Vernon Hills mother and son create online platform for multiracial children

VERNON HILLS, Illinois – After losing a loved one to suicide, a mother and son in Vernon Hills turn their pain into purpose, creating a place where multiracial children can turn to find common ground.

Braedon Tolbert, 11, started off with his own show on YouTube, although it wasn’t for the fame at all.

Tolbert, whose mother Bianca is black and whose father is white, uses this platform to shed light on the issues he has encountered in his life.

“You’re too white for black kids and too black for white kids, so it was just confusing,” Braedon said.

Braedon’s older brother, Duke, committed suicide a few years ago. His mother Bianca said he was bullied for his multiracial identity. Duke wrestled with her every day.

“He needed that culture as a black kid because that’s what he identified as that,” Bianca said.

Braedon and his mother realized that other people could have issues with their identities as well, so the two started their own YouTube channel, called Khaki Colored Kidz, the color Duke used when he described his own color from skin.

“That’s why I created this platform because they don’t have a voice. It’s like the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about, ”said Bianca.

The show features children from multiracial backgrounds with a subject matter that addresses and embraces their uniqueness.

Each segment aims to improve a child’s self-esteem. There’s also a history lesson focused on successful people who are like them.

“If they don’t like being black, they can come to terms with being black and see the good sides of being black,” Braedon said.

Katie Moore’s children Riley and Kennedy are new to the show. Just participating in the program was beneficial for her children.

“I think it’s the instant camaraderie and safety, where it’s like these kids are like you,” Moore said.

Tolbert doesn’t have any TV production experience, but she does everything for Braedon’s show, from screenwriting to makeup. It’s her mission to show children that there is a place where they can feel safe.

“So if I can grab a little kid of 4 or 5 and teach him that there are different people and no matter what their complexion, where they come from, whether they are rich or poor, let them ‘ I’m still a person, ”Tolbert said.

For Braedon, he, too, hopes the show sends a message to all the kids to embrace their real selves.

“I want them to remember that no matter what, they still have a part in this world and that they are loved by someone,” Braedon said.

Khaki Colored Kids is in need of funding, and those interested can donate on Cash App $ kakicoloredkidz or go to indiegogo and search for “kakicoloredkidz”.

Stephen V. Lee