Yvonne Marie Blake
Naturalista of the Week

Who is Yvonne Marie?

Yvonne Marie Blake, a resident of Sunrise, Florida, is a naturalista who wears many hats atop her kinky twists. She is bi-vocational as she works in healthcare and in music management and publishing. She enjoys both jobs because she loves making people feel better physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Seven years ago, she and her husband Ewart Blake, widely known in gospel reggae circles as 2nd Chance, started WalkGud Music Productions. The Blakes ministered together at concerts, churches and festivals in and around the South Florida area after releasing the album Walk Gud. The gospel roots/dancehall project, which included guest artists such as Wingy Danejah, Dahlia Ashley and one of Jamaica's most talented producers Dr. Dizzle, became a great success and catapulted the Walk Gud brand and the 2nd Chance name across gospel music circles in Florida, Georgia, Atlanta, New York and the entire Caribbean.

A year later, they launched their music publishing company E.Y.B. Family Music, Inc., in order to crank out other gospel reggae artists, one of whom was Ann Marie Williams.

Today, Yvonne oversees operations for E.Y.B. Family Music, Inc and serves to book and manage artists under WalkGud Music Productions.

To hear a snippet of the work from WalkGud, visit Gospel Reggae.com


How long have you been natural?

This is actually my second time going natural. The first time was because my hair was extremely damaged and I was trying to restore its health. I accomplished my goal and permed my hair in September of 2009 after about 2-3 years of natural hair. Now, I've been natural (big chopped) since April 2013. My last perm was October 2012.

Why did you decide to go natural?

I decided to go natural again because of my 3 daughters. I wanted to show them how beautiful and versatile their hair can be because I told them I'm not going to perm their hair. I then made the decision to put my money where my mouth is and show them all the different things I'm able to do with my natural hair. It's been interesting because they don't hold back on their opinions of my different style choices. They like what I do with my hair and ask me to do the same with their hair. My youngest daughter, especially, used to tell me often that she wanted her hair long and straight. She still asks but not as often as she used to. So little by little, I believe I'm accomplishing my goal.

What is your fave styling product?

I'm a product junkie but my favorite styling products so far are the Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Styling Cream, Roots of Nature Mango Oil & Cupuacu Butter Butter Whip Coil Cream, and Smooth n Shine Go Pro Curls Gelle Parfait

What is your fave natural hairstyle?

I do two strand twist bantu knots and I create variations with that as the base style.

- Week of April 28, 2014

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