Detroit YoYo School of Hip-Hop
Compton female rapper Yo-Yo found fame in the early 1990s as a Hip-Hop artist and protégé of fellow west coast rapper Ice Cube.
The rapper, born Yolanda Whittaker, quickly made a name for herself for her positive rap lyrics promoting female empowerment and denouncing misogyny in hip-hop music.
Whitaker, 41, is now promoting positivity for youths with the YoYo School of Hip Hop in metro Detroit. The “You Can’t Play with My YoYo” artist started the program in Los Angeles two years ago before relocating, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Higland Park Mayor DeAndre Windom sought after Whitaker and her program after seeing an opening in L.A., the Free Press reports.
The School of Hip Hop is a seven-week program for youths ages 7-17 that focuses on teaching writing structure, hip- hop dance, vocal performance, beat production and acting.
The program is available free for members and teaches participants about building character, the Free Press reports.
“I’m not just lending my name, but I’m passionate about this program,” said Whitaker said, according to Free Press. “I expect the best out of them, and I’m teaching them the best ways to be young professionals.”
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YoYo Teaches Detroit Youths the Art of Hip-Hop