Tamara Smith
Naturalista of the Week

Who is Tamara Smith?

Tamara Smith, 30, is the host of Tallahassee Matters on WCOT Comcast Ch. 13 Tallahassee, Florida.

Her entrepreneurial work ranges from hosting to wardrobe styling to social media management and event planning. In her words, “I am an interesting cocktail of talent!”  

She began her career as an elementary school teacher, which she loved. In fact, she was recognized as Kate Sullivan Elementary's Minority Educator of the Year in 2011. During her summer break as a teacher, though, she worked in event-planning, personal shopped for those who asked, and won her first hosting gig on local television. When her hobbies started to spill out of just summer vacation, she decided to pursue a Master’s in Merchandising. She was eager to learn the business of fashion so that she could turn her hobbies into a new career.

A native of Miami, Florida, Tamara is a first-generation American from a very tight-knit Jamaican/Cuban family. Five years ago, she married DJ/Christian radio show host Orrane "DJ Rrane" Smith of Reverb Live Show, making them the ultimate entertainment couple.

While at Florida State University in 2012, she served as the student speaker at the National Retail Federation’s Annual Conference where former President Bill Clinton and Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren graced the stage, as well.

Tamara is very active at her church, Family Worship and Praise Center, in Tallahassee, Fl. She claims to “over-love” the youth she works with.  She does community outreach activities and even acts and sings. Currently, Tamara desires to learn the art of thriving in life as the late Maya Angelou says: "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."

To reach Tamara Smith, her social media handle is @lifetothe9s on FB, Instagram, and Twitter.

How long have you been natural?

Since 2005. Going natural wasn't as popular when I did it, but I have company now. LOL

Why did you decide to go natural?

I decided to go natural years before most of my friends and family did because I was tired of scalp issues and breaking hair. I straightened my hair for years at first, then transitioned to wearing my texture. You'll often find me rocking braids, weaves, and wigs because I love experimenting with my look, but my hair stays protected.

What is your fave styling product?

It's a toss up between ECO Styler Gel (I use a little olive oil in my hair right before I use it) and Moroccan Oil Hydrating Curl Creme.

What is your fave natural hairstyle?

A big, voluminous, in-your-face, AFRO. Whether it's achieved with a blow-out, twist-out, or "you-just-took-your-braids-out" I just love seeing our coils and curls standing at attention like "Yep, here I am!'

- Week of July 20, 2014

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