Most people know Karyn Parsons as Hilary Banks of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” but these days, she’s more of a history teacher than anything else. In the years since “Fresh Prince,” the star and mom of two founded a nonprofit called Sweet Blackberry, which aims to share little known stories of black history with children. Her goal is to teach and empower young people through these stories, and change the way they view African American culture. It’s a grim reality that American history is selectively retold, often with an omission of key players in moving the country forward who are black.
Parsons told The Root:
“In the schools we pretty much learn about the same handful of stories of black people and accomplishments. And they are fascinating, great stories, but they’re the same ones. There’s so many people who contributed to this country, who created the fabric of this country, that are not white. [When] we just relegate black history to February, for a short little 28 days we will talk about it, and you relegate it to a little, special ‘boutique’ history, you extract it from American history. It becomes this cute, little history, and every now and then a special black person comes along who does something great.”
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Carlton Banks was secretly my favorite character on “The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air.” Even then I knew he was a dork after my own heart. These days Alfonso Ribeiro is keeping busy hosting dance party flash mobs to the Tom Jones song “It’s Not Unusual,” like this one filmed on the Universal Studios City Walk in Hollywood. Apparently he was trying to break a world record for most people dancing to the same song at the same time around the globe. (It brings pain to my heart that I cannot embed the video on The Frisky, but you can watch it here.) Glad to see you’re still awesome, Carlton Banks.
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?Remember Hilary Banks, the prissy older daughter on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”? Well, actress Karyn Parsons—who played our fave ’90s airhead—now runs a charity called Sweet Blackberry and as a fundraiser, she is auctioning off a personal “Fresh Prince” reunion dinner. She will be there, as will Carlton, Ashley, Uncle Phil and, yes, the Fresh Prince himself, Will Smith. What, no Aunt Viv? Number one or two? Keep reading »