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Karyn Parson’s Mission to Share the Untold Stories of Black History Heroes
by Jessica Dickerson
Hilary Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air may not have been known as a fierce advocate for education. But the actress who played her sure is. 
Last year, Karyn Parsons — actress, mother, author and amateur historian — founded Sweet Blackberry, a nonprofit devoted to teaching kids about some of the lesser-known figures of black history. The organization publishes books and videos on people like Henry “Box” Brown and Garrett Morgan, and facilitates school visits and children’s workshops centered around promoting ‘creativity, literacy skills and social responsibility.’
Sweet Blackberry recently launched a Kickstarter for its latest project, a short film that will tell the story of Janet Collins, the first African-American prima ballerina in the Metropolitan Ballet. Collins, who died in 2003 at age 86, rose to fame despite being shut out of dance theaters that refused to let her perform unless it was in whiteface…The Huffington Post spoke with Parsons about Sweet Blackberry’s history and its mission. As the Sweet Blackberry website proclaims: ‘This culture is American culture; this history is American History’…continue reading HuffPost’s interview with Karyn Parson
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blackchildrensbooksandauthors:

Karyn Parson’s Mission to Share the Untold Stories of Black History Heroes

by Jessica Dickerson

Hilary Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air may not have been known as a fierce advocate for education. But the actress who played her sure is.

Last year, Karyn Parsons — actress, mother, author and amateur historian — founded Sweet Blackberry, a nonprofit devoted to teaching kids about some of the lesser-known figures of black history. The organization publishes books and videos on people like Henry “Box” Brown and Garrett Morgan, and facilitates school visits and children’s workshops centered around promoting ‘creativity, literacy skills and social responsibility.’

Sweet Blackberry recently launched a Kickstarter for its latest project, a short film that will tell the story of Janet Collins, the first African-American prima ballerina in the Metropolitan Ballet. Collins, who died in 2003 at age 86, rose to fame despite being shut out of dance theaters that refused to let her perform unless it was in whiteface…The Huffington Post spoke with Parsons about Sweet Blackberry’s history and its mission. As the Sweet Blackberry website proclaims: ‘This culture is American culture; this history is American History’…continue reading HuffPost’s interview with Karyn Parson

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Learn the difference between a man who flatters you and a man who compliments you. A man who spends money on you and a man who invests in you. A man who views you as property and a man who views you properly. A man who lusts after you and a man who loves you.
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The tallest statue in the world, Ushiku Daibutsu.
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The tallest statue in the world, Ushiku Daibutsu.

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there is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself.
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You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.

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I think experiences might be the key to everything

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It’s simple, we complicate it.
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It’s simple, we complicate it.

If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.
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