Raven-Symone shows off her birthday gift from Janet Jackson in New York City

The View co-host Raven-Symoné is all smiles as she shows off an autographed birthday gift from pop icon Janet Jackson in New York City. Raven-Symoné turned 30 on December 10.
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Raven-Symone shows off her birthday gift from Janet Jackson in New York City

Don't count Symoné among fans of NBC's The Wiz Live!

Symoné said today's artists are a far cry from the superstars in the movie version.

“I have such a high bar in standard for The Wiz, being that it was Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Stephanie Mills, that when I went into it I was like, ‘Let’s go!’ And then I just…I miss Michael. I miss Diana. It’s a hard act to follow. I just want to say, I miss the original people.”

But Black Twitter was quick to inform Symoné the NBC show was based on the Broadway play, not the movie. But what's the difference?

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  • Yes, I’m That Leah

    I miss Michael too.

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    Well Ms Mills was in this production. Loved the old version too. This new production was for 2105.

    Well Ms. RAVEN YOU DON'T LOOK LIKE YOU WARSG regularly.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    ?That's a nice gift!
    &
    No one cares about what high bars she has. No one.

  • AnonymousRose

    rave+ hair.......................

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    What's a WARSG?
    ?

  • Just Keya

    Well Ms. RAVEN YOU DON'T LOOK LIKE YOU WARSG regularly.
    *tears*
    *tears*

  • Milani

    That hair...those eyebrahs...the outfit. I don't even know where to begin. Her look is distracting me from the topic at hand.

  • Yes, I’m That Leah

    lol.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    AND this one was LIVE! ??????

  • VV

    What in the world does she have on? Hair & makeup included!!!

  • SummerBaby

    Raven clearly marches to the beat of her own drum

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Oh that's ah Verb! I was wondering! ???

  • harley_quinn2.0

    I'd rather a Kardashian post ?

  • Meme81

    Janet could've kept that, I would've wanted tix to the show.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    :chase:

  • Bella

    Why she look so old. I'm 34. Raven looks 42. I guess her part of the continents in Africa is where black cracks.

  • That’s Interesting

    Raven told Oprah she had a crush on Janet. Janet is about to give Raven the wrong idea. Smh.

  • Wuts got Petty Davis Eyes..

    She wears the most ghetto azz shyt and hair in DEE fuggin werld and talk about she ain't black and wont hire watermelondrea..yeah here ya go Raven

  • SummerBaby

    No ?

  • harley_quinn2.0

    ???

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    She can buy a row or two but she has personally signed framed art. Thats nice.

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    DREAM MAKER!!!

  • SummerBaby

    I think Janet dabbles in the lady pond.

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    Think she use too. Maybe not now.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    I can't stand Raven, sorry ?

  • nucynu25

    I can't stand this this confused ass ho .

  • SummerBaby

    She's very annoying these days.

  • That’s Interesting

    I think Janet still wouldn't want Raven. Lol.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    I don't think Raven is her type.

  • SummerBaby

    ? touché

  • harley_quinn2.0

    +1

  • SpideySense

    Mutha fuxing Raven. Smh. Wouldn't hire Watermelonesha but walks around with pop rocks in her eyebrows and her grandmother's knitting yarn on her head. I wish she would transracial herself right out of my demographic.

    Walking contradiction

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    That white t shirt looks like a Onesie ??

  • SpideySense

    My sentiments exactly. She's an embarrassment

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    She can however send me the Lois V chains.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    She just grabbed a few odds and ends from her Barney bag and VOILA! This is her creation for the day.

  • Spazzy Jeff

    Funny that she has an issue with "ethnic" names being that she looks like she's just got a visa from the tribe of never-never land

  • LeBrick James

    Did she sent her a piece of carpet too?
    ...since she likes to munch carpet.

  • Desiree

    lmao

  • 1/8

    I heard SWV was on The View today! Did they sing? I love them!

  • tynamight

    I don't think Raven wants to be pretty. Why the hair, lawd? Why the hair???

  • Bootcampgirl

    I don't like her outfit but I love her All-Star's..

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    I was just about to say that. Names I can deal with because you didn't chose it your momma did but what you look like during this interview, that's all you boo.

  • LeBrick James

    And shes' got a hairstyle than Tonquaneesha and 'em would just love.

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    ....

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    And that drum is off beat.

  • SandrasNewFave

    She looks like the kindergarten assistant that none of the kids like cause they see through her bullshyt.

  • Bootcampgirl

    So I just learned that when one of these bad ass kids disrespect me and starts yelling at me, I'm to supposed to talk to them in a whisper...GTFOH...Officer come get him, he's locked in for the rest of the day...

  • harley_quinn2.0

    That toucan uptop irks me.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Look at her eyebrows yo....but this bish has nerve to talk about anything being ghetto.

    My dislike for this wench is strong.

  • TeeTee

    I see she has been gaining her weight back since the break up.....

  • HoneyyGoodMoneyy_

    She is giving me George Clinton tease... No ma'am.

  • SummerBaby

    I think she looks better with weight

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Lies. Raven looks evey bit of 51.

  • Bootcampgirl

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    Good news...

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    She ain't black, that's why there's all that cracking going on.

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    Yew ma'am. Yew ain't shyt. :Kona:

  • harley_quinn2.0

    So strong that you would prefer a Kardashian post ??

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    I see that. Lets discuss better things like.... what are you doing this weekend?

  • holmesa925

    I HOLLERED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • lil goodie

    Is she even old enough to know the original cast????? She irks my nerves...

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    .... We just talked about this.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    I have no plans this weekend. I'm staying home with a few bollas of red wine.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Absolutely not. Lol

  • Milani

    New Post

  • harley_quinn2.0

    I didn't want to be the odd man out ?

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Lol ok I'm the only crazy one! Fine!

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    Sounds like a plan to me.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Make it 2 days! *bams desk*

  • mocha brown

    It looks like someone shit rainbow colored poo on her head ?

  • Monday

    I understand a bit where she was going with this. Michael and Diana were two Black up and coming icon in a yt movie. It was groundbreaking.

    I miss Michael too.

  • VV

    LMAO! For real tho!

  • SG

    She is annoying. Looking back on episodes of the Cosby Show, I now realize that she's always been annoying.

  • stav

    I'm so sick of her look!

  • sunni_daze

    So Raven is unaware that this was a stage play in 1975, before it was remade into a movie. And Janet should have sent her bag to put over her head. To cover her ghetto looking hair and make-up

  • MzFutureLCSW

    Every time she makes a comment, she is attacked. Yes, she has put her foot in her mouth. YES! YES! YES! But, give the kid a break.

  • GTFOHWTBS

    what is that s**t on Raven's head. its one thing to be gay but to let yourself go is sad.

  • LibraGirlonly

    You ain't lyin. I was wondering if that is a gay style maybe?

  • Dee

    She needs to fire her hairstylist and whoever picks her clothes. She is getting fat again and looks a hot mess.

  • jussaying

    Wtf is on her head. Looks like a middle aged white lady's craft project

  • jussaying

    They're touring the east coast currently.

  • 1/8

    If they come to Chicago, I'm there! One of my favorite teenage memories is singing "Weak" underneath a viaduct with some of my friends. That echo had me sounding fabulous! ?

  • goat

    I wouldn't hire her looking like that.

  • Ms.Capricorn101

    This rooster head bish is 30 in what? bird years? Looking older than Janet.

  • Mrs. Vernon Davis

    So she's not ghetto but has mutli color yarn/weave and whatever type of eyebrows going on? I can't with this chick. Can someone show me how to add the gifs so I can properly dismiss this nutt.

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    Are you saying that having yarn in your hair is ghetto? If so I agree.

  • yallcrazy

    I just wish she go away. Get on my dayum nerves. She like a negative Nancy. Ain't never got a full nice sentence. With her mushy body self

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    So do I........... Those brows???

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    I don't think gays would even wear that dead gerbil on there head lol

  • Empress

    When she was little she looked like an old lady now she looks like an old teenager. Maybe she should hire Watermeloniesha and get her hair "did" properly, Her entire look is beyond tragic.

  • Meme81

    I'm sure Raven can, I can't. Want her to give ME some tickets, lol

  • Dr.Rue

    I love Janet....Raven - not so much.

  • Canary Red™

    Ironic thing is she looks like a Watermeloniesha!!!! That hair!!!!

    She got the hair colors right cause truly she is the clown on The View
    the JJ Evans of the show if u will , the Amos and Andy of the show and last but not least The Don Lemon of the show.

    I have no likes for her at all.

  • AJ

    That's the problem, she still thinks she is a kid and she just turned 30.

  • Mik

    My twin trips out alot (they say we look alike) , but I'm happy she got this from her idol . She needs to can those baggy clothes though.. IMO

  • surprise2012

    And this is the person that always has something negative to say but didn't look in the mirror before she left the house. SMH

  • thrift.store.jungle

    bye raven. it is incredibly difficult to be happy for u because, u know, u seem dreadful.

  • Bonny

    Long sigh

  • Lolalao

    Me too..she looks old as heck.

  • Lolalao

    That's what I was thinking in my mind..lmao

  • Satin Panther

    Looks like Raven taking notes from George Clinton's hairstylist? TF she doing, the outfit, the fuckery!

  • 88

    I'm sure those little kids he touched don't.

  • NOTHINGBUTTHETRUTH

    She is so stupid looking. Still trying to relive That's so damn Raven! Overgrown ass kid!

  • Delited

    So happy she put it on the grounds of pissy NY.

  • chappedlippz

    She is so confused

  • Iceman

    I hate dikes