But very quickly, the sitcom took viewers away from "Monday Night Football," at least in part to see Geoffrey, the dry-witted, proper butler for the Banks family. Joseph Marcell has returned to his native London. Marcell has not completely left television, though -- he guest-starred on an episode of BBC's crime drama "Death in Paradise" in She told the Insider in that Smith did "some heinous, horrible things to me -- they were like bad kids, Will and Alfonso [Ribiero], especially Alfonso.
The actress explains how her former cast stepped up when she needed them most.
By Evan Greenberg October 30, , pm. In anticipation of her festival debut, we spoke with Parsons about her novel, plans for a second book, and those Fresh Prince spinoff rumors. What was that process like? At first it was like nobody was really watching. Sometimes I wondered what I had gotten myself into. I always try to remind myself and tell other people, my one little grain of knowledge is to give yourself permission to suck and be terrible. Before, I was writing and I knew what I wanted to explore. And then I found myself bumping up against things. When moving to your second novel, was there any muscle memory that started to kick in?
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Famously known for playing Hilary Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air , Karyn Parsons returns to acting in Sweet Thing , a tenderly dark but poetic picture that follows the misadventures of a pair of siblings looking for childhood sanctuary amid familial turmoil and dysfunctionality. Ahead of its proposed release, Sweet Thing — now in the editing phase — is both a family affair and labor of love. A newly launched Kickstarter campaign aims to do just that. An actress turned first-time author, Karyn Parsons today is quite a far cry from the life and times of her fictional character, Hilary Banks. Focusing on issues of identity and the untold stories of African-American achievement, Parsons recently published How High the Moon , a debut young adult novel that centers around a light-skinned Black girl coming of age in the Jim Crow South.
Sure, she was vapid and flighty and occasionally obnoxious, but she was also admirably ambitious, charmingly naive, and genuinely loyal to her very black family. So it's a kind of poetic justice that the actress who played her, Karyn Parsons, has evolved out of that hallmark role into something of a black public intellectual, activist, and author — even if she wouldn't call herself any of those things. Her first novel, How High the Moon , was published last week, and we sat down to talk about it, her nonprofit organization, Sweet Blackberry , race, and labels, and how she feels about acting today. Rebecca Carroll: You founded Sweet Blackberry as a way to preserve and lift and amplify the achievements of black Americans throughout history, and now you've written a young adult novel about a light-skinned black girl coming of age in the Jim Crow South. How do you feel these two projects speak to each other? Karyn Parsons: I think what Sweet Blackberry has to offer is knowing about these stories from the past, and how they serve us moving forward, especially young people. It shows children what they're capable of — it teaches them so much about themselves and who they are and can be. RC: One of the things that I come up against in social justice work, art, or writing, is the difference or the dance between patience and hope. I think that the idea of people learning from history is a good one, but we've done this dance for a long time of saying, "If we just showed people history. Things would change.