Many might have seen the “Unsung” series starring Yolanda “YoYo” Whitaker on the hit TV One documentary series, which gave the world a view of her amazing career from the inside.
YoYo is one of the most important influential female voices of hip hop, collaborating with the likes of Quincy Jones, Ice Cube, Tupac, Missy Elliot, and released four critically acclaimed albums. She is the founder of the YoYo School of Hip Hop Arts and Academics Mentoring Program, The Intelligent Black Women Coalition (IBWC), and a co-host of Café Mocha Radio. In 1994, she was invited by Congresswoman Maxine Waters to Washington, DC to address Congress, speaking against censoring rap music which also had an influence on her then and now community outreach.
As an actress, she has appeared in projects including Boyz N’ The Hood, Sister Act 2, Martin with her recurring role as “Key Lo Lo,” and appeared on the USA series “Unsolved.” YoYo has been busier than ever; recently performing on the “Queens of Hip Hop” sold-out concert with Remy Ma, Eve, MC Lyte, Lady of Rage and Rah Digga in Atlanta, Georgia. She is currently, on “The Don’t Sweat the Technique Tour,” – 30-city date tour with hip hop icons Eric B. and Rakim.
YoYo remains active on social media, engaging with her supportive Iconic Hip Hop Pioneer, Lyricist and Actress YoYo On National Tour and Her Long-Running School followers on Instagram and Facebook.
To keep up with YoYo, follow her on Instagram/Facebook @yoyofearless and Twitter @YoYoWhitaker
On Touring With the Iconic Hip-Hop Duo, Eric B. and Rakim
“When I was asked to join The Don’t Sweat the Technique Eric B. and Rakim National Tour, I was so honored and happy to be part of this amazing tour.” It continues to be an amazing and incredible experience to work with excellence at its best and touring with them has been awesome.
“I’ve heard that mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.” I started YoYo School of Hip Hop Arts and Academics Program, nearly 20 years ago to help address literacy in the inner city that kids were having in my community. I was able to develop a lesson curriculum to bring out students registered in my program untapped creative potential. The students learn in my style of teaching which is similar to learning my style of rap.
On What You Would Like Your Fans to Take from Your Show
“I want my fans to know I’m just like them, a person who will never give up or give in who understands her responsibility as a human being and in the community. I am also someone who is always in faith, and always growing.”
We salute this incredible hip-hop female pioneer who continues to amaze us with her talent, focus and commitment to excellence and her community.