Text by Anna Gabson
Images by Laura Randall
Tina Douglas knows glamor. As the mother of Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, actor, and author Ashanti, a normal weekend for her involves jet-setting to tours, appearances, video shoots, and award shows.
But the Long Island native, who calls herself “the original MOManger,” always returns back home to The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Long Island, North Hills, where she’s owned a three-bedroom residence with a large balcony overlooking the 16 acres of lush property since 2019.
“Every member of the staff here is incredible. Not only do they bring my car right around to the front door, but they push the elevator button at the perfect time to make sure it’s waiting for me when I leave my home,” Douglas says. “It’s the details that really make the difference. When I’m in town, Diana the concierge makes a cup of tea for me with a sweet message, and when Ashanti won a Soul Train Award, she got a cup of tea that said “Queen of Soul!”
Douglas takes full advantage of the amenities at The Residences, which include a 25,000 square-foot clubhouse where she has hosted multiple events, including a press junket for Ashanti’s movie, “Honey Girls.”
The former IBM executive and dance instructor has had her share of fame, going viral for her dance moves on social media. “I’m always dancing through my residence,” Douglas laughs.
Soon, she will be heading to Los Angeles, where Ashanti will be honored with a coveted star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame.
I’m truly blessed to have such a wonderful family and this beautiful home…Throughout my exciting travels, the staff here makes me feel grounded and safe, handling the details of my home so I can focus on the whirlwind life outside of it. With the services and amenities, it’s really like I’m relaxing at a resort every day.Tina Douglas