‘True Life’ Check-In: Have Kaleem And Ka’Mari Broken Free From Their Mothers?

Tonight’s “True Life” explored the stories of two young people who were desperate to break free from their demanding mothers. We had an opportunity to check in with them to find out how their lives have changed since filming wrapped — take a look at the follow-up Q&As below.

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How has your relationship with your mother changed since you decided to move out?
It’s changed for the better since I moved out. I feel it’s due to us having our own space and knowing that, at the end of the day, we still have one another.

Have you found an apartment yet?
Yes — having my own space is everything! Knowing that once I turn the key to my door, I have no one on the other side waiting to be helped is awesome!

What was it like sharing your story with us?
Sharing my story with MTV and the viewers was easier than I thought. It actually helped me break the news and take control of my independence. I always saw that light at the end of the tunnel, and MTV was that step ladder I always yearned for.

I also want the viewers to know that it’s okay to step out on your own, even when the loved ones who depend on you recommend staying. Always go for your dreams and never let anyone hold you back. It’s your life, live it!

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How did separating from your mom impact your career?
My mom is my personal manager, so there was no business separation there, but it was difficult to be away, because my mom is my best friend. But it was important to keep in mind that this was for everyone’s betterment. So, when I went into the studio, that was my main focus. Writing songs in a real studio gave me the confidence and assured me that I was a real songwriter, and not just my mom being super sweet and supporting me.

What was life like in the studio? 
It was a true learning experience. I grew into a serious recording artist. I learned so much about the hard work it takes to really make it in this industry, and I got to expand and challenge myself as a writer. I was able make mistakes, learn from them and truly understand that this is a business, first and foremost. My goal is to attack this industry — I have a strong work ethic.

What was it like sharing your story with us?
Having cameras document one of the hardest times in my life was partly mortifying because of how real and vulnerable the experience was, but also very encouraging because I have nothing to hide anymore. I know I can look back on this when I am winning Grammys and writing hit records, and say “Look how far God has brought me!” This will forever be my testimony.

What is next for you??
The galaxy is the limit! First, I want to find a permanent home for me and my family. Then I will be ready to fulfill my entertainment destiny. I would also love to be an advocate for awareness on homelessness in the entertainment world because of my personal perspective. I feel I would have a lot to bring to the discussion.

What I want most is to assemble a team of industry professionals who believe in my talent and want to see me succeed.  A wise woman (my grandma) once told me that all truly successful artists need people around them that not only love their talent, but also care for them as a human beings and want what is best for everyone, and that is the type of team I want around me.

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