Our hearts shattered into a million pieces when news broke that Tameka Raymond’s son Kile Glover had been hurt in a tragic jet ski accident and was on life support. Kile eventually succumbed to his injuries but Tameka wants the world to know, his death won’t go in vain.
Tameka picked herself up out of an eight-month depression and started the Kile’s World Foundation in honor of her son and his creative imagination, in hopes to build a charter school for kids just like him.
We spoke with Tameka about the foundation and how you can help her continue Kile’s legacy by joining the Kile’s World’s Give Thanks 5K Run/Walk on November 30th from 9am-12pm. Proceeds from the Give Thanks 5k Run/Walk will go to support Kile’s World’s art initiatives and its upcoming camps.
HelloBeautiful: What is the concept behind the Kile’s World Foundation?
Tameka Raymond: Kile’s World focuses on performing arts. The ultimate goal of the foundation is for us to open a performing arts school. Right now, we’re just focusing on camps because we’re just trying to introduce the concept to the Atlanta public and the people here in Georgia. Kile was really into the arts, he loved to paint, he colored. He was great at coloring, but then as he grew older, he liked to paint abstract artwork. But, in addition, he sang and he was an actor and he produced music, like I had tracks that he hasn’t finished, like music tracks that he’s done and songs that he’s written. He was just really really creative and very talented.
HB: Will you be releasing any of his work?
TR: I’m taking my time as it relates to his personal artwork, just trying to figure out the right thing to do with what would be best also considering his dad. I feel like he was so talented, but I think it’s partially because he had access to so much. He had an iPad and iPhone and laptop. You know a lot of children are underprivileged and some of them don’t have access to all that stuff. I would like to open a school that focuses on kids and kind of cultivates their art.
HB: How therapeutic was it to start Kile’s foundation?
TR: It was very necessary because otherwise, I don’t know what I would be. I took my son’s death very hard, naturally, he was only 11. I’d say probably seven or eight months throughout the holidays and last year, I was so despondent. So, when it got close to his birthday when Spring started coming, his birthday was in March, I said that’s it, you gotta get up, you gotta do something. I think we’re getting desensitized because it so much foolishness going on in the world, so I said, I can’t just let Kile’s death go in vain. I’ve gotta keep spreading the word about him, let people know how great my son was and more importantly, try to share some of his art love and art knowledge with other students.
For more information on Kile’s World, visit KilesWorldFoundation.org.