Actress Karyn Parsons with her children Lana and Nico
Former The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actress Karyn Parsons, 39, is now a busy mom to daughter Lana, 4, and son Nico, 1. Karyn grew up listening to Black history stories that her mother told her when she was filming the Fresh Prince and decided that the stories would be perfect for a children’s book. After Karyn married director Alexandre Rockwell in 2003 she developed her ideas more fully.
I was thinking about my own responsibilities as a parent that were coming up, and teaching my daughter about her heritage.
In 2004 Karyn started the production company Sweet Blackberry, and has written and produced two animated films that are available on DVD. The stories are a fun and educational way for children to learn about history, as Karyn explained.
…especially about Black Americans who we don’t hear about so much. If young people get interested early, it’s something that will stay with them for a lifetime.
Source: Ebony, May 2008 issue
Thanks to CBB reader Brenda.