Celebrating Black History Month: Saluting Yolanda Rabun
Posted February 5, 2021 7:45 p.m. EST
Yolanda Rabun continues to leave on mark on the arts in the Triangle and across the country. By day, she is a corporate attorney. In her spare time, you can find her on stage.
“My nickname was motormouth,” Rabun said when WRAL sat down with her to talk about her life, career and Black History Month.
“I always tell people, in talking, there’s a melody to your voice; it makes people want to listen to you; allows people to do something or not.”
Rabun said at a very early age she felt a calling to the stage, and more specifically, a calling to sing; to make her voice heard. Rabun said that on stage, she becomes a storyteller.
“I’m always looking for a new moment to communicate a new message,” she said when asked about relating to the audience when on stage. As an artist, this wife and mother believes the power of the arts can influence and inspire.
“I think that’s the beauty of art, the beauty of music, the beauty of dance," Rabun said. "You can use that forum to build stories that have not been told, but [are] now heard in a new manner."
Rabun graduated from a renowned performing arts high school in her hometown of Atlanta, Ga. She, her husband and two sons now make their home in the Triangle. According to her self-titled website, Rabun first gained attention on the jazz scene on Stanley Baird’s 2007 traffic jam hit single, “I want 2 Love You.” In 2011, she released her debut CD, “So Real."
“For me, my essence of who I am is Black Yolanda, and I love that, and I want the world to know that,” Rabun said.
This national recording artist believes Black History Month is a space for African Americans to be loud and proud, share the Black experience and educate.
“We all have a purpose and if I’m here, I might as well do something with it," she said. "And so the more I repeat that to myself, the more I am intentional about everything I’m doing, the more confidence I get in being alive."
And so we honor Yolanda Rabun as we celebrate Black History Month here at WRAL.