Tameka Foster, celebrity stylist, mother and former star Atlanta Exes is making boss moves. Her most recent venture, an animated series inspired by her late son Kile Glover, was way too precious to leave in the hands of TV execs. So the mom-preneur is taking the independent route.
Foster is currently working on The Odd Life Of Kile Lyles – a 10-episode, 3-D animated series about a young boy named Kile who lives a normal life by day and saves the world before bed time. According to the show’s Instagram page, the concept for the show, “is the story of an 11-year-old boy, whose day-to-day life changes drastically after a trip to an antique toy museum where he purchases a mood ring, that unbeknownst to him, grants him superpowers.” Kile’s co-stars include characters like Taffy, Kile’s mother and the family matriarch, and fit and funny Dad named Flit, and an older brother named Buck.
In a post encouraging support for this new series, Foster explains why she decided to get this new series off the ground independently. “I need your help,” he writes. “I mentioned previously that I had been working on a new project in Animation… meeting with networks, execs, asking ‘friends’, etc. I’ve now decided to shoot this independently. I do not wish to change the concept, do not wish to lose the integrity of this project, nor do I want to change my ideas for political reasons.”
Foster reveals that she has launched an Indiegogo Crowdfunding campaign in order to raise the necessary funds to produce the series. Though she hesitated to share her vision in fear that she wouldn’t receive adequate support, she is on a mission in hopes to not only honor her son’s legacy, but to add positive Black representation to children’s’ content. She continues: “It is important to get the word out. Any level of contribution is welcomed. I’m very excited, there is a lack of positive representation in media for our black youth and I’m hoping to change that. Let’s go!!! I Need all hands on deck.”
Foster’s son Kile tragically passed away in a boating accident in 2012. According to the show’s Indiegogo page, “Kile set his sights high on becoming an acting sensation and one day having his own show on Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network.” The animated series, Foster hopes, will serve as a fulfillment of Kile’s childhood dreams.
Foster is the ex-wife of singer Usher Raymond, with home she has two sons.
To help make The Odd Life Of Kile Lyles a reality, head over to Indiegogo and donate.