Millions of readers turn to the op-ed page of USA Today for Yolanda Young’s perspective on everything from “Hip-hop putting its best foot forward” to “Blacks’ economic crack-up.” A frequent contributor to the largest newspaper in the USA, her work has also appeared in The Washington Post and Essence Magazine.

Yolanda has made many radio and television appearances. She’s shared her radio essays with listeners to NPR’s “This I Believe” and “News & Notes.” Currently, her television commentaries are seen on DCTV.

In 2003 Random House published Yolanda’s memoir, On Our Way To Beautiful, which received widespread critical praise. The Washington, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities honored her with the Emerging Artist Award. The author has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, NPR and Black Entertainment Television (BET). She has testified before the United States Congress regarding domestic violence and Head Start and addressed audiences at Harvard Law School, Vassar College, and Dillard University. She was the keynote speaker for the 2011 National Black Pre-Law Conference.

In 2008 Yolanda founded On Being A Black Lawyer (OBABL) as a news and resource center for African American attorneys. It has since grown into a new media firm providing research, career development, and brand marketing opportunities to clients. OBABL has been recognized by the American Bar Association, National Black Law Students Association, and National Association of Black Journalists. In addition to its news blog, OBABL releases the following publications annually: The Power 100 which recognizes the most powerful black attorneys in the nation; The Salute to the Congressional Black Caucus & the Nation’s Top Lawyers Black Lawyers With Influence; The Black Student’s Guide to Law Schools, which includes rankings of the top law schools for black students; and The Big Book of the Best Black Boutiques, which recognizes the best black law firms across the country.

Yolanda was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. She is a graduate of Howard University and The Georgetown University Law Center.

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