Remember when writers delivered entertaining material that could hold your attention, without the extra rush of drama? I find myself smiling when I think of characters from shows like “The Fresh Prince of Bel- Air.” They tend to grow on you and become people you think about from time to time. Ever wonder where Carlton Banks (Alfonso Ribeiro) is and what he’s doing? Or Hilary (Karyn Parsons), his loopy sister?
Ribeiro was famous for the “Carlton dance”
Will Smith wasn’t the only draw on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Carlton had a following of his own. His rich-boy, nerd-like demeanor–coupled with bouncy, yuppie dance moves made him pleasingly popular. And he wasn’t bad looking either.
Since the run of the show, Ribeiro is still relevant–just not on a family show series. He’s with second wife, Angela; and they have a new son together, Alfonso Lincoln Ribeiro Jr. Aside from the domestic, Ribeiro participates in celebrity races, winning the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in 1994 and 1995. He began hosting Game Show Network’s new series “Catch 21” in 2008. He also successfully directed “One on One” in 2001, “All of Us” and “Eve” in 2003, and “Cuts” in 2005.
Does he ever hang out with Will Smith? It would make sense if the two men reunited at least at Christmas for old time’s sake. But they did reunite more recently on “The Graham Norton Show” while promoting Smith’s movie, “After Earth.” Ribeiro joined DJ Jazzy Jeff and Smith for a performance of their popular dance routine to the song “Jump On It.”
Karyn Parsons played Hilary Banks on three different series:
- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (in 1990)
- Blossom (in 1990)
- Out All Night (in 1992)
We relate to her character as the ditzy, rich, and spoiled air-head who couldn’t distinguish between a bagel and a donut. She played the stylish hottie who could have any guy she wanted; but chose shopping every time. Since “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” Parsons modeled and worked opposite Jennifer Beals on “13 Moons” in 2002. Parsons is married to her second husband, Alexandre Rockwell; she has four children, two from each marriage.
Sadly, the world lost James Avery, the iconic “Uncle Phil” who symbolizes the type of role model and mentor every young boy needs. Despite the loss of Avery, thoughts of the show continue to bring joy and laughter to all who remember the show’s dynamic run. And it’s good to know that cast members are faring well, for the most part.