You may not know this child actress by name, but you probably recognize her face from many movies and TV shows, including the biopic film, “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” where she played the young Anna Mae Bullock (Tina Turner’s birth name).
She also made appearances in the TV shows, “Roc,” “ER,” “Touched By An Angel,” “Living Single” and many more.
Here at I Love Old School Music, the project most of us remembered her for was “What’s Love Got To Do With It.” And we were all kinds of caught-off-guard once we realized it had been THAT long since we’d seen her in 1993.
Actress, Rae’Ven Kelly, is now a 36-year-old woman. However, before we get into what Rae’Ven was left with no choice but to do to her parents, we need to first give this beautiful young lady her props for not only being a strong woman, but for growing up into the stunning, talented woman that we see before us today.
In addition to that, Rae’Ven has just let all of us, Old Schoolers, know just how old school we really are. Wasn’t she just a kid like yesterday?!!
The Unthinkable Thing No Child Should Ever Be Forced To Do To A Parent
In 2015, Rae’Ven dropped a fat lawsuit on her parents for $1MILLION, because they allegedly jacked her out of almost ALL her money, which she earned as a child actress. According to CBS Los Angeles, by 2017 ‘a Superior Court judge granted a judgment of more than $800,000′ to Rae’Ven as a result.
In her lawsuit, Rae’Ven also stated that she was being emotionally abused by her parents for years and that they tried to destroy her relationship with her then fiancee’ (whom she’s since married). According to Rae’Ven, her parents lied to her fiance’ by claiming that she had AIDS, which she said is a complete lie.
Rae’Ven’s husband, Sean Dinwoodie, also joined her in suing her parents, because of rumors they allegedly spread about him, jeopardizing his Christian reputation within his Christian community. The lawsuit states that not only did Rae’Ven’s parents allegedly lie and tell friends and relatives she had AIDS, but they also disapproved of their interracial relationship (her fiance’ is Caucasian). They hated it so much, that Rae’Ven says her parents went even further and spread the lie that she’d filmed porn movies and that her fiance’ was a gay pornographer- all of which are untrue.
The lawsuit also states that ‘Phyllis and Kevin [Kelly] (Rae’Ven’s parents) began to emotionally abuse Rae’Ven by telling her things like she is ugly; the only reason that Dinwoodie is dating her is for her money; that she is an ‘ungrateful heifer’; and that when Phyllis dies, Rae’Ven should not attend the funeral because Rae’Ven would be the reason for Phyllis’ death.” RaVen also says that her mother told her “I should have just aborted you.”‘
Now…if this ain’t an “Iyanla Fix My Life” type of situation, then we don’t know what is. It had to have been really painful for Rae’Ven walking into a court room to sue her parents. We hope that they can eventually resolve their issues, because there’s nothing like a parent-child bond.