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THROWBACK THURSDAY: That’s So Raven

Remember the Baxter family and their teenage psychic fashion-designer daughter, Raven (Raven-Symoné)? She would have visions of her friends and family doing something that she could try to prevent from happening. She and her family had to keep the visions a secret. The most memorable part of all episodes was when she would have the vision and the camera would zoom into her eye and see what she is seeing herself. Raven had her own quote, “Ya Nasty”, which she always said at the perfect time.


Raven had a little brother named Cory (Kyle Massey), who eventually had a spin off show called Cory in the House. He was a young curious boy who loved to pull pranks on his older sister. I am sure a lot of us can relate to this. I personally went through the struggle that Raven went through with her brother, as my own baby brother would get his ideas from Cory.


Tanya (T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh) and Victor Baxter (Rondell Sheridan) were hilarious parents. They were always embarrassing Raven and Cory. Victor was a chef and in one episode he got fired at his restaurant. Raven came to the rescue and attempted to have the manager rehire him. She pretended to be an international pop sensation and proved to the employees at the restaurant that Victor needs to come back.

Another funny moment was when Raven designed a dress for a model to wear on a runway. Her parents were in the audience. Victor said, “My baby made that dress,” and Tanya said, “And I made that baby.” Then Victor keeps talking and without thinking about it, he said, “and I HELPED!” A little scandalous for Disney Channel but it was extremely funny.

In the same episode, Raven stands up for women all shapes and sizes. Unfortunately the types of shows that are on Disney Channel don’t make statements this strong anymore. Disney would teach us how to be genuine people through That’s So Raven. That’s what I miss the most.


Like most teenagers, Raven had bullies in school, but she also had her two best friends Eddie (Orlando Brown) and Chelsea (Anneliese van der Pol), who know all about her visions. Most of the time the visions were about them, so Raven would always try to tell them what to do or not do. Sometimes they would not listen to her and then they realize that they should have trusted their best friend.

After reading this short article about That’s So Raven, it is hard to forget how awesome this show was. Raven was an inspiration for many girls in our generation because she represents minority groups. This sitcom was about a black family living in San Francisco and often focused on how to do the right thing. Modern day Disney Channel is lacking inspiring characters on their shows. It’s always fub to remember what shows we watched growing up. Raven Baxter learned a lesson in every episode and we would learn them too, just by watching. This is a show that no one in our generation will ever forget.

 

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Ashley Harnish is an Alumna of the University of South Florida. She graduated May of 2016 with her Bachelors in Dance Studies and minor in mass communications. Ashley is a former Editor's Assistant for Her Campus at USF. Even though she has be dancing since was just three years young, she loves it more everyday. Writing is another passion of hers, especially on her blog http://ashleycamille24.wordpress.com/. Her favorite show is F.R.I.E.N.D.S and one day she hopes to travel the entire world while writing about her experiences in each dance community.
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