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Karyn Parsons

Biography

Karyn Parsons

Karyn Parsons is best known for her role as Will Smith's ditsy cousin Hilary Banks on NBC's "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." After leaving acting behind, Karyn has gone on to found and produce Sweet Blackberry, an award-winning series of children's animated films, to share stories about unsung black heroes in history, featuring narration from stars such as Alfre Woodard, Queen Latifah and Chris Rock. It's been screened on HBO and Netflix, and enjoyed by schools and libraries across the country. HOW HIGH THE MOON is Karyn's self-authored debut novel.

Karyn Parsons

Books by Karyn Parsons

by Karyn Parsons - African American Interest, Children's 9-12, Coming of Age, Family Life, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Racism

In South Carolina in 1944, 12-year-old Ella spends her days fishing and running around with her best friend Henry and cousin Myrna. But Ella gets bullied for her light skin tone and her mother is away pursuing a jazz singer dream in Boston. Ella is ecstatic when her mother invites her to visit for Christmas. After a life-changing month, she returns South and is shocked by the news that her schoolmate George has been arrested for the murder of two local white girls. HOW HIGH THE MOON is a timeless novel about a girl finding herself in a world all but determined to hold her down.