After thinking that kids' music wasn't very positive, this 9-year-old from Atlanta, Georgia decided that she wanted to see a change. Kira, along with her little brother, Skye, developed Kidz Mic, music dedicated to creating fun music for the whole family to jam out to. Read more of our interview with Kira and learn how she's spreading positivity and making an impact on the world.
WHAT ACTIVITIES ARE YOU INVOLVED IN?
Engineering, my company, and professional dance training. Dancing is one of my favorite hobbies.
DESCRIBE YOUR IDEA OR PROJECT THAT YOU ARE WORKING ON
In our positive entertainment company we have a CD of top hit R&B, Rap, and Gospel songs with positive lyrics sung by kids. The original songs were by top artists like Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Kirk Franklin, Bruno Mars, and more. Our Kidz Mic CD has beats that parents really, really love and for kids it feels like a cool playdate because me, my brother and our friends talk to the listener giving them good vibes in between the songs.
When we saw how much the CD brought parents and kids together for positive fun that they both enjoy, we decided to do even more! So now at Kidz Mic we also do interviews, red carpet Q & A, and cool family events that feature celebrities, our country's political leaders, other kidpreneurs and influencers telling kids how to win in life on the Mic with kids like us. We have interviewed Kirk Franklin, Congressman John Lewis, Ice Cube, and many more! Our next big project is an open mic and mayoral town hall for kids in Atlanta.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THIS IDEA?
To center my ideas on the right stuff, I think of influential people, popular ideas, people and things that I care about. I want to show kids that there is positivity in the world and that their future can shine so bright that they gotta wear shades. Kidz Mic became an idea because one day music was playing on the kid's radio channel when I was in the car with my mommy. The songs had words that were not saying very nice things. They were actually kind of sad, about things like heart break and telling others "you're not good as me." I told my mom that I thought kids needed songs that are cool but still tell them good things. I wanted to make music that shows kids that there is positivity in the world and in them, that they shine! So my younger brother and I co-founded Kidz Mic.
WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED SO FAR AND HOW HAVE YOU OVERCOME THEM?
It was a challenge to simply get started and get all the things I needed to actually have my company. It took awhile to get my website going and get used to learn how to set up for events quickly. It used to take so, so long. To overcome, I practiced setting up quickly, got used to using different materials, and asked for help from my mom for a new easier-to-use website.
WHAT ARE SOME GOOD THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED SINCE YOU STARTED YOUR IDEA?
I got more followers and because of that I started to be able to do more things to help other kids with my company like interviewing popular people for their positive tips to kids. Another good thing is that kids came to our Kidz Mic events, had fun, and then told their parents that they feel stronger and better about themselves because they came.
WHAT DO YOU STILL NEED HELP WITH FOR YOUR IDEA? HOW CAN WE SUPPORT YOU?
I want to be on a commercial if that's OK, we need a crew that can help and we are always sharing good with kids. Would love your help spreading the positive word on our efforts to help kids. Letting us know about influencers or celebrities that are giving back is helpful so that we can look at interviewing them. We also love to know about kid-friendly events, we have red carpet fun doing interviews and getting tips from attendees walking the red carpet to help more kids shine!
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNGER GIRLS THAT HAVE AN IDEA THEY WANT TO MAKE HAPPEN?
Always believe in yourself and never give up. Talk to your moms or family members or friends for advice! Give your idea a try, write your plan, show it to your parents or a teacher. Start today.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR MANTRA?
"You got this."
WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE DREAM JOB?
I want to be a professional dancer.
If you know a girl with a story like Kira's, nominate her to be our next featured Idea Girl!