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Kifalme Youth Gathering

Join us for the Kifalme Black Youth Gathering! The one-day gathering with a focus on African American students will be held on April 29.

  • Who: All 7th-12th grade students are welcome to attend
  • Where: River City High School, 1 Raider Ln, West Sacramento, CA 95691
  • When: April 29, 2023, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

The event will include workshops, speakers, free breakfast and lunch, conference bags, performances, and giveaways for participants.

This year's theme is "Royalty". Kifalme means royal in Swahili, so come through for a day of learning, processing, healing, and celebrating your greatness at this free day-long event to build a better future together!

The event is sponsored by the Yolo County Office of Education, Washington Unified School District, and the Culture C.O-.O.P.

Questions? Contact Andrea Barajas at or (530) 668-3789.


8:30 AM - 9:10 AM              Registration and Breakfast

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM            Harambe Opening Session

  • Elder and Cultural Imprinting
  • Keynote Speaker: Karege Bailey

10:15AM - 10:55 AM           First Workshop

11: 10 AM - 11:45 AM         Second Workshop

12:00 PM -1:10 PM             Lunch and Youth Engagement

1:10 PM- 1:30 PM               Closing Session

Keynote Speaker

Karega BaileyKarega Bailey is an angel parent, a social-emotional healing practitioner, and an award-winning educator, recording artist, and lead vocalist of SOL Development. He is a nationally renowned Peace Advocate and the Founding Dean of Culture of Roses in Concrete Community School, a K-8 social justice performing arts school in Oakland, California. 

In addition to his work in education, he is the author of SOL Affirmations and he is a co-founder and lead facilitator for BE-Imaginative, a transformative safe space led by a collective of artists and activists dedicated to disrupting gun violence and healing Black and Brown communities through innovative multidimensional storytelling. Evidence of his work, of which has received national acclaim, can be found in the Emmy award-winning film Dear Beloved: Music & Storytelling with SOL Development & BE-IMAGINATIVE. Karega Bailey is also the co-host of the AMBIE-nominated podcast SOL Affirmations with Karega and Felicia on the Black Love Podcast Network.

Workshop Options

All workshops will be offered twice.

Workshop Title Presenter
Rooted In Royalty: Being confident, brilliant, and resilient no matter where you are or who you are with. Nakia Porter from Nakia’s Peace of Life, LLC
Calming Your Crown: Crisis, conflict, and communication challenges. Changing the way we engage with each other. Marianna Sousa from Mariworks Productions
Magnifying Your Melanin: Celebrating, connecting, and claiming your history, culture, and personal identity on the road to becoming a change marker. M’ster Lewis from Conscious Mindz
Regal Readiness: Afro-Futurism: Creating the future you want to see (in college, work, and life). Armoni Easley from Easley Done & Company LLC

WOrkshop Speakers Bios

Nakia PorterWorkshop: Rooted in Royalty (with Nakia Porter)

Nakia Victoria Porter is a community builder driven to uplift, motivate, and encourage others to be authentic in everything they do. As a result of her transformational talks, workshops, and creative written works, families begin to heal and liberate their minds, to be the change they seek in the world. As a mother, wife, sister, and daughter, Nakia knows firsthand the importance of positive support and encouragement, all wrapped in LOVE, to make it through the challenges of life. Nakia helps us to heal our hearts and raise the vibrations of love and compassion, in order to make space to overcome any challenge presented with confidence, knowing that… “I CAN DO IT!”.

Armoni EasleyWorkshop: Regal Readiness: Afro-Futurism (with Armoni Easley)

Armoni Easley is a full-time Social impact Entrepreneur and Empowerment Facilitator. He is the Owner of Easley Done & Company LLC which provides equity and business consulting.  He is also the Co-Founder and CEO of Project Optimism, Inc., a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to empowering hundreds of community members on a weekly basis with an optimistic mindset and properly equipping them with resources to become productive contributors to society. Armoni is the author of LifeWork which is a self-development experience that allows people to see their genius and think about what legacy really means to them.

M ster LewisWorkshop: Magnifying Your Melanin (with M’ster Lewis)

M’ster Lewis Is a Sacramento-based Conscious Rapper, videographer, brand owner, gardener, and father. M’ster Lewis is known for his empowering, thought-provoking lyrics and tremendous work ethic.

MariannaWorkshop: Calming Your Crown (with Miss Marianna)

Miss Marianna has been committed to "edutainment" for over 20 years. She serves as a culturally responsive and highly engaging approach to inspire personal, professional, and institutional transformation. Founder of Mariworks Productions, a multimedia arts and education organization, her mission is to boost self-awareness and restorative practices with an emphasis on mental health and emotional hygiene. Her keynotes, training, workshops, and coaching services known as "Refresh Sessions" continue to nurture self-education and agitate greatness in the home, school, neighborhood, and workplace.

Royal Court Table Host

Sterling AndersonSterling Anderson is a three-time NAACP Image Award nominee for best screenwriter and winner of the Movieguide Faith & Freedom award and the Christopher award for "The Gabby Douglas Story".

He has written for some of the most popular network television shows, such as "The Unit" on CBS, as well as NBC's "Medium" and "Heist". His teleplay "The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn", written for CBS starring Sidney Poitier, received three Emmy nominations and won an NAACP Image Award. Sterling's extensive resume also includes screenplays written for Lions Gate, Disney, HBO, TriStar Pictures and Columbia Pictures.

Royal Court Table Host

Buffalo SoldiersBuffalo Soldiers were African American soldiers who mainly served on the Western frontier following the American Civil War. In 1866, six all-Black cavalry and infantry regiments were created after Congress passed the Army Organization Act.  

Royal Passport to Africa Table

The Camil BlacksherRoyalty Passport to the World Engagement Booth is about connecting to the royal past of the African Diaspora. The youth will engage with our booth as they “travel” to their African throne. There will be props and a backdrop the youth will engage with, by Ms. Camil Blacksher and Elated Resonation.

Kifalme Youth Gathering