I SEE U, Episode 63: The Fresh Prince in Black & White

Author and actress Karyn Parsons Rockwell shares her unguarded story of raising biracial children as well as the struggles that parents, even mixed-race teenagers, experience while struggling with issues centered around race and cultural identity.


Actress and author Karyn Parsons


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Actress Karyn Parsons is best known for her role as the spoiled ‘Hilary Banks,' Will Smith's cousin in the hit ‘90s sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – which aired for six seasons on NBC. Parsons is now an acclaimed writer and has already produced a series of award-winning animated children's films about unsung Black historical figures. She's also published three books for children: a middle-grade novel, How High the Moon; and two picture-book biographies that stem from her non-profit organization called, Sweet Blackberry. But what sparked her interest in writing – and why has it been so important for her to focus on specific illustrations and images of Black achievement for all children and young readers? Join us as I SEE U Host Eddie Robinson chats candidly with author Karyn Parsons Rockwell about whether or not these renewed conversations about race are starting to cause a bit of fatigue and exhaustion in today's society. The celebrated actress also reveals how the relationship she's had with her mother served as inspiration that instilled a deep sense of culture and heritage to her first-born child.


This article is part of the I SEE U with Eddie Robinson podcast

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Eddie Robinson

Eddie Robinson

Executive Producer & Host, I SEE U

A native of Mississippi, Eddie started his radio career as a 10th grader, working as a music jock for a 100,000-Watt (Pop) FM station and a Country AM station simultaneously. While Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus had nominated him for the U.S. Naval Academy in 1991, Eddie had an extreme passion...

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