Here at The Root we’ve always loved, praised, and centered Black literature in the broader conversation. Each week host Maiysha Kai sits down with an author we love to talk about their work, what inspires them, and what they hope to contribute to the culture at large. Guests so far include Nikole Hannah Jones, Brittney Cooper, Stacey Abrams, Ibram X. Kendi, Ijeoma Oluo, Morgan Jerkins, and Claudia Rankine.
This week we're joined by actress/author Karyn Parsons. Karyn is perhaps best known for playing the hilarious Hilary Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, but she also happens to be the founder and president of Sweet Blackberry—a creative nonprofit that produces animated films for children about unsung Black heroes from history. Last year, Karyn published two books for children and young adults—Flying Free: How Bessie Coleman's Dreams Took Flight, and How High the Moon. Listen to hear Karyn discuss how she went from acting to writing, and why she's so excited to be bringing these lesser-known Black heroes to life for kids.