BlackTree TV Producer Jamaal Finkley sits down and has a candid conversation with Ms. Raven-Symone about the new movie which she Executive Produced and stars in for Walt-Disney 'College Road Trip'. Bet u didn't know that the little girl that we once knew as Olivia on the Cosby Show, has now grown up to be a beautiful and succesful woman whose brand is now worth over $450 Million! Not to mention you can find her regularly on 3 networks (TVOne, Nickelodian, Disney) and she still records music as well. While doing all of that she still has time to do Raven Symone Presents and build an empire that makes Martha Stewart look like she is the Junior Varsity Team. For real this woman, is a Mogul, not in the making, but just a Mogul.
Just before the release of her new movie, I sat down with her to talk about growing up, success, politics and this hilarious comedy.
A BlackTree Media Production
Produced by Jamaal Finkley
Deciding which college to attend can be the most exciting and thrilling time of a young woman's life.unless your formidable, overprotective father isn't quite ready to let you go. In the Disney family comedy COLLEGE ROAD TRIP, Melanie (RAVEN-SYMONÉ) is eagerly looking forward to taking her first big step towards independence when she plans a "girls only" road trip to check out prospective universities. However, when her imposing police-chief dad (MARTIN LAWRENCE) insists on escorting her instead, she soon finds her dream trip turning into a hilarious, nightmare adventure full of comical misfortune and turmoil.
Dad wants to assure total security and safety for his precious daughter, while Melanie has a 17-year-old's need to become a grown woman and have her own sense of independence. Now, even as dad and daughter bicker, banter and careen from one funny disaster to the next on their journey, they are about to discover that, sometimes, going that extra mile to be together can forge a family bond so strong it can withstand anything—even wild curves ahead.
Multigenerational comedy veterans Martin Lawrence and Raven-Symoné each bring their fun-loving comic personalities to Walt Disney Pictures' COLLEGE ROAD TRIP, directed by Roger Kumble ("Cruel Intentions," "The Sweetest Thing"). The original screenplay is by Emi Mochizuki & Carrie Evans and Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio. Andrew Gunn is the producer, with Ann Marie Sanderlin, Anthony Katagas, Raven-Symoné and Michael Green serving as executive producers.
The film also stars Donny Osmond, Brenda Song, Eshaya Avi Draper, Kym E. Whitley, Arnetia Walker, Margo Harshman and Molly Ephraim.
RAVEN-SYMONÉ (Melanie) is one of Hollywood's most powerful and talented young stars. She is best known for her role in the Emmy® nominated comedy series "That's So Raven" for the Disney Channel. She played Raven Baxter, a teenage girl who periodically received brief psychic visions of the near future. Trying to make these visions come true resulted in trouble and hilarious situations. Her role as Raven garnered two NAACP Image Awards and a third nomination this year for Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's series/special, two Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards for Favorite Television Actress and a Young Artist Award for Outstanding Young Performer. "That's So Raven" was nominated for two primetime Emmy Awards® for Outstanding Children's Program in 2005 and 2007 and was nominated this year for a NAACP Image Award. Raven-Symoné was named producer for the series' fourth season which aired in 2007.