way back to the year 2000 (ultimate FAIL), than the extensive charity work she has done and participated in over the years.

In June 2010, while on-set at a Dennis Basso photo shoot in New York (on a windy day), shocking photos of the supermodel’s hairline hit the net, and media heads went wild! Thought to be “traction alopecia,” a condition that stems from years of wearing tight braids and extensions, sent a wake up call to many women — especially ones of color. Having the luxury of hair weaves and extensions is truly a blessing for most. If you want a quick color, without the use of harsh chemicals on your hair…you can have it! The same goes for when you want to [virtually] lengthen, thicken, or protect the hair for the most part. But, just because your hair (weave) looks bomb on the outside, does NOT mean you should neglect the real hair that’s growing and living underneath!

Ladies, when getting an extension/braid/weave service done to your hair, be certain that the style is not too tight and ask your beautician to be extra gentle around those edges, or they’ll be gone for good!

**Check out our other “Best of 2010” posts!