Sunday, March 6, 2022
Tanika Ray is a pop culture & lifestyle specialist with a holistic view on the cross sections of culture. Her mission is to illuminate and unite thru entertainment.
Over the last 20 years, she’s navigated a career hosting numerous network shows and events. Deftly managing a variety of TV like Ready To Love-OWN, Ladies Who List-OWN, Extra-Entertainment Magazine (7 seasons), HGTV’d and HGTV Design Star HGTV, Head2Toe- Lifetime makeover show (3 seasons), Soapcenter Soapnet (3 seasons) and OhSit- CW Gameshow (2 seasons).
Tanika has moderated and hosted reunion shows for Lifetime, VH1 & OWN. She’s been highly sought after to cover the most prestigious events in the world including the Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, Met Gala, The Image Awards, MTV Music Awards, BET Awards. As well as countless movie premieres, representing companies like TVGuideNetwork, NBC, Colgate, Essence Magazine, Home Depot, Cadillac and The NAACP.
Due to her unapologetic and unique take on Hollywood and life, she’s been on over 100 episodes as a guest panelist on shows like GMA, The Today Show, THE View, CNN, Showbiz Tonight, The Daily Take, Chelsea Handler, Hollywood Today Live and Larry King.
Though her journey has been rich, she currently works to uplift, inspire & bring the diverse global community together through positive and shared experiences. This passion has led to her directing projects that illuminate ideas and spotlight people changing the world.
Now that she’s a mom, she’s even closer to her ultimate goal than ever. Her daughter inspires her to stay fiercely focused on what’s NEXT!! Tanika launched her Podcast- Mamaste with Tanika Ray this past fall dedicated to the beautiful and complicated journey of Mommying AF while Bossing like a Queen.
Mission: To illuminate through Entertainment
About Our Panelists
Located in Studio City, Ca. Quinn has been licensed in the industry now for 15 years. Growing up in a salon atmosphere, her mother Introduced her to the art of hair, sharing her skill, and wisdom allowing her to quickly become an established, well-rounded Professional Hairstylist. Quinn is especially focused on the importance of Healthy Hair & Hair Care as well as Hair Extensions, Braids and Designer Haircuts for all textures. Creating an advantage that has lead to opportunities within the community and entertainment industry, her work has been featured in various productions, from editorial to runway. Continuous education within the Beauty industry has also helped Quinn blossom into the passionate stylist she is today. With an appreciation for both critical and positive feedback, she remains constant in her growth as an artist. Quinn is blessed with the ability to discover, create, nourish and enhance one's outer and inner beauty... All 4TheLoveOfHair!
Located in Studio City
Renia Green-Edittorio was born and raised in Harlem, New York. She has more than 30 years of salon experience in New York and Los Angeles, where she mastered the art of textured hair styling and care. Renia is a member of the Local 706 Union and is an Emmy Nominated hair stylist for her work on NBC’s “This Is Us” for four seasons bringing “Beth Pearson” and her girls to life!
Renia has owned and operated Odessa Renia Salon where for over 22 years she and her team of talented stylists have been providing the very best textured hair care for a diverse clientele. Renia graduated from the Vidal Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica, California, has been a lifetime advocate of at risk women and young people
through her volunteering, Pro-Bono styling and image consulting. She also provides care and hair replacement technologies for cancer survivors through wig customization and styling.
Naomi Abraham was born in Ethiopia, raised in Germany and moved to America to have the freedom of opportunity. At an early age, Naomi learned to appreciate the beauty of different cultures, which opened up a whole new world of possibilities. Naomi trained as an apprentice hair stylist for three years in Germany, working closely with top stylists, while continuing to advance her education. She was inspired by many unique and beautiful people on her journey. Ultimately, Naomi brought her experience to Beverly Hills with aspirations of perfecting the art of hair and providing the best service to her clients. As a woman who embraces her natural curls, Naomi has worked with many clients to celebrate their natural hair. Curls and color quickly became her primary emphasis and specialty. Naomi works tirelessly to improve her talents, acquire new techniques and be the best at her craft.
Arriving from Central California with well over 25 years of experience in the business, she is a Cosmetologist by Trade and a Los Angeles based Celebrity Barber by profession.
Although now you can find her working in the Motion Picture Industry, with a few television and movie credits to her name…Top Gun, Space Jam 2, Mayans M.C, American Horror Story, and The Harder They Fall just to name a few.
But above all she still relishes in the creative process of working with her long time clients as well, in her free time.
Patrice Miner, was born on the southside of Chicago, IL. Her grandmother was an entrepreneur/ member of MADAM CJ WALKER original street team and distributor in the early 1900’s. Although this was her bloodline, Patrice never imagined herself in the industry.
Patrice attended catholic schools until college. Upon graduating from high school, Patrice traded the cold streets of Chicago for hot, sunny Florida and attended Florida A&M University (FAMU) in the late 1980s. While attending FAMU, she pledged the Beta Alpha chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. There, several of her sorority sisters were starting their own businesses while in school. It was then she dreamed of a salon dedicated only for children. But the research found that this industry didn't exist. At that moment she understood “her life’s” assignment.
Upon graduating FAMU, Patrice accepted an excellent offer from ALDI Foods, Inc. back in Chicago, IL. As district manager over 7 stores, it provided her the mental stamina and financial stability to resign and launched her first Kiddie Kuts Salon in 1999.
Patrice mentored and counseled stylists, children, and siblings as a young entrepreneur. Her ability to understand kids and instantly bond with them is the reason she is called the “Kid Whisperer.”
Patrice established three Kiddie Kuts Salons in the Chicagoland area from 1999 to 2005. In 2008, she expanded the brand and opened in Atlanta, Georgia where she gained more exposure. In 2013, Patrice opened her 5th location in Sherman Oaks, California. The salon has been featured in many movies, commercials, and reality shows over the years.
Trailblazer, Innovator, and Mentor. Passionate about children, Patrice Miner created her own lane and built a path for generations of young entrepreneurs to follow.
Toyin Augustus (she/her) is the Director of DEI & Belonging at Oakwood School. She holds a masters in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and also serves as an independent DEI consultant for corporate and educational institutions across the land currently known as the U.S. She was born in Nigeria, raised in Alabama and Tennessee and has traveled to over 25 different countries across the globe. She brings all of these experiences to her work to facilitate transformational changes rooted in social justice and joy. Toyin is most proud of representing her birth country in the 2008 Olympics and raising her daughter to be a courageous and loving social justice Queen.