To be an artist it takes courage, talent, love, and dedication. To be a great artist, you have to be well rounded. You must give freely of yourself, take risks, and be able to connect with people on all different levels. Yo’ Sista is the epitome of an exceptional artist! She is just as unique and creative as her birth name Cassaundra Diane’e (no error, pronounced Diane). She was destined from the beginning to stand out from among the rest!
Yo’ Sista is a traveling spoken word artist, author, host, hip hop, and visual artist residing in Canton, GA. She is originally from Hagerstown, MD. She exudes advocacy, women empowerment, love, and harmony! In a fit of rebellion, she moved to Georgia as a teenager and considers Georgia home. Yo’ Sista once told me “There’s not much in life that can’t be handled with a baseball bat. If you keep swinging the bat, you are bound to hit home runs.” This is exactly how Yo’ Sista is elevating to the top of her game!
You have to be a beast to rise to the top of the artistry community in the Atlanta area. This city is engulfed with a sea of incredible talent. Yo’ Sista has a very impressive resume. Just to highlight a few of her recent accomplishments, she the is recipient of the 2017 ICON Award honoree at Tamika Festival awarded by Def Poetry’s Tamika GeorgiaMe Harper. GANSPA Award Nominee for Best Female Poet 2016 (Gifted Artist Neo & Poetry Awards). Recipient of 2016 G.O.Y. Female Poet of the year award (Grinder Of the Year), hosted Fresh Saturday at the legendary Apache Cafe February 2017, Event Coordinator for Purple Door Creations Event March 2017, Current Host of Reflective Soul Series open mic as of March 2017.
Yo’ Sista partnered with Taters4Art, LLC in the summer of 2016. She donated some original artwork to raise funds for Youth Spark, an organization dedicated to fight child sex trafficking. “My greatest accomplishments are working with charities and partnering with organizations that are bringing awareness to domestic violence, women empowerment, and other forms of social injustice.”
Yo’ Sista’s poetry journey has taken her from some of the largest stages in Atlanta such as performing at Center Stage ATL and Georgia State Capitol to performing shows in states across the east coast. Her book “Yo’ Sista’s Keeper A Collection of Poetry, Short Stories, and Other Stuff was released in the summer 2015” She is currently working on her anticipated debut poetry album “Sriracha & Sweet Tea”.
Yo’ Sista has an extensive resume. Her awards, accolades, and talent makes her an accomplished artist. However, its her loving heart, passion, and sincerity that makes her a great artist. The countless hours that Yo’ Sista dedicates to mentoring and making a difference in the lives of others is commendable. Yo’ Sista told me that “Writing, painting, volunteering, and performing are a display of hope, passion, and liberty.”
Yo’ Sista speaks on a wide spectrum of subjects for a variety of audiences. There are times that call for advocacy, times that call for healing or inspiration, and times that just call for a good laugh. Equipped with a dynamic delivery and a no nonsense approach to the truth, she offers any audience a chance to escape the world and take a journey on self discovery. She connects with the audience on a deeper level. Yo’ Sista is not just a poet, just a painter, or just a brand. Yo’ Sista is an experience that will resonate with you for a lifetime! Yo’ Sista is currently booking for the summer of 2017.
— Yo' Sista (@yo_sista_) May 16, 2017