kamaiu's parents

kamaiu's parents

Our black Love experience

Our black Love experience

Our Story Of Love & Loss

Growing up in South Sacramento, Karega and Felicia met while in high school and attended undergrad together at Hampton University. Upon graduating from Hampton, Karega became the Dean of Students at Maya Angelou Public Charter High School and Felicia an Educational Psychology PhD student at Howard University in Washington, DC.

Karega and Felicia married in 2012 and, together, took on the work of mentoring high school students and creating pipelines for social emotional support and college access.
 
Relocating to East Oakland, in 2015 Karega and Felicia helped launch a performing arts social justice school named Roses in Concrete Community School and recorded their first album together with their group SOL Development. As their music took residency in the social justice and healing spaces nationally, it also led to the designing and facilitating of a project that creates healing spaces for Mothers’ who have lost children to gun violence, called BE-IMAGINATIVE. 
As their experiences allowed them to grow together and shape what would become their responsibility to their community, they waited to start their family. After experiencing a radiant 41 week pregnancy in their 7th year of marriage, On September 30th, 2019, Karega and Felicia became Angel Parents to a beautiful #BabyBaileyGirl named Kamaiu SOL.
 
“Our precious Baby Bailey Girl was born 6:19 am, and passed shortly after birth. We were patient in awaiting her arrival and had every reason to believe that Kamaiu would be coming home with us and that we would be spending the rest of our lives with her. That’s what we planned for, that’s what we prepared for. But instead we were given the journey of Angel Parents. It is a grief that has no reference and we are still learning how to do it each day. Our bond is a multilayered love story rooted in love and service to our community.”

Our Story Of Love & Loss

Growing up in South Sacramento, Karega and Felicia met while in high school and attended undergrad together at Hampton University. Upon graduating from Hampton, Karega became the Dean of Students at Maya Angelou Public Charter High School and Felicia an Educational Psychology PhD student at Howard University in Washington, DC.

Karega and Felicia married in 2012 and, together, took on the work of mentoring high school students and creating pipelines for social emotional support and college access.
 
Relocating to East Oakland, in 2015 Karega and Felicia helped launch a performing arts social justice school named Roses in Concrete Community School and recorded their first album together with their group SOL Development. As their music took residency in the social justice and healing spaces nationally, it also led to the designing and facilitating of a project that creates healing spaces for Mothers’ who have lost children to gun violence, called BE-IMAGINATIVE. 
As their experiences allowed them to grow together and shape what would become their responsibility to their community, they waited to start their family. After experiencing a radiant 41 week pregnancy in their 7th year of marriage, On September 30th, 2019, Karega and Felicia became Angel Parents to a beautiful #BabyBaileyGirl named Kamaiu SOL.
 
“Our precious Baby Bailey Girl was born 6:19 am, and passed shortly after birth. We were patient in awaiting her arrival and had every reason to believe that Kamaiu would be coming home with us and that we would be spending the rest of our lives with her. That’s what we planned for, that’s what we prepared for. But instead we were given the journey of Angel Parents. It is a grief that has no reference and we are still learning how to do it each day. Our bond is a multilayered love story rooted in love and service to our community.”

Our Angel Parent Identity

Our Angel Parent Identity

"You can't talk about loss without talking about love..."

We Believe Grief Is Love

Our aim is to create a grief processing reference point, documented through multidimensional storytelling for parents who have witnessed the transition of their children and the double transition of their child through the experience of neonatal loss. Although we acknowledge that grief is tremendously complex and difficult to experience, we also believe grief is sacred. Thus by honoring the stories of those experiencing grief, we have the potential to radically connect the deepest parts of our humanity. Grief gives us access to a very special part of hearts, the part of us that has the power to love what our eyes cannot see and arms cannot hold. Grief is Love and right now it is abundant. 

Radical Gentleness

Our world is experiencing a collective grief like never before seen through the global experience of COVID-19. Yet, for Black people and People of Color within the margins, this grief is compounded by the loss of lives to state sanctioned violence. The grief concerning the latter is not newfound and/or unknown for Black and Brown communities. However, the lack of gentleness practiced concerning these communities’ grief is actual and felt. Contextualizing this phenomenon is necessary to understand our Angel Parent Identity and the significance of our storytelling. As newly empowered Angel Parents, we’ve found a radical tenderness and gentleness afforded us concerning our grief, unlike anything we’ve seen or experienced in our work surrounding social justice and gun violence in our communities. 
"You can't talk about loss without talking about love..."

We Believe Grief Is Love

Our aim is to create a grief processing reference point, documented through multidimensional storytelling for parents who have witnessed the transition of their children and the double transition of their child through the experience of neonatal loss. Although we acknowledge that grief is tremendously complex and difficult to experience, we also believe grief is sacred. Thus by honoring the stories of those experiencing grief, we have the potential to radically connect the deepest parts of our humanity. Grief gives us access to a very special part of hearts, the part of us that has the power to love what our eyes cannot see and arms cannot hold. Grief is Love and right now it is abundant. 

Radical Gentleness

Our world is experiencing a collective grief like never before seen through the global experience of COVID-19. Yet, for Black people and People of Color within the margins, this grief is compounded by the loss of lives to state sanctioned violence. The grief concerning the latter is not newfound and/or unknown for Black and Brown communities. However, the lack of gentleness practiced concerning these communities’ grief is actual and felt. Contextualizing this phenomenon is necessary to understand our Angel Parent Identity and the significance of our storytelling. As newly empowered Angel Parents, we’ve found a radical tenderness and gentleness afforded us concerning our grief, unlike anything we’ve seen or experienced in our work surrounding social justice and gun violence in our communities. 

The healing movement

The healing movement

We've Created A Space

SOL Development
Sol Development is a hip-hop, jazz, and soul ensemble that uses music and media as mediums to transmit messages concerning the intersections of social justice, hope, and love, told from the perspectives of The Black Experience. Our work, The Sol of Black Folk, has made appearances nationally, however, its practice rests in the communities of Oakland,CA. It is the live soundtrack supporting the healing retreats of Mother’s who have lost children to gun violence, a collaborative work with BE-IMAGINATIVE. Our latest work has transcended into literature through the authorship of our release Sol Affirmations.

SOL Affirmations Toolkit and Audio Experience
A collection of affirmations and manifestations that were created with the sacred intention of helping us to remember our goodness.  

BE-IMAGINATIVE
BE-IMAGINATIVE is a collection of artists, therapists, healers, and activists dedicated to healing Black and Brown communities through artistic expression, development and multi-dimensional storytelling. This collective hosts healing retreats for mothers and families who have lost their loved one to gun violence. It is the aim of this collective to use holistic artwork and create, respect, and protect the sacred stories of Black and Brown people. 
#LivingInTheFrequencyofLove | Sol Affirmation Sunday’s
Storytelling has been an intricate part of our journey in healing. Our journey has been documented through our presence on social media and can be found through the tag #LivingInTheFrequencyofLove

SOL Love Can Win Podcast
Our aim is to create a grief processing reference point, documented through film and podcast for parents who have witnessed the double transition of their child through the experience of neonatal loss. Grief is complex but also incredibly sacred. We honor the stories of those experiencing grief, and doing so allows us the potential to radically connect to the deepest parts of our humanity. Grief gives us access to a very special part of hearts, the part of us that has the power to love what our eyes cannot see and arms cannot hold. Grief is Love. We frame this in context to access its power. Coming Soon... 

We've Created A Space

SOL Development
Sol Development is a hip-hop, jazz, and soul ensemble that uses music and media as mediums to transmit messages concerning the intersections of social justice, hope, and love, told from the perspectives of The Black Experience. Our work, The Sol of Black Folk, has made appearances nationally, however, its practice rests in the communities of Oakland,CA. It is the live soundtrack supporting the healing retreats of Mother’s who have lost children to gun violence, a collaborative work with BE-IMAGINATIVE. Our latest work has transcended into literature through the authorship of our release Sol Affirmations.

SOL Affirmations Toolkit and Audio Experience
A collection of affirmations and manifestations that were created with the sacred intention of helping us to remember our goodness.  

BE-IMAGINATIVE
BE-IMAGINATIVE is a collection of artists, therapists, healers, and activists dedicated to healing Black and Brown communities through artistic expression, development and multi-dimensional storytelling. This collective hosts healing retreats for mothers and families who have lost their loved one to gun violence. It is the aim of this collective to use holistic artwork and create, respect, and protect the sacred stories of Black and Brown people. 
#LivingInTheFrequencyofLove | Sol Affirmation Sunday’s
Storytelling has been an intricate part of our journey in healing. Our journey has been documented through our presence on social media and can be found through the tag #LivingInTheFrequencyofLove

SOL Love Can Win Podcast
Our aim is to create a grief processing reference point, documented through film and podcast for parents who have witnessed the double transition of their child through the experience of neonatal loss. Grief is complex but also incredibly sacred. We honor the stories of those experiencing grief, and doing so allows us the potential to radically connect to the deepest parts of our humanity. Grief gives us access to a very special part of hearts, the part of us that has the power to love what our eyes cannot see and arms cannot hold. Grief is Love. We frame this in context to access its power. Coming Soon... 

Our offerings...peace king | Peace queen

Our offerings...
peace king | Peace queen

Karega & Felicia Presents

Sol Affirmations Volume 1

Karega & Felicia Presents

Sol Affirmations Volume 1

A collection of affirmations and manifestations that were created with the sacred intention of helping us to remember our goodness. These affirmations are a powerful design of words to help frame the beauty in every difficulty and increase our capacity to explore our hearts and produce the courage to love. These affirmations are offered in text and as an audio experience and have been applied through times of great loss and difficulty. They remain true through all seasons of life. This literature was designed to support social emotional learning and achievement motivation and is being used to support Black and Brown students within the Oakland Unified School District.
A collection of affirmations and manifestations that were created with the sacred intention of helping us to remember our goodness. These affirmations are a powerful design of words to help frame the beauty in every difficulty and increase our capacity to explore our hearts and produce the courage to love. These affirmations are offered in text and as an audio experience and have been applied through times of great loss and difficulty. They remain true through all seasons of life. This literature was designed to support social emotional learning and achievement motivation and is being used to support Black and Brown students within the Oakland Unified School District.

Sol Affirmations:

A Tool Kit for Reflection and Manifesting The Light Within

Sol Affirmations:

A Tool Kit for Reflection and Manifesting The Light Within

A Tool Kit for Reflection and Manifesting The Light Within by Karega Bailey of SOL Development. 

"It can be a dark world sometimes but don't be afraid to be a Source Of Light!" - Karega Bailey & Felicia Gangloff-Bailey
A Tool Kit for Reflection and Manifesting The Light Within by Karega Bailey of SOL Development. 

"It can be a dark world sometimes but don't be afraid to be a Source Of Light!" 
- Karega Bailey & Felicia Gangloff-Bailey

Black Love

OWN Network

Black Love

OWN Network

Having been together since their teenage years and throughout college, while attending Hampton University, their love story has continued to develop over time. They’ve experienced extreme happiness and endured unimaginable pain but have made it their mission to transform their reality of loss and grief as angel parents. Not to mention their shared passion for giving back and serving the community is both inspiring and admirable, especially in the current climate. 

Check us out on Episode 5...
Having been together since their teenage years and throughout college, while attending Hampton University, their love story has continued to develop over time. They’ve experienced extreme happiness and endured unimaginable pain but have made it their mission to transform their reality of loss and grief as angel parents. Not to mention their shared passion for giving back and serving the community is both inspiring and admirable, especially in the current climate. 

Check us out on Episode 5...

Dear Beloved

Music & Storytelling with SOL Development & 
BE-IMAGINATIVE

Dear Beloved

Music & Storytelling with 
SOL Development & 
BE-IMAGINATIVE

The artists of SOL Development make music to heal communities torn apart by gun violence, policing and mass incarceration. 

When they’re shaken by unspeakable losses of their own, they must look inward and lean on each other to navigate circumstances that alter their lives forever. 

A KQED Production featuring SOL Development produced in partnership with BE-Imaginative...

This short film is available now...
The artists of SOL Development make music to heal communities torn apart by gun violence, policing and mass incarceration. 

When they’re shaken by unspeakable losses of their own, they must look inward and lean on each other to navigate circumstances that alter their lives forever. 

A KQED Production featuring SOL Development produced in partnership with BE-Imaginative...

This short film is available now...

KQED Rightnowish Podcast

‘Angel Parents’ Karega and Felicia Bailey on Grief and Love

KQED Rightnowish Podcast

‘Angel Parents’ Karega and Felicia Bailey on Grief and Love

When Felicia Gangloff-Bailey and Karega Bailey's newborn daughter, Kamaiu, passed last year, the couple says they became "angel parents." It's a term that exemplifies their seemingly ever-present optimism and uplifting approach to dealing with grief.

This mindset is something the duo brings to their professional life as well, working as educators and restorative justice practitioners. They're also musicians, making up half of the band, Sol Development, along with Brittany Tanner and Lauren Adams.

Recently, the couple has worked to publish a book full of affirmations that can be used as a toolkit, of sorts, to give guidance to other people who are dealing with grief. The book is call Sol Affirmations.
When Felicia Gangloff-Bailey and Karega Bailey's newborn daughter, Kamaiu, passed last year, the couple says they became "angel parents." It's a term that exemplifies their seemingly ever-present optimism and uplifting approach to dealing with grief.

This mindset is something the duo brings to their professional life as well, working as educators and restorative justice practitioners. They're also musicians, making up half of the band, Sol Development, along with Brittany Tanner and Lauren Adams.

Recently, the couple has worked to publish a book full of affirmations that can be used as a toolkit, of sorts, to give guidance to other people who are dealing with grief. The book is call Sol Affirmations.

The SOL of Black Folk

SOL Development

The SOL of Black Folk

SOL Development

SOL Development (Source of Light), mirrors Nina Simone’s quintessential words: an artist’s duty is to reflect the times. The band offers music to illuminate today’s cultural and political climate, matching it with a sound that allows the listener to feel empowered in finding their own activism and healing.

This is the band's full length debut project, The SOL of Black Folk: Of The Dawn of Freedom. The album title pays homage on W.E.B Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk and specially connected to his chapter “Of the Dawn of Freedom.” The album features songs including “Helicopter,” “Source of Light,” and “Nobody”.
SOL Development (Source of Light), mirrors Nina Simone’s quintessential words: an artist’s duty is to reflect the times. The band offers music to illuminate today’s cultural and political climate, matching it with a sound that allows the listener to feel empowered in finding their own activism and healing.

This is the band's full length debut project, The SOL of Black Folk: Of The Dawn of Freedom. The album title pays homage on W.E.B Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk and specially connected to his chapter “Of the Dawn of Freedom.” The album features songs including “Helicopter,” “Source of Light,” and “Nobody”.

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