Friday, March 13, 2015

On the Beat with Karyn Parsons at Wizard World Fan Fest 2015

Our continuing recapping coverage of the Wizard World Fan Fest brings us to Karyn Parsons, former young co-star on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.  This instantly became one of my favorite interviews.
Parsons was one of the many celebrity guests at the Fan Fest.  Despite having a consistent line of fans waiting to meet her, Parsons took a few minutes to give an interview to Johngy's Beat.
Parsons played Hilary Banks on the beloved sitcom.  Since then, she has married and raised a family.  She states that she is not retired from acting.  Perhaps we can all hope to see her working again in the future, but she didn't have anything in the works right now.  Still, that door appears to be open.
She is also the founder and President of Sweet Blackberry., an organization with the mission to "bring little known stories of African American achievement to children everywhere."  Her goal was to share stories of American history and culture.  The first two films were entertaining and inspiring accounts of the lives of Henry "Box" Brown and Garrett Morgan, two important figures in American history.  This isn't just for African Americans.  It is for all Americans to know.
A third films is in the works.  Sweet Blackberry will continue to teach and reach children of all color.
It was a real honor and pleasure meeting Parsons.  Her commitment to her family and to the youth of America is heart-warming.  If that wasn't enough, Parsons was an absolute dear when I met her.  This was one of the highlights of my years of covering these events.
We very much appreciate Parsons for her time and consideration.  We also appreciate the staff at Wizard World for making this happen. 

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