Yolandaplayed by Kym Whitley
Josh’s witty, blunt but kind-hearted housekeeper, Yolanda seems to be Gabi’s only ally on Josh’s staff. Yolanda won’t sugarcoat Gabi’s situation, especially when Gabi commits a major faux pas her first day on the job, but she admires Gabi’s spirit and will have her back even while Elliot schemes to kick Gabi to the curb.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, raised in Khartoum, Sudan, and introduced to the world via Hollywood, Kym Whitley is a funny, talented, and driven quadruple-threat - actress, producer, director and stand-up comedienne.
Kym Whitley is a staple on television, having guest-starred on popular shows such as ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, Disney’s That’s So Raven, ABC’s My Wife And Kids, FOX’s The Cleveland Show, NBC’s Animal Practice, BET’s Let’s Stay Together, CBS’s 2 Broke Girls and currently playing the voice of Honeybee on “Black Dynamite: The Animated Series” on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.
Kym is also an in-demand big screen player, starring alongside some of Hollywood’s elite such as Matt Damon, Johnny Depp, Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston, Martin Lawrence, Ice Cube and Eddie Murphy. Whitley’s past credits include box office hits We Bought A Zoo, Rango, Fun with Dick and Jane, Along Came Polly, I Love You Man, Deliver Us From Eva, College Road Trip, Next Friday and Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, among many others.
Kym Whitley can be seen starring in her own docu-series titled Raising Whitley on OWN, which follows Kym as she takes on the role of a lifetime – being a mom to her adorable son, Joshua, whom she adopted in 2011. The show also highlights Kym’s chaotic collective of friends – whom she calls “The Village" – as they attempt to do something none of them have ever done before: raise a baby…together. The show’s premiere episode drew a total of 1.2 million viewers, making it the fifth biggest premiere in the history of OWN. Raising Whitley returned with all-new episodes in January 2014.
In addition to her television and film appearances, Kym Whitley continues to perform sidesplitting stand-up routines throughout the world. Presently, she hosts Ladies’ Night Live at The Comedy Union in Los Angeles. She also owns and operates Kwick Whit Productions and has produced several projects including Love Chronicles, Cruising for Love with Kym Whitley, and the feature length film 35 and Ticking. With all this talent, it comes as no surprise that Whitley’s career continues to flourish with several upcoming television and movie projects.
Whitley’s personal passions include raising her son, as well as giving back to her community and causes that touch her heart. As a result, she donates her time and talents to as many fundraisers that her schedule permits. A few of her passions are HBCU’s (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), women shelters, victim’s rights and anything having to do with children. Whitley started her own non-profit called Comics 4 Kids, which she has used to host toy drives during Christmas and celebrity basketball on the East Coast.
Kym E. Whitley maintains true love and dedication to her industry. Look for this phenomenal and talented woman to be around Hollywood for a long time to come.
Follow Kym Whitley on Twitter at @kymwhitley.