Chillin’ out maxin’, relaxin’ all cool is what the cast of the ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ will be doing soon- and for a good cause.
The actors are auctioning off a lunch date with the cast for the winner if a Charitybuzz auction benefitting Sweet Blackberry, a non-profit founded by Karyn Parson, the actress who played Hilary Banks. Parsons spoke to Pop Eater about the event, saying:
“It’s a dining experience with Alfonso Ribeiro [Carlton], Tatyana Ali [Ashley], James Avery [Uncle Phil] and myself, and a meet-and-greet with Will Smith. Will’s gonna come by and hang for a minute and meet the winner.”
Though Aunt Viv and Jeffery will unfortunately not be in attendance for the lunch, the meet promises to be a fun one for the winner and is sure to have plenty of laughs in store. According to ‘Love That Girl’ star Tatyana Ali, it is hard to keep it together when the group is in one room.
Ali says its been a while since the group met up but that she’s sure the event will have them picking up where they left off. Speaking about the event, Ali reminisced:
“Any time on ‘Fresh Prince’ when we all had to sit down at the table together, we called them table scenes. We couldn’t get up, so we’d be there for hours. In those scenes, the outtakes are ridiculous,” Ali tells us. “We would literally be laughing ’til we cried. So I would expect somebody coming into that to expect to be at a table scene.”
Parson’s Sweet Blackberry is a non-profit that is dedicated to bringing little known stories of remarkable African-American achievement to children everywhere. The organization creates educational animated DVDs telling the less popular stories of black history, like Henry “Box” Brown, a slave who mailed himself to freedom in 1849.
Ali, who serves on the board of Sweet Blackberry believes that in many ways, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air provided new stories to be added to the canon of African-American stories.
“They’re really sharing these great African-American stories for all children. It really brings the stories to life. I think it’s very important and very apropos — ‘Fresh Prince’ did this too — for us to realize the commonality, how much we share in common.”
The NBC series ran from September 1990 until its final season in May 1996. The show starred Will Smith as a fictionalized version of himself, a teen from Philadelphia sent to live with his extended family in Bel-Air.
The auction closes today Monday, Feb. 28 and goes to a worthy cause. So far the highest bid stands at $7,500.