We are Karyn Parsons and Tatyana Ali (Hilary Banks and Ashley Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air). Ask us Anything!
Hey everyone! Karyn Parsons here. I’m in NY, and my dear friend and little sis, Tatyana Ali, is here too, Skyping from Los Angeles. We're posting a bunch of video responses!
Ta and I played sisters on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and since then have remained close. Tatyana’s been doing a lot of acting since. From starring in her own t.v. show (Love That Girl) to just finishing up shooting on the Queen Latifah-produced film, November Rule. Musically, Ta has just released the wonderful EP “Hello.”
I, on the other hand, after acting in The Ladies Man, and co-starring on The Job with Denis Leary, cut back on my acting to focus on my nonprofit, Sweet Blackberry. The mission of getting little-known stories of African American achievement to kids has been my passion for some time. Ever since my mother, a librarian, told me these stories, I’ve felt the need to get them out to the public at large. We’ve been so fortunate to have Queen Latifah and Alfre Woodard narrate our first two animated short films, and I’m overjoyed to have Chris Rock set to narrate the third in the series.
We’re currently working on a Kickstarter campaign for Sweet Blackberry to raise funds for its next animated film for kids about the First African American Prima Ballerina, narrated by Chris Rock: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/798791271/the-janet-collins-story-presented-by-sweet-blackbe
We have a bunch of very cool rewards for you guys:
- Lunch with the Fresh Prince cast
- a shopping spree with Tatyana and me
- personalized voicemails from Will Smith, Chris Rock and Joe Marcell (Geoffrey the butler!)
- signed DVDs
You can even watch your favorite episode of Fresh Prince with some of the cast at an exclusive screening in LA and then ask us all those behind-the-scenes questions you’ve always pondered. Or if you can’t make it out to LA, we added a $50 live feed option today for Reddit.
And since Sweet Blackberry is a non-profit, all donations are tax deductible!
I want to give a huge Thank You to everyone who has supported Ta and me over the years. And, thanks to all of you here today! Let’s go!