Entertainment journalist and television personality, Tanika Ray, faced new challenges and obstacles as she navigated her motherhood journey. Now she is helping other mothers by offering support, encouragement, and information with her new mom-centric podcast, “Mamaste.” Tanika Ray s a Spelman graduate, television personality, entertainment journalist, and pop culture specialist. She is the host of the new mom-centric podcast, Mamaste. Ray has also developed her community of 99,000 on Instagram. She has worked with NBC, CW, HGTV, LIFETIME, TLC, BET, TVOne and hosted shows OWN’s Ready to Love and Ladies Who List, HGTV’s Design Star, and CW’s Host game show.
In October 2021, Tanika Ray launched the Mamaste podcast. The podcast touches on relatable lifestyle topics such as self-care, conscious parenting postpartum, and generational trauma healing. Ray created the much-needed platform for mothers to be seen and heard, especially Black women, who are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy and child-related problems, according to the CDC.
Recently celeb moms, Beyonce and Serena Williams shared their experiences with giving birth and the importance of being one’s “own advocate” in the process.
Tanika says, “Mamaste is a sanctuary for the mommy collective where we amplify our wellness, self-love, self-care, life lessons, unapologetic boundaries, expanding ideologies, empathy, rituals and practices of Mommying AF”
In celebration of Black Maternal Health Week (April 11-17), the Chicago Defender spoke with the proud mommy about how Black women can be better advocates for themselves during pregnancy and postpartum and the community of mothers she has created with the Mamaste Podcast.
Tanika Ray is a Spelman graduate and journalist and pop culture specialist. She has worked with NBC, CW, HGTV, LIFETIME, TLC, BET, TV One and hosted for shows OWN’s Ready to Love and Ladies Who List, HGTV’s Design Star, and CW’s OhSit game show.
To learn more about Tanika Ray, visit her website at for more information on Tanika go to www.tanikaray.com. Find the “Mamaste” podcast on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.