Black News, Entertainment, Style and Culture - HuffPost Black Voices
iOS app Android app More
October 22, 2014

Report: Several Black Witnesses Back Up Darren Wilson's Account Of Mike Brown Shooting

Darren Wilson
ASSOCIATED PRESS

13 Women Have Accused Bill Cosby Of Rape, So Why Has America Forgiven Him?

Bill Cosby
Ethan Miller via Getty Images

UNC Officials Failed To Stop 18-Year Long Student Athlete Academic Fraud

Unc Football
Raleigh News & Observer via Getty Images

Michael Brown Autopsy Released

Michael Brown
AP

These Biased Ideas Are Presented As Fact In Texas Curriculum Standards

Texas Textbooks
ASSOCIATED PRESS

#Muslims4Ferguson Takes To Twitter To Protest Police Brutality

Ferguson Protests
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Cigarette Company Finally Bans Workers From Smoking At Work

Camel Cigarettes
Justin Sullivan via Getty Images

Examining The 'Intolerable Levels Of Violence' Faced By Gay Jamaicans

Jamaica Gay Violence
ASSOCIATED PRESS

How To Make It As A Black Sitcom: Be Careful How You Talk About Race

Blackish
Troy Dunham

Ferguson Protesters Anticipate Bad News In Michael Brown Case

Ferguson
Scott Olson via Getty Images

'Mystery Woman' Involved In Teddy Pendergrass' Paralyzing Accident Speaks Out

Tenika Watson Woman From Pendergrass Accident
OWN

Ebola Survivors Feared, Even Though They're Instrumental In Stopping The Disease

Ebola Survivor
John Moore via Getty Images

Next Time Someone Says 'White Privilege Isn't Real,' Show Them This

Social Mobility
Reeves and Sawhill

The State Of Drug Use In America, In 9 Maps

Beer Pills
Jupiterimages via Getty Images

'Django Unchained' Actress And Boyfriend Charged With Lewd Conduct

Daniele Watts
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Michael Sam Cut From Cowboys' Practice Squad

Michael Sam
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Missouri Gov Forms Commission To Look At Ferguson Unrest

Jay Nixon
ASSOCIATED PRESS

How 'Hip-Hop, As Usual, Is Ahead Of The Game'

Wiz Khalifa
Frazer Harrison via Getty Images

Labor Secretary: Lack Of Paid Parental Leave In U.S. Is Embarrassing

Labor Secretary Tom Perez
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Missouri State Senator Arrested During Ferguson Protests

Jamilah Nasheed
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Boko Haram Clashes Rage On Despite Ceasefire Reports

Boko Haram
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Obama Has Perfect Reaction To Woman's Jealous Boyfriend

Barack Obama
BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI via Getty Images

Ebola Cases Rise Sharply In Western Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Shonda Rhimes Shuts Down Tweeter Who's Upset With Gay Sex Scenes

Shonda Rhimes
Frederick M. Brown via Getty Images

Skip Bayless Made Outrageous Claim About Kobe Bryant

Skip Bayless
Laura Cavanaugh via Getty Images

NYPD Still Arresting Large Number Of Minorities For Minor Marijuana Offenses

De Blasio
Andrew Burton via Getty Images

Wyoming Attorney General Says Gay Marriages Can Begin On Tuesday

Rainbow Flag
Getty

Urgency of Now: Why We Must Vote

Black Voter Turnout 2012
Getty

Cam'ron Is Selling The 'Fashionable' Ebola Masks You Never Asked For

Camron Ebola Mask
Dipsetusa.com

Man On Death Row Because In Texas, Being Black Means You're Dangerous?

Black Man Prison
Erika Kyte via Getty Images

Michael Rapaport Squashes Beef With Spike Lee

Michael Rapaport Spike Lee
James Devaney via Getty Images

Can Rand Paul Get 30 Percent Of The Black Vote In 2016?

Rand Paul
ASSOCIATED PRESS

How Becoming The First African NBA General Manager Inspires Masai Ujiri To Give Back

Nba Cares
NBA

Reggae Legend John Holt Dies

John Holt Reggae
David Corio via Getty Images

Nigeria Is Officially Ebola-Free After Containing Virus

Ebola Nigeria
PIUS UTOMI EKPEI via Getty Images

Why Are Black Women Dying of Breast Cancer, Even Though More White Women Are Diagnosed?

Tiffany Jones Pink
Andrew H. Walker via Getty Images

40 Contemporary African Artists Take On Dante's 'Divine Comedy'

Wangechi

Follow HuffPost

    1. HuffPost
    2. Black Voices
    1. HuffPost
    2. Black Voices
    1. Most Popular on HuffPost
    2. Latest News
    3. Black Voices
    4. View all RSS feeds

Kanye West Takes Kim Kardashian On Surprise Birthday Getaway

Kim Kanye
Chelsea Lauren via Getty Images

Zoe Saldana Wants This Word To Disappear

Zoe Saldana
Albert L. Ortega via Getty Images

Alfonso Ribeiro Injured Doing The Carlton Dance

Alfonso Ribeiro Fresh Prince
NBC via Getty Images

CaCee Cobb And Donald Faison Expecting Second Child

Cacee Cobb Donald Faison
Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

Revisit The Grit And Glamour Of '70s and '80s NYC

Angel

'Racism Insurance' Is The Full Coverage Policy A LOT Of People Need

Racism Insurance
YouTube / Dear White People

Exploring The Graffiti Hidden In New York's Abandoned Military Base

Tilden

Hannibal Buress Opens Up About Bill Cosby Rape Jokes

Hannibal Buress
Cindy Ord via Getty Images

13-Year-Old Kim K Answers All Your Questions

Kim K
Youtube

London Richards Is Your New R&B Obsession

London Richards
Jared Thomas

Diddy And Nas Set For Alicia Keys' Annual Black Ball

Diddy And Nas
Richard Bord via Getty Images

WATCH:
Baby Spinach Has Never Sounded More Hardcore

Ice Cube
ABC

'Saturday Night Live' Gets More Diverse

Leslie Jones Nbc
NBC

Wyatt Cenac Describes His 'Physical Altercation' With An 'SNL' Cast Member

Wyatt Cenac
Mike Coppola via Getty Images

Kerry Washington Talks 'Awkward' 'Scandal' Sex Scenes

Allure Photo
Carter Smith

For The Love Of God, People, Do Not Dress Up As Ray Rice For Halloween

Ray Rice
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Macy Gray: 'I Was A Massive A**hole'

Macy Gray On Where Are They Now
OWN

Afroman: 'After Marijuana Is Legalized, I'm Not A Criminal'

Afroman
HuffPost Live

16 Times Floyd Mayweather Jr. Bragged About Having More Money Than You

Floyd Mayweather
Dan Harr/Invision/AP

North West Heads To A Pumpkin Patch In Leather Pants

North West Pumpkin Patch
Instagram

Tyra Banks Proves You Can Be A Feminist And A Runway Model

Tyra Banks
Michael Tran via Getty Images

Beyonce Dons A Floral Romper For Night Out With Adele

Beyonce
Keith Hewitt via Getty Images

Jada Pinkett Smith Brought A Man On A Leash To Her 'Gotham' Audition

Jada Pinkett Smith
Nomi Ellenson via Getty Images

'SNL' Nails Important Point About Aid Programs In Africa In Hilarious Sketch

Saturday Night Live 39 Cents
Saturday Night Live / YouTube

Drake Shoots Hoops, Becomes Jimmy From 'Degrassi' Again

Drake
C Flanigan via Getty Images

LeBron James Returns To Akron

Lebron
Beats by Dr. Dre

Here Are The Most Progressive 2 Minutes Of TV This Season

Viola Davis How To Get Away With Murder
Craig Sjodin via Getty Images

Jordin Sparks Wants You To See Her Without Makeup

Jordin Sparks
Slaven Vlasic via Getty Images

How One Artist Is Single-Handedly Changing The Way We See Death Row

Elkins

WATCH
Chris Rock's New Movie Gets A Really Funny Trailer

Top Five Trailer
Paramount

Yo Yo: Still Reigning 'Supreme'

Comments (28)

By Karu F. Daniels, BlackVoices.com


Female rap luminary Yo Yo will hop back into the national media limelight with the new reality series 'Miss Rap Supreme,' which will seek out to find the next great lady emcee.

Hosted by rap veteran Michael "MC Serch" Berrin, the show – officially titled 'ego trip's Miss Rap Supreme' – will debut April 14 on VH1. It promises to be a lively and engaging off-shoot of last year's wildly popular series, 'The (White) Rapper Show,' which chronicled the antics of aspiring Caucasian rappers pitted against each other in 'Apprentice'-like fashion.

For 'Miss Rap Supreme,' 10 femmes fatale will compete for a $100,000 prize, and the new title of "Miss Rap Supreme." The budding hip-hop divas have to find a way to make it through challenges that will test their sex appeal, stage presence and, of course, their mental toughness and creativity.

Yo Yo (real name: Yolanda Whitaker) has been tapped to school the young women and guide them through the rough waters of the rap game.


The quintessential female voice who truly represented what the west coast rap experience was like during the 1990s, Yo Yo jumped at the opportunity.

And for good reason too.

"Shining light on female emcees has always been needed, and something that I've always wanted to help do," says the stalwart ambassador for women in hip-hop.

"This is an opportunity to do just that. The title of 'Miss Rap Supreme' will be the answer to "some young girls dream." (Did that just rhyme?)

She was Introduced to the masses as a protégé of west coast hip-hop kingpin Ice Cube during the female rap explosion of the late 1990's – where emcees such as Roxanne Shante, Salt N' Pepa, MC Lyte and Queen Latifah reigned supreme. While all of them made indelible impressions in the rap community, Yo Yo was a west coast sister to be reckoned with.

And with Ice Cube and N.W.A. blowing up the way they were on the charts, a new entry was inevitable.

She first appeared as a guest on Cube's 'AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted' album in 1990, which made way for her critically praised debut (1991's 'Make Way for the Motherlode'), which yielded the single 'You Can't Play With My Yo-Yo.'.

Like a force of nature, Yo Yo descended onto the hip-hop scene – bleached blond braids, tight jeans and attitude to boot. And everyone -- who was anyone -- who came into contact with her just couldn't get enough of her.

Signed to east west/Atco records, her music career was cultivated by music industry titan Sylvia Rhone, who also handled the careers of EnVogue, Gerald Levert, Das Efx, Adina Howard and many hit-makers of the 1990s.

Yo Yo appeared in John Singelton's seminal 1991 film 'Boyz N The Hood,' The Hughes Brothers' beloved 1993 masterpiece 'Menace II Society' and in many other "hood" flicks. She even had a recurring role on the hit FOX series 'Martin' – as Keylolo, the sidekick of comedian Martin Lawrence's alter ego, Sheneneh.

In most recent years, the still-bleach blond beauty became a mother of two beautiful girls (Tiffany and Sanai), worked on completing her college degree, studied at the Lee Strasberg acting school in New York City and even taught at her former high school (Washington Prep).

Professionally, for the past three years she has served as a radio personality on the Los Angeles hip-hop station K-DAY (93.5 FM) and performed a host of voice-overs for video-games and rapped theme songs for television shows.

"So in the words of Jay-Z, 'I'm everywhere, you ain't never there,'" she quipped.

With all things considered, the rap game is not what it used to be -- for anyone who rose to prominence during the 1990s heyday.

So how does 'Miss Rap Supreme' fit into the scheme of things when it seems that all of the more renowned female lyricists of the moment are having more success with criminal records than rap records?

Is there a place for female rappers nowadays?

"Are you serious?" Yo Yo, who has partnered with MC Lyte to found the Let Your Light Shine Foundation (a camp for young girls) countered. "Will bees ever stop needing honey?," she continued. "There will always be a place for female emcees. Of course we need more support, attention, artist development and more doors open; but given the right leadership, I believe we'll start to see more development."

"Women are so independent that we sometimes lose out from not teaming up! Oh, but there is a need ... Just watch the show on VH1 April 14and you'll see!"

Clever segue.

And what about your rap career? Is it over?

"I won't ever say it's over, because once an artist always an artist," she maintained. "I just needed a way to create something bigger than me. I sometimes feel like every time I go back to music – it's my fear making me feel that's all I have to give!"

"We'll I've been there. Done that! I want my Fearless/YoYo Music [production/ management company] to be the group that discovers the next female superstar - the next "best kept secret" I want to help discover raw talent."

With this new turn at "celeb-reality," Yo Yo may just succeed at that monumental task.




Comments: (28)

Add a comment

Page 1 of 3

Add a Comment

Please keep your comments relevant to this blog entry. Email addresses are never displayed but they are required to confirm your comments. When you enter your name and email address, you'll be sent a link to confirm your comment, and a password. To leave another comment, just use that password."