Karyn Parsons and SweetBlackBerry.org

photo-littleYou may know Karyn Parson as Will Smith's sister Hillary on the hit NBC sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air".  What you don't know is that Karyn has founded SweetBlackberry.org, which is dedicated to bringing African-American history alive through animated shorts narrated by Alfre Woodard, Queen Latifah and Chris Rock. Impressed at a young age from stories shared by her librarian Mom regarding Henry "Box" Brown ( a slave who shipped himself to freedom), she has noticed the increasingly absent history of African-Americans in our society.  Through SweetBlackberry.org, Karyn is taking the torch from her Mom and making sure that our history stays vibrant for many generations to come.

Her Kickstarter campaign for her next story on ballerina Janet Collins is 53% funded and ends on July 19th.  Please donate or share to the masses!!!!  Educate yourself and your little ones.

For more information go to www.sweetblackberry.org and to donate to the kickstarted go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/798791271/the-janet-collins-story-presented-by-sweet-blackbe/


Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!

Review: 22 Jumpstreet

Image If you were a fan of the 21 Jumpstreet series back in the day with Johnny Depp, this film is not that.  In fact, it pokes fun at all the things that were so cool about the series, which for me makes it one of the "must-see" films of the summer.

This is truly the summer of sequels and this latest one to hit screens - 22 Jumpstreet  starring Channing Tatum (Jenko) and Jonah Hill (Schmidt) takes the duo undercover to college where they try to sniff out drug dealers.  This film was soooo funny, it brought tears to my eyes and make my belly ache!!!!

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are the perfect "buddy movie" partners and blaze the screen every time they are on it.  Ice Cube as Captain Dickson takes the black police captain stereotype to a whole new level and make us laugh "with" him not  "at" him.

Nick Offerman - what can I say "brilliant" as usual, but the standout in this film for me were four actors.  The Lucas Brothers (Keith and Kenny Yang), Wyatt Russell (Zook) and Jillian Bell (Mercedes) -- they're are all right on point...not too much - but just enough to have you rolling in the aisle.

The action sequences were pretty typical, but entertaining nonetheless.

22 Jumpstreet opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, June 13.   Check out the trailer